Written by: Ajay Kaushik
Cheaper cell modems, sim cards and data plans have ushered in a new era of connectivity in the traffic industry. Connectivity is now unlocking the potential of traditional and new-generation devices. Devices such as pedestrian cross overs, loop counters, school zone flashers, beacons and radar speed signs are beginning to add and enable connectivity to bring new value to road users and traffic departments.
In this blog we are going to focus on the value created by connecting radar speed signs to the cloud. Now, Radarsigns are not only effective in increasing road users’ awareness about their speeding thereby reducing overall speed on roads, but also collect valuable vehicle volume and speed data. They are often placed on roads where speeding complaints are made by local residents and businesses.
When internet connectivity is enabled for Radarsigns it gives traffic departments access to volume and speed data on the roadway. Traffic departments can not only use this data for future planning but can also use it to evaluate the effectiveness of Radarsigns at that location. RadarSigns provide valuable data about how road users behave even when they get a clear feedback about their speeds. This data is imperative for ‘Vision Zero’ and ‘Automated Speed Enforcement’ teams as it can help them discover locations where they may need implement stricter road calming strategies.
By adding connectivity to new Radarsigns or upgrading old Radarsigns to enable connectivity, traffic departments can now have access to valuable traffic data which can help drive informed road planning, operations, and safety decisions for years. Nowadays, most radar speed sign vendors provide connectivity options.
Since the launch Radarsigns Clould Connectivity offering 8 months ago, over 60% of the radar signs sold are connected and the data is available on a cloud portal. This not only enables authorized access to historical traffic data but also ensures software updates to the radar speed signs are completed remotely.
The web-portal gives each access to daily, weekly, and monthly reports for traffic volumes and speeds. A combination of open GIS platforms and data graphs is making is easy to understand congestion and speeding issues on your city’s roads.
To learn more about how connected Radarsigns are adding value to traffic departments please watch our webinar hosted by Brian Barg and Michel Mondor focused on the Radarsign CloudTM and all the value it can unlock through LTE connectivity.