Smart Vest Could Protect Workers From Road Construction Hazards


Construction sites in general are very dangerous places to work at, but this is even more true for roadside construction sites because you have the added danger of oncoming vehicular traffic that increases the risks exponentially. In 2013 alone, 579 fatalities in highway work-zone related incidents were recorded by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association. The InZoneAlert vest that Virginia Tech researchers are creating seeks to minimize, if not altogether eliminate, these fatalities by warning both the worker and the motorist in a matter of seconds if a collision is about to occur. The latest in “smart” clothing technology (wearable items with woven-in electronic components that can provide data such as a person’s movements) makes this life-saving technology possible using short-range communication sensors and connected vehicle technology that allows cars to “talk” to one another, to roadside infrastructure, and to personal electronics such as mobile phones. The vest will be tested in real-world demonstrations involving highway-speed traffic at the Virginia Smart Road in Blacksburg. For more information on the Smart Vest technology, click on this link…

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