The Solution: A Familiar Interface on a Custom Solution
Washington County was already using Applied Information’s Glance Smart City Supervisory System™ for school zone flashers, so Western Systems worked with Applied Information to create a custom solution that could be monitored from the same platform.
The new solution uses an EchoPod water level sensor, a Siqura Camera, a gate status sensor, and relays for activating flashing lights on the gates. The system continuously monitors water depth against the threshold that the agency defined, while the cameras provide for visual remote monitoring of the roadway. The beacons were wired to activate automatically when the gate is locked.
Outcome: Greater Efficiency, Better Data, Improved Trust
The system has helped Washington County road crews dramatically streamline their process for closing and reopening this stretch of road. When the water depth threshold is met, the system automatically sends an email to staff, who can then remotely monitor the condition of the roadway from the camera feed. Crews are dispatched only when the road needs to be closed, and then again when the road is ready to be opened. Eliminating the need for crews to make multiple trips to the site saves the County time and money.
The improved response times from remote monitoring are also helping to build public trust, and road condition data can also be shared with ODOT’s statewide traveler information site, TripCheck, for public use.
The floodgate solution is just one of several unique, custom projects that Western Systems has built for Washington County. Learn how our solutions experts and engineers helped the Washington County team improve safety and increase efficiencies in school zones and snow zones across northwest Oregon as well.