Vermont Leads the Nation With Motorists Safety Warning Technology

Feb 25, 1999, 00:00 ET from Safety Warning System

    ENGLEWOOD, Fla., Feb. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- One of the promises of tomorrow's
 Intelligent Transportation System technologies is the ability to provide
 drivers with advance warning of traffic jams, accidents, emergency vehicles,
 highway work crews and other hazards.  Well, "tomorrow" has just arrived in
     Vermont has quickly become the nation's leader in the use of the
 revolutionary Safety Warning System(R), an inexpensive, flexible technology
 that can transmit over sixty different messages to motorists.  The messages
 fall into five distinct categories:  Highway Construction, Highway Hazards,
 Weather, Travel Info and Fast/Slow Moving Vehicles.
     The microwave-based system is made up of two parts.  One is a brick-size
 transmitter that can be used by highway departments, utility companies,
 emergency services, law enforcement agencies, schools and school bus
 operators, railroads, fire departments, road contractors and others.
     The other part of the SWS(R) system is a small receiver that, depending on
 a particular model's features, sounds a special audible alert, displays a text
 message or announces the message with a synthesized voice.  So far, these
 receivers are SWS-enhanced radar detectors -- some 6 million have been sold to
 date nationwide -- but manufacturers are expected to soon begin offering
 SWS-only receivers.  Over 15 million conventional radar detectors also are
 able to receive the Safety Warning System(R) and offer a K band alert, but
 cannot announce the special messaging capabilities.
     Following the lead of the Vermont Department of Transportation and Vermont
 Railway, these entities are now beginning to use the Safety Warning System:
     * Vermont Rail System -- along with Vermont Railway, locomotives operated
 by Green Mountain Railroad will be using Safety Warning transmitters to warn
 drivers as trains approach crossings.
     * L&D Safety Marking Corp. -- the company is equipping pavement-marking
 vehicles in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine with transmitters.
     * South Burlington Fire Department -- fire vehicles at each of the city's
 stations are being fitted with SWS transmitters that can provide different
 warnings when the units are in transit and when they are at the scene of an
     * University of Vermont Rescue -- this Burlington educational institution
 is equipping its primary ambulance/rescue vehicle with a transmitter.
     * Sheriff departments in Washington, Chittenden and Rutland counties --
 three highway patrol/control vehicles in each county are slated for SWS
     Safety Warning transmitters also can be tied into sensor and messaging
 systems, enabling them to operate with other traffic-control systems.
     "What's happening in Vermont is very, very exciting," commented Jason
 Richards of Safety Warning System, L.C., the organization overseeing
 development of the technology.  "In taking the lead, Vermont will demonstrate
 to the rest of the nation just how much potential SWS has for preventing
 accidents and helping traffic move more efficiently."
     Interest in the Safety Warning System is growing rapidly, thanks to recent
 full approval by the Federal Communications Commission and Congressional
 allocation of $2.1 million over the next three years to help users purchase
 and evaluate the technology.
     For more information, contact Safety Warning System, L.C., 2400 N. Beach
 Road, Englewood, FL 34223; 941-473-1555.  Or visit  SWS Vermont
 Contact is Otis & Meehan, P.0. Box 1462, Montpelier, VT 05601-1462;

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