The intelligent transportation industry is moving rapidly towards solar power as a reliable solution. In some cases, integrated solar power is a necessary option for urban and rural applications.
Advancements in power monitoring and energy efficiencies as well as a realistic return on investment make integrating solar power a strong consideration for any advancing project or intelligent transportation system (ITS) roadside product. The list of applicable products include:
- Cameras: Entirely feasible in the highest resolution for remote locations or vulnerable areas prone to copper theft.
- Bluetooth devices: Solar allows exact placement and measuring capabilities without limitations.
- Communications devices: Coupled with other ITS devices simplifies the "Complete System" opportunity.
- Dynamic messaging: Ideal application allowing independence and placement, from small roadside travel time to large format, full matrix applications.
Other ITS applications include radar use, blank out signs, environmental warning, wrong way systems, ramp metering, and rural intersection warning systems.
As opposed to just ten years ago, the efficiency (panels with 25 year life spans) and cost reduction advances (40% drop in panel costs over the last four years) has notably altered the financial viability in nearly every industry, not just transportation.
Batteries, controllers, and the ITS devices themselves have all improved in a short amount time leading to more practical and cost efficient systems across the ITS industry. Solar power is now being optimized as a back up power source for when the grid system fails!
SESA would be happy to provide a preliminary solar assessment on your ITS device or if understanding how integrated solar power systems operate is your priority, we would be elated to schedule a presentation or webinar for you and your team.
Contact SESA, and we will get back to you within a day supplying any insight needed and more information as you see necessary.