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Travel Time measurement using Random Bluetooth and Wifi Signals
Travel Time measurement using Random Bluetooth and Wifi Signals

Introduction:

With laws requiring motorists to use hands-free communication devices, an increasing number of vehicles are equipped with Bluetooth™ technology. Copmany is proposing a system comprised of detectors installed along the road or highway. This system detects vehicles that are equipped with Bluetooth™ technology.

Vehicles are detected totally anonymously, and data are generated on their average transit times between various points in the road system.

The data collected can be analyzed in one of two ways: with devices installed in the client’s server or units connected to Companies Traffic’s data center, using a web interface to view the data.

Data are analyzed using advanced tools and algorithms. These tools and algorithms take into account where the detectors are located, eliminate all interference and filter out situations that could negatively affect detection accuracy, such as buses filled with passengers with multiple Bluetooth™ emitting devices aboard.

Once processed, the data are sent directly to variable-message panels or transferred in XML format for use by a third-party system.

 

Situation Analysis

Customer Analysis by Category:

There are three possible customers:

  1. Federal or Provincial Agencies
  2. Construction Contractors
  3. Service Border agencies

Market Segment Geography:

  • Canada: This is the main market since the company has been established here. the Company can benefit from federal and provincial supports. there are already some major competitors here like TPA with more than 7 year presence in this field. the competitor already has captured  major cities.
  • US: United states can be the biggest potential markets with several big and small cities. there already some big players in this region like Iteris which they have proved them self with other related products like intersection control systems and …. Also other big competitors like Siemens or Schneider electric can target this region
  • South America:
  • European Countries: Siemens operates in this region, also we can imagine there are several European Hi tech companies working in this region and installing a new electrical equipment will require new European certificates. this region doesn’t look like to be profitable region for this product.
  • Asia and African Developing Countries: Considering the emerging Chinese economy, there is a big potential in this region. Due to the highly technical nature of the product, there is a great hope that competitors have not captured this market. usually cities in these part of the world are highly crowded and they have serious problem with urban traffics.
  • Australia: this markets has already dominated by Tyco company. considering the long distance of this region with company base it doesn’t promise to be good market region.

Competitor Analysis:

Direct Competitors:

Tyco : Bluetooth Travel Time/Speed Measurement System

Tyco Bluetooth Travel Time/Speed Measurement field units are designed to be mounted on a pole in designated locations of the road network to detect unique Bluetooth MAC addresses from mobile phones, ear phones and in-vehicle hand free audio systems passing within 50 meters. The system is able to provide real time travel time/speed for display and as input to supplement Urban Traffic Control.

Bluetooth Travel Time/Speed Measurement System
Tyco Bluetooth Trffic Detection system, Copyrigh tyco co.
Bluetooth Travel Time/Speed Measurement System
Tyco Bluetooth Travel Time/Speed Measurement System Copyright Tyco Co.

Siemens : Sitraffic travel time solutions for everything from measurement to data processing at the center

Detection of mobile devices with Bluetooth / WLAN scanners This measurement method builds on the fact that a substantial percentage of all vehicles carry electronic devices such as mobile phones, navigation systems or hands-free telephone sets. The WLAN detection technology is able to detect also smartphones, the latest generation of mobile devices, ensuring the compatibility of the system with future technological developments. Even without establishing a connection, the system can retrieve the unique MAC address of each mobile device. This ID is used to re-identify the same vehicle at other measuring points in the road network. These data are encrypted before transmission and form the basis for the subsequent travel time calculations. The special appeal of the Bluetooth / WLAN solution is the low cost for the devices and their installation; a single scanner, for instance, can cover all travel directions on the entire intersection. This system is suitable for use in all applications that require a recognition rate of about 30 % because this is the typical percentage of cars carrying a device that Bluetooth / WLAN scanners can detect.

Siemens Sicore CameraSiemens Bluetooth traffic Dtector

Siemens Traffic Detection Comparison:

Siemens Traffic Detection Systems - Copyright Siemens Co.
Siemens Traffic Detection Systems – Copyright Siemens Co.
Siemens Comparison of ANPR and Bluetooth Traffic Detection Systems
Siemens Comparison of ANPR and Bluetooth Traffic Detection Systems – Copyright Siemens Co.

TPA North America :

TPA Bluetooth Traffic Monitoring:

TPANA is the Canadian leader in Bluetooth Traffic Monitoring for the Intelligent Transportation Systems industry.  This success is driven by two innovative products.  BTM – is a field sensor used to collect Bluetooth data.  TPANACollector is a comprehensive software solution that collects data from BTM sensors and processes it into travel time data.

