Traffic Detection & Management

EMTRAC Vehicle and Pedestrian Detection - Traffic Management

The EMTRAC detection apps provide a secure way for traffic departments to offer the benefits of a connected city—delivering smart city services through an accessible and secure communications environment.

EMTRAC Bicycle-Detection System

Bicycle Detection Illustration - Intersection Approach

Bicycle Detection App with Custom Advertisement

As cities have improved and expanded their bicycle infrastructure during the past 20 years, traffic departments have found themselves continually seeking to solve a historically difficult problem—detecting and responding to bicycles at intersections.

Known for its accuracy and reliability in detecting transit and first-response vehicles throughout North America, the EMTRAC system now utilizes its patented technology to offer a non-intrusive bicycle-detection solution.

The EMTRAC Bicycle Detection System includes a mobile-device app to help deliver accurate detection for bicyclists. The app recognizes when the cyclist is within a pre-defined detection zone and notifies the traffic controller via NTCIP or cabinet-mounted Priority Detector.

Bicycle-Detection System Components

Mobile Device & App: Installed on cyclist smart phones, the Bicycle-Detection app enables secure data communication with intersection traffic controllers. Transit and traffic agencies may also utilize screen space to display messages while the app operates in the background.

Priority Detectors (optional): Installed at equipped intersections, these units receive bicycle-detection signals and output this data to traffic controllers. The same detectors are used for Transit Signal Priority (TSP), Emergency Vehicle Preemption (EVP), and pedestrian detection. When using NTCIP, pedestrian-request signals are sent directly to the traffic controller and Priority Detectors are not required.

Data Center: The Data Center provides a firewall-protected transfer point for relaying all necessary detection information between the mobile devices and the Priority Detectors.

  • Cost Effective / Multi-Use: Because this system utilizes control-cabinet mounted Priority Detectors, which may also be used to detect transit and first-response vehicles, much of the cost may be shared by other municipal or regional agencies.
  • Communications: Wayside Priority Detectors are equipped with 100 MB Ethernet communication and may receive commands from other agency vehicles using standard or custom protocols. Priority Detectors are also NTCIP ready and may act as DSRC pass-through components.
  • Expanded Vehicle Detection: Detect bicycles and motorcycles, as well as small vehicles that are difficult to detect by other methods. If the app is running, detection will occur without regard to weather, vehicle size, clothing color, or the material from which the vehicle is made.
  • System Security: The EMTRAC system has several different layers of protection, and all transmitted data is encrypted using the latest encryption algorithms.
  • Data Friendly: The app is optimized to reduce data usage based on a number of factors, such as proximity to detection zones and the amount of mobile-device movement. Data transmissions from the device are small, and update frequency is configurable so data usage can be kept low.
  • Flexibility: Intersections may be installed on a per-route basis to allow for budget and time constraints. As additional intersections are added, the in-app map display also updates available intersections to highlight desired bike routes.

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EMTRAC Pedestrian Detection & Signaling

Pedestrian Safety

While the number of traffic fatalities has decreased in the past ten years, the number of pedestrian fatalities has actually increased—highlighting an area of where significant improvement can be made. Additionally, the majority of pedestrian fatalities occur at non-intersections (71%) versus intersections with pedestrian crossings (19%).

  • Traffic Fatalities

    -25%

    There were 25% fewer traffic fatalities
    in 2014 than in 2005.

  • Pedestrian Fatalities

    +10%

    There were 10% more pedestrian
    fatalities in 2015 than in 2005.

  • Pedestrian Fatalities

    71%

    71% of all pedestrian fatalities occur at non-intersection locations (without crosswalks).

The EMTRAC System provides a non-intrusive way to enhance signaling and encourage crosswalk usage—both key elements for increasing safety and accessibility.

Chart of Total Traffic Fatalities over a Ten-Year Period

Traffic-Related Fatalities between 2005 and 2014

Chart Showing the Increase in the Percentage of Pedestrian Fatalities over a Ten-Year Period

Percentage of Pedestrian Fatalities between 2005 and 2014

The EMTRAC System provides a non-intrusive way to enhance signaling and encourage crosswalk usage—both key elements for increasing safety and accessibility. The EMTRAC System does not require costly intersection-hardware installation and can utilize NTCIP protocol to enable communication with traffic controllers

*Data provided by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Pedestrian Accessibility
Photo of pedestrians, including a pedestrian in a wheelchair

As cities strive to achieve compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), many intersections still fall short. The ADA requires that State and local governments “communicate effectively” with people who have communication disabilities, and provide “auxiliary aids and services” when needed to communicate effectively with people who have disabilities.

The EMTRAC Pedestrian app is designed as an auxiliary aid and service to enable people with vision, hearing, or speech disabilities to recognize pedestrian signals and request crossing signals.

  • Cost Effective / Multi-Use: Because this system utilizes traffic-cabinet mounted Priority Detectors, which are also be used to detect transit and first-response vehicles, much of the cost may be shared by other municipal or regional agencies.
  • Accessibility: Maintains compliance with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by allowing user interaction though visual-touch or voice-communication interface.
  • Communications: Wayside Priority Detectors are equipped with 100 MB Ethernet ports and may receive commands from other agency vehicles using standard or custom protocols. Priority Detectors are also NTCIP ready and may act as DSRC pass-through components.
  • System Security: The EMTRAC system has several different layers of protection, and all transmitted data is encrypted using the latest encryption algorithms.
  • Data Friendly: The app is optimized to reduce data usage based on a number of factors, such as proximity to intersections and the amount of mobile-device movement. Data transmissions from the device are small, and update frequency is configurable so data usage can be kept low.
  • Flexibility: Intersections may be installed on an ongoing basis to allow for budget and time constraints. As additional intersections are added, the in-app map updates the available intersections to highlight desired pedestrian routes.

Information Sheets