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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
1. Go to iconetraffic.com 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.
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.
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 email@example.com