Faculty Advisor

Bianchi, Frederick W.

Project Center

Bar Harbor, Maine


This project determined the feasibility of implementing an intelligent transportation system (ITS) in Acadia National Park. The features of an ITS were researched and discussed. The components of Acadia’s previous ITS were evaluated. New ITS technologies for Acadia were investigated. Three sensor types were identified to count cars: magnetometers, induction loops, and cameras. Three traveler information systems were identified: dynamic message signs, websites, and mobile applications. The logistics of implementing these systems were assessed, and a cost analysis performed. The team recommended magnetometer sensors with a dynamic message sign to monitor the Sand Beach parking lot and a centralized travel website. The system can be expanded to other popular locations in the future.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

July 2017

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts