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Gwinnett County, Georgia has installed and deployed 270 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.
Gwinnett County Public Schools is the largest school system in Georgia with 139 schools and approximately 178,000 students. Since upgrading the school beacon system in … Continue Reading
The partnership between AT&T and Applied Information is creating “smarter cities” by providing wireless connectivity and end-to-end solutions that cover all aspects of the physical, technical, and network of its systems.
Applied Information’s cloud and web-based Glance School Zone Flashing Beacon systems give city and county officials a simple, easy-to-use interface that provides remote monitoring and control of the school beacon systems in their communities. Likewise, the partnership allows for full-spectrum communication for Applied Information’s traffic preemption systems.
The partnership … Continue Reading
Even the most advanced traffic monitoring systems have occasional failures. Often, the fix is a simple re-set, but the critical question is: How quickly can your system communicate the specific problem?
Will you need to send a technician on site to the traffic cabinet to determine the problem? Will he or she have the correct tools and skills to make the repair when they get there? New technology is allowing systems to identify the source of the problem immediately. Best … Continue Reading
CBS 46 Traffic Solutions reporter, Vince Sims recently interviewed Bryan Mulligan, President of Applied Information, for a story about driverless car technology in Atlanta. Said Sims “I’ll be honest, at first I was skeptical, but seeing it first hand and learning the science behind it was interesting.” During the interview Mulligan and Sims took a drive around Atlanta in a Tesla to demonstrate the technology. Click here to view the story on CBS 46
Traffic monitoring and preemption systems can contribute substantially to the safety and efficiency of a community and recent innovations have dramatically increased the intelligence of traffic cabinet system. These systems are becoming increasingly more valuable as they get smarter.
A typical system might only monitor the traffic controller while newer, intelligent traffic control systems can monitor both the hardware and software components related to the entire cabinet. Here are seven traffic cabinet systems metrics that can now be remotely monitored:… Continue Reading
On June 20, 2015, a Saturday, a power failure was detected at an intersection within the City of Sandy Springs. Immediately a text message and email was sent to the Sandy Springs traffic engineers alerting them about the power failure. A second alert message was sent out to confirm that the battery back up system (BBS) was operating correctly and that the intersection was now running on the BBS power. This provided the traffic engineers with the knowledge that the … 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
More than ever, city budgets are being pinched, and decision makers are being forced to do more with less. Significant investments, such as traffic light systems and school zone beacon systems can become obsolete without an effective, efficient and budget friendly method for upgrading features and services. Technology, and specifically over-the-air updates, can help manage this challenge.
A smart city is a connected city
Whether it is a city’s transportation system, police, fire or utility services or its network of … Continue Reading
Watch as the Applied Information team previews the new Travel Safely app. The app brings connected vehicle technology to vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians.… Continue Reading
Preemption systems are designed to automatically process a request for a green light as an emergency vehicle approaches a signalized intersection, so the emergency vehicle is given the right of way. This technology allows for faster response time and safer travel.
Most standard GPS preemption systems rely on a static, pre-set timing plan, which typically requests a green light 30 seconds prior to the arrival of the emergency vehicle at a traffic signal. The plans are based on distance, which … Continue ReadingNext »