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VAUGHAN, ON, Sept. 12, 2023 /CNW/ – Stinson ITS Inc., part of the Ramudden Canada group of companies, is excited to announce a significant milestone – the company is rebranding as Ramudden Digital, North America.
Ramudden Digital Team
We are excited to share this research project “Smart Work Zone Traffic Management” conducted by Dr. Amjad Dehman. This project extended over two years starting in February 2020 and was hosted at Laboratory of Innovations in Transportation (LiTrans), Department of Civil Engineering, Ryerson University under the supervision of Dr. Bilal Farooq. The project was awarded the Mitacs Elevate program grant, which was funded by the Government of Canada and Lazaret Capital Inc. Several industrial partners assisted and supported this research project including Lazaret Capital (funding, project management), Stinson ITS (data access support, networking), Miovision (Traffic Surveillance System), and Safe Roads Engineering Inc. (technical support, supervision). The project included three main studies or themes as outlined below and supported by links guiding to corresponding presentations or papers.
A useful technology that almost no one in traffic is using
Written by: Michael McGuire, Vice President & General Manager of Stinson ITS
My hope in this article is to shine light on a technology that I think provides a ton of value but which is very underutilized in this industry. Let me start by saying I’m not an expert in this technology but I’ve been using it off and on for almost 10 years with good success. The technology I’m referring to is low cost fixed wireless radios, typically operating in the 5GHz band. I will be looking at how this technology works as well as how it’s being used, both by end users directly as well as by Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISPs) to provide connectivity as a service. Fixed wireless radios offer a unique connectivity option as it allows for unlimited bandwidth which LTE cannot provide. In cases where high bandwidth is required (ex. video streaming 24/7) there are not very many options.
Over the past decade wireless networking has been revolutionized by companies like Ubiquiti Networks who have offered very high-performance radios for extremely affordable prices (some radios under $100). The biggest surprise is that no one seems to know about these devices, especially in traffic.
There are certainly other low-cost radio providers but I will focus on Ubiquiti Networks in this article as they seem to be the leader in this space and I have the most experience with their devices (others include Cambium, Miktrotik, TPLink, & Netgear). Ubiquiti has experienced a monumental rise in market share and valuation since going public in 2011, going from $17 per share to almost $300 in that time. I started using their radios in 2013 and I just wish I had bought some stock back then.
Stinson Owl-Lite and Stinson ITS acquired by traffic leaders the Work Zone Safety Group of companies (WZSG) to accelerate growth in North America
Left to Right: Jesus Munoz (Managing Director at Ramudden Inc), Morten Finslo (Chief Strategy and M&A Officer at Ramudden/WZSG), Peter Wehmeyer (President of Direct Traffic Management Inc.), James Delamere (President of Stinson Owl-Lite & Stinson ITS), Michael Costello (Chief Financial Officer at Stinson Owl-Lite)
Stinson Owl-Lite and Stinson ITS acquired by traffic industry leaders Ramudden Inc. and Work Zone Safety Group (WZSG) to accelerate growth in North America
Vaughan, ON February 1, 2022 – WZSG, the largest temporary traffic and safety solutions specialists in Europe, through its Canadian subsidiary Ramudden Inc. has acquired 100% of the shares in Canadian Traffic Safety leaders Stinson Equipment Limited (Stinson Owl-Lite) and Stinson ITS Inc. In a separate transaction WZSG has also added Direct Traffic Management and Dynamic Traffic Services to their Canadian portfolio.
Written by: Michel Mondor, Stinson ITS’s Eastern Canada Account Manager
Travel time sensors have been an essential part of smart work areas for many years, but their use has often been very narrowly focused on displaying passenger information and not on the large amounts of data that sensors can collect. Especially in the past year, when COVID-19 has had a direct effect on traffic flows in cities and on construction sites. Data from travel time systems can provide key insights. By measuring traffic volume trends, traffic managers in the construction sector can instantly make smarter decisions when road closures and other activities should be allowed to reduce their impact on congestion. With this data-driven approach, construction companies can justify prolonged road and lane closures when traffic volumes are low, speeding up their construction schedule.
Written by: Ajay Kaushik
After watching the video of a dump truck pushing a Mini Cooper up the on-ramp of the Gardiner Expressway in March of this year, I am personally very careful when driving around construction trucks. Transportation Canada statistics show that trucks, buses, and other large vehicles have been responsible for approximately 6-8% fatal accidents in Canada every year since 2000.
It is great to see that the general trend is showing a slow decline of fatal collisions in Canada. However, it is interesting to note that the fatal collision percentage increases to 2% from an average of less than 1% when trucks or large vehicles are involved in a collision.
Provincial governments have taken several steps to ensure that fatal collisions involving trucks and other large vehicles can be reduced through better infrastructure design, training and education of drivers, and installation of appropriate warning systems.
Written by: Michael McGuire, Stinson ITS Vice President
Bosch is a massive player in the video analytics space with a huge team dedicated to vehicle mounted sensors for Automated Vehicles (AVs). However, while Bosch is a large distributor of CCTV cameras, the supported analytics in these cameras has not been nearly as advanced as what was developed in their automotive divisions. Recently, over the last few years this has been changing, and we’ve seen a huge improvement within the on-board analytics of their CCTV cameras. For those in ITS this should be exciting as it’s opening up a number of new application possibilities, especially when something custom or niche is required.
The strength of Bosch’s analytics is its versatility, however; this can also be a hinderance as many cities don’t have technical staff with the product knowledge or experience to configure them. Video analytics in the camera industry were originally designed and introduced for security applications and then eventually introduced for retail environments. Features like people counting within stores and heat maps of how people move through businesses became popular. As these analytics have developed, the growing demand in the traffic industry has encouraged the development of traffic focused features. These same core analytic concepts are now being applied to traffic, with a little tweaking required of course.
Written by: Ajay Kaushik
Cheaper cell modems, sim cards and data plans have ushered in a new era of connectivity in the traffic industry. Connectivity is now unlocking the potential of traditional and new-generation devices. Devices such as pedestrian cross overs, loop counters, school zone flashers, beacons and radar speed signs are beginning to add and enable connectivity to bring new value to road users and traffic departments.
In this blog we are going to focus on the value created by connecting radar speed signs to the cloud. Now, Radarsigns are not only effective in increasing road users’ awareness about their speeding thereby reducing overall speed on roads, but also collect valuable vehicle volume and speed data. They are often placed on roads where speeding complaints are made by local residents and businesses.
Written by: Michael McGuire
Traffic Data Collection has become a prominent growth market over the last few years. With the move to non-intrusive sensors and an increased appetite for big data analysis we’ve seen a number of innovations and new products emerge in this market. Often one of the challenges with adoption of these systems is the price tag and complexity involved. As one would expect, companies have recognized this and begun designing solutions to solve this problem.
One of the most innovative solutions we’ve seen comes from a Canadian company – Liveable Cities -which is a new division of LED Roadway Lighting. Their new line of streetlight mounted sensors offers a very disruptive and compelling business model. Liveable Cities offers a turnkey data collection solution that combines sensors with onboard LTE-M communications and robust cloud software that takes 5 minutes to install and starts working immediately. Powering the sensors is easy as they plug into a NEMA socket on top of any streetlight and, better yet, they are sold using an As-A-Service model. This means no capital costs, and no complicated fee structure. Just one very low monthly fee for a sensor that can live on top of your streetlight forever.