Canada Vehicle Traffic Count (Part 1)
Two companies in Canada that count vehicle traffic in a location are Urban Aspects and Orange Traffic. There are a number of companies in Canada that count vehicle traffic in a location. However, many of these companies only offer complex systems that are in no way easy to install. The following two companies offer solutions that have a simple setup process and support systems. The pricing for these products is not available online and the companies will have to be contacted for quotes.
1. URBAN ASPECTS INC
- Urban Aspects Inc offers traffic solutions for roads, highways, and bridges. They have products from across the globe that address issues such a road safety and moving traffic.
- Their technology is aimed at road safety, and they supply a range of monitoring equipment and smart signs.
- They work with clients in urban planning and road work safety zones. The company is based in Canada which is its primary area of operation but it has projects around the world.
- The target customers for Urban Aspects Inc are municipalities, urban planners, large scale developers and oil companies utilizing the technology to manage petrol forecourt traffic.
- Urban Aspects has a range of solutions and unlike other companies within this industry, they offer details of their solution packages. Two of the options stand out as cost-effective and simple to install.
- Urban Aspects Inc recommends contacting them for advice on selecting which product would be best suited to any need. It also offers a useful live chat feature.
- The system uses a microwave sensor to measure traffic on one or two-lane roads.
- Their system has easy setup due to their self-calibrating SDR and simple instigation, which does not interrupt the flow of traffic.
- Online traffic monitoring can be done through a smartphone and on-board GPRS wireless communication enables users to access the data remotely.
- The SDR Traffic system is designed to use small amounts of power and can work off a solar power option, meaning it can be powered all year without interruption.
- The unit comes the standard SDR Traffic configuration for car and truck recognition and SDR Traffic+, which identifies vans and bicycles.
- The system can measure vehicle speed, number of vehicles traveling per traffic lane, percentage of truck traffic, and how many bicycles are riding in bike lanes.
- A low-cost option, valuable for its simplicity. This type of product is one of the most popular of its kind.
- The system can be installed in only a few minutes on top of the road surface. Unlike the SDR Traffic, this system does interrupt the flow of traffic during the installation process.
- Each time a vehicle axle passes over it, it transmits a radio signal to the receiver station.
- The receiver station receives and stores data from a distance of up to 50 miles.
- Through on-board GPRS wireless communication, the information can be accessed remotely.
- Due to its design, the eTube Traffic system uses small amounts of power and can be powered 365 days a year using its solar power option.
2. ORANGE TRAFFIC
- Orange Traffic is a Canadian company that focuses on traffic fluidity and road safety.
- The company works in a range of areas such as LED signs, permanent or portable counting system, school zones, reserved lane management, no parking zones, ideal intersection, pedestrian crossing, smart work zones, and prepare to stop technology.
- As Canada’s largest manufacturer of LED traffic signs, LED signs are their primary focus. However, they have a considerable focus on permanent or portable counting systems as well.
- The target customers for Orange Traffic are municipalities, urban planners, and large scale developers.
- Orange Traffic primarily offers separate components to be assembled to suit the user's needs, but they do offer two assembled units that are aimed at easy to install traffic counting.
- Orange Traffic recommends contacting them for advice on what product is best suited to the desired application, which will help them determine appropriate pricing information.
Portable SmartSensor HD Radar
- This high-definition radar accurately measures and classifies vehicles.
- The Portable SmartSensor HD Radar also features a lane detection mode, which measures the volume of traffic in each direction.
- The portable system is protected in a weather-proof case that contains the battery, protective equipment, and accessories required for a quick installation.
- Additionally, it is a non-intrusive vehicle detection system.
- The system can measure the volume of traffic by the direction of movement and vehicle classification, occupation rate, average spacing and interval between vehicles, average speed, speed by category, and speed of the 85th percentile.
Solar-Powered Counting Cabinet
- This solar-powered counting system uses cellular technology.
- The unit has been designed to deal with the harsh climate of Québec and Canada.
- Its cabinet is compact and easily mounts to the base of a tower.
- The Solar-Powered Counting Cabinet uses automatic GPS synchronization.
- It has the ability to be installed in hard-to-access locations.
We began our research by looking for relevant Canadian companies that count vehicle traffic in a certain location. We looked through press releases, news articles, technology blogs, and websites, as well as sources that feature information about infrastructure technologies. Throughout our search, it became clear that our preliminary research had identified some of the most relevant companies in this segment. The others identified were aimed at large infrastructure projects and not those that focus their systems on the understanding of general vehicle traffic within a certain location or those with an easy solution to implement their features. While we found variations on the products offered, their systems work on similar principles, which were complex and not user-friendly. For example, several companies use sophisticated cameras and connected systems, but their product was not easy to install. Most companies operating in this area focus on customers contacting them or completing quote requests to provide specific information. This means there is limited in-depth technical information as the majority of the descriptions are at the top-level and refer readers to contact them for advice and information.
That said, we found two companies that offer individual systems that are not specifically designed to work across an urban network. They were Urban Aspects and Orange Traffic. These companies were also the only two to provide detailed information on the systems they offer. All other companies provide a general overview of what they do without a description of their product offerings, target customer, the type of details they capture, or how the data is captured and transmitted. That said, neither Urban Aspects nor Orange Traffic provides any indication of their pricing online. However, this information is obtainable if a customer were to call and ask about pricing directly.