ConnectedTech(™) for PSS

ConnectedTech(™) for PSS

Big data finds your work zone

The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) launched Data for Automated Vehicle Integration (DAVI) as a multimodal initiative to identify, prioritize, monitor, and – where necessary – address data exchange needs for automated vehicles (AV) integration across the modes of transportation. 

Access to data is a critical enabler for the safe, efficient, and accessible integration of Autonomous Vehicles into the transportation system. Lack of access to data could impede Autonomous Vehicle integration and delay their safe introduction. 

U.S. DOT also recently announced plans to fund Work Zone Data Exchange (WZDx) Demonstration Grants. The purpose of this research program is to increase the safety of the traveling public through the production of consistent public work zone data feeds across jurisdictions.

Many state and local transportation agencies around the country are looking for more information on work zones, such as project duration and location, the nature of these projects, and of course, intrusions and impacts. 

Private sector companies are developing and deploying electronic components to locate and map traffic control devices in work zones. 

One of those companies is iCone, which has introduced ConnectedTech(™), a series of devices that provide a geo location of work zones to data aggregators, traffic management centers, and institutions of higher learning 

Many of the work zones that utilize the iCone technology, are long duration, stationary projects. However, there is a significant segment of work zone projects that are short duration, temporary environments that remain “invisible” to vehicles with advanced driving systems.

PSS featuring ConnectedTech

PSS has integrated the iCone ConnectedTech devices with the RAPTOR Rumble Strip Handling Machine and as a standalone device.

ConnectedTech™ by iCone is a suite of smart devices that interface with existing traffic control equipment. Once a ConnectedTech device is deployed, the device reports work zone data directly to navigation systems and in-dash of connected cars. The system also transmits work zone data directly to the iCone user-dedicated mapping system that displays all connected, active work zones for management and tracking.

The platform improves safety for drivers and workers, travel times, and eventually, will aid real-time decisions of vehicles as they approach active work areas.

This marriage of technology, by two of the leaders in work zone safety, will provide a geo-location of the RoadQuake Temporary Portable Rumble Strips.

This collaboration will produce location data for the road user and will enable agency leadership to measure the impact of short duration work zones in their infrastructure. In the coming years, agencies and road users will demand this work zone location information as a tool to make informed decisions on trip routing and work zone performance.


Editor's Note: Scranton Gillette Communications and the SGC Infrastructure Group are not liable for the accuracy, efficacy and validity of the claims made in this piece. The views expressed in this content do not reflect the position of the Roads & Bridges' Editorial Team.