New Project: ESIMAS – Real Time Safety Management System for Road Tunnels
On January 19, 2012, the joint ESIMAS project was inaugurated at the German Federal Highways Research Institute (BASt). ESIMAS (Echtzeit-Sicherheits-Management-System) stands for Real Time Safety Management System. Its aim is to develop an innovative identification and expert system, which supports control centre personnel in monitoring tunnels 24/7.
In order to assure road tunnel safety, tunnels in excess of 400 m are constantly monitored by a tunnel control centre. The flood of individual data that is received there such as camera images and numerous sensor data must be permanently processed and assessed by the staff. The ESIMAS project intends coming up with new methods for supporting control centre personnel.
Based on ESIMAS data analysis and evaluation in future it will be possible to identify incidents affecting safety such as fire in the tunnel reliably and in time. In the event of a serious incident ESIMAS will provided recommendations on how to deal with it to the control centre personnel as well as the emergency services. Based on these recommendations measures can be undertaken quickly and in a targeted manner.
The innovative approach adopted by ESIMAS is geared to holistic appraisal of all individual data and their automatic processing and evaluation. In this way precise data will be available in real time in future relating to the current safety level in the tunnel. As a result the control centre will be able to respond speedily to protect motorists. New detection technologies such as infra red technology or vehicle silhouette identification will be introduced to back the system up.
The project will run until December 2014. The following Partners are involved alongside the STUVA:
• Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt), project management
• avp Verkehrs- und Informationstechnik GmbH
• Institute of Road and Traffic Engineering (isac) of the RWTH Aachen
• OSMO Anlagenbau GmbH und Co. KG
• Planung Transport Verkehr AG (PTV AG)
• Strehle & Partner Ingenieure GbR
• Institute für Mediatechnik at the Ilmenau University tor Applied Sciences