Saxton Transportation Operations Laboratory

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The Saxton Transportation Operations Laboratory (Saxton Laboratory) is a state-of-the-art facility for conducting transportation operations research. The laboratory is located at Federal Highway Administration[HTML_REMOVED]s (FHWA) Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC) in McLean, VA. The laboratory enables FHWA to validate and refine new transportation services and technologies before committing to larger scale research, development, testing, and deployment phases, and serves as a gateway where Federal staff, contractors, and academia collaborate on cutting-edge research. The Saxton Laboratory also supports professional development and technology transfer of innovative service concepts and technologies through knowledgeable onsite staff, physical prototype systems, and advanced simulation capabilities.The Saxton Laboratory comprises three testbeds:Data Resources Testbed (DRT) - Provides researchers with access to live and archived multisource transportation data to support transportation system performance measurement and transportation system management applications. The testbed assembles and archives data, hosts traffic datasets, analyzes operations and performance, provides advanced visualization tools to improve situational awareness, and aids strategic program and tactical operations decisionmaking. Concepts and Analysis Testbed (CAT) - Incorporates a repository of macroscopic, mesoscopic, and microscopic transportation models to allow simulation runs and visualizations of representative traffic networks and experimental strategies to improve safety (to some extent), mobility, and environmental performance. The testbed allows FHWA research staff to refine the experimental strategies through direct interaction with the models and to determine the potential value of potential strategies to various stakeholders. Cooperative Vehicle-Highway Testbed (CVHT) - Enables FHWA to explore enabling technologies for connected vehicles and to assess the potential of new transportation services based upon cooperative communication. The facilities, equipment, staff support, and other resources of this testbed enable FHWA researchers to develop prototypes, install systems in the roadside infrastructure and on vehicles, and conduct tests directed to investigate and answer key research questions needed to further connected vehicle research efforts. The three testbeds help FHWA fulfill multiple operations research missions. For example, for a given test requirement, FHWA can validate fundamental technologies, collect data for proof-of-concept testing, and assess benefits through simulation by using the Saxton Laboratory testbeds.Saxton Laboratory FacilitiesThe Saxton Laboratory includes the following facilities, which can support a broad range of research needs, particularly testing connected automation applications.Connected Vehicle Fleet Radar and Ultra Sonic SensorsFront and Rear-Facing Cameras5.9 GHz Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC), Wi-Fi, and 4G Cellular/LTE CommunicationsData Collection and Processing SystemsLocalization SystemElectronic Throttle and Brake Control UnitsVehicle Preparation Garage Equipment InstallationMaintenance and Storage Connected Traffic Signal Roadside Communications (Roadside Equipment and Black Box)Information Processing Connected Road 5.9 GHz DSRCWireless Pavement SensorsHigh-Speed CamerasWeather and Global Positioning System Base StationWorldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX), Cellular, and DSRC CommunicationsConnected Mobile Traffic Sensing System Microwave Vehicle DetectionOutdoor Pan/Tilt/Zoom Dome CamerasSolar Powered Connected Laboratory State-of-the-Art Simulation and Analysis ToolsHigh-Bandwidth Internet2 ConnectivityHigh-Capacity Data Servers

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