The general public may not have ever formally heard of “smart work zones” but they have almost surely encountered them in their daily life. While they may sound like something out of a science-fiction movie, they are actually quite normal but very helpful and intuitive. Here is a little bit about them and why they are so important.
The entire system that makes up smart work zones are specifically designed to predict such things as delays, speed, or travel time on any given freeway work zone. The system does all of this in real-time. This exponentially increases the usefulness of the system as there is zero delay in the transmittal of pertinent information to the end user.
Any state or local government that utilizes a smart work zone are already ahead of the game when it comes to increasing safety, not only for the workers in the work zone area but also for the drivers who are traveling through these areas. Without real-time information being able to be transmitted to them, drivers may be caught unawares as to where traffic stoppages or major delays are at. This can lead to huge traffic accidents incurred when drivers slam on their brakes in an attempt to avoid colliding with stopped traffic in front of them.
Smart work zones also rely on the fact that they are portable. This is virtually a necessity as they must be able to move when and where the work site is located. It is for this reason that they need to be able to connect to both cellular data towers and wi-fi hotspots. By using the very cutting edge of technology, not only is traffic able to be less congested, but lives are able to be saved. This is a must-have investment for any government to have.