Hand-held incident investigation units purchased at a cost of $13,000 per unit were used to reduce incident clearance time, increase safety of investigations, and improve investigation accuracy at accident sites in Phoenix.
From the Phoenix MMDI Evaluation Report: Subsection 5.4 Computer-Aided Incident Investigation
For improved incident management, computer-aided incident investigation systems were purchased to reduce incident clearance time, increase safety of investigators, and improve the accuracy of police investigations at accident sites. The key tool was a hand-held combination infrared distance meter and prism that allowed police to quickly record object/vehicle distance measurements. Once these measurements were taken, vehicles and debris could be removed from the roadway and the data collected could be uploaded to an off-site workstation and analyzed by investigators.
The incident investigation system equipment included the hand-held unit, tripod, monopole antenna, and computer workstation at a cost of $13,000 per unit. The auto integration and AutoCAD software used to analyze and generate reports based on data taken at the incident scene cost $2,000 per unit. MMDI funding was used to purchase two incident investigation system units for the Department of Public Safety. Based on positive feedback on the use of the equipment, five additional systems were purchased with state and local funds. The $42,000 cost for training includes training of two groups of 10-15 officers for a total of 24 hours training each. Operations and maintenance (O&M) were estimated at $4,305.
|“Total Station” Incident Investigation Unit, Computer Workstation, Tripod, Monopole Antenna|
|Auto Integration and AutoCAD Software|
|Operations and Maintenance|
Author: C. Zimmerman (Battelle), et. al.
Published By: Federal Highway Administration, U.S. DOT
Prepared by Battelle for the U.S. DOT
Source Date: April 2000
EDL Number: 12743
Other Reference Number: Report No. FHWA-OP-00-015URL: http://ntl.bts.gov/lib/jpodocs/repts_te/12743.pdf
Annual O&M costs: $4,305 (1998).
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