Cost

Over half of the $3.25 million cost for the San Antonio Lifelink advanced telemedicine project was attributed to reseach and development.

From the San Antonio MMDI Evaluation Report: Section 6 - Improved Emergency Services


May 2000
San Antonio,Texas,United States


Summary Information

The LifeLink project was deployed to provide improved emergency service in the San Antonio, Texas area. LifeLink is an advanced application of telemedicine. The system supports voice and video teleconferencing between University Hospital and 10 of the ambulances in the San Antonio Fire Department. Video and data are transmitted between the ambulance and the hospital over the existing fiber optic network that was deployed as part of the San Antonio TransGuide. Radio antennas, or beacons, were placed at approximately 1 mile intervals along the TransGuide freeway network for transmission between the ambulance and the roadside fiber network. The hospital is connected to the freeway fiber network via a fiber optic line.

The total capital cost of the project was $3.25 million. Equipment on-board each ambulance included a video camera, two video monitors, headset, microphone, and computer. The hospital node equipment included a computer, video camera, headset, and fiber. Over half of the cost of the project is attributed to research and development as would be expected for the deployment of an advanced technology project. Although the cost of the fiber hubs to facilitate vehicle to roadside communication is a significant cost driver, the overall cost of the project would have been much higher if the project team had not been able to utilize the existing fiber optic network.

The annual operations and maintenance (O&M) cost was $25,325 and included maintenance costs for ambulance equipment and emergency medical service communication.

The table below provides a breakdown of the LifeLink project costs.


EquipmentQuantityCapital CostO&M Cost
Ambulance Node
10
$215,410
Hospital Node (w/fiber)
1
$44,320
Fiber Hub Install
51
$1,033,413
Fiber Hub Install - Kits only
8
$121,064
Lab Development Materials
$53,995
Mobile Development Materials
$79,445
Development Labor Costs
$1,643,275
SWRI Development Labor Costs
$60,000
Ambulance Equipment Maintenance
$6,331
EMS Communication Maintenance
$18,994
TOTAL
$3,250,922
$25,325





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Source

Metropolitan Model Deployment Initiative: San Antonio Evaluation Report - Final Draft

Author: Carter, M., et al.

Published By: Federal Highway Administration, U.S. DOT

Prepared by SAIC for the U.S. DOT

Source Date: May 2000

EDL Number: 12883

Other Reference Number: Report No. FHWA-OP-00-017

URL: https://rosap.ntl.bts.gov/view/dot/2893

System Cost

Capital cost: $3.25 million (1998).

Annual O&M cost: $25,325 (1998).

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In-vehicle navigation units and real-time traveler information software development were the main cost drivers for the San Antonio TransGuide MMDI project to improve operations at several public agencies.

Over half of the $3.25 million cost for the San Antonio Lifelink advanced telemedicine project was attributed to reseach and development.

The integrated freeway/incident management system covering 28.9 miles in San Antonio was deployed for approximately $26.6 million.

Benefits From This Source

Evaluation indicated that integrating DMS and incident management systems could reduce crashes by 2.8 percent, and that integrating DMS and arterial traffic control systems could decrease crashes by 2 percent, in San Antonio, Texas.

Evaluation of freeway DMS integrated with incident management in San Antonio, Texas, found fuel consumption reduced by 1.2 percent; integrating the DMS with arterial traffic control systems could save 1.4 percent.

In San Antonio, Texas, 60 percent of drivers of transit vehicles equipped with in-vehicle navigation devices reported that they saved time and felt safer.

In San Antonio, Texas, focus group participants felt that DMS were a reliable source of traffic information.

In San Antonio, Texas, usage of a traveler information Web site increased at a rate of 19 percent per year and spiked during severe weather events.

Modeling performed as part of an evaluation of nine ITS implementation projects in San Antonio, Texas indicated that drivers of vehicles with in-vehicle navigation devices could experience an 8.1 percent reduction in delay.

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Cost ID: 2003-00035