Bentonville Street Department chooses web-based data solution from All Traffic Solutions
HERNDON, VA – MARCH 16, 2020 – In Arkansas, the Bentonville Street Department is using TraffiCloud from All Traffic Solutions (ATS) to determine how to solve current road safety challenges and plan for the future.
The implementation of technology from the Herndon, VA-based traffic safety and data analytics leader is enabling better-informed decision making and optimized allocation of budgets and other resources to handle traffic-related community issues. A significant development is that TraffiCloud will also provide data that will be used to measure and plan road capacity needs in line with future economic expansion.
The Street Department, together with the Traffic Safety & Signage Committee, handles the majority of community speeding complaints within its locality. Responses have to meet an agreed set of criteria and between them the Department and the Committee were looking for a way to ascertain whether complaints are valid and their responses appropriate.
“Before TraffiCloud, our traffic-calming measures were complaint-driven but you’ll always have a certain percentage of speed violators. The challenge was how to assess each situation and put it in context with overall traffic volumes — in some instances, the perceptions of the safety risk can be rather different from the reality. We also needed to be able to gauge how to deploy limited resources to best address any problems,” explains Tony Davis, Street Manager with the Bentonville Street Department and a member of the Traffic Safety & Signage Committee.
TraffiCloud provides accurate, dependable real-time insights by bringing together information from a wide range of sources. It is a web-based data management solution and its open-standards approach enables it to work with sensors and systems from ATS as well as other manufacturers.
Used in combination with ATS’ StatTrak portable vehicle counter classifiers, TraffiCloud is currently enabling the Bentonville Street Department to ascertain its true needs in terms of safety interventions and mitigations — where a legitimate speeding problem is identified, a remotely controlled ATS Shield radar speed sign is deployed as a traffic-calming measure.
TraffiCloud enables wide-area traffic management at minimal cost. It enables both permanent and temporary devices to be networked and so work cohesively rather than piecemeal — for instance, the Bentonville Street Department is also using ATS Shield radar speed signs to govern speeds on diversion routes necessitated by work zones.
The solution is employed by both the Street Department and local law enforcement. This means that TraffiCloud provides a wealth of high-quality data on traffic movements and drivers’ habits and, in the future, it will be employed to help re-work the local Master Street Plan. This will enable Davis and his colleagues to determine how to manage traffic capacity in line with economic development. In particular, it will help to build a picture of what’s going on and what’s needed away from main arterial routes.
The key reasons for the Bentonville Street Department choosing TraffiCloud are its versatility and connectivity, says Andy Souders, CEO of ATS.
“The Cloud means that devices can be accessed from pretty much anywhere. Data can be retrieved and operating parameters changed without having to visit the roadside.
“Remote operation frees up resources and is more cost-effective. It provides a further safety benefit because you’re not unnecessarily placing operatives next to live traffic lanes, and it speeds the collection of information for many different kinds of applications.”
Information about TraffiCloud, StatTrak and other ATS products and solutions can be found on the company’s website.
About All Traffic Solutions
All Traffic Solutions is a leader in traffic safety and data analytics for Intelligent Transportation Systems and smart parking applications. We help law enforcement, municipal agencies and commercial organizations use data and cloud-supported devices such as web-enabled radar speed displays, conditional messaging technology, and lidar technology to calm traffic, optimize parking availability, share notifications, and improve traffic safety— while maximizing resources and budget. For more information, visit our website http://www.alltrafficsolutions.com.
All Traffic Solutions: GIVING PARKING THE GREEN LIGHT ON BLACK FRIDAY
Black Friday, US retail’s biggest day of the year, promises us two things: some outstanding shopping bargainsand, if we’re not careful, a real parking headache.
With traditional bricks-and-mortar retail under increasing pressure, there is a real need to optimize the whole customer experience in order to secure footfall and that all- important repeat business.
Poor parking and access to venues has been shown to be one of the main reasons, if not the main reason, for shoppers failing to return. Many malls and outlets have already realized this and have parking managementstrategies in place that direct new arrivals to available capacity.
But it’s no longer even the case that parking lots will necessarily be full. With eCommerce taking a bite outof bricks and mortar’s sales, there will often be spare capacity. Buying habits have changed, and so haveexpectations.
Venues have discounted savagely. They have also introduced ‘buy online and pick up’ services. At the same time, shoppers are becoming more discerning — apps and the online experience have increased the sense ofimmediacy and better individual service.
So, it’s no longer just a case of finding ‘a’ parking space; shoppers want ‘the’ parking space that best serves their precise needs. In some cases, that may even be several spaces, one after the other, as people venue-hop, beating the rush by getting in, getting done and getting gone.
Better from the customer’s point of view, then, if you can plan your parking strategy before getting in the car. Better yet if you can book online, know precisely where you’re going, and have the guarantee that when you arrive, the space (or spaces) you booked will be vacant for your use.
All this requires highly accurate sensing systems, and an electronic back office solution that can understand and make best use of available capacity and then share that knowledge online or via dynamic on-streetand at-venue signage.
ATS’ ParkingCloud™ is a single data platform that connects with vehicle-counting and other data-collection devices and then assimilates the information they gather via the Cloud. It provides parking scheme operatorswith a single dashboard for all their parking needs. It gives customers the ability to manage their parking requirements, and updates them in real time.
“Because it’s device-agnostic, ParkingCloud can work with any supplier’s detection and counting solutions,”says Andy Souders, CEO for ATS. “That means that malls and other venues needn’t worry about the sunk cost of existing solutions. We can supply all that they need but we can also work with what they have to produce a state-of-the-art parking management solution — one which optimizes space utilization, guarantees revenues and helps to build customer relations.
“The performance improvements we can provide are relatively inexpensive and near- instant. But they can make a real difference in terms of a venue’s public image and profitability — important considerations in an increasingly competitive retail environment.”
About All Traffic Solutions
All Traffic Solutions (ATS) is a leader in portable, cloud-supported devices for traffic safety, smart parking, and Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) applications. Our innovative Software as a Service solutions and connected devices are transforming how communities solve their most complex parking, traffic and transportation challenges. ATS’ patented TraffiCloud® and ParkingCloud™ platforms enable organizations to remotely manage their sensor networks and centralize data in real time. Over 5,000 organizations use ATS technology to increase traffic safety, improve parking system performance by maximizing revenues and the customer experience, and optimize operational performance through traffic and parking pattern analysis. Visit AllTrafficSolutions.com.