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 the tubes to withstand the wear and tear of many cars passing over them. The process is time-consuming and you have to halt traffic, creating unwanted congestion. And there’s the likelihood that the equipment will become damaged or vandalized, meaning repairs or replacement are a possibility. Then, when you want to collect the data, someone has to drive to the device again. Safety, resources, and schedule are all put to the test. What a headache!
Many DoTs, like the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), are making the switch to a safe, more effective vehicle count and classification solution that uses sensor technology rather than physical contract with vehicles. For MoDOT, one winding road, in particular, had posed many risks to drivers and traffic technicians. They decided to install StatTrak from All Traffic Solutions, a sensor-driven device that provides both accurate, reliable traffic data and the means to download data remotely over the Web. StatTrak was installed quickly and easily on a pole on the side of the road rather than on the road itself. There was no interruption of traffic flow upon installation, and the lightweight device could be taken down in a matter of minutes and reinstalled at another location.
StatTrak is unique in that it can capture data for more than just one lane of traffic going in one direction. Check out the visual below.
Once captured, data is uploaded automatically to a secure cloud-based ecosystem called TraffiCloud, which allows users to remotely access the device from any Internet connection, run and distribute reports to the right people for review and analysis, and even check for tampering and battery power.
Traffic engineers explain that the ability to manage counter classifiers remotely via an Internet connection is a huge advantage. They can collect the timely, accurate data they require to complete traffic studies without endangering the installer or taking hours out of the field. Traffic counting and classification are no longer a headache for DoTs and traffic engineers who use sensor-driven devices like StatTrak, and with the help of TraffiCloud data can be gathered, analyzed and shared with ease.
Now when MoDOT traffic technicians need vehicle count and classification data, they can rest assured that the process will be safe, simple, and secure.