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									                                   Progress Report

Reporting Period: April 2005 – June 2005

Reference: Research Project Work Order #6 -- Federal Aid Project CFDA-20.205 /
Contract No. BC543, "Standards Research, Testing & Training Development for the
Traffic Engineering Research Lab."

Investigators: Faculty -- Leonard J. Tung (P.I.), Jim Simpson, and Jim Zheng

              Technical Consultant -- James Langston (on call only)

              Research Associate -- Olivier Marietta-Tondin
                                    Khue Ngo, Lead Associate
                                    Francisco Ortiz
                                    Sivam Ramalingam

              Technical Staff --    Christine Chen
                                    Doug Murphy (took some leave in summer)
                                    Angela Ruffin (left in May for summer intern)
                                    Chris Taylor

              Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
              FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, Florida State University
              2525 Pottsdamer Street, Tallahassee, FL 32310
              Phone: (850)410-6469 / Fax: (850)410-6479 / Email: tung@eng.fsu.edu

Project Manager:     Jeffrey M. Morgan

                     State Traffic Engineering and Operations Office
                     Traffic Engineering Research Lab
                     Florida Department of Transportation
                     605 Suwannee Street, MS 36
                     Tallahassee, FL 32399-0450

This report was prepared by Leonard J. Tung, July 2005.
                                                  Progress Report No.6: April 2005 – June 2005


1.1 Milestones accomplished during this reporting period:

   April 11, 2005: Iteris became qualified as a FDOT Manufacturer of Video Vehicle

   April 13, 2005: Duran became qualified as a FDOT Manufacturer of Loop Sealant.

   April 14, 2005: Precision Solar Controls became qualified as a FDOT Manufacturer
      of LED Traffic Signals.

   June 27, 2005: CDR became qualified as a FDOT Manufacturer of Pull and Junction

   June 30, 2005: Carmanah Technologies became qualified as a FDOT Manufacturer of
      Internally Illuminated Street Name Sign.

1.2 Schedule
    Faculty Researchers:
       Leonard Tung is in charge of the administration part of the project and also works
       in the following areas of research: NTCIP and Dynamic Message Signs (DMS).
       In the summer of 2005, he works out of his office in A341 of COE.

       Jim Zheng coordinates the research activities of the Monitoring of LED Traffic
       Signals area that includes the testing of LED signal heads, conventional signal
       heads and dynamic message signs.

       Jim Simpson coordinates the research activities of the quality research team. He
       works in the areas of statistical process control and experimental design
       techniques concerning the FDOT Equipment Approval Process including the
       FDOT Approved Product List.

   Research Associates and Technical Staff:
      At the moment, the research team consisted of one consultant, four research
      associates, and four technical staff members. The team has been given various
      tasks involving the surveying, collecting and compiling of specifications and
      standards in the research areas of Light Emitting Diodes, Less-Intrusive Vehicle
      Detection, Dynamic Message Signs, NTCIP, Advanced Transportation
      Controllers, Quality Control Certification, and Testing Infrastructure
      Improvements. The team's tasks also include the testing of various devices for
      compliance to specifications.

   In the summer of 2005, the team's weekly meeting has been scheduled on Thursday
from 9:30 to 10:30 AM. During these meetings, each team member is required to report

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the work done during the past week, problems encountered if any and projection of future
activity. Each team member is to maintain a personal log detailing his/her research work.
Also during each meeting, one team member is required to give a detailed formal report
on his/her work. The minutes of the meetings are recorded. The spring schedule of the
research team is attached. (Attachment 1)

1.3 Mode of Operation
    FDOT Project/Lab Manager, Jeff Morgan, works each weekday with the research
    team to guide and direct the progress of the research being done.

   Carl Morse and Bob Griner of FDOT, and Steve Bentz of PBS&J, support Mr.
   Morgan in various areas of work at the TERL.

   The members of the research team continue to maintain the practices and procedures
   of the TERL, which have been developed and regularly revised since their forming.

