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Reliable sensor deployment for network traffic surveillance


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  • Li, Xiaopeng
  • Ouyang, Yanfeng
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    New sensor technologies enable synthesis of disaggregated vehicle information from multiple locations. This paper proposes a reliable facility location model to optimize traffic surveillance benefit from synthesized sensor pairs (e.g., for travel time estimation) in addition to individual sensor flow coverage (e.g., for traffic volume statistics), while considering probabilistic sensor failures. Customized greedy and Lagrangian relaxation algorithms are proposed to solve this problem, and their performance is discussed. Numerical results show that the proposed algorithms solve the problem efficiently. We also discuss managerial insights on how optimal sensor deployment and surveillance benefits vary with surveillance objective and system parameters (such as sensor failure probabilities).

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Transportation Research Part B: Methodological.

    Volume (Year): 45 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 1 (January)
    Pages: 218-231

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:transb:v:45:y:2011:i:1:p:218-231

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    Keywords: Reliable facility location Sensor deployment Traffic surveillance Greedy heuristic Lagrangian relaxation;


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    1. Chen, Qi & Li, Xiaopeng & Ouyang, Yanfeng, 2011. "Joint inventory-location problem under the risk of probabilistic facility disruptions," Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, Elsevier, vol. 45(7), pages 991-1003, August.
    2. He, Sheng-xue, 2013. "A graphical approach to identify sensor locations for link flow inference," Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, Elsevier, vol. 51(C), pages 65-76.
    3. Xing, Tao & Zhou, Xuesong & Taylor, Jeffrey, 2013. "Designing heterogeneous sensor networks for estimating and predicting path travel time dynamics: An information-theoretic modeling approach," Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, Elsevier, vol. 57(C), pages 66-90.
    4. Li, Xiaopeng & Ouyang, Yanfeng & Peng, Fan, 2013. "A supporting station model for reliable infrastructure location design under interdependent disruptions," Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Elsevier, vol. 60(C), pages 80-93.


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