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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 intersection. Ultimately, the reduced response time can be critical when it comes to saving lives in the community. It may even improve your ISO rating, which can reduce insurance premiums.

Accountability and reporting are added values

Accountability is another advantage of a connected technology. In addition to the features that facilitate quicker arrival times and safety, the cellular connection offers real-time visibility of the city’s equipment and personnel at all times. That includes whether they’re en route to an emergency, at the gas station, or at an elementary school delivering safety education.

It also provides concise travel information, including departure and arrival time, the speed at which the vehicle traveled, and the route taken. This type of information paints the most accurate picture of the efficiency of your emergency services and critically impacts your ISO rating.

Valuable communication with motorists

A new and emerging use of preemption systems is direct interaction with motorists. New applications, such as TravelSafely, will audibly warn motorists that an emergency vehicle is “approaching from behind”, so they no longer need to only rely on sirens and flashing lights to alert them. Connecting the preemption data with motorists and the infrastructure is a way to “future-proof” your city and prepare for the next generation of autonomous and driverless vehicles.

Today, utilizing state of the art cellular communications and GPS vehicle location technologies, is by far, the most effective means of transmitting information. Live connections to intersections and vehicles allow the sharing of information, making it more intelligent than any other conventional system.

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