Pedestrian crossing uses IoT to improve safety

  • May 28, 2020
  • imc

Applied Information, a Suwanee, Georgia, provider of intelligent transportation infrastructure technology, has announced a configurable IoT pedestrian crossing safety system (PCSS) to improve safety at road crossings.
The base configuration features a pedestrian crossing sign with push-button activated flasher, IoT connectivity, knockdown detector, Glance remote monitoring and connection to the TravelSafely smartphone app.
Additional features include a configurable message sign and radar-based driver feedback. Multiple units can be connected wirelessly for boulevard and traffic circle deployment. All options may be solar powered.
“Crosswalks should be a safe place for pedestrians, yet more than 500 people are killed each year using them in the USA,” said Peter Ashley, vice president of business development and marketing at Applied Information. “Using a combination of technologies, the PCSS creates an active safety zone that engages the pedestrians and drivers to be more alert.”
When the PCSS is activated, alerts of approaching motorists are sent to the free TravelSafely smartphone app notifying drivers that pedestrians are on the crossing ahead. The PCSS radar detects if a vehicle is approaching the crossing at an unsafe speed and provides an audible warning to pedestrians using the TravelSafely app.
The system also uses over-the-air software updates for uploading multiple flashing lights patterns and configuring the digital message sign.
The PCSS is part of the Glance Smart City Supervisory System suite of products, which can be monitored and managed from a tablet or smartphone, receive over the air software updates with customisable flashing patterns, and report device performance measures.