Lindsay, Iteris to create smart work zones across US roadways
Irrigation and infrastructure equipment and technology company Lindsay and applied informatics company Iteris are partnering to create smart work zones across U.S. roadways.
The partnership supports the Federal Highway Administration’s Smarter Work Zone campaign to reduce traffic congestion and improve safety in work zones using intelligent transportation systems solutions, Lindsay said.
According to the National Workzone Safety Information Clearinghouse, there were 799 workzone-related fatalities in the U.S. in 2017 – up 4.5% from their previous three-year average of 764.
Lindsay’s Road Zipper System is designed to increase capacity and reduce congestion by making more efficient use of new or existing roadways, the company said. By using Iteris’ iPeMS, an analytics and visualization platform, it is possible to identify areas prone to recurring congestion and potential work zone safety risks, Lindsay added. The Road Zipper System can then be deployed in these problem areas to accelerate construction projects, improve traffic flow, and help safeguard work crews and motorists by separating work areas and traffic.
“Lindsay and Iteris are like-minded in our common goal to reduce traffic congestion and improve safety for both motorists and work crews through the use of innovative tools and state-of-the-art technology,” said Scott Marion, president of infrastructure at Lindsay. “By proactively identifying congestion issues, our customers will be able to address these concerns efficiently, and with a focus on ultimately mitigating the rising number of workzone-related fatalities.”
“Iteris is excited to collaborate with Lindsay to advance the FHWA’s campaign to create safer roadways and better protect motorists and road workers on construction sites,” said Ramin Massoumi, senior vice president and general manager of transportation systems at Iteris. “This partnership reinforces our commitment to the use of advanced technology and sophisticated data analytics to make the nation’s roadways safer.”
Lindsay’s transportation-related offerings include equipment to improve road safety and keep traffic moving on roads, bridges and tunnels, through the Barrier Systems, Road Zipper and Snoline brands.
Iteris’ solutions collect, aggregate and analyze data on traffic, roads, weather, water, soil and crops to generate precise informatics that lead to safer transportation and smarter farming, the firms said. Some of the company’s customers include municipalities, government agencies, crop science companies, farmers and agronomists around the world.