FEBUS Optics is part of the RoadWise european project.
Find out how distributed fiber optic sensing can be a solution to road traffic monitoring thanks to this publication whose Gaëtan Calbris (PhD , Optics-Physics) is co-author.
"Accurate real-time traffic sensing is of key importance, especially in the urban environment to be able to optimize traffic flow by intelligent traffic systems (ITS). Often the high density of traffic sensors, needed to achieve an accurate real-time monitoring of important arterial roads, is difficult to implement due to technical contraints or because of installation cost. Furthermore, existing traffic sensing technology uses sensors that are only able to measure traffic flow on a cross-section of the road where they are installed (typically on a junction), giving no information on the situation in between. An alternative "seamless" measuring technology, is to use floating car data, with Google Maps being the most prominant example. This technology allows to derive traffic information over wide road sections, however it is unable to deliver realtime information, and it relies on the "cooperation" of the data providers (the fleet owner or the mobile phone users). Distributed acoustic sensing (DAS) is a relatively new technology that allows a seamless, realtime monitoring of the road traffic situation over large distances of up to 50 km using the existing telecom fiber optic cable infrastructure. We present first result of traffic speed estimation performed on a real highway with DAS, over a distance of 19 km and compare them to reference measurements from induction loops."