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Florida Turns to TrafficCast’s New BlueTOAD Spectra Detector for Travel Time Accuracy and Reliability

Florida Turns to TrafficCast’s New BlueTOAD Spectra Detector for Travel Time Accuracy and Reliability

Proven field implementations show Spectra delivers 300-500% more matches than any Bluetooth or WiFi travel-time system in the industry!

MADISON, WI, March 7, 2017 – TrafficCast International, Inc., today announced the successful implementation of its latest generation and market-leading Bluetooth® signal sensor detector technology, BlueTOAD Spectra. Incorporating advanced capabilities to detect unique Bluetooth identifiers even when component devices are in non-discoverable mode, BlueTOAD Spectra is gaining widespread adoption throughout the country and in the State of Florida.

When a Bluetooth device pairs up to another Bluetooth device, such as a smartphone to a vehicle’s hands free system, it is rendered “undiscoverable” and thus undetectable by standard Bluetooth detectors. However, TrafficCast’s BlueTOAD Spectra sensor is able to detect these undiscoverable devices, adding significantly to detection density. With a growing number of states requiring the use of “hands-free” technology in vehicles, Spectra offers a significantly greater amount of Bluetooth device detection and more importantly, matches between sensors. This increase in data provides the most accurate travel times on lower volume roads and during non-peak hours, while also providing for a much larger footprint for area-wide Origin/Destination studies.

In December 2016, the Florida Department of Transportation’s Traffic Engineering Research Laboratory (TERL) approved the new BlueTOAD Spectra dual-radio Bluetooth detection system for inclusion on the State’s Approved Products List (APL). At the same time, several Florida local agencies also tested the BlueTOAD Spectra in their regions. For example, Seminole County and Palm Beach County recently completed their own evaluations of the Spectra system, with undisputable success, confirming very high sample and match rates.

Seminole County, a BlueTOAD user since 2011, tested the new Spectra sensors as a possible solution for their need to monitor and collect data during non-peak hour traffic conditions. “Due to Seminole County’s requirement for accurate performance measures throughout the day and not just peak hours, BlueTOAD Spectra is proving to be the perfect solution for their travel-time management needs!” said Paul Misticawi, Vice President of Public Sector Sales for TrafficCast. “Having the ability to also provide highly-accurate travel times on lower volume roads is another great benefit to Seminole County, and many others.”

Palm Beach County, a BlueTOAD user since 2012, successfully tested the Spectra technology on one of their primary arterial roadways. They achieved a match rate of 394 vehicles in one hour. “With the combination of discoverable and nondiscoverable Bluetooth detection, our data shows significant increases in detection and matches,” said Giridhar Jeedigunta, Palm Beach County Traffic Division. “This is an extremely useful tool as it provides higher resolution data, which greatly increases responsiveness to sudden changes in speed.”

A new BlueTOAD user, Manatee County Florida, is currently deploying a 60-unit Spectra sensor system countywide for real-time travel-time monitoring, signal retiming and evacuation route planning. The County selected the Spectra system because of its heightened responsiveness, increased resolution and greater granularity of travel-time data. The management of special events, incidents or seasonal effects on travel-times and speeds will be enhanced with the Spectra technology.

 About TrafficCast

TrafficCast, based in Madison, Wisconsin, with offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Jacksonville, College Park, Philadelphia, Southern California and Shanghai, provides travel time forecasting, road speed monitoring and other traffic-related information, with technology, applications and content based on advanced digital traffic data. TrafficCast informs navigation and driver information services for a range of providers serving the interactive, mobile, enterprise and public sector markets.

Their BlueTOAD™ system, along with its integrated software, BlueARGUS, is the market leader in Bluetooth signal detection technologies, and is used to monitor travel times, road speeds and route choice behaviors. The combination of BlueTOAD hardware and BlueARGUS software provides richer insight to changing traffic patterns and trends and can be optimized for any agency’s need – city traffic department, county, state, MPO or engineering service provider.

Pelco Products, Inc. acquires assets of Engineered Castings

May 24, 2016

Pelco Products, Inc. acquires assets of Engineered Castings, DBA C.S. Engineered Castings

Pelco Products, Inc. announces the recent asset acquisition of Engineered Castings, based in Lake Worth, Florida.

Engineered Castings was established in 1957 as an aluminum foundry. For decades, they manufactured quality castings used in the installation of traffic signs and signals.

From the beginning, Engineered Castings focused on making quality castings while addressing needs in the traffic industry. This resulted in the development of a local and regional traffic sign and signal mounting product line.

“Engineered Castings is passionate about the same thing we are – innovation, quality and service,” said Steve Parduhn, President and CEO of Pelco Products, Inc. “This common business culture just makes sense, is a good fit and we are proud to continue EC’s legacy.”

“It is time for the next exciting chapter for me, my family and Engineered Castings,” said Michael Velez, owner of Engineered Castings. “This opportunity has allowed me to begin a transition toward retirement. We are proud of our contribution as pioneers and innovators to the traffic industry. I would like to have the proud history and hard work that developed such a loyal following of customers and suppliers be continued and I know we have found that with Pelco Products, they are in an excellent position to carry on the tradition of high quality that our customers expect,” said Velez.

