Global Traffic Technologies, LLC (GTT) has provided the city of Norfolk, Virginia with an expansion to its Opticom™ traffic preemption solution. The Opticom system works alongside intersection controllers to help ensure emergency vehicles can move through intersections quickly and safely.
When an emergency vehicle needs to navigate an intersection, the Opticom Emergency Vehicle Preemption (EVP) system onboard the emergency vehicle sends a request to the intersection’s controller ahead of its arrival. If the request is granted, the light turns green and the vehicle gets a clear path through the intersection. In Norfolk, the city has added an additional 15 intersections to its existing EVP system, helping to ensure faster incidence response times and increased safety for residents and emergency services personnel.
Norfolk is the second most populous city in Virginia, with a population of almost 250,000. The largest navy base in the world, Naval Station Norfolk, is located in the city, along with one of NATO’s two strategic command headquarters.
GTT’s president Jason Lund said, “We are really pleased to be able to continue working with the city of Norfolk to provide emergency services with improved operational safety and reduced response times for emergencies.”