ITTC Project

Evaluation of Rapid Deployment Mesh Networking for Work Zones

Project Award Date: 09-01-2006


Communication among technologically advanced devices in work zones has long been a challenge. The problem is acute in rural areas, where there is often little existing infrastructure. Despite this, real-time communication is needed to provide accurate work zone information to motorists or to remotely monitor work zone operations. A new, decentralized wireless communication technology, known as "mesh networks," will rapidly deploy and automatically configure what is needed to blanket a rural work zone. This research will examine the feasibility of incorporating mesh networks into rural work zone environments. The networks, which are available in license-free spectrums, will provide the backbone for real-time communications and monitoring.

Researchers will develop a set of criteria for the successful operation of mesh networks in rural work zones. They will complete proof-of-concept testing and field testing to determine the capabilities and limitations of the system.


Faculty Investigator(s): Weichao Wang

Project Sponsors

Primary Sponsor(s): Iowa Dept. of Transportation

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