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eX2 Technology Intros Smart Truck Parking System for Iowa Department of Transportation
eX2 Technology has announced the acceptance of a truck parking information management system (TPIMS) that was deployed in partnership with the Iowa Department of Transportation. The Iowa TPIMS solution, known as Trucks Park Here, is among the first statewide networks to be implemented in the Midwest, the agency reports, and operational usage commended last week.
"The technology used is site-specific and leverages video analytics, in ground magnometers or a combination of both," says Jamie Karstetter, ex2 Technology's senior manager for marketing and proposal development. "The sensors are both wired and wireless (again, site-specific based on site topography). The sensors send the data to a central cabinet at each site, and the information is then transmitted via a 4G LTE network to the aggregation server."
The Iowa project was part of a larger Mid America Association of State Transportation Officials (MAASTO) initiative that was funded in part through a $25 million federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant awarded to a group of eight partnering states: Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. While each state was responsible for implementing its own TPIMS solution, the systems will eventually work together to provide a regional TPIMS. The Iowa Department of Transportation received $3.4 million in MAASTO grant dollars to fund the $4 million Trucks Park Here project, with a portion of the overall costs covering three years of systems maintenance and operations.
"eX2 Technology took an innovative and cost-conscious approach to designing Iowa's TPIMS solution," said Phil Mescher, a transportation planner with the Iowa Department of Transportation, in a prepared statement. "eX2 incorporated existing pole and site infrastructure into the TPIMS design when possible, used low power consumption and solar powered solutions and worked independently to procure non-traditional parking site facilities to increase the overall number of truck parking spaces within the TPIMS network."
The Iowa TPIMS is unique, the agency explains, in that its components are fully automated with a remote network monitoring system that provides operational, health and accuracy alerts and relies on a hybrid of detection methods to accurately assess available truck parking spaces, including screenline and space occupancy technologies, such as in-ground sensors and video analytics. The truck parking data is transmitted via a wireless network and is rapidly processed by the Truck Smart Parking Services Osprey software platform, in order to deliver the information to a public data feed for use by the Iowa's 511 Traveler Information System, as well as third-party, in-cab routing systems and hands-free, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration-compliant mobile apps.
"We're really pleased with how seamless the project implementation went and the overall effectiveness of the solution," said Kyle Hildebrand, eX2 Technology's VP of project development, in the prepared statement. "We leveraged our success with the Colorado DOT TPIMS deployment to deliver a reliable and economically feasible solution that was right for Iowa. In the process, we perfected a standardized, off-the-shelf product that we can implement quickly throughout other states across the country."
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