Industry News
GRIDSMART Technologies, Inc. announces improvements to the GRIDSMART Fisheye Camera.  The camera size and weight have been reduced, making the camera easier to handle and mount, reducing the total stress on the mounting infrastructure, and creating a safer system. A bayonet connector has been added. The connector allows the camera to remain sealed, and the cable can be safely disconnected from the camera during installation.
Each GRIDSMART Fisheye Camera is still protected by an uncompromising 1/4 inch thick hermitically sealed American-made and milled aluminum housing.  Additionally, the high resolution camera still offers horizon-to-horizon views and provides full field of view monitoring.  The new GRIDSMART Fisheye Camera will be distributed starting in April 2015. 
Redefining Mobility Summit Program 3/31/15 - The Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) and industry leaders came together for the Redefining Mobility Summit in Concord, CA. At the Summit, panelists discussed the future of Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CV/AV) technologies, and the groundbreaking CV/AV program GoMentum Station was unveiled. The Keynote Address was presented by James Madaffer, Commissioner, California Transportation Commission (CTC). Click on the link to view some of the presentations that were shared at the Summit.
  Polara Navigator Training - Southern California: On April 22, 23, 24, 2014, Polara Engineering and Western Pacific Signal presented Polara Navigator Training seminars in the Cities of Orange, Pasadena, and Corona.  The well-attended sessions focused on the new Accessible Pedestrian Signals (APS) requirements, and eligible attendees qualified for (12) IMSA Certification TARP points. This training is ideal for traffic engineer professionals, consultants, and electrical signal technicians.  Check back at our website for upcoming dates in your area.
  Active Transportation Program- On September 26, 2013, Governor Brown signed legislation creating the Active Transportation Program (ATP). The ATP consolidates existing federal and state transportation programs, including the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), Bicycle Transportation Account (BTA), and State Safe Routes to School (SR2S), into a single program with a focus to make California a national leader in active transportation. The ATP administered by the Division of Local Assistance, Office of Active Transportation and Special Programs.
  Polara Navigator Training - Northern California: On Sep. 17, 2013, Polara Engineering and Western Pacific Signal presented a Polara Navigator Training seminar in the Sacramento area.  The training will focused on the new Accessible Pedestrian Signals (APS) requirements, and qualified for (12) IMSA Certification TARP points. This training session is ideal for traffic engineer professionals, consultants, and electrical signal technicians.  Check back at our website for upcoming dates in your area.
Polara Engineering Announces Service Pack 1 Software Release: On October 26, 2012, Polara announced the release of the Service Pack 1 (SP1) software update for the 2 Wire EZ Communicator Navigator System. This update brings a vast new array of features and enhancements to the Navigator system to enable more advanced configuration and greater ease of use in the setup and maintenance of the entire system.
  Aldis Gridsmart Video Detection: ITS International explores machine vision technology and how systems, such as the Aldis Gridsmart ultra-wide-angle video detection system, distinguishes itself with its ability to capture a better quality, full-resolution image at a precise moment in time and then apply intelligence to retrieve the maximum-possible data for actioning. Click above to read how machine vision can add value to your traffic management system while reducing costs.
  Leotek Ships Record Number of LEDs to Caltrans: WP Signal was awarded a California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) supply bid in 2008. Presently, we have shipped 44,000 LED traffic and pedestrian signals. Read here how California has gone green with Leotek.
  Caltrans Issues APS Directive: On March 20, 2012, the State of California Department of Transportation issued a Traffic Operations policy directive mandating the installation of Accessible Pedestrian Signal Systems (APS) and Pedestrian Countdown Timers at all Signalized Intersections and Signalized Pedestrian Crossings on all State Highways. Click the link above to view the detailed requirements of the directive.
  Naztec announces merger-May 2012:  This month two transportation industry leaders, Naztec and Trafficware, will merge and form the preeminent technology-based company in the traffic management segment of the intelligent transportation systems (ITS) industry. This merger will greatly benefit Naztec and WPS customers with their expanded capabilities to develop more advanced software solutions and the integration of best-in-class software products into their existing suite of enterprise-wide traffic management systems. Click above to read the details about this exciting new development!
  Aldis releases version 3.2 of GridSmart: Aldis proudly announces the latest release of the GridSmart solution for video vehicle detection and traffic data collection. GridSmart is a best-in-class video detection solution using new three-dimensional object tracking technology to go beyond traditional detection alternatives – enabling greater functionality at a lower total cost of ownership. Traffic Technology
  Caltrans Adopts 2012 CA MUTCD: As of January 13, 2012 the California Department of Transportation has adopted the California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (California MUTCD) 2012 edition to provide for uniform standards and specifications for all official traffic control devices in California. Click here to view an abbreviated version with highlighted portions pertaining to new APS requirements only.
  MS Sedco Intersector makes headlines in Popular Science magazine:  This article by Rebecca Boyle describes how the MS Sedco Intersector's Microwave Sensors auto-detect bikes at intersections, to trigger traffic signals and protect cyclists.
  City of Pleasanton receives ITS award: The City of Pleasanton was nationally recognized for its use of the MS Sedco Intersector devices on January 4th, 2012 by the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) by receiving the ITS America’s Smart Solution Spotlight award.

MS Sedco Intersector in ABC news broadcast: The City of Pleasanton recently installed several MS Sedco Intersectors, Bicycle Discrimination Detectors, along Foothill Blvd. & Stoneridge Dr. Click on this link to view the ABC Channel 7 News footage in which the benefits of this product are explained in detail. 

  Polara Navigator spotlighted in Extreme Home Makeover Home Edition: In this edition of Extreme Home Makeover, a Polara Navigator is installed in the City of Maple Heights, Ohio at a busy intersection along Libby Rd. much to the delight of the Anderson Family, a local family whose members are visually impaired. Click to watch the Anderson Family and their friends celebrate as they are finally able to cross the intersection safely. 
  Polara Navigators in the News. Visually impaired advocates state the case for more audible crosswalks in Bakersfield. More than 11 intersections have the audible crosswalk feature. The Polara Navigator Accessible Pedestrian Signal featured is ADA and MUTCD compliant and provides full audible and vibro-tactile features.


  Safe Routes to School National Partnership releases Safe Routes to School Local Policy Guide : The Local Policy Guide was published to help local communities and schools create, enact and implement policies which will support active and healthy community environments that encourage safe walking and bicycling and physical activity by children through a Health in All Policies approach. It highlights strategies to advance policy change and covers more than 20 policy change examples including: regional transportation plans, Complete Streets, fine based mechanisms, school bonds, crossing guards, health impact assessments, joint-use agreements, speed limits, and more. 
  New Freedom Grant Program


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