The Solution: A Cloud-Based Platform that Plugs Into Existing Hardware
Western Systems worked with Washington County to design a solution that would upgrade existing hardware to work on a remote monitoring system. Applied Information’s Glance system was the perfect platform for the job.
Glance is a cloud-based solution designed for school zone beacons. It enables remote scheduling, smart alerts for user-defined criteria, power monitoring, and lamp failure warnings. Glance works with existing hardware, with the addition of a small device that fits into the cabinet, so installation is simple.
Western Systems helped facilitate planning and procurement for the system upgrade, so everything was ready to launch at the beginning of summer. One hundred and fifty beacons were upgraded and ready to perform in time for school that autumn.
Outcome: Immediate Efficiencies and Increased Flexibility
The benefit of the new system was felt almost immediately as programming 150 flashers for the new school year took only two days.
Remote monitoring and alerts at every beacon has also dramatically reduced the amount of staff time required for maintenance because teams don’t need to be dispatched for unnecessary checks. Remote monitoring has also finally enabled Washington County to be proactive in maintaining flashers—reducing the number of incoming calls from about 50 each year, to less than 10.
All of those new efficiencies, of course, translate to cost savings for the county and the local agencies they work with. The remote monitoring capabilities has helped to improve the reliability of the system and the traveling public and County staff trusts that these flashers are on and operating at the correct time. The types of improvements are helping the County build goodwill towards their ITS program and helping them gain support from the traveling public.
The new system is also helping the agency be more responsive to emergencies and changes. When COVID-19 shut down schools in Washington County, they were able to turn off 150 flashers, county-wide, in one day. As schools reopen, Glance will make it easy to re-engage the beacons and alter the schedules as needed.
School zone safety is just one of several custom projects that Western Systems has facilitated for Washington County. Learn how our solutions experts and engineers helped The Washington County team improve safety and increase efficiencies in flood zones and snow zones across northwest Oregon as well.