City of Palo Alto Selects Trafficware to Implement State-of-the Art Traffic Signal System

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Tech-savvy City Partners with Traffic Industry Leader for Innovative Traffic Solutions.

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The City is expanding functionality of the traffic management system to meet the data sharing demands that we anticipate within our market.

Trafficware Group, Inc. is pleased to announce that the City of Palo Alto, California has selected 2.0 and SynchroGreen for what is considered to be one of the first traffic management systems in the country that will address the connected vehicle initiative. Trafficware will implement an innovative traffic data export system that will allow the City to securely disseminate real-time traffic signal data to auto manufacturers using Smart Vehicle technologies.

“As we looked for a partner for traffic management for the next decade, it became important to consider capabilities for connected vehicles,” said Jaime Rodriguez, Chief Transportation Official at the City of Palo Alto. “Trafficware’s is the City’s current traffic management system, so upgrading to ATMS 2.0 was a natural choice. The City is expanding functionality of the traffic management system to meet the data sharing demands that we anticipate within our market. Trafficware has demonstrated the ability to provide data to Smart Vehicles through previous projects with European automobile companies. It is the City’s intent to build on these partnerships and data sharing capabilities to make automobiles more fuel efficient and to empower motorists in Palo Alto with more information.”

The traffic signals at 100 intersections will be upgraded using Trafficware controllers, in addition to the installation of Trafficware’s 2.0 traffic management system. The City will also install Trafficware’s SynchroGreen adaptive traffic control system at nine intersections along Sand Hill Road serving Stanford University and Stanford University Medical Center. The SynchroGreen system will update signal timings in real-time based on current traffic demand and will help alleviate congestion in this area and reduce motorist delay. “The City was impressed with the SynchroGreen system along similar complex corridors,” added Rodriguez.

Trafficware will introduce a web-based driver information system, allowing the public to view real-time traffic conditions, video feeds and obtain current traffic data using a web browser, smart phone or tablet. The driver information system will integrate with the City’s future parking management system and includes real-time parking occupancy data in downtown Palo Alto, provided by VIMOC Technologies’ Smart Cities Platform. This open platform utilizes a technology called Landscape-Computing, that minimizes network bandwidth consumption and latency, which is critical for accurate real-time parking data.

The City of Palo Alto’s traffic signal system project is slated to begin in December of 2014 and is expected to be operational by September 2015. Once completed, the City will have one of the most advanced traffic signal systems in the world. “Trafficware takes great pride in being selected by the City of Palo Alto for this project” said Jon Newhard, CEO of Trafficware. “We have often said that customers who demand the very best in technology turn to Trafficware to solve their most complex traffic problems. Nestled in the heart of Silicon Valley with companies such as Google and Tesla pushing the envelope of traffic technology and peopled by citizens who care deeply about the health of their environment, Palo Alto is arguably among the most sophisticated cities in the world. We are honored to be partnering to deliver one of the most advanced traffic projects on the planet.” The City selected Trafficware due to the company’s proven ability to provide reliable and innovative traffic control technologies. Trafficware has a substantial presence in the Bay Area and throughout the United States. Regarded as the global center of technology and innovation, Palo Alto will manage a system that exemplifies Trafficware’s commitment to delivering unprecedented technologies, superior customer service and continuous support.

About Trafficware
Trafficware specializes in research, design, and development of electronic equipment and enterprise software designed to enhance the transportation industry. Trafficware’s industry expertise comes from hands-on experience attained while solving traffic management challenges across the United States since 1979. Trafficware manufactures a full line of traffic equipment from a 90,000 square-foot technology center located in Sugar Land, Texas. In over three decades of manufacturing in the United States, Trafficware products have earned a reputation for unmatched quality and reliability. Through innovative technology and the company’s breadth of knowledge and experience, Trafficware is engineering a better way to move the world.

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