To succeed, thrive and grow, Canada’s industries, businesses, governments, schools and work force must continue to prepare for the new digital economy. To this end, the University of Alberta (U of A) and the University of British Columbia (UBC) are working together with a number of public and private sector partners to develop a major proposal to design and build a network of telematics infrastructure testbeds for the APGC.
The CST at the University of Alberta (U of A) and research teams at the University of British Columbia (UBC) are working together to foster Canadian competitiveness in ITS and CV technology and research. The AURORA test beds will be built and operated in Vancouver, British Columbia, while the ACTIVE test beds will be built and operated in Edmonton, Alberta:
ACTIVE In-Lab Test Bed
The ACTIVE Transportation Lab includes a state-of-the-art traffic simulation platform, portable traffic data-capture equipment and hardware traffic control units, and meets the needs for research, education and training. The portable traffic data-capture equipment are intended to collect supplemental traffic data to meet different research needs. The state-of-the-art traffic simulation platform will be connected with real, fully-functional traffic control units, and will keep this control hardware in the loop while traffic simulation models are running. The traffic simulation platform will design and evaluate innovative solutions using evolving wireless communications infrastructure, and will fill the gap between simulation models and real-world scenarios.
ACTIVE On-Road Test Bed
The ACTIVE on-road test beds will comprise three road sections in the greater Edmonton area. These road sections feature a variety of traffic volumes and patterns and geometric characteristics, ensuring that all road jurisdictions in Alberta as well as in Canada will benefit from the results of the proposed studies. In addition to traditional equipment, seventeen road-side equipment (RSE) units will be deployed that can quickly establish a connection with proprietary on-board equipment (OBE) located in passing study vehicles. These units exchange data using 5.9 GHz dedicated short-range communication (DSRC) protocols. The RSEs can retrieve multiple information, such as second-by-second location information, from the OBEs and can send the OBEs multiple formats of messages, such as alert messages, if necessary. The RSE will either be directly connected to the internet, or will receive and send the related information via the adjacent network access point.
Anticipated duration: 3 years (January 2014 – December 2016)
Participating agency: Transport Canada, Alberta Transportation, City of Edmonton, Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI); Alberta Enterprise and Advanced Education.