A smart highway is a roadway with technological features that are built into the design. These features can be as simple as overhead gantries for easier toll collection, but they all work together to increase safety and improve efficiency of life in some way. Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) make these smart highways possible.
The lynchpin of successful ITS systems will be dependable, consistent wireless coverage. User expectations are high, and network infrastructures will be pushed to the limit. The antenna solution is an important piece of the puzzle, and this is a piece that Mobile Mark understands.
Wireless coverage must reach seamlessly into hard-to-cover corners of city intersections and along vast expanses of interstate highways. Each setting is different but what they all share in common is the need for dependable connections.
DSRC system designers and Smart Highway planners need a complete palate of options to construct a network that offers continuous and balanced coverage. Mobile Mark’s wide range of antennas can help make that possible.
What is an ITS?
An ITS or Intelligent Transportation System will become an indispensable tool. ITS is an advanced application that will sense, analyze, control and communicate technologies to ground transportation. ITS will be used as part of Smart Highway projects to minimize traffic problems while ensuring convenient, safe driving conditions by,
- making information available to commuters beforehand about
- traffic congestion
- seat availability, bus timings, current location of the bus, density of passengers inside the bus, next stop of the bus, time taken to reach a destination and so on
- enhancing road safety
- ensuring efficient use of infrastructure
Additionally, ITS will have a significant effect on transportation in Smart Highway applications such as ramp meters, transit signal priority, traffic light cameras, traffic-signal coordination, traffic monitoring, traveler-information systems, ticket management, transportation pricing and telematics.
Antennas and ITS
The Intelligent Transportation System uses two types of technologies,
- V2V, which is vehicle-to-vehicle technology and
- V2I, which is vehicle-to-infrastructure technology
Both V2V and V2I use the DSRC or dedicated short-range communication wireless technology in the ITS to transmit information from one vehicle to another and from one vehicle to the local and remote infrastructure.
An ITS depends on a reliable wireless network coverage, which in turn, requires high-quality antennas to deliver the best results.
Mobile Mark has a wide range of antennas that will help wireless coverage (Cellular, WiFi, DSRC) reach vast expanses of interstate highways and hard-to-cover corners of city intersections.
Our specialized products to advance the Smart Highways include:
- Highway Traffic Management (V2V)
- Intersection Traffic Management (V2V & V2I)
- Specialized DSRC Applications: Tolling, Parking
- Highway Wayside Communication (V2I)
- Specialized Vehicles: Motorcycles, Buses
Mobile Mark antennas cover commercially available wireless networks as well as specialized networks. We can help you tie together the right mix of wireless systems for both vehicles and infrastructure, including those used in Smart Highways. And, installers love the fact our antennas are easy to install and service free.
If you need something special, Mobile Mark has the facilities and the experience to take a project from initial conception through to final production. Our team of design engineers brings years of experience and a proven track record for developing innovative, high quality antennas. Visit www.MobileMark.com for our full product line.