Unique portable signal system enables municipalities to quickly respond to knockdowns and signal outages in minutes – and wirelessly connect to street corner controllers.
DIXON, IL – John Thomas, Inc. (JTI), a leading innovator and manufacturer of portable traffic signals and traffic control devices, today announced the release of its new PortaPole™ Rapid Response Signal System, which is part of its ADDCO PTS-2000 line. Unlike traditional portable traffic signals designed for work zones, the PortaPole is designed specifically for use by municipalities during knockdowns, signal outages, emergencies and traffic reconfiguration for special events or construction projects.
The PortaPole is designed for rapid deployment to serve as a temporary replacement pole when a permanent signal is out of service or an additional signal is needed temporarily. The PortaPole includes the Galaxy® Wireless Interface System that enables it to connect wirelessly to street corner controllers and assume the standard function of the corner controller.
The PortaPole is one of the easiest-to-deploy substitute traffic signal solutions. One person can setup the PortaPole in seconds to restore traffic control. The system features an electric-hydraulic mast so the mast and arm can be deployed with the flip of a switch. Since municipal applications can sometimes be in tight areas where space is limited, this provides added safety because the worker never has to enter the traffic path during set-up or take-down.
“We recognize that many municipalities have unique traffic signal needs and we wanted to design the PortaPole to address their specific challenges with knockdowns, signal outages, emergencies and temporary traffic reconfiguration. The PortaPole is definitely a tool that municipalities will find useful to have in their toolboxes so they can be ready to respond to knockdowns and other emergencies in minutes,” said John Dvorak, President of JTI.
The PortaPole can be used as the only phase indication or in conjunction with the existing function of intersection signals. One corner cabinet module can control multiple poles. The PortaPole’s self-contained power supply with optional solar recharging gives the portability that is needed for quick emergency jobs, but also has the capacity for projects that last for months.
“The PortaPole looks like a work zone traffic signal on the outside, but it’s not. Instead, it’s a substitute or temporary pole that can be rapidly deployed and controlled by street corner controllers. Intersection traffic control can be quickly restored,” concludes Dvorak.
For more information about the PortaPole and to see a video, visit PortapoleSignal.com or call JTI at 888.447.7263.