Posts Tagged ‘ ITS ’

Have you Heard of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)?

BC HighwayCams, dynamic message signs, weather stations, reversible lane control… Any idea what these things have in common? If you guessed they’re all Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), you’d be right! With the advancement in technologies, this field has grown and is getting a lot of attention these days (connected/automated vehicles, smart cities, and more). ITS also helps support some of our key priorities: mobility, safety, and the efficient transportation of our road users. What is ITS? It’s the application...

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Why Some BC Highway Webcams Can Go Down in Winter

When Old Man Winter makes his reappearance across the province in the fall, it’s time to make the shift into winter. Did you know that some of our BC Highway Cams have to make the shift into winter too? It’s true. Many of our cams are close to local power sources, making it easier for them to transmit data in all kinds of weather. But some of our more remote cams don’t have power close by and rely on...

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Drive a BC Highway in 15,000 Photos

Ever hear of a kineograph? We hadn’t until now, but we knew about the more common term for the same thing: a “flip book”. You’ve probably seen them before – a thick book filled with pictures that seems to come alive when you flip through the pages. It may seem like a primitive form of entertainment now, but back in the day, it was the equivalent of a home theater system, without the surround sound, of course. What do...

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New BC HighwayCams: Fraser Valley and Up North

It must be spring, because new BC HighwayCams are popping up here, there and everywhere. Travellers in the Fraser Valley will appreciate two new cams with a total of eight views (four each) just launched on Highway 1 at 232nd and 264th Avenues. Here is the easterly cam for 232nd: And here is the northerly cam for 232nd: BC Highway 16 also just came alive at Tete Jaune Cache. Looking good out there! We are always adding to our...

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A Glimpse at the Many Faces of Spring on B.C. Highways

Spring has finally sprung! Or has it? While today marks the official arrival of spring, a quick glimpse around our beautiful province through the eyes of DriveBC HighwayCams reveals many different kinds of roads to be travelled – all depending on your location. Spring does not treat all B.C. drivers equally. After all, it’s a transition period, and weather conditions can bring a little bit of everything. No matter where you live, it’s important to be aware of the...

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5 Things That Make Traffic Signals Change

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Green. Yellow. Red. Green… What makes traffic light signals change? Traffic signals are Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) designed to allow vehicles to safely cross paths while maintaining an efficient flow of traffic. To do this, traffic signals react to the presence of the vehicles and pedestrians they are guiding. Although you probably don’t notice it, each mode of transportation interacts with traffic signals in a unique way. Here are the five main traffic light triggers. 1. Passenger vehicles Ministry...

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5 Reasons Why We Moved That DriveBC HighwayCam

If you live in the Duncan/Cowichan Lake area, you may have noticed one of the three DriveBC HighwayCams on Highway 18 has been unavailable recently. Don’t worry – it’s not down for good. It’s actually being moved to a nearby location. DriveBC HighwayCams don’t always stay put. The current Highway 18 webcam relocation got us thinking it would be helpful to you if we explained some of the reasons why we might move a webcam. If we shift a...

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Insider Access: The Birth of a Solar Powered BC HighwayCam

Insider Access: The Birth of a Solar Powered BC HighwayCam

Have you ever wondered what it takes to make a BC Highway Cam come to life? It’s a lot more than just a pole and camera. We documented the entire process during an installation at Liard Hwy Junction (on Hwy 97 about 28 km north of Ft. Nelson) this summer, are excited to share some of the shots with you here. It all starts with a satellite signal. (Or a cellular signal if it is available.) That is how...

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