TRITon is a research and innovation project funded by the project members and by the Autonomous Province of Trento (Provincia Autonoma di Trento, PAT), and aims at advancing the state of the art in the management of road tunnels, specifically to improve safety and reduce energy costs. To achieve these goals, TRITon merges research on state-of-the-art technology into the established practices of road tunnel infrastructures, supported by project members that include local research centers and companies working in the field.
An example application, central in TRITon, is adaptive lighting. In current deployments, the light intensity inside the tunnel is typically regulated based on worst-case design parameters and the current date and time, regardless of the actual environmental conditions. As it can be experienced when driving through a road tunnel too bright or too dark, this potentially determines a waste of energy, as well as a potential safety hazard. In TRITon, the light intensity inside the tunnel will instead be regulated through a wireless sensor network (WSN). This will relay sensed light information to the control station, which will exploit such information for fine-grained adaptation to environmental condition, significantly reducing costs and improving safety. Other application requirements addressed by TRITon include the combination of WSN and video-surveillance for improving safety, as well as fine-grained monitoring and control of pollutant levels inside the tunnel.
The DISI members participating in TRITon provide expertise across the board of information technology, including hardware, software, and communication platforms for wireless sensor networks, multimedia, networking, data management, and intelligent optimization. Moreover, DISI is also responsible for the scientific direction of the overall project.
Laboratory and Experimental Test-Sites
The activities of the TRITon project revolve around a dedicated laboratory, which includes office space as well as an experimental area where the various devices and sub-systems are developed and tested before their actual deployment.
However, to bring state-of-the-art research and technology like WSN into road tunnel management, the traditional lab-centered research is not sufficient. Indeed, TRITon will transfer its results in real test-sites, four operational tunnels on road SS 45bis near Trento, for a total length of about 3,200 m. These tunnels are interconnected with the laboratory, enabling the remote acquisition of experimental data from the systems deployed, and the testing of functionality related with remote monitoring and control.
The deployment of the innovative systems developed by researchers into a real-world, operational environment will provide not only the ultimate test for the project outcomes, but also a direct and measurable benefit to the local population.
|Roberto Battiti||Enrico Blanzieri||Mauro Brunato|
|Francesco De Natale||Fabrizio Granelli||Renato Lo Cigno|
|Andrea Massa||Themis Palpanas||Gian Pietro Picco Coordinator|
Università degli Studi di Trento