I recently drove to Southern Utah. Anyone who has driven through the beautiful state that I call home, knows that after you leave Utah County, you drive past thriving metropolises like Scipio, Kanosh, and Paragonah, all of which have populations under 500. Apart from the brilliant views of two-lane highways, cattle, fields, and more cattle, I noticed cameras on the side of the freeway every couple of miles (I got tired of counting cows and I do work for a security company so I feel like that is a normal thing to notice). I understood the purpose of traffic cams in the city. The video and live feed from these keep the public apprised of traffic, accidents, and current road conditions. However, where there is little traffic, what was the point of the cameras?
That’s when I realized that while the cameras within city limits are more frequently used by the public, the cameras in the middle of nowhere can be more valuable, and not just to see the herds of cattle on either side of the highway. Rather, they create value for departments of transportation (DOT), law enforcement, and more. These are the cameras that help save valuable time and resources.
For example, instead of having to send a plow out in the middle of a giant snowstorm to see if the road needs snow removed, DOTs can instantly log into the live feed and save hours of time. That way they don’t send a plow where it is not needed and can use their resources more effectively by sending them directly to where the snow is heaviest. This same idea can also help law enforcement as they are patrolling the roads. Now instead of trying to cover everywhere with limited cars, they can concentrate their manpower on high traffic areas while keeping an eye on the less traveled spots.
LVT Units are perfect for this use case because they do not rely on traditional power or internet sources. While they can be mounted on an existing pole and wired into the power, they can also be mounted on a mobile trailer powered by solar panels. This gives DOTs the flexibility they need to ensure the best view of the road no matter where that road is. Our units also self-diagnose and self-heal. This also saves DOTs time and money and increases the reliability of LVT Units. The units are able to identify issues and restart the component that isn’t working properly, thus drastically cutting down on the number of times a technician needs to physically repair the unit.
LiveView Technologies is used by DOTs across the United States for this exact purpose—to have live views of roads to better manage their resources and time. This helps with decision making and avoiding costly mistakes. Learn more by reading this use case doc.