VTS: Remote Test Witnessing for Transit Applications


The IEEE Vehicular Technology Society
National Capital Chapter
ONLINE MEETING Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Winner of the IEEE Northern Virginia Chapter of the Year 2017
Winner of the IEEE Northern Virginia Chapter of the Year 2018
You will need a computer with speakers to watch the presentation.  A microphone and webcam are optional but encouraged.
Cost:  Free!

Please register by Noon Monday, September 14.

Webinar login details will be provided by 5 pm Monday, September 14.
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Speaker:   Mike Barnes
                 Jacobs Engineering Group
                 New York

Topic:       Remote Test Witnessing for Transit Applications

  Date and Time




  • Date: 15 Sep 2020
  • Time: 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM
  • All times are (GMT-05:00) US/Eastern
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  • Online meeting / webinar
  • Washington, District of Columbia
  • United States

  • Send your reservation with your name, and IEEE Membership status to vts.ltc.dc@gmail.com as soon as possible. Registrations will be taken up to Noon on Monday, September 14.

  • Starts 02 September 2020 08:00 AM
  • Ends 14 September 2020 12:00 PM
  • All times are (GMT-05:00) US/Eastern
  • No Admission Charge


Mike Barnes Mike Barnes of Jacobs Engineering Group


Remote Test Witnessing for Transit Applications

Witnessing of engineering and product qualification tests typically take place at remote factories and test facilities, and provides project owners across different industries with the confidence and assurance that the suppliers’ test setup, execution and results are valid and in compliance with pertinent technical and other contract requirements. For some engineering and system qualification tests, remote witnessing using live video and audio transmission can enable and allow project owners to gain an acceptable level of confidence that observed testing was performed correctly without the need for an on-site physical presence. Remote witnessing can be conducted in real-time using the latest commericial, off-the-shelf (COTS) products and instant chat and video conferencing applications, or simply by viewing the recorded footage following the test completion. This presentation discusses a remote test witnessing approach tailored for transit applications.


Mike works for Jacobs Engineering Group as a Mechanical Engineer & Test Engineer where he coordinates and supports testing of various transit vehicles and electromechanical subsystems. Mike earned a BSME from NYU Tandon School of Engineering in 2017.

Prior to joining Jacobs he completed an engineering internship at LEIF technologies where he did quality assurance engineering on electric skateboards. He also volunteers with Engineers Without Borders and the NYC Makerfaire.


Address:New York, New York, United States


  • 12:00 am - Lunch and social conversation
  • 12:30 pm - Technical presentation & discussion
  • 01:30 pm - Adjourn



  • Chair: David (DJ) Johnson
  • Vice-Chair: Reg Mitchell
  • Secretary: Karl Berger, PE
  • Treasurer: Steve Bezner, PE
  • Cashier: Ken Briers
  • Program Committee: Heather Roman

Please help your VTS Chapter: If you would like to speak or have contact information for a speaker, please contact David Johnson <djohnsonrail at ieee.org> or Heather Roman <hroman at omni-strategy.com>

Future Meetings:

  • October 13 - Bruce Horowitz - Advances to Passenger Rail Transport in South Africa
  • November 10 -- TBD, speaker needed!
  • December 8 -- TBD, speaker needed!
  • January 12
  • February 9
  • March 9
  • April 13
  • May 11