   Each student is assigned a personal record book to record all research and testing
   activities performed at the Lab. A reading file notebook, containing all practices and
   procedures adopted by the TERL has been implemented as required reading for all

1.4 Summary of the Research Tasks
    Our research efforts are concentrated in the following areas:
       a) Monitoring of LED Traffic Signals – Signal Illumination:
          This area consists of the research and monitoring of light emitting diode (LED)
          vehicular traffic / pedestrian signals and other luminary technologies that may
          be applicable for this use (including DMS testing.) Doug Murphy, an
          undergraduate and a technical staff, has been working closely with and under
          the supervision of Dr. Zheng since January. Doug took some leave in the

       b) Vehicle Detection and GPS:
          This area consists of the research and identification of application and
          performance standards for the various less-intrusive vehicle detection
          technologies and pedestrian detection technologies. Khue Ngo, a graduate
          student and TERL Research Associate, works closely with Mr. Morgan, Mr.
          Morse and Dr. Tung in this area. A progress report by Khue is attached.
          (Attachment 2) Chris Taylor, an undergraduate and a technical staff, has been
          working with Khue in the area of GPS. A progress report by Chris is attached.
          (Attachment 4)

       c) National Transportation Communications for ITS Protocol (NTCIP):
          This area consists of the research and identification of NTCIP testing and
          performance standards of various devices, such as traffic signal and DMS
          controllers, for ITS applications. Angela Ruffin, an undergraduate and
          technical staff, work closely with Dr. Tung and Mr. Morgan in this area.

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      Angela has left in May for summer intern. Khue Ngo and Chris Taylor have
      taken over the area of DMS NTCIP-Compliance testing. They work with
      James Langston, a technical consultant (on-call only), in this area. Their
      activities in this area are documented in their reports respectively.
      (Attachments 2 & 4.)

   d) Technology Transfer:
      This area consists of developing ways to disseminate the product developed at
      the TERL to interested parties. The TERL website was updated and moved to
      the following address: http:/potentia.eng.fsu.edu/. Technical staff/
      administrative assistant Christine Chen is working on a 10-minute introduction
      video presentation of the TERL and an introduction video of the Quality
      Research Team under the supervision of Mr. Morgan and Dr. Tung. Chris
      Taylor has taken over the development and daily maintenance of the
      Departments web-based interactive Approved Product List (iAPL.)

   e) Advanced Transportation Traffic Signal Controller & Intersection Operation:
      Effort in this area is limited to NTCIP Compliance of ASC by the NTCIP team.

   f) Quality Engineering:
      This area consist of the following two areas: 1) the continued refinement and
      implementation of the FDOT APL Vendor Quality Assurance Program
      developed at the TERL and 2) the analyzing of all testing procedures
      performed at the TERL to enhance their efficiency and accuracy. Francisco
      Ortiz, Olivier Marietta-Tondin, and Sivam Ramalingam, all graduate students
      and TERL Research Associates, assists Dr. Simpson & Mr. Morgan in the
      refinement and implementation of this program. Steve Bentz of PBS&J has
      been working closely with this group in February to help implementing the
      program. A progress report by the Quality Research Team is attached.
      (Attachment 3)

1.4.1 The following research tasks are currently in progress:
    1) NTCIP Standards Development, Testing and Training
         testing in progress for devices submitted by DMS manufacturer ADDCO
         completed the NTCIP Qualification Test for Adaptive Micro Systems
           Permanent Mount Dynamic Message Sign
         literature search in progress for existing ASC functional requirements and
           specifications involving NTCIP
         review of NTCIP 1202 Version 1 and 2 standards (in progress)
         review of NEMA TS 2 standard (in progress)
         review of ASC MIB developed by Dade County in 1999 (in progress)
         review of Naztec documentation of ASCs implementing NTCIP (in
         review of NTCIP 8007 NTCIP Testing and Conformity Assessment
           Documentation Within NTCIP Standards Publications Comment Draft
         review of IEEE 829 IEEE Standard for Software Test Documentation

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      initial development with Intelligent Devices, Inc. NTCIP ActiveX Control
       and Device Tester software
      work with JScript .NET (possible language for development of test

2) Quality Research Engineering
     modification of the quality control minimum standards checklist (ongoing)
     development began on the 2 nd phase of this program: a monitoring
       program to verify compliance to quality standards once a device is sold
       and installed in the state. (ongoing)

3) Display Properties Testing for LED Traffic Signals and DMS
     design and build a 60-foot light tunnel (design complete, construction is
       ON HOLD)
     purchase equipment for the PC based testing system (on hold)
     chromaticity study of LED signal heads (on going, with several brands by
       various manufacturers being tested)
     intensity study of signal heads (on going, with several brands by various
       manufacturers being tested)
     viewing angle study of LEDs on DMSs (ongoing)
     intensity test of flasher LED warning signals (ongoing)
     test procedures documentation (under revision)

