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The Design, Fabrication and Testing of Infrared Traffic Counter on Selected Major Dual-Carriageways in Akure - Nigeria

AJAYI , Samuel Akintomide and Owolabi, Adebayo Oladipo and OSADEBE , C.C. and Busari, A. A. and QUADRI, H.A. (2017) The Design, Fabrication and Testing of Infrared Traffic Counter on Selected Major Dual-Carriageways in Akure - Nigeria. In: 4th International Conference on Transportation in Africa, 11-13 October 2017, Sheraton Hotel, Abuja, Nigeria, West Africa.

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Conventional intrusive traffic counters such as inductive loop, pneumatic tubes, piezo- sensors are expensive to install and maintain, and are not readily available for various urban roads to facilitate traffic data collection, also manual counts by transport professionals have proven to be ineffective and prone to errors. The aim of this research is to design, fabricate and test an infrared traffic counter on the selected major dual carriageways in Akure metropolis. The counter was fabricated from these locally available materials such as Infrared transmitter and receiver, Microcontroller, LCD (Liquid Crystal Display), Oscillator, Connecting Wires, Mother board, Batteries, Capacitor, Resistor, and Pyrex plastic. The circuits for the infrared transmitter, microcontroller and receiver were designed by an existing software programs called “MIDE and “PROTUSE. Also locally designed counter, manual counts method and conventional counter were employed to collect volume. The volume result from the designed counter compared to the conventional counter was found to be 99% accurate. The volume/capacity result shows heavy congestion which shows unstable flow, high density and severe restrictions on a driver‟s ability to manoeuvre, with poor comfort and convenience. This research has shed light on the need to design locally made traffic counters which has overcame the demerit of manual counting on roads and eradicate the cost incurred in securing or purchasing an automatic counters

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Infrared traffic counters, traffic congestion, volume, dual carriageway and transport professionals
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
T Technology > TH Building construction
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
Depositing User: Mrs Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2018 10:49
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2018 10:49

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