STC and Fortran Traffic furnish solar-powered RRFB systems
TEMPE, AZ - 01/10/2013 - Fortran Traffic Systems (Scarborough, Canada) has
teamed up with STC to furnish RRFB systems to the City of Calgary. Calgary
wants to install systems at pedestrian crossings and has purchased equipment
from several manufacturers to test at different locations.
STC furnished two systems to the city for the original test with one system
configured as a two-beacon crossing and one configured as a three-beacon
crossing (two curb and one median system).
The city has since revised its requirements to have 3 two-beacon crossings
and has purchased a fourth RRFB system to go with the original three-beacon
crossing. This allows it to be split into 2 two-beacon systems. STC chief
engineer Joe Wise traveled to Calgary to train and reconfigure the existing
equipment for its new requirements.
All RRFB beacon assemblies fielded use a quad 3-inch x 7-inch lamp display
(front and back) and high intensity button-style pedestrian confirmation
indicator lamp. Controls are based on the standard Solar Ped-X system. The
Solar Ped-X uses a solar-powered system on each pole with its own battery
bank. The controls package includes a Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum
(FHSS) radio to allow wireless communication between units. All systems
fielded for the test include a Polara Bulldog button to prevent the button
from being wedged or damaged from vandalism.
The city plans to evaluate the performance of the systems through the winter
of 2012-2013 scrutinizing issues such as lamp intensity and availability
through the worst solar conditions. The photos shown were taken with snow
already accumulating on the lamp faces yet the intensity is still very high.
Fortran is the premier manufacturer and distributor of traffic signals in
Canada. Please visit their website: www.fortrantraffic.com.
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