Iteris awarded traffic management and communications upgrade project in Texas

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One of the global leaders in applied big data informatics for the transportation industry, Iteris, has been awarded a US$1.5m contract for a traffic-signal upgrade project from the City of Abilene in Texas.

Iteris will upgrade 63 intersections with new equipment, including a wireless broadband-radio communications system that will provide faster communications throughout Abilene, and increase the city’s ability to respond to citizen concerns more quickly. The new system will also allow city traffic technicians to respond to problems remotely, saving the city time and money by reducing the need to drive to intersections, and enabling them to resolve issues more quickly and improve safety.

The city’s new broadband services will be built around Iteris’s VantagePegasus wireless networks that are built with carrier-grade radio components to deliver unmatched wireless connectivity and the bandwidth for communications from remote sites to a centralized management center. VantagePegasus radios are certified to FCC, CE and NEMA standards and are designed and tested to withstand year-round weather conditions, while delivering uninterrupted connectivity.

In addition to the system design and integration services, upgrades will include Iteris’s advanced vehicle detection systems; a city-wide wireless broadband radio communications network; new traffic signal controllers; new traffic signal control cabinets; and managed EdgeConnect Ethernet switches that allow the wireless communications to be shared by all of the hardware systems. The new vehicle detection systems will use the VantageNext and Vantage Vector camera units.

VantageNext is Iteris’s next generation video detection system that uses the latest processors to capture all the data necessary to allow the local traffic controller to manage the intersection remotely, while delivering network-wide data back to the traffic management center (TMC).

Vantage Vector is a hybrid all-in-one detection sensor that uses both video and radar technologies to provide stop bar and advanced zone detection, enabling advanced safety and adaptive control applications. Information from the camera systems will be transmitted via Iteris’s EdgeConnect remote communications module that provides both local and remote management of data and video over Ethernet, enabling system operators to manage their Vantage systems from a central location.

“We are pleased to continue to provide design, construction and integration solutions for the City of Abilene,” said Todd Kreter, SVP and general manager of roadway sensors at Iteris.

“This turnkey solution will result in an accelerated schedule and a streamlined implementation of transportation management solutions, improving mobility in the community, and moving the city one step further in their smart city journey.”

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Tom has edited Traffic Technology International magazine and the Traffic Technology Today website since he joined the company in May 2014. Prior to this he worked on some of the UK's leading consumer magazine titles including Men's Health and Glamour, beginning his career in journalism in 1997 after graduating with a law degree from the London School of Economics (LSE).

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