Visit GTT at the IACP 2020 Virtual Expo
Learn why Opticom™ priority control may be just what your department needs to ensure officer and citizen safety.
October 13, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minn.) – After decades as the market leader in traffic signal preemption for fire and EMS, Global Traffic Technologies (GTT) is continuing its expansion into law enforcement. And from October 21-23, GTT’s range of Opticom™ solutions will be on full digital display at the IACP 2020 Virtual Training Event and Expo.
Innovative police departments like the Chula Vista (CA) Police Department are piloting the software-based, cloud-hosted emergency vehicle preemption (EVP) solution from Opticom. The technology allows enabled vehicles to request a green light upon approach to an intersection when responding to high-priority calls. Once granted, the traffic light stays green until the vehicle has safely cleared the intersection.
While EVP has been used by police departments for years, this pilot is taking the unique approach of integrating Opticom with the agency’s CAD system (in this case, Motorola) to ensure officers get to the highest-priority calls as quickly and safely as possible, while minimizing traffic disruptions by withholding EVP for calls that aren’t as critical.
What makes this possible is called incident-based preemption, which means requests for green lights will be granted for time-sensitive calls, such as a medical emergency or an active shooter, but not for other types of calls. So, your department can access the system when it’s needed, while allaying the concerns of your city’s traffic department and the larger community related to disruption, since the chance for overuse is significantly reduced.
“Law enforcement departments have a different volume of calls and dispatch behaviors, requiring features to address their specific operations,” GTT Director of Product Management Chad Mack said. “We feel incident-based preemption will ensure law enforcement officers reach the highest-priority incidents safely and quickly without excessively disrupting normal traffic flow.”
To learn more, visit us online at the show or on our website at www.gtt.com/law-enforcement.
Headquartered in St. Paul, Minn., GTT is a Vontier Operating Company and a market leader in smart mobility solutions. GTT is the owner and manufacturer of the Opticom™ traffic signal priority control system and the Canoga™ traffic-sensing system. These systems have provided safe and reliable traffic solutions to communities for more than 50 years. As one of the first providers of vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications, GTT is changing the way entire cities move by delivering advanced transportation solutions to help emergency, transit and traffic personnel. GTT’s solutions help to increase safety, minimize traffic congestion and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while maximizing resource efficiency and performance. GTT continues to drive the transition to smarter, safer mobility, with new Priority Control as a Service™ offerings, including centralized, cloud-based solutions. With more than 180,000 connected devices deployed worldwide, GTT has become a trusted advisor to more than 3,100 communities, including 41 of the 50 largest U.S. cities. For more information, please visit www.gtt.com.
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