"I believe this is the first evacuation system to offer video, weather, vehicle detection and wireless communications all on one portable, solar-powered platform," says Noah Jenkin, ASTI's director of sales.

April 21, 2008

LINDON, UT—A first-of-its-kind hurricane evacuation system is operating in Virginia, and it brings together the technologies of several leaders in the traffic and weather information industries. Digital Traffic Systems, Inc., in partnership with ASTI Transportation Systems, Inc., has deployed six portable detection stations throughout the Commonwealth for use by regional traffic management centers. Each portable station consists of a Wavetronix SmartSensor; an Earthcam video camera; and a Vaisala weather station, all installed on a trailer from ASTI.

"I believe this is the first evacuation system to offer video, weather, vehicle detection and wireless communications all on one portable, solar-powered platform," says Noah Jenkin, ASTI's director of sales.

The system is designed to assist Virginia officials with large-scale traffic movements that might occur in hurricanes and other emergency situations. SmartSensor monitors traffic in each lane, while the Vaisala sensor simultaneously detects weather conditions; the real-time data they gather is sent, along with video images, via wireless modem to ASTI, where it is compiled on a single, easy-to-use Web interface.

The system is the brainchild of Gene Martin, senior ITS engineer with the Virginia Department of Transportation. Martin envisioned the combination of technologies and issued a request for proposals. DTS worked with ASTI to develop their integrated approach.

"This really is a large step forward in the portable detection market," Jenkin says. "It is an excellent example of how collaboration between companies can provide cutting edge solutions to current and future problems."

Jenkin says the system has application beyond hurricane evacuation. Just recently, VDOT experienced a police emergency and was able to use the portable stations to successfully control traffic. "I know there is a need for this type of technology across the country," says Jenkin. "Our job now is to make agencies aware that a powerful system like this exists and is a proven commodity."

ASTI and Wavetronix have partnered together on several portable work zone systems across the country, as well as a large hurricane evacuation system operated by the University of Maryland.