DESERT ROADS have casual dust events in which the dust may completely cover several kilometers of the road for several hours and this usually causes breathing problems and may deadly accidents for travellers. Here, we present an early warning system describing such roads, which will also provide feedback to the local authorities to take the proper action and give travellers the current status of the road to avoid such problems. The system is based on a real-time analysis to classify the activity of the dust of the acquired images. The analysis is performed by processing the images within the wireless nodes and extracting information about the dust events. The system output will be used to generate a real-time alert to the authorities and travellers in the event of an emergency caused by dust.
Electronics World Magazine, Volume 116, Issue 1892, August 2010