NZ Traffic Management Equipment Company uses Pollin8 devices and analysis software Thinxtra’s 0G network to solve costly challenges with losses and stolen assets.
New Zealand-based traffic management equipment company, PB Traffic, uses IoT technology from Pollin8 and Thinxtra to maintain traffic safety and optimize traffic flow at real-time tracking infrastructure development sites that prevent theft and loss of assets.
Peter Berghaus New Zealand (PB Traffic) was established in 2009 and supplies traffic management equipment and portable traffic lights for roads, major infrastructure projects and special operations. The company owns and operates 110 portable traffic light systems, each worth over NZ $ 20,000. These have been deployed to Puhoi for the Warkworth Highway (NX2), Clevedon Water, Kaikoura SH1 conversion and other major infrastructure projects.
Historically, on average, PB Traffic would lose two traffic light systems annually, with some disappearing while others were stolen by individuals trying to profit from reselling the internal batteries. To reduce the risk of recurring economic hits of around $ 60,000 a year – and the threats to driver safety when lights are not present to control traffic – the company turned to real-time asset tracking technology from Pollin8 and Thinxtra.
Akshay Gupte, General Manager at PB Traffic, said:
“In addition to being a lost asset, roads that lack functioning traffic lights create enormous safety risks. It increases the chances of frontal accidents when the light on one side is stolen or vandalized, and it quickly triggers significant congestion, which creates stress for motorists and pedestrians. ”
“We therefore needed a tracking system to give us a full overview of our traffic light systems, no matter where they are, and the ability to understand if they are working as expected. With Pollin8’s IoT devices and software plus Thinxtra’s 0G network, we have a cost-effective and efficient solution that works beyond the standard features of GPS tracking. “
PB Traffic has installed Pollin8’s battery-powered devices for its full fleet of signal lights, which record and transmit data in real time. The information is communicated via Thinxtra’s national 0G network and viewed through Pollin8’s comprehensive web and mobile applications.
“Our team can now view life’s traffic conditions from our headquarters to understand how lights work in all locations, plus the benefit of adjusting the timing of signal changes to prevent traffic jams and accidents,” said Gupte.
In two cases where PB Traffic’s lights were stolen, the company worked with local authorities to locate and retrieve the systems in real time before they could be resold. Although the traffic lights lost power, Pollin8’s tracking devices continued to provide location data with a battery life of up to five years, as they operate independently.
Nick Pickering, CEO of Pollin8, said:
“As a provider of traffic management solutions, PB Traffic has an incredible responsibility for the safety of all people affected by their systems. By removing the guesswork from asset management with our IoT devices and Thinxtra’s national connectivity, it means the organization can focus on proactively managing theft and optimize traffic flow, making road work safer with less impact on commuters. “
Nicholas Lambrou, CEO of Thinxtra, said:
“PB Traffic provides crucial security assets for some of New Zealand’s most important infrastructure development and construction projects. Using real-time tracking powered by the Internet of Things, PB Traffic has created an invaluable safety net that not only ensures that its traffic light systems are in the right places and work as intended, but also keep workers, drivers and pedestrians safe during their commute. . “