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DOT testing, distributing bridge wind sensor technology

8:20 AM, Jul 5, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- When the next tropical storm hits the First Coast, new technology will insure that traffic planners will be ready.

In March, the DOT installed 22 wind sensors on bridges from southern St. Johns County to Fernandina Beach.  Each sensor collects real time data about the winds blowing over each bridge. 

Now, a company called Microcom Design is finalizing a software program that takes that data and sends it to the desktop of emergency officials every ten seconds.

According to District II ITS Engineer Pete Vega, he, Microcom and all the participating agencies worked together to decide what the software would look like and how it would alert them to dangerous conditions. 

"So that they know at certain stages what kind of action needs to be taken," explained Vega.  "It actually reduces the amount of resources they need to put out in the field with the wind meters because now they can do those determinations at the EOC."

The software will be rolled out to necessary agencies next week. 

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