The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) – Maui District has announced it will deploy McCain Inc. advanced traffic management systems throughout the island. This cutting-edge system will allow traffic managers to view, study, and modify traffic patterns and signal timing to reduce congestion. Longtime McCain partner, Phoenix Pacific Inc., won the contract and will install the equipment over the next 90 days.
The installation at 82 intersections across the island will include McCain’s new FLeX® Controllers running the company’s Omni eX® Intersection Control Software. These intersections will be run remotely by McCain’s Transparity® Traffic Management System (TMS), a cloud-capable software that will communicate using cellular technology to provide traffic managers with critical traffic data in real-time.
This will be the first deployment of Transparity TMS and FLeX Controllers in the Central Pacific region. McCain, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the SWARCO Group and a leader in the supply of advanced intelligent transportation solutions for safety and mobility, will manufacture the equipment and provide technical support throughout the project.
McCain and Phoenix Pacific have a long, successful history. “Phoenix Pacific has been a McCain partner since we started more than 30 years ago,” said Nathan Welch, director of sales for McCain Inc. “We have grown together, and we’re thrilled to be able to expand our smart city technologies further into the Pacific region because of that partnership,” McCain components are currently in a significant majority of the signalized traffic intersections throughout Hawaii, Guam, and Saipan.
“We’re providing Maui with a whole new set of tools to address congestion,” said Danny Smoot, vice president of Phoenix Pacific. “For the first time, Maui traffic engineers will have the real-time data to determine exactly what’s going on, giving them the ability to monitor traffic flow remotely.” The system will also collect data giving the Maui District the ability to study traffic trends and signal performance over time.
McCain’s FLeX Controllers are the latest design in the company’s popular Advanced Traffic Controller (ATC) eX series. They offer high-resolution data and are also capable of supporting Vehicle to Everything (V2X) applications including connected vehicles. The controllers will run the Omni eX Intersection Control Software to pair seamlessly with Transparity TMS, providing traffic managers with complete control over each intersection.
For the first time in Maui’s history, intersections will be networked using cellular communications such that there will be no need for expensive hardwired communication, digging, and extended lane closures typical in traditional installations. In this deployment, each controller will be up and running in its original cabinet within 20 minutes, with minimal disruption to traffic.
“Without a doubt, data is going to drive the future of transportation,” said Smoot. “McCain systems will give traffic engineers the information they need to reduce congestion, manage traffic patterns and improve traffic flow for residents and visitors.”