Well-known broadband solutions provider Actelis (News - Alert) Networks partners with a number of companies to supply Ethernet over copper solutions, broadband deployments and revenue opportunities for enterprises, service providers and municipalities and government agencies.
Actelis has recently announced that the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) has officially deployed the company’s Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) networking solution. WYDOT’s decision to utilize Actelis’ resources is in line with a wide-scale revitalization of the state capital’s transportation network, which serves nearly 60,000 Cheyenne residents.
According to the recent release, Actelis’ML690 aggregation switches, ML622 and ML680 EADs were deployed across the city’s copper network to provide real-time troubleshooting and monitoring capabilities.
Still using a legacy system, WYDOT and Actelis worked with the City of Cheyenne to upgrade the city-wide transportation network as well as leverage Actelis’ ITS solution to backhaul data from wireless vehicle detection systems.
“We took a giant step forward with Actelis’ ITS solution,” said Jerry Downs, State Electrical Engineer for Operations at WYDOT. “The number one goal was the ability to easily communicate with all of our traffic controllers, which enables us to improve the efficiency of how we move and monitor traffic throughout the city. We achieved this goal only with Actelis.”
“We looked at fiber as an alternative solution, but with the results we observed with Actelis, a fiber-optic network could not be justified. With Actelis’ ITS solution, I am getting the speeds and reliability I need, so why would I want to spend that kind of money on fiber? It just didn’t make sense,” Downs added.
The new system includes a centralized Ethernet-based ITS network that provides increased reliability while decreasing the ongoing complexities associated with maintaining the network.
According to Actelis, Pucks located on the ground transmit vehicle presence data wirelessly back to a receiver and then this data is transported by Actelis’ ITS solution back to the Traffic Operations Center (TOC), where it is used to synchronize traffic lights and ensure the smooth flow of traffic.
Prakash Nagpal, director of Solutions Marketing at Actelis Networks, told TMC (News - Alert) that Ethernet is not only the more cost effective choice, but it will provide the WYDOT with the sufficient bandwidth necessary for video surveillance for traffic light synchronization. By leveraging the existing copper infrastructure, WYDOT’s traffic engineers can reliably communicate with any traffic controller, at any intersection regardless of the location.
“Actelis provided WYDOT with the industry’s most trusted and reliable ITS over copper solution that not only overcame any rate, reach and reliability challenges, but also provided the necessary tools that made the continued management of the solution easier,” said Joe Manuele, executive vice president of Worldwide Sales and Customer Service at Actelis.
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Stefanie Mosca is a Web editor for TMCnet. Previously she worked as a freelance copy editor for Digital Surgeons LLC. She holds a master's degree in journalism from Quinnipiac University and a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of New Haven. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Jennifer Russell