4) Vehicle Detection
     evaluation of various installed detector technologies (ON HOLD)
     re-evaluation of various detectors that were previously evaluated by the
       TERL (ON HOLD)
     update the current TERL developed vehicle detection standards
       (microwave, infrared, video, radar, etc.) which contain the minimum
       standards required to become approved and placed on the Approved
       Product List (APL). (Complete)
     develop analytical software tools to perform statistical analysis on the
       travel-time data collected with GPS technology. (90%)

5) Traffic Engineering Applications
     identify a Traffic Engineering Consultant that will be working on an as-
        needed basis on Traffic Engineering issues. (ON HOLD)

6) Technology Transfer
     updated and moved the TERL project internet web site now located at
       http://potentia.eng.fsu.edu, (includes the Approved Product List (APL)).
     publish TERL quarterly newsletter, Technology Lab Notes, which
       highlights a specific activity each quarter. (ON HOLD)

7) Continue the solicitation, compiling, and sorting of specs / standards in all
major research areas (on going).

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2. Next Quarter Goals and Objectives:

2.1 NTCIP Testing Procedures:
1) Continue the support of the TERL Dynamic Message Sign Pre-qualification Program.
2) Continue the development of the Actuated Signal Controller NTCIP standards for
3) Begin development of an NTCIP/SunGuide device testing program for all ITS
    devices supported by the FDOT SunGuide software.

2.2 Monitoring of LED Traffic Signals:
1) Investigate the discrepancy of intensity measurements collected with two devices
    (with Photo Research colorimeter and with a power meter) and those measured by an
    independent national lab.
2) Finalize the development of the TERL Statewide LED Signal Monitoring Program.

2.3 Dynamic Message Sign (DMS) Technology:
1) Continue other work being done, concerning the DMS, in the NTCIP and Monitoring
    of LED Traffic Signals (display testing) areas.

2.4 Vehicle Detection: (ON HOLD)

2.5 Vehicle Traffic Controller Technology:
1) Develop the knowledge required to produce training material and provide training
    and assistance concerning signalized intersection & traffic controller operation
    (isolated and coordinated intersection operation).
2) Start the development of testing procedures to be used to evaluate a traffic controller
    to FDOT standards that will be used late to automate the testing procedures
    (including the development of a Florida Specific ASC MIB).

2.6 Quality Engineering:
1) Continue the review and enhancement of the TERL Quality Assurance Program and
    implement the program to determine the existence and level of quality control and
    assurance programs in-place by approved FDOT manufacturers in their manufacture
    of traffic equipment.
2) Complete the QA/QC review of the FDOT Approved Product List and recommend
3) Aid in the statistical analysis of experiments in LED testing and NTCIP compliance

2.7 Portable GPS Unit for Moving Vehicle Studies:
1) To evaluate the potential of a portable GPS device as an effective research tool for
    conducting moving vehicle studies.
2) To evaluate or develop applications programs for reading and subsequently compiling
    the raw data acquired by the GPS unit. A database program is required to present the
    results in a convenient format.

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3) To evaluate or develop application software for computing the distance, travel time,
   delay, stops, and fuel consumption based on the data collected by the GPS unit.

2.8 Technology Transfer:
1) To maintain the web site located at http://rite.eng.fsu.edu
2) To maintain the quarterly publication of the Technology Lab Notes newsletter.
3) Produce an introductory video describing the activities at the TERL.
4) Present lab material at various meetings, workshops, etc.
5) Maintain the computer network at the TERL.

2.9 Training:
1) Continue the development of training facilities in each area of research.

            Progress Report No.6: April 2005 – June 2005

Attachment 1
Schedule for TERL
   Spring 2005

                                                                    Progress Report No.6: April 2005 – June 2005

                           TERL Schedule for Summer 2005 Semester

                             Monday            Tuesday           Wednesday         Thursday           Friday       Hrs

Christine Chen                                                                     7:00 – 5:00      7:00 – 5:00    20

Chris Taylor                1:00 - 3:00       2:30 - 4:30        1:00 - 3:00       2:30 - 4:30       3:00 - 5:00   10

Doug Murphy                 2:00 – 5:00                          12:00 - 5:00      9:00 - 3:00      12:00 - 6:00   20

Khue Ngo                    9:30 – 12:30      9:30 – 12:30       9:30 – 12:30     9:30 – 12:30     10:00 – 12:00   14

Francisco Ortiz             12:00 - 5:00      12:00 - 5:00       12:00 - 5:00      9:00 - 2:00                     20

Sivam Ramalingam            10:00 -2:00       10:00 -2:00        10:00 -2:00       10:00 -2:00      10:00 -2:00    20

