Touchless pedestrian crosswalk sensor button reduces virus spread

July 08, 2020 //By Rich Pell
Touchless pedestrian crosswalk sensor button reduces virus spread
Pedestrian safety technology solutions provider LightGuard Systems has announced a touchless pedestrian push button for public safety at crosswalks designed to help reduce pedestrian exposure to contact viruses commonly found on push button surfaces.

The SmartSense touchless PED push button, says the company, is designed to help cities, municipalities, and state health officials fight COVID-19 and the spread of most viruses capable of being contagious on public crosswalk push buttons for minutes or days. The series of touchless, hands-free, hand-sensing devices can replace and/or upgrade existing PED-buttons and allow the public the option to wave a hand in front of the hand sensing button - activating the crosswalk request at the controller, instead of having to use a finger to push a button to cross.

Planned for an initial launch in Q3 2020, SmartSense will be compatible with the company's complete line of lighted crosswalks and traffic safety equipment, including its Smart Crosswalk in-roadway warning lights, automatic (touchless) pedestrian detection bollard, solar wireless LED border-enhanced warning signs, and rectangular rapid flashing beacon (RRFB) systems. SmartSense will operate at both controlled and uncontrolled intersections, and mid-block crosswalks where the company's lighted crosswalks are commonly used.

Key SmartSense product line features include:

  • Activation proximity range: 5 inches
  • No contact needed to activate
  • Replaces existing PED-button and/or PED-placards/signs
  • Simple electrical connections
  • Nominal 12 VDC operation; optional 110 VAC operation
  • Retrofittable into compatible push button stations
  • IR technology

The first SmartSense product to be released is a supplemental push button sign kit with an embedded sensor that is compatible with the company's LGS-PBA manual push button mechanism, and most other manufacturer stations. The sign kit can be installed at new and existing manual push button stations, with the manual push button retaining its ability to send a call signal back to the controller to initiate a lighted crosswalk, PED countdown timer, or other output signal.

The second SmartSense, says the company, is a touchless crosswalk activation switch that completely replaces an existing manual push button (pictured).

LightGuard Systems

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