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IERC (Indiana Emergency Response Conference)

Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel at Keystone Crossing

September 14th, 2018


IMSA National

Kissimee Florida Gaylord Palms Hotel

July, 28th 2018


ITS (Intelligent Transportation Society) World Conference

Cobo Arena Detroit, Michigan

June 2018


ITS (Intelligent Transportation Society) World Conference

Montreal Canada

October 2017


Fire Chief Magazine

Crossing Guard: Excerpts from article in the November 2007 issue of Fire Chief Magazine (published with permission)

Many cities across the United States have experienced an increase in emergency vehicle accidents. These accidents can be attributed to departmental training issues, misunderstanding of the right-of-way laws for emergency vehicles, better soundproofing of vehicles, and increased traffic volumes, among other factors.

But departments also have experienced an increase in the number of apparatus-to-apparatus collisions at intersections. Today's technology can help prevent these accidents, assuming a firefighter's seat belt is properly used, and control traffic signals from inside the cab with preemption technologies.

Most of these technologies use an infrared beam to trigger traffic signal preemption. Using these line-of-sight preemption technologies has its drawbacks. Anything that obstructs visibility will similarly diminish the ability of these systems to reliably preempt traffic signals. Weather phenomena such as fog, rain, snow and dust storms can reduce the range of these systems. Other obstacles may include large vehicles such as semis and buses. Curves in the roadway, buildings, bridges or foliage also may lie along a direct line of sight between an approaching emergency vehicle and traffic signals.

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Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly Articles

Company creates improved system so emergency vehicles can weave through traffic

Excerpts from front page article in October 16, 2006 issue of Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly (published with permission)

Dave Gross was stuck in heavily congested traffic the day after Thanksgiving several years ago at a Coliseum Boulevard intersection near the Glenbrook Square mall in Fort Wayne when he saw an ambulance trying to work its way through.

With cars and trucks unable to move to the side to clear a path for it, "you could only wonder whether somebody was in the back of the ambulance dying of a heart attack," he said. It took about five minutes for the ambulance to clear the intersection.

Even when the lights atop emergency vehicles are equipped with strobe equipment that can change traffic lights to let them through, that equipment relies on an optical signal that can be blocked by a bus, a semi trailer, tree limbs, even fog, Gross said.

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Eliminator™ gets real-world test

Excerpts from front page article in June 15, 2007 issue of Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly (published with permission)

Stoplights at two of the busiest intersections of Indianapolis have been upgraded with Fort Wayne equipment that could keep traffic flowing no matter what kind of obstacle there is between the traffic signals and an emergency vehicle.

The special equipment invented by Dave Gross, founder of Collision Control Communications, is called “the Eliminator” because it can eliminate traffic congestion that slows down an emergency response.

Traffic signals in Indianapolis were upgraded on West Street where it intersects Maryland Street near the RCA Dome and Washington Street near U.S. 40. The equipment also is about to be installed on a fire engine.

The installation follows months of testing at a traffic-signal shop, where the Eliminator passed with flying colors.

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IMSA (International Municipal Signal Association)

IMSA Conference

Collision Control Communications, Inc. displayed the Eliminator at the International Municipal Signal Association national conference in Orlando, Florida August 23 – 25, 2009.

IMSA Article

The following article appeared in the July/August issue of the IMSA Journal (New products section, page 53) written by Dave Gross, President/CEO Collision Control Communications, Inc. Published with permission.

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Indianapolis, Indiana Eliminator Generation 2 Installation

In the fall of 2004, Indiana Senator Tom Wyss met with the President of Collision Control Communications for several hours and quickly developed an interest in the Eliminator™ Preemption and Collision Avoidance technology (particularly its security features). The Senator was instrumental in facilitating a meeting with officials representing the City of Indianapolis (Dudley Taylor/Battalion Fire Chief and Lenny Adair/Traffic Signal Department) that led to an initial agreement between Collision Control Communications, Inc. and the City of Indianapolis regarding demonstration of Eliminator Generation 2 testing using the traffic signal at the intersection of Ohio and West Streets, and City emergency vehicles.

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Northeast Indiana Innovation Awards

Collision Control Communications, Inc. was awarded runner-up for “Best Emerging Company” in the 2006 Innovation Awards competition.


FDIC Conference

Collision Control Communications, Inc. first unveiled the Eliminator™ to the public safety community at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis. In addition to the Indianapolis Fire Department hosting the FDIC at Lucas Oil Stadium, they are also the beta test city for the Eliminator. Traffic signals in the beta test corridor include the intersections of West and Washington and West and Maryland near Lucas Oil Stadium, with vehicle devices installed on Engine 13 and Ladder 13. (www.fdic.com)

Pictured to the right: Dave Gross/CCC, Inc. President & CEO, Tom Manny/Fort Wayne Traffic Systems Director (retired)/CCC, Inc. Consultant, Marsha Henney/CCC, Inc., Dan Newport/Fire Department Captain/CCC, Inc. Consultant.