TechConnect Innovation Program

Railroad and Highway Vehicle Detection with Magnetic Sensors

Central Signal, LLC, Wisconsin, United States

TECHNOLOGY SUMMARY

Multidimensional AMR sensors, digital signal processing, wireless communication, battery power and energy harvesting, non-intrusive placement. Proprietary vehicle detection and speed measuring software. Single sensor speed measurement. Railroad vital signal systems hardware and software design.

Primary Application Area: Automotive & Transportation

Technology Development Status: Proven Manufacturability

Technology Readiness Level: TRL 6

FIGURES OF MERIT

Value Proposition: Central Signal sensors solve PTC implementation problems. They provide accurate track location, direction and speed for any rail car or complete train. They operate independently of on-board equipment, track rails and other signal devices. They are modular, small, power efficient and independent of other infrastructure.

SHOWCASE SUMMARY

Organization Type: Corporation

Showcase Booth #: 956

Website: www.centralsig.com

GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES

Government Funding/Support to Date: USDA Award No. 2006-33610-16783, SBIR-Phase 1, 05/15/2006 to 01/14/2007, $80,000 Grant Amount, ’An Innovative Cost-Effective Active Warning System for Improved Safety at Rural Railroad Crossings’

USDA Award No. 2007-33610-18611, SBIR-Phase 2, 09/01/2007 to 08/31/2009, $346,000 Grant Amount, ’An Innovative Cost-Effective Active Warning System for Improved Safety at Rural Railroad Crossings’

USDOT Contract No. DTRT57-08-10010, SBIR Phase 1, 11/07/2007 to 4/5/2008, $100,000 Contract Amount, Research Topic No.: 07FH4, ’Quick Highway Incident Detection and Incident Warning Systems’

USDOT Contract No. DTRT57-09-10034, SBIR Phase 2, 9/25/2009 to 6/23/2012, $700,000 Contract Amount, Research Topic No.: 07FH4, ’Quick Highway Incident Detection and Incident Warning Systems’

Primary Sources of Funding: Federal Grant, Other

Looking for: Both Funding and Development Partners