Quebec City has adopted connected vehicle technology from Applied Information, a Georgia, U.S.-based developer of intelligent transport systems, to give its emergency vehicles pre-emptive green lights at traffic signals. The move is meant to reduce response times and improve safety at intersections.

Orange Traffic of Mirabel, Canada is Applied Information’s partner on the project that includes installing the technology at 440 traffic signals and on 80 emergency vehicles.

The preemption technology uses LTE cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) connectivity, with redundant 900MHz radio, which enables the emergency vehicle to command multiple traffic signals in the direction of travel and change the light to green or hold the light green. Traffic in front of the emergency vehicle is kept moving while oncoming and cross traffic is brought safely to a halt.

Deployments in other cities indicate a time savings of about 12 seconds or more per light using the technology.

“Quebec City is taking a national leadership role in deploying innovative traffic solutions that will help save lives on a daily basis,” said Roger Fugère, President of Orange Traffic. “We are very excited to be the city’s partner, along with Applied Information, to improve safety and reduce response time of emergency personnel when responding to someone in need.”

The deployment is scheduled to begin in November 2019 and is expected to be completed by March 2021. It is Applied Information’s first major international deployment.

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