“Our asset purchase of Engineered Castings, complements our overall offering to the traffic industry. This investment represents an important strategic opportunity that will improve Pelco’s business growth to existing customers and new customers going forward. We are excited about the future success and growth of Pelco Products, Inc. and this expansion is another step toward achieving the goals of our mission,” said Parduhn.

Pelco started as a small company with one goal: to do one thing and do it better than anyone else. Today, that goal of making the best traffic and utility hardware in the industry is just as vital to the company’s success as it ever was.

For more information contact Pelco Products at (405) 340-3434.

GRIDSMART® Raises the Bar with GS2

GRIDSMART® Raises the Bar with GS2

Intelligent Transportation Systems provider launches all-new Processor and Performance Modules

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., March 17, 2016 — GRIDSMART® Technologies, Inc., developers of the world’s only single camera solution for intersection actuation, traffic data collection, and situational awareness, has officially launched its next generation system. The all-new GS2 Processor and Performance Modules are available globally to help traffic professionals better identify improvement opportunities at any intersection.

“GS2 isn’t just an evolution of our Legacy Processor, but a complete redesign that we believe to be the most thought-out piece of hardware in the industry,” said Bill Malkes, CEO and co-founder at GRIDSMART. “We developed GS2 and the Performance Modules to be Simple, Flexible, and Transparent, the three core principles that define GRIDSMART and its products.”

GS2 works with the GRIDSMART Camera to actuate intersections and gather important traffic data that can be utilized to adjust signal timing and traffic flow strategies in real time. Housed in an artisan-forged, single-piece enclosure, GS2 was developed in part by world-renowned global design firm, IDEO. The multi-disciplinary team consisted of engineers, communication designers, ergonomic professionals, and traffic experts. The design process included an extensive ethnographic research of end-users, consultants, and industry trends.

“While we’re excited about GS2, we’re also thrilled about the possibilities with our new Performance Modules,” said Malkes. “We’ve been offering software modules since 2010, but our new approach stands to change the way people manage traffic forever, with accumulated data that will help us identify and learn from trends, better our business, and offer pay-as-you-go flexibility for the future.”

With GS2, all traffic data is captured and stored in GRIDSMART Cloud. That traffic data, owned and maintained by GRIDSMART, is made fully available to customers who elect to purchase the Performance or Performance Plus Module. “Our core principles have always been Simple, Flexible, and Transparent, which is why we’re comfortable saying how the data will be collected, stored, and used,” said Malkes. “When a customer buys the Performance or Performance Plus Module, they’ll get never-before seen insight into the behavior of an intersection, but we also want that information to be available for the greater good of global infrastructures. Toward that aim, we have taken on the task of long-term data hosting, ownership, and maintenance. Traffic data is not vehicle specific or individualized – it’s just hard facts designed to improve the major problems associated with traffic light timing, congestion, and highway inefficiencies.”

GRIDSMART GS2 and the Performance and Performance Plus Modules are available now. For more information about the entire product line, visit gridsmart.com.

About GRIDSMART

Founded in 2006, GRIDSMART Technologies, Inc. is a Knoxville, Tennessee based company backed by venture capital investment from around the United States. Used in thousands of intersections across 46 states and 22 countries, GRIDSMART systems include the industry’s only open API, built-in replay functionality, and a published change log. GRIDSMART products are built to be Simple, Flexible, and Transparent. For more information, visit gridsmart.com.

McCain Adaptive Signal Control Saves Drivers Time and Money

McCain Adaptive Signal Control Saves Drivers Time and Money

Residents in Pueblo, CO to save $5.2 million annually in drive time and fuel consumption

VISTA, California, May 7, 2015 – McCain Inc., a national leader in the supply of advanced transportation solutions for safety and mobility, today announced another favorable deployment of its adaptive signal control technology along a busy corridor in Pueblo, Colorado. The QuicTrac™ Adaptive installation, initiated by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Region 2 traffic section, successfully hit all project goals including reducing travel times and stops, while maintaining or increasing corridor speed.

To work effectively, traffic signal timing must keep pace with demand, which can be difficult on arterials with unpredictable or varying traffic patterns. Such was the case for an 8.2-mile stretch of United States Highway 50 (US 50) in Pueblo, on account of nearby schools, recreational areas, and incremental weather conditions. Rather than use fixed time-of-day signal plans, CDOT opted to implement McCain’s QuicTrac Adaptive to adjust signal timing plans on-the-fly to accommodate real-time traffic flow.

Results issued in a report by the independent consulting firm, Atkins Engineering, calculate the annual savings to US 50 drivers to exceed $5 million. The benefit value was determined based on daily travel time savings of 1,013 hours and 461 gallons of gasoline. In addition, McCain’s adaptive control system successfully reduced driver delays by 39%, improved travel times by 6%, increased driver speeds an average of 7%, and reduced the number of stops by nearly a third.

