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Why Choose Solar Power Warning Lights for Highways?

02 13 2017
Other
April Spears

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…

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The HAWK Crosswalk – Innovative Pedestrian Safety

02 02 2017
Pedestrian/RRFB/HAWK Crossings
April Spears

With many drivers rushing down roads, eager to get to their appointments and destinations on time, the importance of ensuring a safe relationship between drivers and pedestrians is of highest priority. Alarmingly, pedestrians made up 14% of all traffic deaths in 2015. Sadly, those statistics remain on par with previous years’ statistics. Traffic warning signals are used to let motorists know that they need to watch for pedestrians; walkers, bicyclists, and school children crossing the street.…

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“TIGERS” Made Safer with HAWK Crosswalk

01 21 2017
Pedestrian/RRFB/HAWK Crossings
April Spears

Frenship High School in Wolfforth, TX installed a solar powered HAWK/hybrid pedestrian crosswalk. Early one morning before dawn a student using the un-signalized crosswalk from the parking lot across from the school was struck and killed by a truck. The school principle, city manager, and other city officials along with the local TxDOT district worked together to find a solution. Since the pedestrian crossing is on a 5-lane (including a turn lane) state road (45 MPH), TxDOT determined a Hybrid…

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Emergency Vehicle Warning System – Function and Features

12 16 2016
Emergency Vehicle
April Spears

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. At ELTEC we design and manufacture the EVCS using amber flashing LEDs, requiring cars to use caution…

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Controlling Traffic for Pedestrian Safety

12 08 2016
Other
April Spears

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.   The HAWK Crosswalk Solution In some cases, under the…

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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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