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A Novel Barricade Warning Light System Using Wireless Communications
ISSN: 0148-7191, e-ISSN: 2688-3627
Published September 12, 2018 by SAE International in United States
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Event: Automotive Technical Papers
Workers in construction and transportation sectors are at increased risk for work-related injuries and fatalities by nearby traffic. Barricade-mounted warning lights meeting current specifications do not always provide consistent and adequate visual guidance to drivers and can contribute to glare and reduced safety. Through an implementation of sensors and wireless communications, a novel, intelligent set of warning lights and a tablet-based interface were developed. The lights modulate between 100% and 10% of maximum intensity rather than between 100% and off in order to improve visual guidance and adjust their overall intensity based on ambient conditions. The lights can be synchronized or operated in sequential flash patterns at any frequency between 1 and 4 Hz, and sequential patterns automatically update based on global positioning satellite (GPS) locations displayed in the control interface. A successful field demonstration of the system verified that its functions were viewed favorably by transportation safety personnel.
CitationRea, M., Skinner, N., and Bullough, J., "A Novel Barricade Warning Light System Using Wireless Communications," SAE Technical Paper 2018-01-5036, 2018, https://doi.org/10.4271/2018-01-5036.
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