Viasat Connect
4th Feb 2021  |  Company News
Managing temporary traffic lights remotely

Temporary traffic lights are a regular feature on our roads enabling essential utility and roadworks to take place safely. In response to environmental concerns the latest generation have become greener, more sophisticated and silent by using battery power in place of diesel.

The Problem

Their portability together makes them attractive to criminals who target the set for theft and subsequent resale or to the casual thief who simply wants the batteries. The outcome of either event is traffic chaos when the lights cease working. The main issues for operators and users of these traffic lights are:

  • Unit theft
  • Battery theft
  • Battery management
  • Sequencing issues

Battery management is one of the key operational headaches. Battery age, number of charges cycles, ambient temperature and frequency of use has a major effect on their duty life once deployed. To avoid unplanned outages batteries are generally replaced well within their estimated charge life thus creating service visits which may not have been necessary. This approach also means that there may also be circumstances where, due to battery condition, they become discharged before the planned visit. This creates unplanned, costly, callouts, traffic delays and potential external costs such as a fine.

Theft is also an ever-present issue. Apart from the disruption caused by the lack of traffic control there are the additional costs arising from the deployment of an emergency response team, replacement of the units or replacement of their batteries.

Sophisticated electronics can occasionally malfunction causing sequencing and technical issues which also creates both disruption to the traffic and the need for an emergency response to resolve the problem.

How remote telemetry and tracking makes a difference

Working with several specialists in traffic management we have developed 'Light Guardian' to address many of the problems above. It consists of a discreet, wireless, device which is embedded in each traffic light, constantly monitoring several key parameters:

  • Movement
  • Out-of-security zone
  • Location
  • Battery disconnection
  • Low power & voltage

Using the suite of Skyline web, tablet and smartphone apps to view these assets in real time users can now pro-actively manage many of the issues detailed above. This can be achieved using the Skyline platform and its inbuilt features that provide alerts to one or many users by SMS, email or notifications.

A key benefit of these alerts is that they are customisable. For example, alerts can be generated when the battery voltage reaches a certain level or if the lights are locked in sequence. These alerts empower the operator with the information to pro-actively despatch a service team armed with the information about the problem they will face. Using this remotely acquired data and the exception alerts operators are able to manage and respond to problems more effectively.

To equip a pair of traffic lights prices start at £ 250.00* which includes 5 years system access & airtime costs. Installation, per pair, is £ 50.00*.

Monthly pricing plans are available with airtime and system access costs at £ 6.00* per month and the purchase of light guardian at £ 100.00* per unit.

This is another proven, effective, and competitively priced value solution for the protection and management of temporary traffic signals from a specialist in plant and construction connectivity.

For more information or a demonstration please contact our sales team on 01702 507229 or get in contact.

*All prices detailed are plus VAT