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Traffic Warning Signals Play a Critical Safety Role

07 18 2016
Other
April Spears

Traffic warning signals play an important role when it comes to the safety of both pedestrians and motorists. The nation’s highways and roads have areas that are more prone to accidents due to blind or sharp curves, slippery when wet pavement as a few examples. When a street or highway is identified has having higher incident rates, a traffic warning systems can be installed to mitigate the possible accidents making it safer for motorist and/or pedestrians. At Electrotechnics Corporation (ELTEC),…

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The Future of Traffic Signals

07 29 2015
Other
presencebuilders

It’s a mad, mad world out there on the roads. Congestion is climbing along with the number of cars. Signs and intersections can be confusing. And bicycle commuting is up all over. New kinds of traffic signs and signals can help keep it all flowing. Here are some notable innovations. A turn for bicycles The Dutch city of Groningen has bikes-only lights at busy intersections, in addition to conventional signals for motor vehicles. When green, the bike signals allow cyclists to proceed in any…

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New RRFB WW+S Flash Pattern (IMSA Jan/Feb ’15)

06 19 2015
Pedestrian/RRFB/HAWK Crossings
presencebuilders

By Susan Marshall Electrotechnics Corporation (ELTEC) On July 25, 2014 the FHWA approved a “new and improved” flash pattern for RRFB (Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons) uncon-trolled pedestrian crossings. The new flash pattern is based on a flash cycle length of 800 milliseconds (ms) equaling 75 flash cycles per minute. It’s referenced as “WW+S” (Wig-Wag plus Simultaneous). The sequence is: Left beacon ON 50 ms Both beacons OFF 50 ms Right beacon ON 50 ms Both beacons OFF 50 ms Left…

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Why Did The Horse Cross The Road (IMSA March-April ’15)

05 20 2015
Specialty Systems
presencebuilders

Because it could and do so safely now; both horse and rider. It sounds like an old joke, but with ELTEC’s focus on specific customer needs, system design helps to keep a precious horse (many valued over $250,000) safe and traffic moving. From November to May, several communities in Florida become “horse country”; 1000’s or more from around the world winter there. Several communities are “horse focused.” Ancillary businesses thrive in this sector. A McDonald’s has a corral to “park” horses, and…

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Antennas Mounted on Water Towers Support School’s IP Time Clocks

05 20 2015
Time Clocks/School Zones/DLPRO Software
presencebuilders

The school zone flashing beacons in Longview, Texas (pop 85,000) used a paging system to program school signals. Keith Covington, Traffic Signal Supervisor, determined the system “limited us, not only communicating with the clocks but monitoring the clocks”. ELTEC’s SYSTEM 3000 was chosen to centrally program, manage, and monitor each TC-3000 IP time clock (36 total). After reviewing available communication options to the Traffic Center from each LANG 3000 (gateway), it was determined to use the…

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Walkable, Bike-able Summit

05 12 2015
Pedestrian/RRFB/HAWK Crossings
presencebuilders

Toby Whitmore, Technical Sales Representative for Signal Service On May 7th, Signal Service based in West Chester, PA participated in Delaware’s “Walkable, Bike-able Summit”.  Pedestrian safety (walking and/or bicycling) was a primary focus.  Signal Service displayed the extremely effective Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) pedestrian crossing for uncontrolled crosswalks. According to Toby Whitmore, Technical Sales Representative for Signal Service, “it was a big hit.  We got lots of…

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Solutions for Spot Devices’ School Beacons (IMSA Jan/Feb ’15)

05 11 2015
Time Clocks/School Zones/DLPRO Software
presencebuilders

When the SIMA software service was discontinued, remote communication and programming to Spot Devices’ school zones systems was no longer possible; nor was there a means for programming at the pole. For the MODOT (Missouri) Southwest District, ELTEC designed a cost-effective solution while salvaging as many parts as possible. Specifically, the cabinet, battery, charge controller, solar panel, and beacon were reused. A voltage booster circuit was integrated inside ELTEC’s TC- 18 programmable time…

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DCTMA 2015 Municipalities Conference and Trade Show

05 01 2015
Other
presencebuilders

The Delaware County Transportation Management Association held its 13th Annual Municipalities Conference and Trade Show on Thursday, April 9, 2015.  This year’s focus was on Congestion Coordination and Traffic Planning Solutions, held at the Drexelbrook Corporate Events Center.  Signal Services Inc, a dealer for ELTEC Corporation products, attended the event. Presentations were from the keynote speaker, Pennsylvania’s Acting Secretary of Transportation, Leslie Richards, Stop, Look and Listen with…

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Congestion Solution – Always Green Traffic Control

02 27 2015
General-Miscellaneous
presencebuilders

This has never been done before, 7,100 vehicles per hour (vph) and no queueing. Always Green Traffic Control (AGTC) is carrying 2650 vph loads North and East, 850 vph loads South and West with absolutely no queueing. Without AGTC the same loads cause massive backups. Marshall, TX would benefit from my technology. Annoying stops on highways like 59 and 80 could be eliminated along with the long stops for cross traffic. This technology can give freeway-like travel to outdated highways like 59…

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Always Green Traffic Control – Congestion Solution (Aerial View)

02 27 2015
General-Miscellaneous
presencebuilders

Congestion wastes gas The U.S. Treasury Department estimates that traffic congestion wastes 1.9 billion gallons of gas and costs American drivers $100 billion a year in lost fuel and time. With more than 311,000 traffic lights in the country, every second sitting at red lights adds up. This is an aerial view of Always Green Traffic Control at an intersection northward and eastward traffic flows are 2650 vehicles per hour. Southward and Westward are 850 vph. This is peak flow & very heavy traffic.  

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