Smart School Zone Beacons Help Keep Students Safe from Traffic as Schedules Change Due to COVID

As school districts across the nation make adjustments to the opening day of in-person classes due to COVID pandemic, making sure school zone safety beacons are slowing traffic on the right days and times is critical for keeping students and teachers safe from traffic.

Traffic engineers working with more than 5,000 schools across the U.S. can use their smartphone or tablet to monitor and control school beacons – those flashing signs that are intended to slow drivers down as they pass by a school. The technology, called The Glance™ Connected School Beacon System was developed by Applied Information the leading provider of intelligent transportation infrastructure solutions.

Each smart beacon has its own cellular modem to handle communication, enabling traffic engineers to change on and off times, determine if the beacons are operating correctly and, if necessary, instantly alert the appropriate resources in the event of a failure.