September 1996 | NTIA Technical Report TR-96-333

Testing and evaluation of the subcarrier traffic information channel

John F. Mastrangelo; Wayne R. Rust

Abstract: In support of the Federal Highway Administration of the United States Department of Transportation, the Institute for Telecommunication Sciences has completed a laboratory and field test program designed to independently evaluate the performance of an FM subcarrier-based traveler information broadcast system. This system was developed by the MITRE Corporation to investigate the use of FM subcarriers for the broadcast of traffic data to vehicles on highways. The testing and evaluation program measured the Subcarrier Traffic Information Channel (STIC) system performance both in the laboratory and when installed in the subcarrier channel of a commercial FM broadcast station. STIC performance was measured and evaluated in a variety of reception environments in order to assist in the future prediction of STIC coverage in areas of the United States that differ dramatically in terrain and population density.

Keywords: propagation measurements; propagation predictions; Advanced Traffic Information Systems (ATIS); FM broadcast subcarrier; Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS); Subcarrier Traffic Information Channel (STIC) system

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