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Touchless pedestrian push-button aims to increase safety amid the pandemic

The SmartSense touchless PED push button, which has a five-inch activation range, aims to help reduce pedestrian exposure to contact viruses commonly found on push button surfaces.

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The touchless crosswalk activation switch can replace an existing manual push button
The touchless crosswalk activation switch can replace an existing manual push button

Road safety and traffic calming device technology specialist LightGuard Systems has developed a touchless pedestrian push-button to increase public safety at crosswalks during the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

The SmartSense touchless PED push button, which LightGuard claims has an activation proximity range of five inches, aims to help reduce pedestrian exposure to contact viruses commonly found on push button surfaces.

 

Wave a hand

 

LightGuard, which is based in San Francisco, said it is trying to help cities which are trying to “balance public safety with pandemic safety” by providing pedestrians the ability to activate crosswalks without using their bare finger.

 

This series of touchless, hands-free, hand-sensing devices will replace and/or upgrade existing PED-buttons, and allow the public the option to wave a hand in front of the hand sensing button, activating the crosswalk request at the controller, instead of pushing a button to cross.

 

With an initial launch in the third quarter of this year, SmartSense will be compatible with LightGuard’s complete line of lighted crosswalks and traffic safety equipment, including its Smart Crosswalk in-roadway warning lights, automatic (touchless) pedestrian detection bollard, solar wireless LED border-enhanced warning signs, and RRFB systems.

 

SmartSense will operate at both controlled and uncontrolled intersections, and mid-block crosswalks where the company’s lighted crosswalks are commonly used.

 

Embedded sensor

 

The first SmartSense to be released is a supplemental push button sign kit with an embedded sensor that is compatible with LightGuard’s LGS-PBA manual push button mechanism, and most other manufacturer stations.

 

The sign kit can be installed at new and existing manual push button stations, with the manual push button retaining its ability to send a call signal back to the controller to initiate a lighted crosswalk, PED countdown timer, or other output signal.

 

The second SmartSense is a touchless crosswalk activation switch that completely replaces an existing manual push button (pictured above).

 

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