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  • VERSATILE TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT DEVICES SAVE MONEYMaximize Your Budget with Versatile Traffic Management DevicesAugust 15, 2018

    Most organizations are looking to do more with less, but this can be difficult when it comes to something as critical as traffic safety. One way to maximize your traffic management budget and see better results is to employ multi-purpose, web-enabled t …

  • Free Up Resources and Let Portable Traffic Devices Do the WorkJuly 24, 2018

      If your agency needs to stretch the budget—what agency doesn’t?—you know it’s challenging to manage traffic flow and safety with fewer resources.  You’re trying to do more with less and less; you may have even developed a real talent for this in …

  • Run Quick, Accurate Speed Surveys and Traffic Studies Using Portable Traffic Devices and the CloudMay 30, 2018

      If you’ve ever had to follow up with residents regarding speeding complaints on a particular road or neighborhood, you know that generating speed surveys and traffic studies can be time consuming, and often the results prove there isn’t a real s …

  • Bolster Road Safety with Connected Radar Speed DisplaysMarch 21, 2018

    As your community grows and your budget shrinks, your resources are probably being stretched to the limit. A growing population usually means an expanding infrastructure and more businesses moving to your area.  How can you enforce speed limits and kee …

  • How Agencies Can Easily Automate Traffic Management Using the Internet of Things and Cloud Technology: Part II Traffic FlowMarch 6, 2018

    Last week we posted the first of a two-part conversation with Heidi Traverso, former police officer and ATS in-house traffic solutions expert, in which she shared how some agencies are automating traffic management and maximizing resources using cloud …

  • How Agencies Can Easily Automate Traffic Management Using the Internet of Things and Cloud Technology: Part I Conditional MessagingFebruary 28, 2018

    As budgets tighten and needs expand, more and more communities are feeling the pressure of managing more traffic with fewer resources. Safety, congestion, special events and unforeseen circumstances—all of these coalesce into more needs, expanded requi …

  • Avoiding Traffic Calming Debates with Radar Speed Displays—a decision everyone can agree onFebruary 27, 2018

    Not a week goes by that at least one community in the US is locked in a heated debate regarding which traffic calming method they should implement on their busy roads, or disputing the method already in use. Just last week, one community in St. Louis m …

  • Facts to Build Your Case for New Radar Speed Displays in Your CommunityFebruary 12, 2018

    “Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death in the United States. In 2016, there were 37,461 traffic-related deaths. That number was 5.6% higher than in 2015. This follows the record number of traffic fatalities in 2015. Much of the increase in …

  • Web-enabled Variable Message Signs for Real-time Conditional MessagingJanuary 24, 2018

      Variable message signs are the workhorses of roadside messaging devices. But if you’re sending someone to each sign every time you need to change the message or limit the use of your VMS for that reason or because it’s cumbersome to transport an …

  • Deploying Radar Speed Displays to Save Lives in Your CommunityJanuary 17, 2018

      As immersed as we are in traffic statistics each day at ATS, this particular statistic from a 2011 AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety study never ceases to hit home: “The average person hit by a car traveling 25 mph has a 12 percent chance of dea …

  • Five More Powerful Ways to Use Traffic Data and AnalyticsJune 22, 2017

    In our last blog post we discussed how increasing demands on municipalities in the midst of shrinking budgets and overstretched departments make traffic management difficult. The good news is adopting a data-centered approach can help you do more with …

  • Three Powerful Ways to Use Traffic Data and AnalyticsJune 15, 2017

    As your municipality becomes more populated and industry continues to grow, your roads have become more congested. In the past, increased traffic has meant assigning more personnel to carry out the important, never-ending task of managing traffic speed …

  • Curing the Headache of Vehicle Count and Classification with SensorsJune 8, 2017

    You’ve been asked to gather vehicle count and classification data on a particularly speed-prone stretch of road. The thought of installing road tubes is stress-inducing, and the task itself is unsafe and burdensome. First, you have to securely fasten t …

  • Smart Safety Initiatives for Managing Complex Traffic Safety ChallengesApril 28, 2017

     From the whitepaper “Smarter Cities:  5 Ways to See Results in 2017” (Download now) In our previous posts, we’ve discussed how properly ‘agile’  smarter transportation projects can provide results now while at the same time laying the foundation for l …

  • Smart Traffic Congestion Management- Why Communication is KeyApril 25, 2017

    From the whitepaper “Smarter Cities:  5 Ways to See Results in 2017” (Download now) In our previous posts, we’ve discussed how properly ‘agile’  smarter transportation projects can provide results now while at the same time laying the foundation for lo …

