How to Use iCone's ConnectedTech Dashboard

Overview with Step by Step Instructions


What is ConnectedTech by iCone?

With work zone crashes trending upward, the use of more advanced technology-based devices for crash prevention is also trending upward.  Once seen as an innovative add-on product, connected (smart) technology has started to become a requirement for many highway construction operations in states across the country.  This technology allows you to transform your existing equipment into GPS warning systems that alert drivers of an active work zone through popular navigation apps like Waze, Google Maps, and others.

Not just trucks | Not just construction

Several different types of ConnectedTech products are available to increase safety by increasing motorist awareness.  These devices can be used with your existing equipment including traffic cones, flagging batons, and hazard lights on your fleet vehicles.  With the versatility, ease of use, and effectiveness, many industries besides highway construction have begun to embrace this safety technology including utility contractors, towing and recovery, fire, EMS, and police.  Watch a brief demo video of ConnectedTech products.

Why you should care about having connected technology

Multi-million dollar liability claims (also known as 'nuclear verdicts') against contractors from work zone intrusions are on the rise, with proactive safety management being a key consideration in the litigation process.  Simply put: not having safety devices in your work zone to help prevent accidents and warn drivers of changing road conditions leaves your company exposed to liability.  ConnectedTech products (and the historical data tracked in the online portal) give your company substantial evidence that adequate safety measures were taken to support your case and potentially reduce your liability if a lawsuit occurs.

Along with a reduction in potential liability, you may also be able to benefit in a reduction in your insurance premium.  In many cases, highway construction contractors were able to lower their insurance rates by equipping their fleets with connected technology.  Check with your insurance representative to see if your company qualifies for reduced rates.

Let's Talk TRUCK!  How do you know if you have it on your truck?

The easiest way to de determine if your truck is already equipped with iCone’s connected technology is to look at the back of the arrow board.  The Connected Arrow Board Kit will be installed within a branded metal casing on the rear of the board (pictured left).  Many trucks built by Royal Truck & Equipment have this device pre-installed so be sure to check the back of your arrow board!

Before you can start accessing the portal to track your trucks that are equipped, you'll need to follow these simple step-by-step instructions.

Setting Up an iCone Account

Every iCone ConnectedTech device includes access to the secure online portal where you can view current and historical usage data for vehicles that are equipped with this device. Before you can access the portal, you will first need to set up an iCone account by emailing or calling (315) 579-3515. You will only need to set up an account once for all of your iCone devices. All future devices purchased (with or without a truck) will be automatically added to your existing account’s dashboard.

iCone Dashboard Basics

1. Go to and enter your login details to access your dashboard.

2. Click on the “View my iCones” button in the upper-right corner to refresh the map and display the current location and status of all your active devices.

3. Click on any icon on the map for more precise data for that individual device.

Viewing Historical Data

1. Click on the right sidebar panel to navigate to the “Historical Display” section.

2. Enter a display date and time you would like to see data from. Examples of correct date and time input formatting are displayed underneath the entry bar for your convenience.

3. Click “Get Data”. Once this is done, the map will refresh to show data from your devices at the desired time period.  To confirm you are viewing the data on the map from the correct time, ensure the displayed time period underneath the map matches your inputted selection.

Custom Reports

The activity of your devices is being logged by iCone so custom reports can be created to help you better manage your connected tech products. For more information, contact iCone support via phone (315) 579-3515 or email

2 New Grant Programs Set to Increase Roadway Safety

Passed in Congress in 2021, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law represents the largest federal investment in public transit in American history, with over $110,000,000,000 in funding for major roads and bridges projects alone.

Looking further into where the funds are set to be allocated, 2 new grant programs have been introduced that directly provide funding to make roadways safer by increasing the current safety measures and the adoption of new innovative technologies.

Let’s look at each of the grant programs and learn how you can take advantage of them to improve your workers’ safety and reduce your liability!

1. Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) Grant Program

What is it?

Created under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), the Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) Grant Program was created to help fund initiatives aimed at preventing roadway injuries and deaths.

What is the grant funding for?

Funding under the SS4A program is split into two different categories: Action Plan Grants and Implementation Grants.

Action Plan Grants are awarded to communities to aid in developing or updating an action plan to improve roadway safety. Examples of activities considered within the scope of an Action Plan Grant include safety analysis of current roadways, strategic planning for needed projects, and policy changes.

Implementation Grants, as the name suggests, fund the actual carrying out of projects and ideas created in an action plan. Some examples of activities supported within this grant include (but are not limited to) promoting new innovative safety technologies, improving road conditions, and enhancing emergency vehicle warning systems.

What is the total funding amount?

The program will award $5,000,000,000 in funds over the next 5 years, with $1,000,000,000 available to be awarded this year.

Who can apply?

To be eligible to apply, your organization must be one of the following:

Unfortunately, states and private-sector entities/contractors are not eligible to apply by themselves or as part of a multijurisdictional group. Although the USDOT does not permit these groups as applicants, it encourages those who do apply to work with them outside of the grant process to ensure effective administration.

When is the deadline to apply?

The deadline to apply for the 2022 fiscal year (FY22) is by 5:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, September 15, 2022. Any submissions received after this time will not be considered, so it is important to ensure you meet this deadline. You can learn more about the application process by visiting the US DOT SS4A web page.


2. Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) Grant Program

What is it?

Also established under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) Grant Program is primarily intended to fund projects that advance smart technology systems.

What is the grant funding for?

Within the BIL’s guidebook, a SMART grant must be used to carry out a project that involves one of the following:

For more information about each of these categories visit the Grants Office website.

What is the total funding amount?

The total funding amount allocated by SMART Grants will be $500,000,000, with $100,000,000 being awarded per year through 2026. Of this, 40% of awards can go to large communities, 30% go to midsize communities, with the remaining 30% being allocated to rural communities.

Who can apply?

Unlike the SS4A Grant Program, states are also eligible to apply for this grant. Other eligible applicants include:

Groups of 2 or more of the above are also eligible to apply for funding.

When is the deadline to apply?

According to the official guidebook for the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, “a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is expected in the second or third quarter of 2022.” To ensure you don’t miss the application deadline, the U.S. Department of Transportation provides updates for upcoming NOFO announcements on their website.


This blog provides a summary of each grant program and does not include all eligibility and scope criteria and details.  Please visit the US DOT website for complete and detailed information about each program.


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