Carefully select vendors and develop contracts for animal detection systems.
Montana and Pennsylvania's experience with deploying animal detection systems.
Thompsontown,Pennsylvania,United States; Yellowstone National Park,Montana,United States
- Conduct thorough research when selecting systems and vendors. The animal detection system field has become highly active, requiring agencies to obtain the latest information on the experiences with the individual systems and their vendors, before making a selection. Criteria for system reliability and other parameters should be developed to help with screening systems and vendors. Prequalification criteria may include the following:
- Previous and recent experience in the deployment of ITS equipment in a roadside environment;
- Experience with state and federal regulations regarding the deployment of ITS equipment in a roadside environment;
- Experience with hardware and software integration under environmental conditions that are challenging to high-tech equipment;
- Experience with an engineering approach to a design process and developing system acceptance criteria; and
- Experience with training project partners in the operation and maintenance of ITS equipment and software.
- Word vendor contracts in language that is definitive and not open to interpretation. Contracts with vendors should clearly define the basis of payments as associated with deliverables or completed milestones of the project. It is especially important to have clear and quantifiable criteria for system acceptance, perhaps in the form of a checklist (e.g., basic checks on the functioning of the system; a maximum percentage of false positives and false negatives; provision of spare parts). The majority of the payments should not be released until those criteria have been met. Because of potentially long delays before a system becomes operational, the warranty period should not start until the system has become operational, i.e., meets the designated criteria and is accepted by the transportation agency.
Author: Huijser, Marcel P., et al .
Published By: Oregon DOT
Prepared by the Western Transportation Institute - Montana State University, and Sensor Technologies and Systems, Inc. for the Oregon DOT
Source Date: August 2006
Other Reference Number: Report No. SPR-3(076)URL: http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TD/TP_RES/docs/Reports/AnimalVehicle.pdf
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