Graduate students from OSU will be deploying portable data collection devices in and around Newport on Monday August 19. The units will be in place until Saturday August 24. The study will be repeated during another week in September. The purpose of the study is to test concepts developed at OSU and to provide data for ODOT’s Traffic Planning and Analysis Unit to use in their planning models. They have been in contact with the City of Newport Public Works and were asked to issue this public notice.
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This is part of an ODOT sponsored research project at OSU. The project focuses on the development of portable wireless data collection units that can be used to collect traffic data. In their project they are using Bluetooth wireless technology as a means of identifying the same vehicle at different points along a road, from which they can compute a travel time, and other traffic data useful to engineers and planners. The Bluetooth data gathering does not record phone numbers or identify the owner of the Bluetooth device, according to Thanh Nguyen, Senior Transportation System Analyst. “License plate numbers are not recorded either”, he said.
· Cannot identify any individuals or any particular vehicles.
· This is a research project testing how well the concept works. This part of the project is testing the ability of units to collect real origin-destination data used by traffic planners.
· The units do not have to be right along the road.
· If successful, this will lower the cost of collecting data needed by planners. Current methods consist of hiring consultants to collect and count data (which is not as complete as automated data collection), and in some cases other methods use license plate matching from video recordings. But again, this Bluetooth data collection project doesn’t do that. Motorists remain anonymous.