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Novel automated system for light signalisation of pedestrian crossing / walkway with traffic and safety control

Country of origin:
Country: 
BULGARIA
Opportunity:
External Id: 
TOBG20191216001
Published
17/12/2019
Last update
20/12/2019
Expiration date
20/12/2020

Keywords

Partner keyword: 
Automation, Robotics Control Systems
Road Transport
Traffic Engineering / Control Systems
Ecology
Other electronics related (including alarm systems)
Other Industrial Products (not elsewhere classified)
Motor vehicles, transportation equipment and parts
Other transportation
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Summary

Summary: 
A Bulgarian SME with experience in the R&D of specialised technologies and products and engineering solutions has developed an automated system for light signalisation of pedestrian crossing / walkway with innovative safety and traffic control. The company is looking for commercial agreements with technical assistance with interested companies and public authorities.

Description

Description: 

The Bulgarian company was established in 2011 and has an experienced team of researchers and engineers in the field of innovative solutions applicable in urban environment, sensors, control measurement systems and devices.

A pedestrian crossing is a place designated for pedestrians to cross a road keeping them together where they can be seen by motorists, and where they can cross most safely across the flow of traffic. Marked pedestrian crossings are often found at intersections, but may also be at other points on busy roads that would otherwise be too unsafe to cross without assistance due to vehicle numbers, speed or road widths. They are also commonly installed where large numbers of pedestrians are attempting to cross (such as in shopping areas) or where vulnerable road users (such as school children) regularly cross. Nevertheless, a lot of accidents still happen on pedestrian crossings due to low visibility or insufficient driver alerting and signalisation.

The proposed system gives early signalisation to the drivers concerning the presence of pedestrians, indicating the direction of crossing even before they have stepped on the roadway.

Every module of the system is a microcomputer that receives information about light intensity, depending on the illumination of the environment and the transparency of the air. On the basis of the data received from the sensors, the main computer determines which changes of intensity are necessary during the day and night, whether it is raining or snowing or if fog is present. The main computer also determines the speed of the light wave, the period for signalling, etc. The normal work of the mounted light signalisation can be controlled via a GPRS (general packet radio service) line at a control centre for the management and diagnostics of the equipment. When a pedestrian is recognized the main computer sends signals to the light modules, mounted on the roadway, and thus, signalisation is generated in the form of a running light wave. Pedestrians in the crossing zone are recognized by infrared sensors especially designed for the purpose, ensuring high reliability of the recognition algorithm. When any of the sensors malfunction the system switches automatically to emergency mode and indicates the presence of pedestrians on both sides of the roadway to the drivers. The system also has prototypes of sensors developed to measure the traffic and speed of the vehicles passing on the roadway where the system is mounted.

The SME is looking for commercial agreements with technical assistance with interested companies and municipalities in order to implement the system or to integrate the innovative solution in existing solutions / projects, receiving the necessary technical assistance from the developer.

Advantages & innovations

Cooperation plus value: 
- the system is very accurate and has an emergency mode that is either lacking in similar systems, or is superior to them; - it also has integrated safety and traffic control capabilities that are currently unequalled in the market; - it increases visibility and safety in comparison to known systems.

Stage of development

Cooperation stage dev stage: 
Already on the market

Partner sought

Cooperation area: 
- Type of partner sought: the SME is looking for industrial partners, municipalities, companies operating in urban planning and development; - Specific area of activity of the partner: partner sought related to road construction or urban planning; municipalities; - Task to be performed: commercial agreements with technical assistance with companies or municipalities in order to implement the innovation or to integrate the solution in existing solutions / projects, as necessary technical assistance and adaptation will be provided by the developer.

Type and size

Cooperation task: 
SME 11-50,>500 MNE,251-500,SME 51-250,>500