Applied Information launches compact, low-power monitor for solar traffic control devices

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Applied Information has launched a compact Internet of Things (IoT) monitoring device that gives transportation engineers remote access to traffic control devices previously inaccessible due to a lack of sufficient electrical power or remote location.

The AI 500-030 LPM is a palm-sized monitoring device that leverages smaller, ultra-low- power microprocessors and cellular technology to provide a variety of applications for monitoring traffic control devices at a lower cost. Using less than 6 milliamps, the AI 500-030 LPM is capable of monitoring and reporting with virtually no impact on device battery life or performance. The product fits into the smallest control cabinets and is GPS and cellular plug and play for fast installation and automatic set up.

Once installed, the AI-500-030 LPM offers cellular connectivity, data collection, and access to Applied Information’s Glance™ platform. Glance is a cloud-based solution that enables 24/7 remote monitoring of solar panel, beacon, and battery health. System operation and reliability can be observed in real-time or through automatically generated reports. Additionally, as soon as a problem is detected in the field, email/text alerts are sent to notify the necessary personnel of the exact fault.

“By taking advantage of advances in electronic and cellular technology, the AI 500-030 LPM provides system managers with real-time access to all their field equipment regardless of location or size of the solar panel,” said Peter Ashley, Vice President of Business Development and Marketing. “The ultra-low power requirements greatly expand the number and types of devices that can be monitored.”

Select applications available from the AI 500-030 LPM include:

  • Knockdown detection
  • Battery health
  • Solar panel health
  • LED status
  • Lamp failure
  • Button pushes
  • System activations
  • Temperature and humidity

Types of devices that benefit from AI 500-030 installations include:

  • Pedestrian crossings
  • LED blank out signs
  • Warning Beacons
  • Regulatory signposts
  • LED edge-lit signs
  • Low overhead warnings
  • Hidden drive warnings
  • 24X7 flashers

The AI 500-030 LPM is part of the Glance Smart City Supervisory System suite of products which can be monitored and managed from a tablet or smartphone and receive over the air software updates.

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Tom has edited Traffic Technology International magazine and the Traffic Technology Today website since May 2014. During his time at the title he has interviewed some of the top transportation chiefs in charge of public agencies around the world as well as chairmen and CEOs of multinational transportation technology corporations. Tom's early 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).