The American Public Works Association just wrapped up its yearly Public Works Expo (PWX), which was held in Seattle, WA from September 8-11 this year. PWX attracts thousands of public works professionals who walk away with new knowledge and tools to make a difference in their organizations and communities.
As every year, the Iteris team was excited to be in attendance to connect with road weather folks from all over the country. We saw a diverse mix of current customers and new faces, all eager to hear what’s new from Iteris. This was a unique year for Iteris at PWX as we not only had the ClearPath Weather team, but also our Roadway Sensors group highlighting the latest in traffic safety and detection solutions.
1. Bike safety technology has mass appeal
One of the biggest hits at our booth this year was Iteris’ award-winning SmartCycle Bike Indicator™, which captured people’s attention and highlighted the need for automated and adaptive bicycle safety technology at intersections.
Built on Iteris’ patented SmartCycle® solution, which differentiates between bicycles and vehicles at intersections, the SmartCycle Bike Indicator™ is another first-of-its-kind innovation. The SmartCycle Bike Indicator is a device that mounts onto traffic signals and illuminates when cyclists waiting at an intersection have been detected.
Along with demonstrations of Iteris’ vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian detection technology, we also presented guided walkthroughs of the ClearPath Weather platform and discussed how our customers use it to optimize their maintenance operations.
2. Data governance is a growing concern
There was also a lot of talk about road weather information systems (RWIS) and pavement temperatures, and how they tied into ClearPath Weather, as well as whether they were necessary to use within the platform. For those wondering, they are not necessary but can be extremely helpful. Another more broad topic that came up in our conversations was about data and who has the right(s) to such data.
3. Predictive solutions continue to resonate
As we chatted with everyone walking through the show, many were wondering what this upcoming winter was going to be like, as many did not want a winter like last year. The ClearPath Weather team will discuss how the upcoming season is shaping up at our next webinar, 2019-2020 Winter Weather Outlook, on November 7th. More details coming soon.
Overall, it was another well-attended, engaging and inspiring show, and everybody was able to enjoy not only the event but also the city in which it was held. I was glad we actually saw the sun for a few days while we were in Seattle and did not have to constantly walk around with an umbrella.
We are already looking forward to the next PWX. See you in New Orleans in 2020!
About the Author:
Rob Pinard has over 20 years of surface transportation weather forecasting experience and is currently the Forecast Operations Manager for Iteris. Mr. Pinard sees to the day to day operations within the weather operations group and continues to work rotating forecast shifts.