Surrey deploys GTT's Opticom emergency preemption solution

SP&T Staff
Wednesday January 11, 2017
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Surrey, B.C.
Surrey, B.C. Photo courtesy GTT.
Emergency vehicles in Surrey, B.C. should have an easier time getting through intersections thanks to Global Traffic Technologies Canada (GTT), which recently contracted with the City of Surrey for the implementation of its Opticom traffic preemption solution. This system works alongside intersection controllers to help “ensure emergency vehicles can move through intersections rapidly and safely”.

When an emergency vehicle needs to navigate an intersection, the Opticom Emergency Vehicle Preemption (EVP) system on-board the emergency vehicle sends a request to the intersection’s controller ahead of its arrival, turning the light green. In Surrey, the EVP system has been deployed to 90 of the city’s busiest intersections, the company says.

“We are very happy to be working with the city of Surrey and its emergency services,” says GTT’s president Doug Roberts. “Our system is helping to improve operational safety, reduce travel time to emergencies and increase the safety of both the public and emergency personnel.”

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