The Ontario Ministry of Transportation ( MTO ) is, with the help of BLIP Systems´Canadian partner G4 Apps, using combined Bluetooth and Wi-Fi sensors, to verify travel time prediction algorithms. Each BlipTrack sensor, as the solution is called, covers the entire 6 to 8 lanes on one of Ontario´s busiest highways, the QEW ( Queen Elizabeth Way ), with close to 200.000 average vehicles per day. The sensors are mounted on posts at strategic points in the road network and detect wireless signals from passing cars, registering how long it takes to drive between locations. With this data MTO is able to detect changes in traffic patterns, better inform motorists and improve the capacity of existing roads.
Commenting on the installation Bob Burrows, CEO of G4Apps, says: “BLIP Systems offer accurate, robust traffic monitoring from the busiest highway to city streets, at very low cost and with no traffic disruption. We are seeing tremendous interest from provincial and city road agencies across Canada and in the US as they all seek to immediately better manage traffic throughout their road networks.”