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Traffic lights are such an integral part of our daily lives, however, most of us don't pay a second thought to them. That is unless we are patiently (or impatiently) waiting for a light to turn from red to green.
Let's take a look back at the history of the traffic signal and where it is taking us in the future.
Signs are everywhere. We know them as the often helpful (sometimes annoying) reminders that tell you when to stop, what street you're on, and to slow down. As helpful as these notifications are, signs are becoming so much more.
This month we're focusing on dynamic message signs and how they make viewing and maintaining signs better than ever.
Despite relentless efforts of safety campaigns encouraging the use of crosswalks at intersections, pedestrians continue to cross midblock, particularly when blocks are long and crossing at an intersection extends travel time.
So the question is, if pedestrians are crossing midblock anyway, how do we improve their safety? We're glad you asked.
What a difference a year makes. 2016 moved us in a direction we never dreamed possible. With new products, new deployments, new team members, and new owners, the past year was a transformative one for McCain.
As we take a moment to look back at three of the top things that moved us in 2016, we are thrilled about the possibilities that come with moving forward in 2017.
A man walked into a bar... not the way you'd expect the story of a €582 million company to start, but that is the legend of how SWARCO, one of the world's leading players in road safety and intelligent traffic management and the new proprietors of McCain, was founded.
We could not be more proud to be a part of the SWARCO family of companies.
Sometimes, you have monster intersections that require large, four-door cabinets or even multiple cabinets to house all of your traffic control equipment. But what do you do for smaller intersections?
McCain's Backpack Cabinet complements the revolutionary ATC technology that has dramatically reduced the occupied space within a cabinet and proves that you don't need a shotgun to kill a fly.
In honor of IMSA's (International Municipal Signal Association) 120th anniversary we are paying tribute to the traffic signal and have compiled four of our favorite signal and signal timing newsletters.
Here you'll find a wide variety of topics and fun facts to boost your signal knowledge. And if you're itching to learn more, check out our library of webinars on-demand.
Traffic cabinets not only house the most critical components of an intersection, they are the command center for all intersection functions. So when we discovered our favorite smart cabinet trends we thought, "We can't keep this to ourselves, we'd be doing a disservice to smart cities everywhere."
Take a look at our short list, and maybe get some inspiration for your city's next solution.
In 2007, America's overall infrastructure received a failing grade. The good news is that the poor report card sparked industry experts to evaluate intersection efficiencies and through those efforts, high-res data collection was born.
This month we take an in depth look at what high-res data is, the benefits of using it, and basic technology requirements.
In February, McCain had the honor of hosting our elite network of distributors - 49 attendees from 20 companies - for a two-day event in Carlsbad, CA.
We set out to equip our distributors to better sell and support the McCain products you've come to love, and through that process we discovered much more. Here are the top 3 themes discovered throughout the meeting.
2016 is underway and we're already off to a great start thanks to the recently signed Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. Finally, our transportation needs are no longer being kicked down the proverbial (and crumbling) road and are getting the attention they deserve.
This month we take a closer look at what FAST is and what it has to offer.
Let's face it, we're human and we make mistakes. Unfortunately, when human error happens on our roadways the cost is deadly. In fact, traffic related accidents claim the lives of 1.24 million people around the world each year.
With today's technological capabilities we no longer have to pay this high price for mobility and are taking a stand by embracing the Vision Zero initiative. Here is a look at what Vision Zero is and how it is inspiring US cities.
1976 marked a big year for technology. This was the year the Apple I computer debuted and the first traffic standard was published. Like Apple computers, the traffic cabinet is evolving and is incorporating modern and intelligent technology.
Here we take a closer look at the revolutionary ATC Cabinet, its modern features, and how one agency is benefiting.
In May 2014 wildfires erupted across San Diego County. At the height of the firestorm, eight fires burned simultaneously. The most destructive of the fires forced the evacuations of 22,432 homes and businesses.
Now a year later, we're looking back on the success achieved by the City of Carlsbad, and covering what you need to know when managing traffic during a disaster.
We've all been there, cursing brake lights and pulling out our hair due to poor signal timing. Despite, or sometimes on account of, our intricate knowledge of signal timing, we too get stressed and frustrated when stuck in traffic.
In this month's issue of The Source, we take a look at congestion and one tool gaining popularity among agencies nationwide - central traffic management software.
Have you done a search for what's trending in the world of traffic cabinets? If you haven't, give it a try. And if you have, well you probably found what we did, not much! Which leaves you wondering, what's trending?
We took the liberty of gathering those trends for you and compiled what we are calling the Three Traffic Cabinet Trends You Can't Afford to Ignore, check it out!
Considered a fine art by some and a pain in the neck by others, signal timing and coordination involves sophisticated optimization models, algorithms, and a complex roadway infrastructure. But, the reality is, most people only truly care about signal timing when their light is red.
So, here are a few fun facts and FAQs to help you better understand that cursed red light.
Imagine leaving work in a car summoned with a cell phone. The car starts and instead of putting the car into gear, you read your tablet and catch up on the day's news - you don't have to pay attention because your car is driving for you!
This idea is not too far from reality, in fact, it's currently one of the hottest transportation topics. To get you up to speed, we've complied a shortlist what you need to know, check it out!
We can't help it, we get excited about the New Year! A new year means a fresh start and brings with it the question, "what does the future hold for the transportation industry?
We have thought about it and know you have too, which is why we've compiled this list of the top three transportation trends to keep an eye on in 2015, check it out.
Between the clanging of machines, the clacking of keyboards, and bouncing from one meeting to the next, things are moving full steam ahead at McCain. From great products, to new talent, and a reinvigorated outlook, it has been a year for the record books.
Join us for a walk down memory lane as we highlight some of our greatest achievements in 2014.