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Road Safety Technology: Small, Significant Changes Over Time

01 22 2020
Other
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
Other
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
Other
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
Other

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
Other
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
Other
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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Why You Want a Solar-Powered Flashing Crosswalk System For Your Neighborhood

01 17 2019
Other
April Spears

In 2017, 5,984 pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle accidents in the U.S., according to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). That marks the second year in a row that the death toll was near 6,000. Compared to less than 5,000 deaths in 2014, these recent statistics could point to an alarming trend in pedestrian safety. There are a variety of factors that have contributed to the rise in pedestrian deaths from motor vehicle accidents, even while fatalities for other types of traffic…

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ELTEC’s New Retractable Speed Bump

12 17 2018
Other
April Spears

Gone are the days of worrying for the safety of students at Overton Ray Elementary School, located on a busy road in Burkburnett, Texas. In an effort to increase the safety for students and pedestrians, ELTEC worked in conjunction with Traffic Speed Modulation LLC and the city of Burkburnett to make this new technology of a retractable speed hump reality. Burkburnett is currently the only city in the country to use this technology, but this is only just the beginning. With a need to make the high-traffic…

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ELTEC and 511 Technologies Announces IoTraffic Systems

06 21 2018
Pedestrian/RRFB/HAWK Crossings
April Spears

ELTEC and 511 Technologies announce strategic partnership to create internet connected traffic systems Special to the news messenger Thursday, ELTEC and 511 Technologies announced a strategic partnership to provide advanced cloud-connected products for the traffic and warning system industries. The companies will collaborate to deliver an entire line of new IoTrafficTM products with a wide range of radio communication options that provide connectivity to the Internet as well as from…

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RRFBs : Back from the Brink

12 23 2017
Pedestrian/RRFB/HAWK Crossings
April Spears

On December 21, 2017 the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced the termination of the Interim Approval of the Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFB) (IA-11). The FHWA prohibits the use of patented devices and learned there were several patents on the RRFB device. This was a blow to the Traffic Safety Industry as studies have proven that the RRFB was more effective than standard round beacons in driver yield rates (approx. 80%-95%). In March, a third-party company purchased and then…

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