GIVING THE GREEN LIGHT FOR AMBULANCES

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The difference between life and death can be a matter of minutes. For ambulances in Israel, those minutes can be spent trying to get through traffic and red lights. For his final project, Daniel Salomon, a College of Applied Engineering (CAE) graduate, created a system to expedite the way ambulances get to hospitals.

The system prototype uses a phone in the ambulance that is programmed to regulate traffic lights, each controlled by its own microcontroller. The ambulance driver dials a coded number that instantly reaches a DTMF (Dual Tone Multi Frequency) decoder to translate the tone from analogue to digital, transmitting it to the microcontroller. The microcontroller is connected to two current driver circuits, which ultimately activate the green light at each junction on the way to the hospital.

Due to his excellence at CAE, Daniel was selected for the prominent IDF “Marom” program to become an officer in the IDF Ordnance Corps, working in research and development of weapons systems and maintaining combat-support materials. Following his five year term of duty, Daniel hopes to continue working in research and development to find technical solutions to improve our lives.