GTT To Celebrate 50 Years Of Opticom At 2018 Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Conference
Event focuses on issues directly impacting fire departments in cities and towns around the globe; GTT will be celebrating its past and inspiring the future
At the 53rd annual Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Conference in San Antonio, Texas, Gold Sponsor Global Traffic Technologies, LLC (GTT) will be celebrating with attendees – its flagship Opticom traffic signal preemption and priority system is 50 years old, and GTT is inspiring the future by helping fire departments and communities move smarter and safer. The Metro Fire Chiefs Conference is this year hosted by the San Antonio Fire Department, and held at the Westin Riverwalk hotel from May 4 to 10.
GTT’s Emergency Vehicle Preemption (EVP) system Opticom™ was first made commercially available way back in 1968, the year the Beatles recorded ‘Hey Jude’, the first automated teller machine was installed in the US, and the average cost of a new house was less than $15,000.
Opticom works alongside intersection controllers to help ensure emergency vehicles can move through intersections rapidly and without incident. When an emergency vehicle needs to navigate an intersection, the Opticom system on-board the vehicle sends a request to the intersection’s controller ahead of its arrival, which requests a green light, clearing a path to enable the vehicle’s expedited passage.
GTT Vice President of Strategic Sales Mike Lemon said, “We are once again proud and delighted to sponsor and attend the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association annual conference, and to be able to celebrate 50 years of Opticom with event attendees. At GTT we’re proud of our Opticom legacy, getting emergency services personnel to incidents swiftly and safely for decades, and we’re excited about the future too.
“We’re introducing new ways of thinking about the smart use of technology, including Priority Control as a Service – a subscription offering which means communities are offered a simplified service, with nothing to buy and nothing to maintain. We’re looking forward to discussing this and all the latest industry developments with the Fire Chiefs next week – and enjoying some fine Tex-Mex cuisine.”
The Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Conference is an annual event for Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association members, providing them with the opportunity to network, renew contacts and friendships, and discuss ideas and trends in all aspects of the fire service with members from across the globe.
“As we have been doing for several years, GTT will sponsor the formal photographs of the Chiefs at the closing ceremonies,” Lemon said. “We look forward to seeing the smiles and sharing in many more memories for the years to come.”
For more information about the 2018 Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Conference, visit: http://metrochiefs2018.com