Most Cost Effective Detection
Ten Reasons Roadrunner RF Is Most Cost Effective
Sensor system comparability includes installation costs, maintenance costs, dissemination costs, and infrastructure costs. We have modified the Texas Transportation Institute’s “Detector Life Cycle Costs and Considerations” spreadsheet application to incorporate Roadrunner RF’s costs. It can be used to identify the relative cost of the technologies to one another, given different user‐inputs. A copy is here. Figure 1 shows the results. Additional cost considerations are listed below.
These costs fall under the heading of time and money expended in developing, writing the software, revising, reviewing, piloting and field testing. We’ve spent a great deal of time, effort, and money on developing Roadrunner. It’s built on 30 years of experience in traffic and multimedia, and we’ve based the product on Open Source material. By using open source Roadrunner relentlessly drives down the costs. Roadrunner uses a custom build of Linux, Apache, PHP, Bash, MySQL, in-memory databases and Postgres and a large number of other open-source software projects. In Roadrunner’s scope of operation, open source hasn’t just caught up to proprietary solutions, it is leading the pack.
The Red Tape associated with the installation of Roadrunner is minimal. Mount the NUC on the DIN rack in a traffic cabinet, penetrate the bulkhead with an bulkhead connector, Attach the antenna (preferably on a pole), snap in the RJ45 ethernet cable and power up the unit. It’s that simple. No pucks to install in the roadway, no need to shut down traffic to install loops. No special precautions for mounting a radar unit, no masthead cameras to install (or lenses to keep clean).
If fiber or an internet connection is available through the signal master cabinets, there is zero additional cost. Otherwise, the Intel® XMM™ 6255 modem platform combines the Intel® X-GOLD™ 625 baseband and its integrated power management unit with the Intel SMARTi™ UE2p – the first transceiver with a fully integrated 3G power amplifier. It can connect to Sprint, Verizon, and other mobile providers.
How well does Roadrunner RF matrix sampling deliver transit times? Given a full signalized intersection install, the answer is very well. Such a system renders not only current status, but status compared to hour of day, day of week, week of month and month of year. It renders a more complete picture of the entire system, its performance, and where it can be optimized and improved.
- Constantly changing terms of service;
- Recurring service fees;
- No central body for governing use;
- No firm details on ownership of data.
- No portability, among others.
If your operating model includes cloud computing, Roadrunner can accommodate it. If not, it isn’t a requirement.