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TrafficCast releases BlueTOAD/Connect for direct installation in traffic signal cabinets

TrafficCast International has officially released BlueTOAD/Connect, which is a traffic monitoring system that directly installs into a traffic signal cabinet, using available power and data connections. BlueTOAD (BLUEtooth Travel-time Origination And Destination) traces anonymous Bluetooth signals from mobile devices in vehicles, in order to determine travel times, road speeds and vehicle movements. The system delivers accurate traffic data to meet specific needs of Departments of Transportation, traffic engineers and traffic information providers for reliable reports of road conditions.

The company’s original product, BlueTOAD/Air, which uses a solar panel and cellular connectivity, continues to be available for operation independent of local power and data connections. However, the increasing need for cost effective, non-intrusive, accurate travel time information on urban roadways, made the new system a high priority.
BlueTOAD/Connect slides directly into any standard detector rack found in modern roadside signal cabinets to access power. The faceplate of the device includes a standard Ethernet port for data communications connectivity within the cabinet. If rack space is unavailable, it can be fit in a standard shelf mount enclosure. In either case, a Bluetooth antenna must be installed outside the signal cabinet, typically on a traffic signal mast arm, with the antenna wired to BlueTOAD/Connect through existing conduits.

Paul Misticawi, vice president of public sector sales for TrafficCast, said, “BlueTOAD enables granular road speed coverage, particularly for areas that more traditional sensors cannot address efficiently, such as arterials and on/off-ramps. Our clients want to take advantage of their existing Ethernet backbone; with a system that is completely non-intrusive, is quick to install, requires limited maintenance and offers reliable and useful data both in real-time and archive environments. BlueTOAD/Connect meets and exceeds these requirements and enables agencies to monitor and improve the performance of their arterial road matrix, through enhanced driver information, responsive traffic signal timing and data-based roadwork planning.”


 

January 25, 2011

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