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Should I upgrade or replace my school zone beacons to get the latest technology?

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

Gwinnett County’s school beacon system presented Outside the Box Award

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

How preemption systems keep firefighters and the public safe

Fire departments are continuously looking at ways to deliver emergency services more efficiently. In the past, the best solution for decreasing response time was to increase the number of fire stations and strategically locate them across the city. This entails building new stations, hiring more firefighters, and purchasing new equipment. While effective, this approach quickly adds up to a substantial investment.

Leveraging New Preemption Systems

Many cities and municipalities are turning to a new generation of preemption systems as a … Continue Reading

Upgrading a preemption system from Optic to GPS

First-generation traffic preemption systems were primarily designed as optical-style systems. These solutions rely on sensors at each intersection being triggered by strobe light emitters on emergency and transit vehicles. While these initial types of installations were a step in the right direction, they offered little flexibility and came with a variety of challenges.

With advancements in technology, many cities, public safety, transit, and transportation departments are moving away from original, optical-based systems and to the new and more intelligent GPS-based … Continue Reading

Essentials for low friction delivery and maintenance of school beacons

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

How to future proof your transportation technology

One topic that always generates a lot of interest among city and municipal leaders is technology and how to use it to gain the best benefit. Too often a new system or technology is purchased, implemented, and within 24 months it’s already out of date. Unfortunately, when applications or devices are designed to be siloed or stand-alone, there is no way to update or retroactively upgrade them without utilizing a very manual process. For that reason, many managers are actively … Continue Reading

Gwinnett County Awarded ITS GA Innovation Project

Gwinnett County was awarded the ITS GA 2016 Innovation for Outside the Box Award.

This award was presented to Gwinnett County Department of Transportation for the Glance School Zone Flashing Beacons System.

Their Implementation of the Glance School Zone Flashing Beacon Systems, giving their agency a simple-to-use, secure interface to remotely view and control the school beacons in their communities, thus providing safer school zones countywide.

ITS GA Innovation Award: Winter Horbal(Temple); Tom Sever (Gwinnett County); Bryan Mulligan (Applied Information)

ITS GA Innovation Award: Winter Horbal (Temple); Tom Sever (Gwinnett County); Bryan Mulligan (Applied

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AT&T and Applied Information to Bring Smart Cities Technology to U.S. School Zones

attlogoDALLAS, Sept. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — AT&T* is furthering its commitment to help build smarter cities by providing wireless connectivity to Applied Information for use in its new flashing school zone traffic system for deployment in cities and counties across the country.

The Glance School Zone Flashing Beacon system by Applied Information gives local officials a simple-to-use interface to remotely view and control the school beacons in their communities—those flashing signs that are intended to slow drivers down

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Rapid school beacon deployment in Gwinnett County, Georgia

Applied Information, with our south east channel partner Temple, Inc., were selected to provide 270 school beacons to upgrade Gwinnett County, GA to the latest connected technology.  The procurement process took longer than Gwinnett had hoped, and the instruction to proceed was received on June 30, 2016.

270 school beacons in Gwinnett County, GA after a record-breaking 5-day deployment!

270 school beacons in Gwinnett County, GA after a record-breaking 5-day deployment!

Applied information and Temple had the inventory on hand to deliver quickly, and so it was still possible to meet the … Continue Reading

Electric, Autonomous and Connected Vehicles

An engineering perspective after thousands of miles on Tesla’s Autopilot

In the software business there is an expression “eating your own dog food” where a company uses technology internally, to test it out, before releasing the technology to the customer. In support of this idea, Applied Information acquired the latest Tesla 90D motor vehicle to be able to test and demonstrate electric vehicle, autonomous vehicle and connected vehicle technology.

Shawn Leight (VP of ITE) and family at ITE Summer Seminar experiencing Autopilot

Shawn Leight (VP of ITE) and family at ITE Summer Seminar

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