It might have been mistaken for a mobile operation center for covert surveillance – the 1996 white Ford van equipped with three front-mounted cameras, a 360-degree roof-mounted camera and onboard GPS system.
But the rolling technology center has a more pragmatic purpose, recording images and data that reveal the quality of a highway surface, including rutting and cracking.
Pathway, a company specializing in automated road and pavement condition surveys, demonstrated the capabilities of its technology-enhanced van Monday (March 19) at Headquarters in Boise.
The van is equipped with three high-resolution cameras that capture video at an amazingly clear resolution of 1300 by 1000 pixels. The resolution is about four times the capabilities of ITD’s video log van that is used to determine the quality of pavement on the state highway system.
Pathway’s van also offered super resolution line-scan images of 6,000 per line from a single camera, and 1280-point scanning laser technology to detect rutting. Other capabilities include:
The demonstration van, reportedly valued at about $800,000, can cover more than 200 miles of highway in a day and is several generations ahead of ITD’s video log van. Pathways contracts with states to provide pavement condition reports.