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Emergency Backups for Traffic Signals

02 29 2020
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April Spears

Since the first traffic signal was introduced in 1868, drivers and pedestrians have been relying on signals to effectively manage traffic flow. With millions of cars on the road, traffic signals have become an essential part of traffic management. But what happens during a mechanical problem or power failure? Non-functioning traffic lights can result in myriad of problems, such as vehicle and pedestrian accidents, traffic gridlock, and blocked roadways that can impede emergency vehicles. Many…

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How Smart Technology Can Make Traffic Interactions Safer

02 28 2020
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April Spears

Smart technology is all around us. Every day, more smart products are making their way into homes and businesses. Smartphones with voice-activated commands and assistants powered by artificial intelligence are now the norm. Many homes are adding doorbell systems that include cameras and the ability to see who’s at the door via your smartphone. There are self-driving cars and thermostats that automatically adjust the temperature and hundreds of other products that seek to make our lives easier by…

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Solar Panel Rack Styles

02 10 2020
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April Spears

Below are photos of different designs of solar panel mounting racks. Most of the time the style used is customer preference or project specifications. Aesthetics, performance, wind rating requirements, or local conditions (tree height, building shading, etc) dictates a particular rack style. When quoting a project, please let us know if you have a specific type you’d prefer. Specification sheets are available upon request.   TOP-OF-POLE: two styles This mounting rack is like a roof…

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Road Safety Statistics for the New Year

01 22 2020
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April Spears

Every day, more than 143 million American drivers hit the roads, with millions more cyclists and pedestrians sharing the same space. Perhaps inevitably, given the sheer number of road users, not everyone makes it home safely.  Every year in the US, road traffic accidents claim more than 30,000 lives, while millions more suffer debilitating injuries, and unfortunately, that number is rising. In 2014, there were 32,675 fatal car accidents in the United States. By 2018, that number had risen…

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Road Safety Technology: Small, Significant Changes Over Time

01 22 2020
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April Spears

It’s not something many of us consider as we go about our everyday lives, but new traffic technologies have and continue to make a huge difference to the safety of America’s road users. In this article, we’re going to take a look at a few of the seemingly small technological changes that are making a marked difference to the safety of the country’s roads. That started with the introduction of technologies like the seat belt in 1959 and is now being driven forward by the creation of smarter…

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Why Are Traffic Lights Mounted in a Vertical Configuration?

12 26 2019
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April Spears

Did you know that approximately 20 percent of all driving time in the United States is spent waiting at red lights? That means the average driver will spend more than 58 hours every year waiting at red lights1. With all that time spent waiting, have you ever stopped to think about the traffic lights themselves? For example, why does red mean stop? Why are traffic lights configured vertically? How do the lights know when to change to keep traffic moving? Let’s get to the bottom of one of those…

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Are There Sensors At Traffic Lights?

12 26 2019
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April Spears

There are an estimated 284.5 million registered vehicles on the road in the United States in 2019 and that number goes up every year. With more cars on the road every day, traffic congestion is constantly on the rise. Traffic control systems help to manage traffic patterns and help improve the flow of traffic in many ways. Modern traffic control systems can include traffic lights, sensors, signs, cameras, and more. Each component in a traffic control system serves an important function in managing…

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Instructions for Changing Daylight Saving Time in ELTEC Time Clocks to meet current Federal Law

12 23 2019
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Includes NTC-17E series, TC-1500 and TC-2000 Starting in 2007, Daylight Saving Time (DST) starts on the second Sunday of March and ends on the first Sunday of November. On the second Sunday in March, clocks are set ahead one hour. On the first Sunday in November, clocks are set back on hour. Not all places in the U.S. observe DST. In particular, Hawaii and most of Arizona do not use it. If DST is not required, all clock models allow this function to be disabled. See instructions below. ELTEC’s…

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How Traffic Signals Keep Traffic Moving

12 06 2019
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April Spears

Why Are Traffic Signals Necessary Beyond the obvious reasoning that traffic signals preserve safety at intersections and different junctures along a roadway, traffic signals are also largely responsible for maintaining a steady flow of traffic. Traffic signals are a necessary part of how civil engineers control and manage the pace of traffic thanks to coordination systems implemented alongside roadway design. Most people don’t think too much about their traffic light, at least not outside of…

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What is the Purpose of Traffic Signals

12 06 2019
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April Spears

Most of the time, traffic signals are a passive factor in our lives. Much like driving in general, people often learn the patterns, speeds, signals, and overall behavior of traffic and it becomes a natural part of their usual commute around the city. So it’s rare that people actually ask themselves what the purpose of traffic signals actually is.  In many ways, the purpose is obvious. Traffic signals exist to control the flow of traffic in one way or another. The extended purpose, then, is to…

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