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Keep Your School Zone Beacons On Time with an IP Time Clock

Some sections of a road, street, or highway are more dangerous than others requiring extra safety measures especially when students are present. Sometimes you need an extra attention grabber instead of only a MPH sign to get a response from complacent motorists. That’s where ELTEC comes into the picture. For almost 50 years, our wide selection of programmable time clocks offers cities and/or DOTs (Department of Transportation) a variety of options; from stand-alone time switches to remote monitoring and management of all school zone signals. We design and manufacture several programmable time clock models that control the school zone beacon systems including an IP time clock. ELTEC has a host of SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) products.

Once installed, the school zone flashing beacons don’t just run on their own. One of our most efficient time clocks to program is the IP time clock. With an IP time clock, you program the signal’s annual school schedule remotely to turn ON and OFF at pre-determined times, so that the beacon is flashing when students are going to class and leaving school for the day. ELTEC’s IP time clock, called the SYSTEM 3000, is extremely flexible. That is, communication to the office computer can be WiFi, internet, Ethernet, intranet, cell modem or a combination of all of them. The software makes the different connections transparent—it all looks the same on the computer screen.

The benefit to using an IP time clock in conjunction with school zone warning lights is that the timing is managed remotely from your computer. This allows signal technicians to change the timing of the flashing beacons remotely whenever needed: emergencies such as inclement weather moving in, a delayed school day opening, plumbing issue, or any other unplanned event.

You may be able to add time clocks to already functioning school zone warning system. IP time clocks are easy to install (plug & play) and generally can be retrofitted to any traffic manufacturer’s warning system.

Call us to get more information about how our systems can solve your traffic problems! 800-227-1734. You can also locate our local ‘boots on the ground’ Dealer on our website:

Highly visible Traffic Warning Signals for safe pedestrian crossings

If you’re responsible for ensuring crosswalks, school crossings and residential streets are safe for your city, you understand what makes midblock crossings dangerous. Traditional warning signals do not offer enough protection for individuals crossing the street. These areas deserve special attention and additional warning systems to help prevent accidents. ELTEC also understands this danger. We’ve made it our business to keep people safe.
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Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons – Solving Pedestrian-Traffic Interactions

Small towns have less vehicles, which generally means fewer traffic incidents compared to big cities. Yet these towns still have bodily injury accidents especially to pedestrians. Crossing the street can be even more dangerous in some areas because of fewer street lights. In fact, our local fire department’s ambulances are frequently called for ‘hit and run’ incidences. Neighborhoods with kids bicycling, families walking to and from parks, runners out for night exercise, all increase the likelihood of a pedestrian accident especially if they need to cross the street without the aid of a pedestrian crosswalk supported by flashing beacons. What’s worse is pedestrians in small towns can be more casual, less cautious.
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Traffic Warning Signals Provides Driver Safety in a Variety of Situations

We’ve all noticed that streets are busier now with more motorist than they were when growing up. There is no doubt about it – the conditions of today’s traffic situations demand that each driver be alert and focused on driving safely without added distractions. In 2012, over 90,000 crashes involved driver distraction including cell phone use. Motorists have to watch out for a larger number of vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists not to mention construction zones or other hazardous conditions. Today, traffic warning signals with added technology alerts drivers to potentially dangerous situations and notifies them of what lies ahead. Continue reading

Improve Safety with School Zone Beacons

The importance of slower speeds when students are arriving or leaving school is key to their safety. At 10MPH a person has a 90% chance of survival. At 40 MPH the survival rate declines to 20%. Even though driver’s are required to learn the ‘rules of the road’, motorists continue to ignore or not notice the activated school zone flashing beacons alerting them to adhere to the posted, lower speed limit. The reason traffic warning systems from ELTEC exist is because certain high-risk areas or situations like school zones increase motorist compliance with added yellow flashing beacons to gain the driver’s attention to lower their speed. During certain times of the day, drivers need to be on the lookout for children crossing streets or school buses entering the roadway. At all times 10% of all motorists are using their cell phones; nearly 1 in 4 crashes involves driver distraction. One unfortunate circumstance leading to complications in school zones is that many schools end their session during peak traffic hours; more motorists equates to a higher probability of accidents/harm.
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Why Choose Solar Power Warning Lights for Highways?

Today, municipalities and DOTs (Department of Transportation) have several options when it comes to traffic warning systems. With growing populations and rising numbers of vehicles on the roads, the potential for more traffic hazards increases. Maybe it’s a school or pedestrian crosswalk, or you want to warn drivers of a specific road condition. All traffic warning signals require a power source. You can choose AC power from the grid, but you may want to consider solar power warning lights and the many benefits it offers.
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Emergency Vehicle Warning System – Function and Features

An emergency vehicle warning system is an activated flashing beacon supported by a W11-8 sign to let motorists know when an emergency vehicle is in the process of leaving its parking bay and entering traffic. In the traffic industry, these systems are sometimes called Emergency Vehicle Caution Systems (EVCS), and are crucial to maintaining safety on the roadways outside of public service facilities.
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Controlling Traffic for Pedestrian Safety

As a pedestrian, crossing the street can be dangerous, especially when it is nighttime, raining, or a highly congested street. Additionally, the MPH speed limit adds an additional hazardous condition the higher it is. It can also present dangers to motorists who may have to stop abruptly, or create congestion in high traffic areas. The solution to these issues is to have the safest pedestrian crossing approved in the traffic industry. Continue reading