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Smart Summer Maintenance Tips for School Beacons

Flashing School Beacon Maintenance Tips

Many schools use school zone flashing beacons to reduce the speed limit during the school start and end times. While all drivers are taught to slow down in school zones, flashing beacons increase driver compliance by drawing attention to their speed and/or the speed limit. These reductions in speed are important given that a person’s odds of surviving a vehicle impact fall from 90 percent at 10 mph to just 20 percent at 40 mph.

Municipalities must ensure their school … Continue Reading

How much does a connected school zone flashing beacon system cost?

Web connected flashing school beacon system technology

A cloud-connected, school zone flashing beacon system can significantly improve school zone communication and safety, and in turn enhances pedestrian, bicyclist and driver safety. Adding remote access to your school beacon system adds a new level of convenience, accuracy, safety and efficiency to each beacon location, as well as your entire network.

When departments begin their search for upgrading or replacing their school beacon systems, the first questions are often about pricing. How much will it cost to install a … Continue Reading

Local Government Challenges with Autonomous Vehicles

Autonomous Vehicle Challenges

Driverless cars, or autonomous vehicles, may seem like futuristic technologies that are decades away from the mass market, but BI Intelligence estimates that there will be over 10 million self-driving cars on the road by 2020. That’s only a fraction of the ~250 million vehicles on the road, but it represents a blistering 134 percent annual growth rate.

Tesla’s AutoPilot is the most well-known example of a near-fully-autonomous vehicle, but there are a growing number of other vehicles with autonomous-like … Continue Reading

The SteerSmart initiative: Working to protect vulnerable young drivers

The SteerSmart initiative: Working to protect vulnerable young drivers

Bryan Mulligan, CEO of Applied Information and host of TravelSafely radio, recently interviewed Atlanta native Lauren Winborne founder of the SteerSmart program. SteerSmart is an educational initiative and non-profit organization centered around protecting vulnerable, newly-licensed, and inexperienced high school and college drivers. Winborne is also a mother to six children, which is how her concern and passion for safe driving was born.

SteerSmart’s unique approach

SteerSmart’s mission is to help young motorists survive their early years of driving. The program … Continue Reading

Tesla Model 3 Review and Test Drive

Watch as Peter Ashley and Jeff O’Brian test drive the Tesla Model 3 and the TravelSafely application in Lawrence Kansas.… Continue Reading

Where emergency vehicle preemption will be in five years

Where emergency vehicle preemption will be in five years

Technology is rapidly changing the transportation industry, and emergency vehicle preemption systems are no exception. Optical-based preemption technology is being replaced by new innovations, and the progress of change seems to be picking up speed.

As wireless and cellular communications grow, so will the sophistication of preemption systems. The next five years will see exponential advancements in connection and inter-connectivity.

New levels of connection

Emergency vehicles will be connected to, and interact with, the transportation infrastructure in new and unthought … Continue Reading

Smart ways to improve your ISO rating

Smart ways to improve your ISO rating

The Insurance Services Office (ISO) is an organization that assesses property risk and scores fire departments across the United States. The Public Protection Classification, or PPC, is a program developed by the ISO that measures how well a city is equipped to fight fires. After a review, the fire department is scored and given an ISO rating that reflects their performance.

The PPC is an essential tool for cities and fire stations to know where they stand and how they … Continue Reading

How does the Glance Preemption and Priority System Work?

Preemption and priority systems provide emergency vehicles with green lights, so they arrive at the scene of an incident faster and more safely. While this technology has been in existence for a number of years, the Glance system from Applied Information utilizes a new generation of innovations to reduce arrival times while increasing safety. Here’s how the Glance preemption and priority system works.

Glance Emergency Vehicle Preemption and Priority System

Getting Connected

The Glance system is fundamentally different from older radio-based or line-of-sight systems. The solution seamlessly … Continue Reading

How smart cities are connecting preemption and priority systems to connected vehicles

How smart cities are connecting preemption and priority systems to connected vehicles

When preemption meets connectivity, the result is not only a quicker route for emergency service vehicles, it means a safer one, too. While preemption and priority technology has continually evolved, the addition of a cellular connection is a game-changer for the traffic and transportation industry.

Cellular connection brings wide-spread benefits

Cellular connectivity not only allows you to pinpoint the location of an emergency vehicle, but it also offers the ability to clear traffic ahead of their arrival at the upcoming … Continue Reading

Everything connected to Everything is a tipping point

Everything connected to Everything is a tipping point

I believe at this very moment our industry is facing an important tipping point. Each year a disturbingly high number of people are killed on our roads. Traffic and congestion are getting worse, and the effects on the environment are substantial. The big question is, how are we going to use technology to solve these issues?

Historically, transportation technology providers have focused on delivering boxes, gadgets, and software, and delivering these technologies to the government who owned and operated the … Continue Reading

The real return on investment (ROI) for Smart City Technology

The real return on investment (ROI) for Smart City Technology

When considering an upgrade or update of your transportation technology infrastructure, the investment you make should be not only wise but also forward-thinking. You should expect more than a single solution that solves a single need. Smart city transportation technology solutions allow you to gain added value with your investment. By anticipating future expenditures and requirements today, you can avoid costly upgrade expenses in the future. This ability creates a measurable return on your capital outlay.

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Three things to do before your city considers a preemption system

Three things to do before your city considers a preemption system

Preemption, in one form or another, has been in existence for 40+ years. It has transitioned from optically based to GPS and has included sirens, sound activated systems, and even switchboards that connect circuits across town. In all cases, these solutions address the challenge of getting emergency vehicles to the scene as quickly and as safely as possible.

When city leaders debate the installation of a preemption system, there are several things to consider while making a decision, especially if … Continue Reading

Key ways real-time data collection is changing winter road management

Key ways real-time data collection is changing winter road management

Mobile data collection is rapidly changing the way transportation departments approach winter road management. New sensors and software are making real-time data collection an integral part of an efficient, effective, and safety-focused treatment strategy. In this post, we’ll take a look at critical ways this technology is enhancing your ability to manage winter road conditions and what you should do about it.

New sensors have enabled the move to mobile

All DOT’s incorporate weather data into their winter road management … Continue Reading

TravelSafely Smartphone App Honored with “Social Impact Award”

TravelSafely Smartphone App Honored with “Social Impact Award”

Applied Information today announced that its TravelSafely™ Smartphone app has been selected as winner of the Social Impact Award from Mobile Breakthrough, an independent organization that recognizes the top companies, technologies and products in the global wireless and mobile market today.

“The concept behind the TravelSafely app is to create a community of drivers, cyclists and pedestrians united by technology to create a safer, more efficient and enjoyable travel experience,” said Bryan Mulligan, President of Applied Information. “Once motorists, … Continue Reading

CBS 46 features launch of TravelSafely app in Marietta, GA

Drivers in Marietta, Georgia will soon have smartphone access to city traffic data, according to CBS46 Evening News. The new app is meant to save drivers time and increase traffic safety. The city will deliver real-time information about emergency services, road construction, and traffic accidents through the TravelSafely app.

The TravelSafely app will provide drivers with verbal alerts about upcoming hazards, allowing them to stay informed while keeping their eyes on the road. “We do not want you to … Continue Reading

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