Smartphone app aids agencies in collecting road data

Smartphones have replaced several items we previously used in our daily lives as
their technologies have improved, with the addition of various internal components such as Global Positioning Systems and sensors. Those internal advances also offer the potential for use in collecting and analyzing road performance data.

While a few such smartphone-based applications (apps) exist for that purpose, none have been tailored to meet the needs of Iowa county engineers. Until now.

Halil Ceylan, director of the Program for Sustainable Pavement Engineering and Research (PROSPER), and his research teams have spent the past few years developing tools that help local agencies perform pavement analysis of their roadways. Most recently that work has resulted in the CyRoads app.. “These improvements can further enable Iowa’s local agencies to adeptly collect data on road conditions and refine their maintenance and rehabilitation strategies.””

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