Steven Bentz                 8:00 -5:00        8:00 -5:00         8:00 -5:00       8:00 -5:00        8:00 -5:00    40

Olivier Tondin              11:00 - 1:00      11:00 - 1:00       11:00 - 1:00     8:00 - 12:00      11:00 - 1:00   12

        The meetings are scheduled for Thursdays at 9.30 am


        IPTEL                              410-6415                   EE Fax                     410-6479
        TERL (FSU Line)                    410-6492                   TERL Fax                   410-6402
        Jeff Morgan                        410-5579                   jeffrey.morgan@dot.state.fl.us
        Carl Morse                         414-4863                   carl.morse@dot.state.fl.us
        Bob Griner                         414-4865                   bob.griner@dot.state.fl.us
        Dr. Leonard Tung                   410-6469                   tung@eng.fsu.edu
        Dr. Jim Zheng                      410-6464                   zheng@eng.fsu.edu
        Dr. Jim Simpson                    410-6354                   simpson@eng.fsu.edu
        Christine Chen                     668-3102                   yfs@eng.fsu.edu
        James Langston                     421-8453                   langston@eng.fsu.edu
        Doug Murphy                        350-0373                   murphdo@eng.fsu.edu
        Khue Ngo                           339-2482                   khuengo@eng.fsu.edu
        Francisco Ortiz                    410-6332/284-5824 (cell)   fortiz@eng.fsu.edu
        Sivam Ramalingam                   561-0699                   ramalsi@eng.fsu.edu
        Olivier Marietta-Tondin            321-6542                   marietta@eng.fsu.edu
        Chris Taylor                       818-497-1784               cat02e@fsu.edu
        Steve Bentz                        342-3330/508-0007(cell)    steven.bentz@gmail.com

                Progress Report No.6: April 2005 – June 2005

  Attachment 2
Research Progress Report


       Khue Ngo

                                                        Progress Report No.6: April 2005 – June 2005

                         Traffic Engineering Research Laboratory
       Florida Department of Transportation and FAMU - FSU College of Engineering

           Research Progress Report – 2nd Quarter 2005
Vehicle and Pedestrian Detection System + GPS Travel Time + NTCIP

 Area Manager: Dr. Leonard J. Tung
 Research Associate: Khue Q Ngo
 Date: July 2005

     1. TERL network maintenance

 Most of the time, I set up, maintained the computer system at the lab. The job description running
 from set up new workstation, install and update new software, backup the system, troubleshot
 network printers to reconfigure the system, adding new devices. During this quarter, due to black
 out, the server was crashed and I had to reinstall and upgrade the Windows XP Server software as
 well as DVD burner for files back-up. I did regularly file backup on DVD.

     2. NTCIP and DMS testing

 I reviewed NTCIP 120x standards and practiced DMS testing on Skyline DMS signs, to be ready
 for upcoming DMS signs testing and evaluation.

     3. TMC and ITC Test Plan

 Being an active member in TMC and ITC Test Plan project, we had weekly meeting discussing
 the indispensable work to prepare for the test lab in July 2005. Reviewed plans and made
 suggestions. Worked on putting a mock-up TMC system for testing purpose.

     4. GPS project

 Guided Chris Taylor on programming the interface for GPS based travel time analytical software.

     5. Other tasks

 Maintaining and updating the working schedule for all research associates. Producing the TERL
 meeting minutes every week.

 Reviewed and wrote summary report on UDOT – RMC (Ramp Meter Controller) NTCIP testing

 Reviewed and wrote summary report on Video vehicle Detection system.

 Attended a CORSIM 4-day training class in Orlando, FL. Made presentation to TERL staff.

                Progress Report No.6: April 2005 – June 2005

  Attachment 3
Research Progress Report


 Quality Research Team

                               Progress Report No.6: April 2005 – June 2005

Traffic Engineering Research Laboratory (TERL)

   Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)

          Quality Assurance Department

                Progress Report

                    For Period:

           April 1st 2005 – June 30th 2005

              Quality Research Team:

                Dr. James Simpson
                  Francisco Ortiz
              Olivier Marietta-Tondin
                   Steven Bentz
                Sivam Ramalingam

                                                   Progress Report No.6: April 2005 – June 2005

1.0   Introduction
      In the 2 nd quarter of 2005 the number of submittals by manufacturers was not as
      many as what we experienced in the 1st quarter of 2005. This has given the quality
      team more time to work on internal quality issues as part of continuous

