Shep Maners of MG Squared
MG Squared (MG 2 ) is here at ITS America 2016 San Jose to underline the financial, operational and safety case for its camera lowering systems.
Indeed, the company recently installed its first camera lowering device on a California roadway, on the Oakland Bay Bridge, to enable Caltrans to test the capabilities of the innovative system as it looks to the future for how to maintain its ever increasing camera presence along California roadways. This site uses a 90ft pole with an MG 2 lowering device along with a Bosch MIC camera.
There is also an MG 2 demo pole and lowering device equipped with the new CohuHD Costar’s 4260HD rugged IP, analogue and hybrid video cameras in the company’s booth in San Jose.
The Caltrans’ test site will undoubtedly reveal the compelling benefits achieved by other DoTs: FL DoT found the company’s lowering system reduced camera maintenance costs by 80% and the ITS department at Ada County, Idaho put the savings at up to 90%. MG 2 ’s lowering system means that for maintenance or repair, there is no need for an access truck or to cone off lanes. The camera is quickly and efficiently lowered to ground level by a single engineer and returned just as quickly and simply after maintenance.
At San Jose, MG 2 will be demonstrating the integral camera lowering system which is provided complete with a new steel or concrete pole customised and integrated for the MG 2 lowering system. However a retrofit version can be used on existing infrastructure, poles, towers, bridges and buildings to minimise the cost of conversion. Furthermore, dual analogue/IP connections are available on a single mounting, allowing for existing analogue cameras to be utilised while also preparing for a digital upgrade in the future.