PTA Bluetooth Counter
TPA BTM Bluetooth Counter
  • Installation: Pole or Cabinet mount configurations
  • Extended temperature range: -40 to +85C
  • Humidity: 5 to 95% non-condensing
  • Power: 12 – 24VDC, solar solution available
  • Communication options: Ethernet, GPRS, HSPA, LTE
  • Range up to 125 meters
TPA Central Travel Time Software:
PANACollector is a software solution that collects data from road-side sensors to calculate accurate travel time.  A sub-set of the capabilities include:
  • Reports that can be customized and scheduled to execute automatically using current or historical data
  • Comprehensive travel time filters to ensure accurate travel time measurements in a range of road networks, including multi-mode distributions introduced by HOV lanes
  • Directly control of  NTCIP compatible road signs through a highly flexible scheduling system
  • Browser-based graphical interface allows managers to monitor, configure and control the system
  • Users include: Calgary, Halton, Montreal, Peel, Toronto, MTO and the Pan Am Games 2015. 
TPA Bluetooth Travel Time System
TPA Bluetooth Travel Time System
TPA Corporate Overview:
  • Company was founded in 2005 and based in Toronto, ON
  •  First Bluetooth deployment was on the Don Valley Parkway in June, 2009 and has been actively working in this sector since that time.
  • Projects in BC, AB, ON, QC, NS, AZ, NY, WA, Hong Kong, Switzerland, France, Brazil, Czech, England. Primary focus is the Canadian marketplace.

 

TPA Deployed Project until 2013:

TPA Successful Deployements

From different reports it looks like TPA has started selling products since 2009. it has sold 140 units in 5 years,

If we assume each unit has been sold around 8000$, the total company income for these 5 years would be  1,120,00$  or 224$ annually.

TPA Successful Deployments – From TPA 2013 ATMS Webinar

 TPA Deployment Pictures

US Based ITERIS:

Iteris, Inc. (NYSE MKT: ITI), a leader in providing intelligent traffic management information solutions, has launched Vantage Velocity 2.0™, which includes several enhancements to its Bluetooth-based Travel Time System.  Velocity 2.0 is part of its Vantage® detection solution suite.

Vantage Velocity is a proven, Bluetooth-based travel time system that utilizes field units installed at defined segments along roadways to capture Bluetooth device identifiers. Utilizing advanced algorithms, the agency-owned host software analyzes the matches between field units to create accurate, real-time speed and travel time data on freeways and arterial roadways.

 

Indirect Competitors:

Google: google already has a comprehensive knowledge of traffic information, thanks to google map and GPS enabled handsets. google servers are receiving tons of real time information which gives google a unique situation of having the routes traffic information. based on this collected information google can predict the travel Time. for time being google has not sold any traffic information to government agencies. lot of people are using google map to estimate their travel time, but still the road display units are  more convenient for drivers.

SWOT Analysis:

Strengths Weaknesses
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Opportunities Threats
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·   Other Competitors

·   Recession, Hard economic times

·   Government may come with new rule

Other Successful Projects:

Calgary Bluetoosh Travel Time System

The City of Calgary has activated a Bluetooth tracking technology to give Calgarians real-time travel information during their commute. Based on a successful pilot project using Bluetooth technology to monitor and display travel times for drivers, The City has installed Bluetooth travel time systems along Deerfoot Trail, and most recently, along Crowchild Trail and Glenmore Trail.

Calgary Bluetooth Travel Time
Calgary Bluetooth Travel Time

Right now, the system has seven message boards, relaying travel times from 15 sensors along Deerfoot. The City of Calgary has spent $400,000 dollars on the project. Support for the project also came from the provincial and federal government.

 

Evaluation of Alternatives

 

 

Sample Central system:

Maryland Sample travel time measurements can be found in bluefax web interface:

URL: Traffax1.BluFaxWeb.com

User: mduser

Password: mdpw

 

Bluefax Web Intrface

 

 

Blue Fax Map

 

Similar Business Models:

Work Zone Travel Time:

Selling a comprehensive Work Zone Traveler Information solution for collecting, processing and desseminating travel time data in work zones.  Based on real-time data collected from Bluetooth Traffic Monitors, Radar counting equipment and CCTV equipment  the Company can provides a hosted solution that transmits NTCIP compliant travel time data to portable variable message signs and provides a browser-based interface to all the contractor and/or agency understand conditions in their work zone.

Border Average Waiting Time:

Same system can be used in country borders to monitor average travelers waiting time.

 

The Decision:

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According to Arizona State project report 2011, Seven  Bluetooth detectors were purchased for approximately $50,000 and integrated into the DMS system for approximately $40,000. The system purchased (BluFAX) had no recurring costs other than as needed equipment maintenance.

Researchers noted that prices vary depending on location and the type of installation. For example, installation in an existing traffic signal cabinet would be cheaper than a stand-alone system in a rural area requiring solar power. Overall, system costs for Bluetooth detection ranged from $1,000 to $8,000 per location when purchased from a vendor. In Chandler, testing indicated that detectors should be placed 0.5 to 1.0 mile apart to achieve the 5 to 10 percent match rate needed to estimate travel times.

In Maryland Project Sensor capital cost with Solar and Cellular option was 4000$ . and Installation cost was 500$.

According to different reports, it looks like the average unit price is between 5000$ to 8000$ including the solar panel and wireless options. Two different model has been proposed by different companies, the annual fee base service or  total ownership model without any recurring cost.

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