GTT showcasing its Opticom traffic signal priority systems at events in Canada


Global Traffic Technologies (GTT) will be presenting and demonstrating its traffic signal priority systems for transit and emergency services at two upcoming events in Canada this month.

The first event is the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) 2017 Trade Show in Toronto, on May 7-8, where GTT will talk about the way emergency vehicle preemption (EVP) systems can reduce response times and increase safety, and how they can harness data to provide powerful operational insights.

The OAFC event is an annual seminar and tradeshow for everyone working in the fire and emergency services sector. GTT’s Opticom EVP system works alongside traffic controllers to ensure emergency vehicles can move through intersections rapidly and without incident. When an emergency vehicle needs to navigate an intersection, the onboard Opticom system sends a request to the signal controller ahead of its arrival, which requests a green light, clearing a path to enable the vehicle’s expedited passage.

The company will also be attending the UITP (International Association of Public Transport) Summit 2017 in Montreal on May 15-17, which is the premier global event for the public transport industry. GTT will be its Opticom Transit Signal Priority (TSP) system, which provides buses and other public transport vehicles with the ability to request green lights at intersections, allowing for better schedule adherence and headway management.

Opticom will be demonstrated in a technical tour on May 18, providing attendees with the opportunity to see a TSP system in action, with GTT co-hosting a presentation of the Société de transport de Laval’s (STL) system of preferential measures for buses.

In Laval, 90% of traffic lights are equipped with the Opticom TSP system, and participants will discover how the system is used to adjust the priority given to a vehicle based on delays and passenger loads.

During the UITP Summit itself, GTT’s vice president of strategic sales, Victor Darias (right), and Mark Yedlin, director of simulation modeling services at GTT’s partner, the Greenman-Pedersen engineering consultancy, will discuss the way that transit signal priority is helping to reduce travel times through New York City’s notoriously congested Wall Street financial district.

The presentation highlights the collaboration between multiple agencies to achieve a better system, reducing travel times of buses and trains, and in turn increasing ridership and reducing congestion by having fewer commuters travel by car. The case study is part of the session ‘More Efficient Network and Service Planning’ on May 17.

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