Trafficware’s Valence Pod Goes GA; System Gets Vote of Confidence by City of Galveston

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After a year of field testing the Pod wireless vehicle detection system, there is proven reliability, durability, and security from Traffic Industry Leader.

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"The future of vehicle detection is here," said Jon Newhard, CEO of Trafficware.

Trafficware Group, Inc. announces the general availability of its Valence Pod Detection System, the company’s revolutionary wireless vehicle detection system. Concurrently, the company also received a vote of confidence from the City of Galveston. After a year of testing, the City has ordered and installed another multi-intersection Valence Pod System (TM). Since the fall of 2012, the Valence Pod system has been installed in one of the most demanding environments – on Seawall Boulevard in downtown Galveston, which gets harsh weather off of the coast.

“Being right on the Gulf coast, Galveston’s Seawall Boulevard experiences climate changes and heavy tourist traffic. Heavy winds, high salt content, and heated roadway surfaces make it particularly challenging for anything mounted in the roadway,” stated Angelo Grasso, City of Galveston Traffic Engineer. “After a year of testing Trafficware’s Valence Pod detection system, we’ve seen solid performance on par with loop detectors, but with several advantages. In fact, we have a project now where the City is expanding our detection using the Valence Pod system.”

The Valence Pod is a wireless magnetic sensor embedded in the road to accurately measure vehicle occupancy and detection. As a traffic industry leader since the 1970s, Trafficware has approached the problem of in-road magnetic sensors differently than others in the industry. “In-road sensors like the Valence Pod bring the promise of additional capability and lower total cost of ownership compared to magnetic loops and higher accuracy compared with video,” said Darren Beyer, Chief Technology Officer for Trafficware Group. “We leveraged proprietary patents out of leading institutions such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to build a more powerful, reliable, and secure product than the industry has seen in the past and then put that technology to the test in real customer situations to ensure that we had a superior product that was worthy of our brand name,” Beyer added.

To learn more about the Valence Pod System, visit here.

“Trafficware is committed to bringing continued innovation and a broad suite of products to the traffic industry, and our Valence Pod is another step in that process,” said Jon Newhard, CEO of Trafficware. “Detection is a fundamental element in optimizing traffic flow and the Valence Pod (TM) gives our customers another option to solve difficult traffic management problems, and how Galveston is using it with their adaptive traffic system is a perfect example. Trafficware will continue to invest in innovation for the sake of the industry, whether that investment is in organic product development, partnership, or acquisition,” adds Newhard.

About Trafficware
Trafficware specializes in research, design, and development of electronic equipment and enterprise software designed to enhance the transportation industry. Our industry expertise comes from hands-on experience attained while solving traffic management challenges across the country since the 1970s; our in-house team, including professional traffic engineers, hardware and software design and development staff, manufacturing personnel, and customer service/field application engineers; and regular dialogue with our customers to address their real-world operational issues and future traffic management requirements. Trafficware manufactures a full line of traffic equipment in its 90,000 square-foot technology center located in Sugar Land, Texas. In over three decades of manufacturing in the USA, our products have earned a reputation for unmatched quality and reliability. Through our innovative technology and breadth of knowledge and experience, Trafficware is engineering a better way to move the world.

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