LYT, has announced the launch of LYT.snow, a snowplow signal priority solution. The system enables snowplows to travel through intersections to clear snow so travelers can safely move through the community.
LYT’s traffic prioritization system is designed to alleviate traffic bottlenecks, reduce travel times and support the overall driving experience to create safe, livable communities.
"As we expand into the Canadian market, we are excited to bring our innovative traffic prioritization system to help address the challenges associated with urban congestion,” said Tim Menard, CEO and founder of LYT. “Our technology is not just about managing traffic; it's about creating smarter, more responsive transportation networks that benefit both cities and their residents.”
Utilizing LYT’s NextGen signal prioritization and intelligent transportation system technology, snowplows now can remove snow and ice without the need to stop for red lights as they plow the streets.
LYT’s system leverages Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI/ML) powered by algorithms and real-time data to optimize traffic signal timings, particularly during inclement weather, for movement of emergency vehicles, public transportation and now snow removal equipment.
The company’s algorithms analyze real-time incoming data to make informed decisions about adjusting traffic signal timings. These algorithms consider factors such as road conditions, the urgency of emergency services and the need for snow removal for a dynamic and adaptive response to changing situations. LYT’s cloud-based communication infrastructure facilitates information exchange between snowplows, traffic management centers and signal controllers. This allows for coordinated adjustments to traffic signal timings based on the real-time needs of the city.
“Our snowplow traffic signal prioritization technology represents a significant advancement in urban mobility and emergency response systems,” said Menard. “As cities face the challenges posed by changing weather patterns, our NextGen technology offers a proactive and adaptive approach to managing traffic flow and ensuring public safety. By harnessing the power of real-time data, AI/ML and advanced algorithms, municipalities can create resilient and efficient transportation systems that benefit both residents and the city's infrastructure in the face of adverse weather conditions.”
Fast removal of snow results in a safe and clean environment. Snow removal chemicals, such as salt (sodium chloride), calcium chloride, magnesium chloride and sand, are commonly used to melt ice and snow on city streets during winter. While these chemicals improve road safety, they can have various impacts on both infrastructure and the environment. Reducing idle times at red lights for municipal snowplows results in less concentration of chemicals distributed to one area while the machine waits for a green light.