Covid-19: Remote installation technology helps Q-Free roll out new traffic technology in Colorado


A new Q-Free contract to modernise traffic operations for the City of Greeley, Colorado, is already moving forward safely and on time, thanks to Q-Free’s remote installation technology helping to limit in-person interaction during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Working with long-time distributor AM Signal Inc., Q-Free was selected over multiple competing bids –including the incumbent – to modernise the city’s legacy traffic signal infrastructure. The Q-Free solution–which includes Intelight MAXVIEW atms, Intelight MAXTIME, and Intelight 2070 LDX ATC controllers–delivers numerous improvements and cost-saving features.

Intelight 2070 LDX ATC controller

Work for the project is already underway and projected to continue on schedule leveraging the remote install, configuration, and maintenance capabilities of Q-Free technology. Coupled with the expertise and drive of all teams involved, the intuitive and secure Intelight software provides a modern integration procedure that is shelter-in-place ready.

Tom Stiles, executive vice president of urban solutions for Q-Free, says the project requirements and timing highlight the importance of integrating modern technology in a safe, secure manner. “The fact that we can continue the installation with minimal risk to personnel or public safety during this unprecedented time is a testament to our proven technology, experience, and the skill-set of all partners involved.”

The Q-Free installation brings Greeley to the forefront of traffic management and positions the city for the future by providing an expandable technology platform, ready for big-data and the connected vehicle world of tomorrow through secure, field-proven, functionality.

Intelight MAXTIME – Linux-based local control software

In addition, unlike many competing systems, Q-Free’s MAXTIME software and ATC controllers are built to integrate fully with other vendor’s equipment. Should Greeley decide to purchase a central management system from another vendor in the future, Q-Free’s open management information bases (MIBs) allow the city to do it freely without expensive and unnecessary retrofits and upgrades.

AM Signal Inc. vice president, Arnold Undzis, said the agreement offers a vision of the future. “Q-Free’s approach is unique in our industry. Combined with our commitment to the highest quality, yet personalized installation and service, we believe the City of Greeley and its residents will see a profound benefit.”

Key benefits of the new system include:

  • Advanced traffic signal performance measures (ATSPMS) to optimise traffic signal timing and identify safety and operational issues
  • Transit signal priority to improve arrival times while minimising disruption to vehicular traffic
  • Support for connected vehicles and adaptive traffic signal control to improve traffic flow, safety, and reduce emissions
  • End-to-end network security with controller integrated user accounts and support for modern communications protocols
  • Support for multiple vendors’ traffic signal controllers ensuring an open, competitive solution


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Tom has edited Traffic Technology International (TTi) magazine and its Traffic Technology Today website since May 2014. During his time at the title, he has interviewed some of the top transportation chiefs at public agencies around the world as well as CEOs of leading multinationals and ground-breaking start-ups. Tom's earlier career saw him working on some the UK's leading consumer magazine titles. He has a law degree from the London School of Economics (LSE).