2.0   Personnel
      No Changes in the aspect of members of the quality team.

3.0   QA Evaluation Tools
      The current evaluation survey is undergoing an improvement process. The
      purpose of this activity is to mold the survey to be more self explanatory,
      standardized in terms presentation and more accurate in outlining TERL’s quality
      In addition, an effort to formalize an internal Quality Management System (QMS)
      in accordance to ISO Standards has begun. The QMS in this beginning stage is
      being developed to cover the operations of the quality department and in the
      future it is anticipated to cover the entire TERL operations.
      The re-evaluation program has gone through several meetings as far as content
      development is concerned. It is still under development.
      The database has gone through another upgrade. In the latest upgrade “What’s
      New” page was added. This page has a specific feature to displays information
      such as:
          1. List of recent events based on selected start date
          2. Basic statistics on number of submittals and pre-evaluation & evaluation
                 passes & fails.

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4.0     QA Evaluation Update
        To date 89 Vendors/Manufacturers have submitted documents for qualification
               29 have qualified (2 of 29 are DMS makers)
               14 are due for re-qualification (4 of 7 is a DMS maker)
               47 remain in the system in various queues and re-routings
               3 Remain inactive
        The Manufacturers that have passed in Evaluation in 2nd quarter are:

               Iteris Inc. – April 11, 2005
               Durant Corporation – April 13, 2005
               Precision Solar Controls – April 15, 2005
               Carmanah Technologies Inc. – April 28, 2005
               Litesys, Inc. – June 15, 2005
               Oldcastle Precast - June 17, 2005
               CDR Systems Corporation - June 27, 2005

5.0     Future Plans
        The quality team shall focus more on establishment re-evaluation program and in-house
QMS as part of the future plan. The audit trip has been finalized to the location and manufacturers
of target; however the date has not been fixed yet. The trip was previously anticipated to take
place sometime in May 2005 but it is postponed to August 2005.

                Progress Report No.6: April 2005 – June 2005

  Attachment 4
Research Progress Report


      Chris Taylor

                                   Progress Report No.6: April 2005 – June 2005

Progress Report for 2004-2006 quarter 6

As of July 6, 2005

by Chris Taylor

Projects Summary
    + GPS software with Khue Ngo

    + iAPL
    + NTCIP

             Project: GPS software with Khue Ngo
This has been mainly on hold, however some progress has
been made. I requested documentation about the raw
database generated by the TMMS GPS device and received
plenty. What remains to be done is adding a new feature to
my GPS software to import the raw database.

Project: iAPL
Initially there were some roadblocks getting started on the
iAPL project. Brandon was unavailable to meet, the FDOT
did not receive my e-mails requesting requirements for
hosting on their servers, and I had no access to the
existing code. However, one by one these difficulties were
overcome and since then, great progress has been made with
the iAPL. It has gone through several phases in my
development schedule and a few more remain:

    (1) Getting the existing iAPL functional and working
    without adding new features

The server (rite.eng.fsu.edu) was hacked and the MySQL
software was reinstalled. Some permissions were not set up
for the iAPL site, so I had to fix the configuration files.

The administration site was publicly accessible, which was
quickly fixed with Apache’s directory permissions.

There were some bugs in the code that prevented several of
the features from working. Fixing these gave me a good
introduction on how PHP works with Apache under UNIX.

I made a few updates to the page, to update contact
information and post news.

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    (2) Getting and evaluating the requirements from the
    FDOT for hosting on their servers

After Jeff gave me a hand, this was easy. They require
MSSQL and ASP.NET/IIS for the coding, as well as a certain
look and feel for the visual construction of the public
pages. iAPL is being hosted on a Linux machine running
MySQL and PHP/Apache at this time, so this involves a lot
of tinkering.

    (3) Setting up the iAPL on potentia.eng.fsu.edu

The potentia server is running IIS6, PHP5 and MSSQL.

The first step was to import the existing APL database into
MSSQL. This was accomplished using the mysqldump tool and
hand-editing the .sql query file it produced to work
properly with MSSQL.

Next I decided to get the PHP version of the public APL
viewer working under IIS and MSSQL. After some jiggery-
pokery this is now functional, though it has involved
installing version 5 of PHP manually.

Presently I’m working on getting the admin site working as
I’ve noticed a few SQL injection vulnerabilities in the
original site design, which need to be addressed as soon as
the admin site works again. These won’t prevent it from
being used instead of the version on rite.eng.fsu.edu. My
plan is then to convert the code base over to ASP.NET,
refactoring as I go.

Project: NTCIP
No work to report on this project.


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