Applied Information’s system uses a combination of technologies to create an active safety zone that encourages pedestrians and drivers to be more alert.
Intelligent transportation infrastructure technology provider, Applied Information, is introducing a configurable Pedestrian Crossing Safety System (PCSS) to improve safety at midblock crossings/crosswalks based on Internet of Things (IoT) technology.
The PCSS is part of the Glance Smart City Supervisory System suite of products which can be monitored and managed from a tablet or smartphone.
In a separate announcement, Applied Information has been granted two additional experimental licenses for testing cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) connected vehicle applications in Texas and on Hawaii.
The base configuration features a pedestrian crossing sign with push-button activated flasher, IoT connectivity, knockdown detector, Glance remote monitoring and connection to the TravelSafely smartphone app.
Additional features include a configurable message sign and radar-based driver feedback. Multiple units can be connected wirelessly for boulevard and traffic circle deployment. All options may be solar-powered.
“Crosswalks should be a safe place for pedestrians, yet more than 500 people are killed each year using them in the US,” said Peter Ashley, vice president of business development and marketing, Applied Information. “Using a combination of technologies, the PCSS creates an active safety zone that engages the pedestrians and drivers to be more alert.”
“Crosswalks should be a safe place for pedestrians, yet more than 500 people are killed each year using them in the US.”
When the PCSS is activated, alerts of approaching motorists are sent to the free TravelSafely smartphone app notifying drivers that pedestrians are in the crosswalk ahead.
The PCSS radar detects if a vehicle is approaching the crosswalk at an unsafe speed and provides an audible warning to pedestrians using the TravelSafely app. The system also uses over-the-air software updates for uploading multiple flashing lights patterns and configuring the digital message sign.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has granted Applied Information the C-V2X experimental licenses for operations in Arlington, Texas and Honolulu, Hawaii.
The license for Arlington is for an approximate 8km radius around the heavily travelled Cooper Street corridor where the City Department of Transportation operates 31 traffic signals, two school safety zones and a railroad crossing.
The license for Honolulu is for an approximate 8km radius along the Nimitz Highway and Ala Moana Boulevard segments. This major arterial includes 35 traffic signals. The project is managed by the Hawaii Department of Transportation and the University of Hawaii.
“These experimental licenses enable our infrastructure partners in Arlington and Honolulu to develop and test new C-V2X applications in completely diverse transportation ecosystems,” said Bryan Mulligan, president, Applied Information.
“Among the unique applications being developed are interactions with at grade railway crossings, traffic queue warnings and dynamic speed harmonisation.”
In addition to licenses in Arlington and Honolulu, Applied Information holds an experimental license for an approximate 8km radius anchored by the Infrastructure Automotive Technology Laboratory (iATL) in the City of Alpharetta, Georgia.
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