GuideME: An Effective RFID-based Traffic Monitoring System

Fadi Aloul, Assim Sagahyroon, Ali Nahle, Makram Abou Dehn, and Raneem Al Anani


Real Time Traffic Monitoring, RFID, GPRS, Web Server, Google Maps


Traffic jam is a serious problem that has been around for a very long time. In Project GuideME, we propose a system that monitors the highways and calculates the average speed of the passing cars before storing the data in a database. The user can then access real-time updates with exact numerical values of the highways’ average speed via a web portal or SMS. Therefore, users can plan the fastest routes for their trips, and reduce congestion by distributing traffic better over the highways. The solution uses two Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) readers on each monitored highway, and installs passive RFID tags on the passing cars. The two RFID readers are integrated with a General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) device that sends data to a web server. The server runs a calculating algorithm and a database to store the data. A prototype was built and tested. It operated as intended, was relatively cheap to implement and delivered accurate results. With the promising preliminary results, we believe that GuideME would function very well in a real life and large-scale implementation, and can benefit a large number of people.

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