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Harsensis
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Post Number: 47
Registered: 07-2005
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Posted on Saturday, April 29, 2006 - 6:47 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

What are the Towers that are popping up on the X-ways all over town? On Channel 4 they kept on saying next story about what they were, but that usually means last story in the newscast and I couldn't wait to see it. Thanks in advance. JJ
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Blessyouboys
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Post Number: 396
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Posted on Saturday, April 29, 2006 - 6:48 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I believe those are solar generators. Not sure what they're powering however.
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Wazootyman
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Post Number: 48
Registered: 02-2006
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Posted on Saturday, April 29, 2006 - 7:51 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

They are traffic counters, similar to those that are embedded in the concrete, only more servicable (they don't have to tear up the road if a sensor dies). They relay traffic flow back to central control via cellular communication.

It was a joined effort between MDOT and traffic.com. Both use the data to monitor how fast cars are travelling to report slow-downs.

Supposedly the technology doesn't work yet on freeways with concrete walls (such as 696), so for now that road will continue to use the in-ground sensors.
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Ndavies
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Post Number: 1771
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Posted on Saturday, April 29, 2006 - 8:30 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

They are solar powered radar units. They do traffic counting and speed detection. They were paid for by Federal and private money. You can look at some of the output on the MDOT website.

http://metrocommute.com/cgi-bi n/metro/zoommap.pl?region=intr o&area=detroit&control=off&inf o=Headline&info=Accident+Alert &info=Delay&info=Special+Event &info=Cameras&pgtype=mdotmap

Not all are online yet
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Harsensis
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Post Number: 48
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Posted on Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 11:44 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I remember when they put the sensors in the pavement, I wondered how long they would last. I think that is when they put in all of th cameras too.

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