Massachusetts Department of Transportation Picks Trafficware’s SynchroGreen for the State’s First Adaptive Signal System

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SynchroGreen doesn’t add another lane for the commute, but it does give you the next best thing, providing real-time signal phasing to optimize the flow of traffic.

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“It’s gratifying for an agency to deploy SynchroGreen, something that motorists notice immediately and appreciate,” commented Jon Newhard, CEO of Trafficware.

Trafficware Group, Inc. announces that MassDOT selected SynchroGreen for the State’s first adaptive signal system. With traffic engineering involvement from consulting firm VHB, the new adaptive signal system was activated on March 31, and included four intersections on Elliot St. in Danvers, MA.

“The corridor selected was a common bypass route where unpredictable traffic demand occurs; also backups regularly occurred on this corridor, causing substantial queuing onto the freeway,” commented Alan Deditch, President of Highway Tech, provider of on-street system support. “SynchroGreen was the perfect solution to respond to the influx of traffic, and representatives of MassDOT and I have already seen a significant improvement,” added Deditch.

Video cameras located at the intersection provide real-time traffic volumes to on-street traffic controllers. The system then uses a centralized command and control server to process this data (volume/occupancy) to analyze and dynamically adjust phase timings, offsets, and cycle lengths continuously in real time. This results in signal timings that adjust every cycle to the fluctuating demands of traffic volumes to optimize the flow of traffic.

One of the features of SynchroGreen that MassDOT found appealing was the ability to have the option of hitting the ‘easy button’ for default settings or providing more detailed inputs to refine the system operation. This level of flexibility allows the State to deploy a system like SynchroGreen in both a smaller city where there are little local resources to manage the system, and in larger cities, where there may be specific traffic dynamics that require a more tailored approach.

To learn more about SynchroGreen real-time adaptive signal control technology, visit here.

"Through our suite of Synchro traffic optimization products including SynchroGreen, Trafficware has made a real commitment over the last decade to getting the most out of an agency’s existing infrastructure,” commented Jon Newhard, CEO of Trafficware. “It’s gratifying for an agency to deploy SynchroGreen, something that motorists notice immediately and appreciate.”

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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