One of the most expensive and labor-intensive operations performed by many states during the winter months is snow removal and roadway treatment. Having current information about road and weather conditions can improve the overall efficiency of the operation, reduce the amount of applied materials, and decrease overall cost.
The IDI Mobile Data Collector (MDC) Series is a critical part of a solution to collect real-time information on weather and roadway conditions, and can provide operators and supervisors with recommendations as weather conditions change.
The MDC in each snow plow receives information from the operator, spreader controller, GPS receiver and plow blade sensors. This information is made available via an integrated cellular data modem to an NTCIP compatible central system. The information from the snow plows can then be used to create advanced reports detailing the amount of material and vehicle usage.
The MDC-oo3 is the next generation of mobile data device that collects information from spreader controllers, temperature sensors, plow blades, cameras and any other external data devices. The unit is a fully enclosed embedded Microsoft PC with an integrated touch screen. The device has multiple connection interfaces including USB, serial, OBD-II Interface, VGA, Ethernet, GPS, keyboard, mouse, microphone and speaker outputs. The MDC-003 is an integral part of Maintenance Decision Support System (MDSS) applications and to other ITS central systems.
The MDC-004 is the next generation of mobile data collection device that collects information from spreader controllers, temperature sensors, plow blades, cameras and other external data devices. The unit is split into two separate components, an embedded Microsoft PC and a touch screen interface. Providing a split device allows for an easy installation. The MDC-004 has the same connections as the MDC-003. The MDC-004 is an integral part of Maintenance Decision Support System (MDSS) applications and to other ITS central systems.
The MDC-005 is a lower cost AVL unit. This unit is much smaller in design compared to the MDC-003 and MDC-004 which makes it very easy to install in small spaces. The MDC-005 is designed to collect and integrate all the devices connected to the vehicle and send this information back to the central database. The unit allows for integration to spreader controllers, plow blade sensors, GPS, OBD-II, temperature sensors and other digital and analog inputs. This unit does not include a touch screen interface.
*Licensed under U.S. Patent Nos. 7,355,509 and 7,714,705