“CDOT is one of the leading agencies leveraging adaptive signal control technologies to help curb congestion,” said McCain Director of Sales, Nathan Welch. “The Pueblo system marks the third successful project we’ve completed with CDOT. With widespread benefits that impact traffic engineers and the community alike – not to mention it’s kinder on the environment – we hope to see even more deployments in the future.”

About McCain Inc.

McCain Inc. develops products used by millions of people around the world each day. A manufacturing powerhouse since 1987, the company’s brand portfolio includes advanced traffic control equipment, integrated transportation systems, and custom manufacturing solutions for Fortune 500 companies. The McCain community is comprised of more than 600 team members at operations in the United States and Mexico.

For more information, visit the company’s website at www.mccain-inc.com.

Transportation Control Systems, Inc. Announces Growth in the Southeast and Rebranding of Quality Traffic Systems

Transportation Control Systems, Inc. Announces Growth in the Southeast and Rebranding of Quality Traffic Systems

Tampa, Florida based Transportation Control Systems (TCS) is pleased to announce its rebranding to include Quality Traffic Systems (QTS) under the TCS umbrella

Tampa, Florida (January 26, 2015) — Transportation Control Systems (TCS) is one of the nation’s leading manufacturers and distributors of high quality, technologically advanced traffic control products. In 2013, TCS acquired Quality Traffic Systems (QTS), a Nashville-based company. QTS distributes traffic signal and intelligent transportation systems equipment in seven states in the southeast, namely Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

The acquisition greatly expanded TCS’ geographic coverage and allows TCS to provide more products to clients in the Southeast. By further integrating QTS, more resources are available to all customers, thereby improving customer service, decreasing lead times for both contractors and government customers, and resulting in steady growth.

“As the two companies continue to expand, it makes sense for us to rebrand under one Transportation Control Systems, Inc. umbrella,” explained TCS President, Steven Gillis. “With our steady growth in the southeast, together we have a stronger presence in this market. Both TCS and QTS are focused on providing the highest quality traffic control products and services in the US. This unification will allow us to provide more resources for our customers.”

The company will continue its operations in both the Tampa, FL and Nashville, TN offices, with no changes to personnel. Basil Hall, General Manager for the Nashville office commented, “We are thrilled to be part of this rebranding and the outstanding Transportation Control Systems name. Our employees look forward to the addition of even more support and leading edge products for our expanding customer base.”

About TCS: Founded in 1976 as a Florida Corporation, Transportation Control Systems (TCS) has been a recognized leader in the manufacture and distribution of traffic control products that inform and protect the public. Visit www.tcstraffic.com for more information.

 

 

 

GTT Announces Partnership Expansion with Transportation Control Systems

December 16th, 2014

 GTT Announces Partnership Expansion in the Southeast with Transportation Control Systems

 St. Paul, MN —December 2014 —Global Traffic Technologies (GTT), a solutions provider to the transit and traffic industry, announces the expansion of its partnership with Tampa, Florida-based Transportation Control Systems (TCS). Effective March 2, 2015, TCS will be the dealer for GTT’s Opticom™ Priority Control Solutions and Canoga™ Traffic Sensing Solutions throughout the southeastern United States.

TCS is a recognized leader in the manufacturing and distribution of high quality, technologically advanced traffic control products and has been the GTT dealer in southern Florida since 2007. With this development, TCS’s territory will now include all of Florida, as well as Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina. “GTT’s transit, traffic, and emergency response solutions are critical components to our existing product lines and markets,” says TCS President Steven Gillis. “We look forward to helping GTT expand their market base in the Southeast.”

A family-owned business, TCS has more than 35 years of experience in the traffic control industry. With their recent acquisition of Nashville, Tennessee based Quality Traffic Systems, TCS significantly expanded their reach throughout the Southeast and capitalized on the increase in territory to better meet the needs of their customers. “Transportation Control Systems has been a trusted partner of ours for many years,” says GTT CEO Doug Roberts. “We’ve already seen the results of their commitment to the customer in Florida and are excited to grow our partnership into an additional eight states.”

About Global Traffic Technologies (GTT)

Global Traffic Technologies, LLC (GTT), formed in 2007 from 3M’s pioneering Intelligent Transportation Systems business, is the global leader providing innovative and reliable emergency, traffic and transit solutions to urban and rural communities for over 45 years. GTT’s ongoing commitment to designing cutting-edge technologies continues to deliver advanced transportation solutions to help global cities build sustainable infrastructures, increase safety, minimize traffic congestion and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while maximizing resource efficiency and performance. Headquartered in St. Paul, MN, GTT has a global traffic and transit solutions deployed in over 70,000 intersections in over 2,800 cities worldwide.

About Transportation Control Systems (TCS)
For nearly four decades, Transportation Control Systems (TCS) has been a recognized leader in the manufacture and distribution of high quality, technologically advanced traffic control products that inform and protect the public offering complete solutions for mission critical traffic and transportation needs.

The TCS Family Grows

TCS is happy to announce the hiring of two new faces to our engineering department, Gerry Cunningham and Butch Bowling.  With over 30 years combined experience between them, their knowledge and expertise of the traffic industry is unsurpassed.  We look forward to working with them and are happy to have them as part of our team.