Specialty Systems

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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CDOT Sharp Curves Warning (IMSA Mar-April ’11)

05 29 2014
Specialty Systems
presencebuilders

CDOT’s “TIGHT CURVES” System Reduces Accidents Download Article Here States with mountainous terrain frequently have ‘dead man curves’. US Hwy 50 in Colorado has two such curves paral-leling the Arkansas River. In the past, the canyon corridor between mile markers 230-231 averaged three truck rollovers annually. Spillage from the truck’s fuel combined with hazardous cargo took weeks or months to clean up. Cars consistently damaged the guardrail and replacement was frequent. In one area…

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Traffic Control/Work Zone (IMSA Mar-Apr ’09)

05 29 2014
Specialty Systems
presencebuilders

Solar Powered Work Zone Speed System Developed Download Article Here In a highway construction zone when a lower speed limit is posted but no workers are present or visible impairment is evident, the lower speed limit looses credibility. Drivers perceive no good reason for slowing down and tend to maintain their speed. Highway 59 in East Texas is a long term construction project and re-quires a source of reliable information. ELTEC (Electrotechnics Corp) along with the TxDOT office in Atlanta…

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Industrial Railroad Crossing

05 29 2014
Specialty Systems
presencebuilders

ELTEC & Gerdau-Ameristeel Install Solar Powered Railroad Crossing Flashing Beacon System ELTEC and Gerdau Ameristeel installed a solar powered railroad crossing flashing beacon system to alert truck drivers to trains crossing or about to cross the road. Gerdau Ameristeel receives most of its scrap material via large semi trucks. These trucks arrive randomly and are usually directed to different parts of the yard. In addition, a number of semi trucks arrive to transport finish steel to customers.…

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Restricted Road Access (industrial traffic)

05 29 2014
Specialty Systems
presencebuilders

ELTEC INSTALLS SOLAR POWER TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEM FOR RESTRICTED 1-LANE ROAD ACCESS ELTEC designed and installed a solar power system that controls traffic entering a restricted traffic area. Vulcan Mining in Richmond, VA approached ELTEC to design a system that would control trucks passing from a 2-lane road to a 1-lane road. In the middle of the 1-lane section there’s a bridge and a blind S shaped curve that trucks drive across and through. Drivers could not see trucks entering the 1-lane restricted…

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TxDOT Over-height Truck Detection (IMSA July-August ’11)

05 29 2014
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presencebuilders

Download Article Here TxDOT More Efficient With Wireless Overheight Truck Detection Overheight Truck Detection The Yoakum District TxDOT Office was responsible for maintaining the “ding-a-ling” over height truck warning system in Columbus, TX, on Interstate 10 between San Antonio and Houston. When a truck’s trailer hit the 12” yellow & black striped tubing suspended on a cable across the road, the sound alerted the driver that their vehicle was too high for the 14’ 5” overpass. In theory, if…

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Cameras Monitoring in Corpus Christi (IMSA May-June ’09)

05 29 2014
Specialty Systems
presencebuilders

Solar Powered Camera Monitoring in Corpus Christi, Texas Download Article Here Border and port moni-toring is vital to Amer-ica’s security. In Sep-tember ’05 a Homeland Security Grant was is-sued to the TxDOT of-fice in Corpus Christi, Texas. The funding was used to increase port security by moni-toring all ferry and ve-hicular traffic traveling from the mainland to the City of Port Aran-sas/Mustang Island. Normally a 45 minute drive, the ferry ride is less than 10 minutes. Additionally, all…

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ITS Wavetronix (IMSA Nov-Dec ’09)

05 29 2014
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presencebuilders

ELTEC, Mid American Signal, Telvent, and KDOT Collaborate on ITS Project Download Article Here Most ITS devices are powered by the com-mercial power grid. KDOT in Wichita, Kansas used photovoltaic power for 17 temporary traffic detector installations throughout Sedgwick County. All were erected in the fall of 2008. Telvent, who is overseeing the data collection for KDOT, will use the traffic data to establish a baseline before highway im-provements are implemented (alternative route;…

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