Research Project Information

Research Project Summary Information

iCone: Fully Automatic Road Construction Beacon(ST9953-1)

Telematics Services, LLC


One of the most painful aspects of daily traffic is unexpected highway lock-up due to construction that wasn't there yesterday. The development of a fully automatic road construction beacon (iCone) directly addresses the overbearing issue of the traffic congestion associated with highway job sites and the inherent danger with mixing workers and traffic. Marking every construction zone with a beacon that transmits the exact construction location and related traffic information to the media is one of the fastest and most reliable ways of getting construction information to the driving public. The initial design of the iCone was based on the belief that giving drivers knowledge of the location to all job sites enables effective trip planning, which may contribute to a reduction of associated congestion and a corresponding increase in efficiency. Such accurate real-time information may also increase driver awareness, reduce congestion, and improve safety around the site. The iCone is a simple method for marking the location of a job site with communications that can reach out from even the most remote roads, with a dedicated Web site, to distribute that specific location information to the State agencies, the media, and the public.

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Project Description

This project involved multiple activities including finalizing the iCone design, building a set of prototypes, and field testing with the New York State Thruway Authority (NYSTA) and New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT). As coordination with highway management agencies was thought to be crucial to the success of iCone, the Contractor sought the active participation of transportation organizations in the NYS to assist in the prototyping and testing.


Enhanced operation of the transportation system will reduce congestion, associated negative energy and environmental impacts, and will increase the economic viability of all users of the system. Additionally, reduced congestion and speed monitoring in construction zones will have significant positive safety ramifications.

Project Results

In addition to the Federal Highway Administration, State agencies involved included New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), NYSDOT, NYSTA and the New York State Police (NYSP).Fifty prototypes were built, crash tested, and deployed in a wide-variety of traffic and work zone applications. The commercial product has been well received and is currently being tested and deployed in numerous states from Massachusetts to California.


Telematics Services, LLC
1607 Sand Key Estates Court
Clearwater, FL 33767

Principle Investigator

Ross Sheckler

Universities Involved


Project Type:

Product Development

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NYSERDA Contact Information

Joseph Tario


R&D -Transport & Power Systems

Contract Details

Start Date: 1/11/2010
Project Status: Active
Contract Number: ST9953-1

Last Updated: 3/22/2012