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Radar speed boards for traffic calming applications

Lightcast Networks : 06 June, 2008  (New Product)
Light weight portable speed boards inform drivers of speed in populated areas to assist in projects for traffic calming
Lightcast Networks announces new models of radar speed boards designed to slow speeders in construction zones, schools zones, car parks and other populated areas.

Lightcast's radar speed monitors may not eliminate speed bumps altogether, but they do provide a viable alternative. One speed monitor comes as a compact portable sign on a stand that fits in most car boots and weighs only 35 pounds. It can be directly powered or run on a supplied rechargeable battery. The pole mounted speed board can be directly wired for power and has a solar panel option.

Edward Baker, CEO of Lightcast's RadarSpeedSigns division explains that portability and low cost are key in these new markets. "New market segments can now afford and install these speed control signs to slow violators and even monitor traffic patterns. The signs have patented flashing red LEDs displaying a speeder's speed and constant green LEDs while driving at or under the speed limit. It's very visible, and statistics show that 80% of speeders will slow down when they see a radar sign. These speed displays also have an onboard counter which generates statistics including average speed, highest speed, number of violators and even traffic counts."

"Traffic calming devices are nothing new, but when we saw current $15,000 radar trailers needing a truck to haul them around, we knew there had to be better ways," explained Mr Baker. "Neighbourhood associations around the country and even abroad are purchasing these signs to enhance safety." According to Mr Baker, with prices in the $2,200 to $3,200 range the radar speed displays will be seen on many city, county and state roads and highways as well.

"We have buyers with some very unique speed and traffic applications," said Mr Baker. "Like all our products, we have to listen to what new needs should be addressed from a customer. However, with emerging technologies many times consumers do not know why or what they need until they are educated on multiple facets of a product. Then their own application surfaces."

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