Preemption System - Emergency Vehicle - Transit

DOES YOUR COMMUNITY NEED EMERGENCY VEHICLE PREEMPTION?

THE PROBLEM

  • Getting emergency responders to the scene quickly and safely

THE OBSTACLES

  • Traffic
  • Red Lights
  • Congested Intersections
  • Distracted Drivers
  • Other emergency vehicles that may cross your path

THE SOLUTION

  • Faster, yet safer, response times using the “Eliminator” (where seconds can mean the difference between life and death)

FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING APREEMPTION SYSTEM

  • System and Equipment Cost
  • Cost Savings
  • Benefits of Preemption/ROI
    • Quicker Response Times
    • Improvement of your City's ISO Insurance Classifications, Reducing Insurance Premiums
  • Improved Safety for Emergency Vehicles
  • Reduction in Collisions between Emergency and Passenger Vehicles
  • System Reliability
  • Installation Costs
  • Maintenanace Costs

EMERGENCY VEHICLE PREEMPTION CAN PAY FOR ITSELF

Cost savings analyses conducted in cities already using traffc signal preemption have demonstrated that preemption pays for itself in a relatively short period of time.

PREEMPTION ALSO

  • Reduces response times by 17 - 24%
  • Allows your city’s fire stations to cover a 34% larger service area per station (with faster response times!) If your city is growing, millions of dollars can be saved using the “Eliminator”.
  • One city (Plano, TX) saved $9 million initially and an additional $7.5 million annually using preemptionas the city expanded.1

The return on investment of the Eliminator is the highest in the industry. Minimal hardware requirements and streamlined installation, coupled with the potential life, equipment and cost savings, make the Eliminator the best value in preemption. The addition of Collision Avoidance offers something truly priceless – increased safety and peace of mind for your emergency personnel.

WHY CHOOSE THE ELIMINATOR® TRAFFIC PREEMPTION & COLLISION AVOIDANCE TECHNOLOGY?

  • System has a touch screen Graphical User Interface in the vehicle
  • GPS Based System
  • Backup Inertial Measurement Unit for when Satellite Triangulation is not available
  • Collision Avoidance warns equipped emergency vehicles of an impending collision
  • Collision Avoidance does not require a traffc signal – works even in rural areas via V2V communications protocol, the competition does not have this feature
  • Preempts traffc signals reliably under adverse weather conditions , around curves, and through obstacles
  • Does not require realignment after heavy winds
  • Provides 360° protection against collisions with other emergency vehicles, even at unsignalized intersections
  • Visual confrmation in the vehicle of preemption status, overlaid on a map
  • System can pro-actively preempt upcoming additional intersections laterally based on the vehicle’s turn signal status
  • Optional Wif/Cellular connectivity for Traffc Signal and Vehicle Units
  • Compatible with existing optical systems
  • Cost is comparable to existing OPTICAL systems, signifcantly less than other GPS systems
  • Gradually upgrade your optical system to the Eliminator GPS system at the same costof buying new optical equipment!
  • System can send or receive data via API for integration into other systems
  • Optional audio alerts
  • Optional dash mounted LED bank

1 FHWA preemption study “Traffc Signal Preemption for Emergency Vehicles, A CrossCutting Study, Putting the “First” in “First Response” Jan, 2006 (Page 8-5)

ADVANTAGES OF THE ELIMINATOR® OVER OTHER GPS SYSTEMS

ADVANTAGESTHE ELIMINATOR™THE COMPETITOR
Interactive, touch screen graphic user interface    
Collision Avoidance    
GPS supported by Inertial Measurement Unit    
Touch Screen Graphical User Interface    
Operates without GPS signal    
Easy Installation    
Significantly less expensive than comparable systems    
Collision avoidance can be turned on or off on all models    
MULTIPLE SCREEN OPTIONSTHE ELIMINATOR™THE COMPETITOR
No screen option with toggle switch for preemption    
7” Screen    
4” Screen    
Color-blind friendly system & screen    
Can use existing Laptop/Tablet as the screen    
Can send information to CAD (Computer Aided Dispatch) system    

TRANSIT SIGNAL PRIORITY SOFTWARE CAPABILITIES

  • GPS Zones
  • ETA Mode
  • Schedules for each bus route and bus stop can be confgured separately, including variables for time of day, day of week, route number and more
  • Automated Passenger Counting, which can be factored into preemption decisions, if desired
  • Built in reports include missed stops, early arrivals, passenger counts, and more
  • Alerts to proactively notify transit drivers of the presence of emergency vehicles
  • All logged data is consolidated into a central management system for review, analysis, and reporting
  • Blackbox recording of all vehicles, EV and Transit, that regularly log position and other data

The Eliminator® is protected by multiple U.S. and foreign patents

THE ELIMINATOR™ EASE OF USE

We’ve created the Eliminator™ to be easy to use and understand in an emergency vehicle setting. Our Graphical User Interface allows for easy use of the unit compared to LED based systems, as well as allowing for a greater level of awareness for the types of vehicles in your area. Following are a few different scenarios you may encounter, and how the Eliminator™ handles them.

