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Eyes on the Road: Help Chart the Future of Highway Automation

Oct 26, 2018 7:30:00 AM / by Steve Jennings posted in UPS, Internet of Things, ITS, batteries, automation, National Dialogue on Highway Automation

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Years ago, a popular daily cartoon showed a noble knight riding into a joust, pennants flying, lance up and ready, but with a hand over his eyes. It was funny, but also a bit profound, as we too often take on noble aims without a clear view of the challenges ahead, sometimes with serious consequences.

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An Enlightened Approach to Dark Intersections

Sep 17, 2018 2:20:43 PM / by Steve Jennings posted in UPS, Power, Internet of Things, batteries, vision zero

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Dark intersections can take an outsized toll on both drivers and services. Last year's Hurricane Irma exemplified the costs: with more than half the traffic lights in Miami-Dade County out, road crews scrambled to deploy limited numbers of generators; police and sheriffs departments were stretched thin trying to direct traffic manually and writing tickets to drivers mishandling the outages; and accidents were caused by confused drivers blowing through dark intersections. While a hurricane like Irma doesn't happen every day, any dark intersection is an accident waiting to happen, and two-thirds of those are injury accidents, according to a New York DOT study. For the sake of drivers, DOTs, and first responders, transportation departments need strategies to minimize the occurrence and duration of traffic signal outages.

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Portland, Oregon Measures Up on Vision Zero

Aug 30, 2018 7:30:00 AM / by Steve Jennings posted in UPS, Power, Internet of Things, batteries, vision zero

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Knowledge is power, and the city of Portland, Oregon, is about to use the power of knowledge to save lives. As part of its Vision Zero Program, the city is deploying a network of smart sensors along its three most dangerous streets to gather data about the speed and flow of traffic. Traffic system designers will analyze data from the sensors to figure out what's not working and how to make those and other city streets safer for motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.

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Overpowering Power Problems: Refreshing Developments in UPS Technology

Aug 16, 2018 10:00:00 AM / by Steve Jennings posted in UPS, Power, Internet of Things, batteries

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With all the exciting new developments in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), the subject of UPS technology and batteries may seem about as sexy as a pair of socks. But traffic system outages aren't sexy either, so backup power matters. And there have been new developments in UPS technology in recent years, giving ITS system designers more options for building systems with maximum uptime.

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Beat the Heat: Minimizing Overheating Issues in Traffic Cabinets

Aug 8, 2018 8:30:00 AM / by Steve Jennings posted in UPS, Internet of Things, batteries

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The dog days of summer are upon us: High temperature records have already been broken, from southern California to New England, leaving power outages in their wake. Heat also puts a stress on the UPS and batteries in traffic cabinets, just when they are needed most to handle power brownouts or outages. While the ITS Cabinet Standard specifies operating ranges up to 74° C (165° F), the effect of summertime temperatures in excess of 100° F plus direct sunlight on the cabinet, plus the heat produced by the electrical components themselves can quickly turn a traffic cabinet into an oven, shortening the lives of components and, worst case, leading to system failure.

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Safeguarding the Road Ahead

Aug 1, 2018 8:30:00 AM / by Steve Jennings posted in UPS, Internet of Things, batteries

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The Greek physician Hippocrates admonished would-be healers: "First, do no harm." Intelligent transportation systems (ITS) are designed to heal a host of ills: traffic congestion, air pollution, traffic accidents, rising transportation costs, and more. And just as medicine has advanced rapidly in our digital age, ITS technologists are tapping into emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and the "Internet of things" (IoT) to move people and goods more efficiently, safely, and sometimes profitably. But as we forge ahead, we would do well to remember Hippocrates and ensure that our systems can be trusted not to exacerbate the problems they were meant to solve.
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Power, the New Oil

Jun 25, 2018 2:30:00 PM / by ZincFive, Inc. posted in Power, Internet of Things, IoT

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Cities around the world are tapping into the fast-growing "Internet of things" (IoT) to move people and vehicles more efficiently and safely. These sophisticated new transportation systems will greatly improve our quality of life, but successful new technology also tends to create dependence. Case in point: how anxious do we feel if our cellphone battery dies or we forget it at home?  With great power comes great responsibility, so ITS buyers and builders need to ensure that the new capabilities they're creating also come with the 100 percent uptime their users will need.

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