Provided by Oregon State University
Graduate students from OSU will be deploying portable data collection in and around Newport on Tuesday September 24th. The units will be in place until Saturday September 28th. This is the second part of a two-part data collection test – the first part was conducted in August. 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 future plans for transportation and circulation refinements in Newport.
This is part of an ODOT sponsored research project at OSU. The project focuses on the development of portable wireless data technology to collect traffic flow data. Researchers are using Bluetooth wireless technology as a means of identifying the same vehicle at different points along a road, from which they can compute travel time, and other traffic data used by engineers and planners.
Some key points:
· They say they cannot identify any individuals or any particular vehicle.
· This is a research project and simply testing how well the concept works. This part of the project is testing the ability of the units to collect accurate origin and destination data used by traffic planners.
· The units do not have to be right alongside the road.
· If successful, this provides a much more economical means of collecting data needed by planners. Other methods use cameras that record license plate numbers. They don’t do that.
The customer for their work is ODOT. The specific contact for the data collection is:
Thanh N. Nguyen, PE
Senior Transportation System Analyst