  • Data-Driven Decision Making Equals Better Traffic Management OutcomesApril 20, 2017

    From the whitepaper “Smarter Cities:  5 Ways to See Results in 2017” (Download now) In our previous post, we discussed how properly ‘agile’  smarter transportation projects can provide results now while at the same time laying the foundation for long-t …

  • Smart Cities: Why You Need to Become OneApril 17, 2017

    When you hear the term ‘smart cities,’ what do you think of?  Light rail projects with completion dates in 2025?  Privacy policy initiatives?  Lighting that adjusts itself depending on whether people are around? Or perhaps even refrigerators that let y …

  • Traffic Data Sharing and AnalysisApril 13, 2017

    Data, data, data. It’s everywhere. On devices, in files, on spreadsheets and worst of all, captured in manual tracking logs.  But there’s an easier way to analyze your data and create the reports that help your traffic studies solve your thorniest prob …

  • Web-enabled Count and Classification Devices: Goodbye Road Tubes!April 12, 2017

    Today, transportation data collection equipment or ‘counters’ have become a component of the “Internet of Things” — that buzz phrase heard at conferences and on the news, that more often than not refers to “smart toasters” and “connected refrigerators. …

  • Count & Classify in the CloudApril 6, 2017

    We are switching gears now to talk about counting cars. Yes, counting and classifying the cars on your roads.  There are quite a few reasons you want to study the volumes of cars on your roads, from resolving complaints to supporting requests to change …

  • How to keep better records with cloud-enabled radar speed signsNovember 25, 2016

    Over the last several weeks, we’ve been talking about how you can keep your roads safer with radar speed signs. And today’s the day we step it up a notch. Now that you understand the basics for deploying and installing speed displays (and if you’re sti …

  • How to justify a budget increase to the city council with data from your radar speed signsNovember 11, 2016

    It usually starts with a call from a resident. Cars are flying past their home, they say, and the police department is spurred to investigate the situation either by placing an officer on the road or installing a speed radar display. Closing the loop o …

  • What can Lidar do that my radar speed sign can’t?November 7, 2016

    In several past blog entries, we talked about placing a radar speed sign in an area where people may be speeding to collect the data first. By using a sign, there’s no need to take up an officer’s time just to collect data—the sign does it all. However …

  • The other traffic metric you need to understand to make roads safeOctober 28, 2016

    In the past, we talked about how important it is to understand the 85th Percentile. It’s a tough concept, but once you get it under your belt your knowledge of how to make roads safe increases significantly. The other concept that tends to confuse peop …

  • What can Lidar do that my radar speed sign can’t?October 7, 2016

    In several past blog entries, we talked about placing a radar speed sign in an area where people may be speeding to collect the data first. By using a sign, there’s no need to take up an officer’s time just to collect data—the sign does it all. However …

  • Why one town loves its blinking radar speed displaySeptember 16, 2016

    Last time we discussed when to include a message on a speed radar sign and why incorporating one makes them more effective and versatile. But that’s not the only way to increase the effectiveness of your speed displays. One town in Central Pennsylvania …

  • When do you include a message on a speed radar sign?September 1, 2016

    Message displays are typically used less by law enforcement than other city departments but that should not be the case. Incorporating messages into speed displays make them more effective and versatile. Many small police departments share equipment wi …

  • 3 things a radar speed display can do besides tell drivers how fast they’re goingAugust 22, 2016

    The public demands a lot from our law enforcement and municipal government and, more often than not, we ask them to do more with less. That’s why we coach our customers on how to make the most of our products. For example, there is a lot you can do wit …

  • Where to put a radar speed display so you get the best dataAugust 15, 2016

    When first looking at improving the safety of a road, many people start by counting the number of cars that travel on the road and determining how many are speeding. The simplest way to collect this data is with a radar speed display, but the counts wi …

  • Where to put a radar speed display to optimize traffic calming effectivenessAugust 4, 2016

    One of the first tactics to slow down a busy road is installing a radar speed display to make drivers aware of how fast they are traveling. But that can only happen if the display is installed in the right location. Here are a few tips to ensure your r …

  • The one concept you need to know to improve traffic safetyJuly 21, 2016

    There are a few concepts that are important to understand before diving into traffic data — and perhaps no other concept is more important than the 85th Percentile. 15% of drivers cause most of the accidents on the road The 85th Percentile is the maxim …

  • 5 ways to calm traffic on a busy roadJune 27, 2016

    The question we hear most often from law enforcement officers is “how can I make my roads safer?” It’s a great question and one that’s not easily answered because, well, it depends. It depends on the road location, whether rural or municipal, the type …

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