KEY

Police CarPOLICE CAR
Fire TruckFIRE TRUCK
AmbulanceAMBULANCE
BusBUS
SnowplowSNOWPLOW
Your VehicleYOUR VEHICLE
Highlighted VehicleHIGHLIGHTED VEHICLE
Center ButtonCENTER BUTTON
Screen A
Screen A

TRAFFIC SIGNAL ELEMENTS

On Screen A you will see the three basic elements of the display. The GREEN Triangle represents an Intersection equipped with the Eliminator Traffic Signal Control System and Green color specifies that the Eliminator’s™ request for a Green light has been acknowledged by the Traffic Signal Controller.

If a Preemption request cannot be granted by the Eliminator™ due to an overriding priority of another vehicle then a RED Circle will display.

If an equipped intersection does not have an active preemption request then the square will be devoid of color.

If your vehicle is NOT requesting a preemption at an intersection (for example if it is in “OFF” mode, or not under lights/siren) but another vehicle has a preemption request, that intersection will then be shown as a YELLOW

Screen B
Screen B

TRAFFIC SIGNAL ELEMENTS

Screen B displays three vehicles and one intersection. Remembering that this display is for the vehicle represented by the IBeam, the traffic signal is Red and there is a Fire Vehicle going through that intersection. Although each city can customize their priority settings, typically a Fire Vehicle gets highest priority as they are the most difficult to stop/slow down. Just below the Fire Vehicle is a Police Vehicle. Since the Police vehicle is going the same direction as we are (we being the IBeam), there is no alert for an impending collision. However, you do have an impending collision with the Fire Vehicle and therefore the IBeam and the Fire Vehicle are both highlighted with a Red Circle. There is also a 9s letting you know the ETA of 9 Seconds to the Fire Vehicle.


Screen C
Screen C

SCENARIO #1

One of the many unique features of the Eliminator compared to the competitor is that you are able to tell the preemption status of multiple intersections simultaneously as shown in Screens C and F. In screen C, the next two equipped intersections ahead of you have already acknowledged your preemption request. This useful feature eliminates the need for confrmation beacons (which are usually required to accompany our competitor’s devices, adding to the initial project capital and installation costs, as well as unnecessarily piling on recurring maintenance costs). This feature also allows the driver to know the status of your preemption request instantly (and often times before the traffc signal itself can even be seen)


Screen D
Screen D

SCENARIO #2

Map functions include PAN and POS (Position) modes. In screen D, you can see the result of choosing POS and moving the slider down, it moves your vehicle position to the bottom of the screen and allows you to see more of the map in front of you. You can also use the ZOOM functionality in PAN or POS mode.

Screen E
Screen E

SCENARIO #3

Screen E shows an example where a traffc signal cannot grant your preemption request due to an overriding priority by a fre vehicle (RED chevron that is circled, indicating a collision is calculated to occur if evasive action is not taken). Further, 5s indicates you are 5 seconds away from this collision.

Screen F
Screen E

SCENARIO #4

Screen F shows one of the Eliminator’s many “Intelligent Preemption”TM functions. The intelligent “Turn Signal” function is the one illustrated here. Notice on the upper left side of the screen that the left turn signal is engaged. On the map it shows that not only has the traffc signal in front of you acknowledged your preemption request, but it has also successfully relayed your intent to turn left to the next 3 intersections in the direction of your turn. This has caused these 3 intersections to also intelligently act upon your preemption request BEFORE the turn is even made.

Screen G
Screen E

SCENARIO #5

Screen G shows a different intelligent function. This screen is zoomed way in, and you have an impending collision with a vehicle that is off the screen and a Police Vehicle (represented as the blue chevron) behind you. Vehicles behind you are never considered impending collisions. You get a 4s indicator and an arrow alerting you to the direction and ETA of the impending (offscreen) collision. You can also use the Pan or Zoom buttons (Right Menu) to bring the “off screen” vehicle into the view. Additionally, you can use the Center button to quickly reset the map back to the default position.

ADMIN/TECH SCREENS

We’ve included a full series of admin and tech screens in the Eliminator that allow you to customize certain parameters, easily check vehicle status and verify a proper installation.

PIN Settings

A FULL SERIES OF ADMIN AND TECH SCREENS:

  • Allow you to easily password protect and manage multiple levels of permissions including system administrators, installation technicians, and end users
  • Allow easy access to city technicians for set up of vehicle hardware
  • Allow the user to reverse polarity, simplifying the installation process
  • Allow each vehicle to individually set collision alert trigger parameters such as:
    • Distance to collision
    • Time to collision
  • Allow you to easily confirm vehicle:
    • Light bar status
    • Parking brake status
    • Door Open/Close status
    • Turn Signal status