Global Traffic Technologies Canada, Inc. (GTT) has contracted with Edmonton Fire Rescue Service in Alberta, Canada for the implementation of the GPS-based Opticom™ traffic preemption solution. The Opticom system works alongside intersection controllers to help ensure emergency vehicles can move through intersections rapidly and safely.
When an emergency vehicle needs to navigate an intersection, the Opticom Emergency Vehicle Preemption (EVP) system on-board the emergency vehicle sends a request to the intersection’s controller ahead of its arrival, turning the light green and clearing a path to enable the vehicle’s safe – and faster – passage. In Edmonton, the EVP system has been deployed to 58 of the city’s busiest intersections.
Edmonton Fire Rescue Service provides frontline fire rescue services, fire prevention programs, and public education to make the city a safer and healthier place. Its history goes back to 1891, when it began as a volunteer fire corps. Today, the Fire Rescue Service operates 29 stations throughout the city. Edmonton is the capital of Alberta, and is the province’s second-largest city and the fifth largest municipality in Canada, with close to a million residents.
GTT’s president Doug Roberts said, “We are very excited to work with Edmonton Fire Rescue Service. Our Opticom system is helping to improve the Service’s operational safety, reduce travel time to emergencies and increase the safety of both the public and Fire and Rescue personnel.”