Q-Free launches central traffic-signal management system

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Q-Free, a global mobility solutions provider for smart city infrastructure, has launched Kinetic Signals, the company’s latest system for centralised traffic signal management.

Kinetic Signals has been designed to simply and efficiently monitor and control traffic signals and ITS operations in real-time across cities, regions, and states.

The system builds on Q-Free’s Intelight MAXVIEW atms solution. It is also the first module to be released on the company’s Kinetic Mobility platform, which offers a single, user-configurable interface for all aspects of ITS including signals, freeways, events, signs, video, ramps, analytics, and more.

Tom Stiles, Q-Free executive vice president of ATMS solutions, said: “This is about innovation and how we can do better for our customers by allowing them to use any piece of equipment, software, or application seamlessly and openly, including products from other vendors.”

According to Q-Free, Kinetic Signals users can manage signalised intersections from an intuitive real-time map that provides highly detailed operations from device status to specific actions.

A graphic-driven intersection editor provides a holistic view of intersection operations by mapping elements such as vehicle/multi-modal detector movements, signal heads, controller locations, and lane manoeuvres.

Once created, intersection maps can be replicated for use across multiple applications including connected vehicle and adaptive signal control.

Other major features are new interactive reporting elements tied with a database editor and management tools.

A high-resolution data collection and reporting system includes automated traffic signal performance measures that retain and display a history of system events for use in monitoring operations, troubleshooting network issues and alerting operators to issues via toast notifications, audio alerts, emails, and texts per user configurations.

Kinetic Signals also allows operators to track database changes based on users. It includes editor locks to prevent two people editing a database at the same time and allows database comparison, cloning, and archiving.

The solution also comes with built-in database storage for draft and approved databases as well as ancillary signal files.

Kinetic Signals is the first module release of the Kinetic Mobility platform that was launched in mid-December.

Kinetic Mobility was developed to replace complicated and cumbersome standalone solutions with a single dashboard, providing an at-a-glance system overview that includes third-party devices and applications.

The system can run on the cloud or an agency’s server, which can later be migrated to the cloud with no loss of data, functionality, or down-time, depending upon need.

Furthermore, Kinetic Mobility’s procurement options allow for traditional licensing or software-as-a-service.

Stiles added: “This launch is already a success with four current DOT partners signed up in anticipation of getting the new system.”

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