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Innovation in the roadway safety industry

Outsiders of the transportation infrastructure industry may look to autonomous vehicles as an icon of innovation on the roadways, but for state Department of Transportation (DOT) officials, manufacturers, suppliers, and contractors in the roadway safety and infrastructure industry, innovation is not a stationary achievement. It is much more than a mile marker and not as easily defined.

With different perspectives and priorities, industry stakeholders are finding that in addition to new technologies, innovation is heavily reliant on communication between entities. Industry leaders are working together to move forward and ATSSA is no different. The association works year-round to progress and develop creative solutions for all of its initiatives including highlighting innovative products and technologies, training, and ATSSA membership.


One innovative effort ATSSA is involved in is a joint initiative with the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Standing Committee on Traffic Control Devices (AHB50). Both ATSSA and TRB sponsor and conduct an exciting design competition, the Traffic Control Device (TCD) Student Challenge, to promote innovation and stimulate ideas in the traffic control devices area with a goal to improve operations and safety.


Find recent updates on the latest innovations in the resource list below and be sure to check back for updates.



Exhibit at ATSSA's Annual Traffic Expo

NPRO

Do you have an innovative roadway safety product? Exhibitors can showcase their innovations in the New Products Rollout at the Annual Convention & Traffic Expo. Products released after Jan. 1 of this year qualify for entry. Twenty will be accepted for the New Product Listing and just 12 will be accepted for presentation to a panel of judges. The top three products will earn an Innovation Award that will be announced during the Convention.


Learn more
about featuring your innovative product to key industry professionals. View videos of last year's entries and award winners.



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ATSSA announces 2021 New Products Rollout participants

Exhibitors to showcase most innovative products in roadway safety infrastructure industry

Contact: Maria Robertson

ATSSA Director of Marketing & Communications

540-376-3891

communications@atssa.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (Jan. 7, 2021) – The American Traffic Safety Services Association selected nine companies to participate in its 2021 New Products Rollout event, which is held in conjunction with the 51st Annual Convention & Traffic Expo being held online over two weeks in February.

Typically, more than 3,700 people attend the largest roadway safety tradeshow in North America to see some of the latest innovations in the roadway safety infrastructure industry. The products submitted as part of NPRO are comprised of a wide range of devices designed to save lives on our nation’s roadways.

This year’s Convention is being held Feb. 8-12 and 16-18.

“The 2021 lineup will be presented on Feb. 16 during ATSSA’s New Products Rollout Live Show, which takes place on the Convention & Traffic Expo online platform,” said ATSSA Director of Innovation & Technical Services Eric Perry. “This event features products released in 2020 that give a snapshot of some of the latest advancements for the roadway safety infrastructure industry.”

This year, NPRO participants will provide 5-minute presentations on their products from 2-3 p.m. EST on Feb. 16 in front of attendees and a panel of ATSSA Innovation Award judges who serve in public transportation positions. The judges will select the top two products, which are then announced as winners of the ATSSA Innovation Awards during ATSSA’s Circle of Innovation, held from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. EST on Feb. 18. Award winners also get the opportunity to present their winning products during the Circle of Innovation, which is attended by key members of the industry.

The participants and products for the 2021 New Products Rollout are:

Company: ConeIQ, Sterling, Va.

Product: ConeIQ uses technology to simplify building of work zones and improve traffic control safety with a digital record.

Company: Elecsys, Olathe, Kan.

Product: RoadConnect/ImpactAlert is a cloud-based software platform for DOTs to manage roadside safety device inventory.

Company: Horizon Signal, Reading, Pa.

Product: Work Zone Speed Control System identifies speeding vehicles approaching the work zones and presents them with a red signal before entering the work zone.

Company: PPP Transportation Safety Innovations, Jacksonville, Fla.

Product: X-Marker is a temporary traffic control device to identify closed lanes.

Company: Royal Innovative Solutions, Coopersburg, Pa.

Product: Level 3 Technology Package is for truck-mounted attenuators to aid work zone safety.

Company: Sales Solutions Inc., Martinsburg, W.Va.

Product: +Lightline is synced with traffic lights at crosswalks to provide additional awareness for pedestrians.

Company: Shur-Tite Products, Hutto, Texas

Product: U-Flex is a flexible surface mount post that can be quickly installed to reduce time in traffic.

Company: Skip-Line LLC, La Grande, Ore.

Product: Spec-Rite Online is a software management tool for pavement marking equipment that aids in decision making

Company: 3M, Saint Paul, Minn.

Product: HP Latex 1500 Printer is a digital printer for traffic sign production.

For details on ATSSA’s 51st Annual Convention & Traffic Expo, visit Expo.ATSSA.com.

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ATSSA’s core purpose is to advance roadway safety. ATSSA represents the roadway safety industry with effective legislative advocacy and a far-reaching member partnership. The association also leads the nation in work zone safety training and education for roadway workers across the country. ATSSA members accomplish the advancement of roadway safety through the design, manufacture, and installation of road safety and traffic control devices. Visit ATSSA.com to learn more.

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