USA: The Federal Transit Administration’s Real-Time Asset Management research programme has awarded grants totalling $1·37m to six projects which aim to enhance asset management and safety by deploying innovative technologies.

Real-Time Asset Management project funding
Sponsor Description Funding
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Working with four transport agencies to install and demonstrate smart sensing modules providing real-time monitoring of rail infrastructure and rolling stock $395 000
Maryland Department of Transportation Developing an electronic inventory of the Baltimore light rail network to monitor, detect and identify track deficiencies $150 000
Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County Working with the University of Nevada to demonstrate real-time infrastructure monitoring in the city of Reno $131 661
SEPTA Deploying automated scanning technology to assess the condition of overhead contact wires $170 000
Dallas Area Rapid Transit Demonstrating real-time digital technology to monitor stations, tracks, bridges, tunnels and road crossings $184 000
Utah Transit Authority Developing an optical imaging system to monitor the conditions of Salt Lake City’s urban rail network $338 155