Category: School Beacons
When school is in session, accurate and clear school zone communication is critical in keeping pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers safe. Technology has advanced school beacon systems to keep accuracy, convenience, and security at the forefront. Here are ten features all modern Flashing School Zone Beacon systems should include:
1. Internal Cell Modem
By including an internal cellular modem, the beacons can maintain constant communication with the central system. Modern cellular modems have self-healing abilities for readjusting for power interruptions, etc. … Continue Reading
A core feature of the new TravelSafely app from Applied Information is its ability to integrate with flashing school beacons. In this video, Bryan Mulligan narrates a demonstration of how the app encourages driver awareness in school zones.
TravelSafely™ uses map information to identify variable speed school zones. It also uses a connected vehicle messages to identify if the school zone is active. Says Mulligan, “The map message contains the geometry of the school zone, as well as the speed … Continue Reading
Fort Bend, Texas, has installed and deployed 140 new school beacons that use the Glance School Zone Flashing Beacon system on its streets. The cloud- and web-based system provides a cellular modem in each beacon that allows personnel to monitor and update the entire system remotely, making it the most advanced system of its kind.
A suburb of Houston, the Fort Bend Independent School District is the seventh-largest school district in Texas with 75 schools and approximately 74,500 students.
Developed … Continue Reading
While school zone beacons are designed for pedestrian and traffic safety, if they’re not in proper repair or timed incorrectly, they can deliver the opposite effect. When drivers see the flashing light at inaccurate times they lose trust in the system, begin to ignore the beacons, and stop slowing down.
Over time, drivers become immune to the flashing lights and disregard them altogether. The advantages of a beacon system are far too important to let slip away due to a … Continue Reading
As school zone beacon systems have evolved, they have added increasing amounts of technology into what was traditionally a simple set-up. Gone are the days of manual updates to accommodate snow days, holidays or any other changes in the school schedule. Additionally, new school zone beacon systems do not require drive-by viewing to ensure every beacon is working properly.
New technology in school beacons provides simple, on-line scheduling updates that can be made to all locations simultaneously. It also allows … Continue Reading
ITS Georgia is a state chapter of ITS America, the nation’s largest organization dedicated to advancing the research, development, and deployment of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). Gwinnett County was recently awarded the ITS GA 2016 Innovation for Outside the Box Award for the implementation of the Glance School Zone Flashing Beacon System.
The Outside the Box Award is presented for distinctively creative and unique approach or solution to an ITS challenge. The Gwinnett County Public School system, the largest school … Continue Reading
Technology has played an integral part in the advancements that have been made in the transportation industry. While these improvements and efficiencies have brought about progress, they have not necessarily been easy to deliver and maintain.
School beacons are a classic example of technology that requires a labor-intensive installation and complicated software configuration. After installation, school beacons have typically required hands-on, manual updates and on-going battery and equipment testing as well manual changes to accommodate for revised schedules.
With recent … Continue Reading