Current solutions that enable the collection of information about the environment, infrastructure and road surface quality are expensive, equipment-heavy and require significant human interaction. Even more, there is no solution that provides timely data, making it difficult for infrastructure owners to optimize maintenance schedules and avoid motorist damage claims. The MobiSense consortium will develop a set of vehicle-equipped hardware and software modules that allow the low-cost and instantaneous collection of geospatial road infrastructure and environmental data, enabling predictive road maintenance and reducing vehicle damage.

Cost-effective, reliable, high-coverage data capture

Modern vehicles and smartphones contain sensors capable of measuring metrics related to the environment around the vehicle, such as road surface state, infrastructure safety, sound levels and air quality. This dynamic geospatial data is valuable to a wide range of stakeholders, from drivers, urban planners and infrastructure owners to insurance firms and real estate agents. To gather and process this data efficiently and manage it prudently, advanced data management hurdles and legal concerns must be addressed.

IoT networks that perform in all conditions

Leveraging consortium partners’ expertise in data management, hardware design, mobile development, and security and privacy, the MobiSense project will create a proof-of-concept hardware/software solution that:

  • uses vibro-acoustic extraction to determine road surface quality and data fusion with air quality, and uses intra-device communication standards to implement massive data collection apps;
  • features a sensor box that costs less than EUR 100 and consumes a maximum of 1 watt of power;
  • incorporates a scalable data management platform that meets all data protection, security and privacy needs;
  • uses machine learning algorithms to translate vehicle-collected data into accurate geographical information systems (GIS) information.

The project will also result in a techno-economic analysis of the commercial viability and valorization roadmap of the solution.

Repairing infrastructure before it breaks down

Enabling real-time monitoring of road and environmental conditions at less than 10% of current costs, the MobiSense project will provide infrastructure stakeholders with the data they need to keep roads in good shape, prevent vehicle damage and reduce the cost of measurement campaigns and monitoring equipment. Even more, the solution will be able to pinpoint the causes of infrastructure damage.

 

“The MobiSense consortium will develop a set of vehicle-equipped hardware and software modules that allow the low-cost and instantaneous collection of geospatial road infrastructure and environmental data, enabling predictive road maintenance and reducing vehicle damage.”

MobiSense

 

 

Mobisense is an imec.icon research project funded by imec.

It started on 01.10.2017 and is set to run until 30.09.2019.

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Project information

Industry

  • ASAsense
  • Be-Mobile
  • Qweriu BVBA

Research

  • imec - WAVES – Ugent
  • imec - CiTiP - KU Leuven
  • imec - IDLab - UAntwerpen

Contact

  • Project Lead: Bert De Coensel
  • Research Lead: David Plets
  • Proposal Manager: Toon De Pessemier
  • Innovation Manager: Dirk Hamelinck

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