Missouri City Bluetooth Sensor Integration
Back in 2013, Missouri City, TX had just finished installing AVI readers on various roadways throughout the City so that they could monitor traffic speed and density and publish the results to a website for commuters and citizens to view. Walter P Moore’s traffic team started the software integration work, but called on our Software Development Group’s expertise to finish the job. We performed a massive cleanup of the data, created numerous queries to measure the number of commuters and their average travel speeds, and created additional queries that allowed personnel to determine the health of the AVI readers. We assembled all of this information and published a website to present the data. We also designed and created a standalone application that Missouri City administrators could use to monitor the system.
Now fast forward to 2017. Missouri City replaced all AVI Readers with new, much more stable, Bluetooth-sensing equipment that can detect Bluetooth devices in passing cars on either side of the road. This technology change made it possible to cover twice as many roads with the same number of devices. The problem, however, was that the old system needed to be modified to accommodate these devices. This is where we came in. Last year (and part of this year), we helped Missouri City with the initial configuration by performing packet captures on the network and performing data analysis to let them know which devices were online ready and which still needed work. We also reconfigured the system to handle the new data format, and even upgraded the old website to use Open Street Maps. Our team coordinated with the GIS group to add aerial overlays (which is not supported natively by OSM) and even added a module to allow Missouri City personnel to click on the map to add roadway incidents. An added bonus was connecting the city to the Waze commuter network so that as incidents are added to the system, commuters using the popular Waze application can receive immediate updates on their mobile devices.