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Tuesday, June 10, 2003


Huntsville, AL installing fiber-linked intelligent traffic system

Huntsville, AL installing fiber-linked intelligent traffic system

"Dan Sanders, traffic engineer for the city of Huntsville, said Monday the technology will beef up timing and sensoring devices that trip traffic signals. The idea, he said, is to give traffic managers an ability to better control the flow of traffic based on conditions. Video cameras placed at strategic locations would be connected by fiber-optic cables to signal boxes and a central video monitoring room. There, engineers could reprogram signal lights, if needed, to alleviate a traffic jam, clear an intersection for emergency response vehicles, or perhaps reverse lanes for traffic to a major event such as a parade, ball game or the Big Spring Jam. "

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