Econolite launches cloud-based Centracs SPM software to optimize signal performance


One of the USA’s leading providers of traffic management equipment, Econolite has introduced Centracs Signal Performance Measures (SPM), a cloud-based software system designed to improve traffic signal optimization and continuous monitoring.

The California-based company has developed Centracs SPM in support of the fourth round of the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Every Day Counts (EDC-4) program, which encourages implementation of automated traffic signal performance measures as a means to optimize traffic signal coordination and programming.

Centracs SPM enables transportation agencies to make signal retiming strategy decisions based on high-resolution dynamic traffic performance data without the costs associated with manually collected low-resolution data and simulations. Centracs SPM provides continuous traffic data collection and analytics, enabling transportation professionals to proactively optimize signal timing, enhancing mobility and safety.

Centracs SPM is a cloud-based high-resolution traffic data collection and analytics software system designed to be a robust solution that provides transportation agencies and professionals new options to proactively optimize traffic signal timing based on performance metrics. Centracs SPM can replace the traditional, manually intensive, and costly process of retiming outdated traffic signal programs. The user-friendly web-hosted analytics platform is not affected or limited to escalating and infrequent traffic counts. Econolite has also developed Centracs SPM to be an ideal fit for connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV) and smart city applications.

“Well-optimized signal timing is one of the most effective ways to increase traffic mobility and safety,” noted Econolite’s vice president of engineering, Eric Raamot. “USDOT recommends retiming of traffic signals every three to seven years. Unfortunately, the manual acquisition of data to determine the necessity of signal retiming, as well traditional methods of offline signal optimization, present a significant cost barrier for transportation agencies to maintain well-optimized systems. Centracs SPM provides access to high-resolution signal data and analytical tools that support performance-based signal retiming, allowing traffic engineers to monitor and re-optimize all of their traffic signals on a continual basis.”

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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).