IEM Corporation Awarded Phase II Small Business Innovation Research Contract to Develop Bridge Hit D,
TROY, NY - IEM Corporation, a worldwide leader in the development and production of innovative sensor-based systems for the intelligent transportation industry, is honored to have been awarded a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to further advance bridge hit detection technology. The SBIR program is a highly competitive initiative which encourages domestic small businesses to engage in research and development that has the potential for commercial applications. The contracts are awarded in three phases, each coinciding chronologically with a stage of product development.
IEM demonstrated the technical feasibility of its Intelligent Dimension Evaluation and Alert System (IDEAS) during Phase I. In Phase II, IEM has been contracted to perform a technical comparison of two alternative methods and select one for further development.
While there are several well-known alternative technologies for over-height detection currently marketed, none are suitable for operation at mainline highway speed and are often unable to notify specific vehicles of over-height conditions. IDEAS will enable vehicle screening at highway speed and will employ emerging Connected Vehicle V2I communication capability to notify individual drivers when their vehicles presents a risk. In addition to vehicle height, IDEAS will also measure vehicle width and length. Information regarding oversized vehicles may be used for enforcement purposes.
Established in 1987, IEM has more than 25 years of transportation safety and security experience. Initially founded to manufacture and market its original electronic wheel gauge for the railway industry, IEM has expanded its core business to include a range of hand-held and in-track devices for railroad inspection, as well as optical and acoustic monitoring solutions for government and industrial partners around the globe.