International Road Dynamics Inc. (USA) - Press Release: International Road Dynamics Inc. (“IRD”), a Quarterhill Inc. (“Quarterhill”) company (TSX:QTRH) (OTCQX:QTRHF), announced today that the New York State Department of Transportation (“NYSDOT”) has awarded the Company a two (2) year, $13.8 million contract for installation and maintenance of permanent traffic data collection systems. IRD will be responsible for all parts, equipment, materials, labor, and technical expertise to successfully repair, upgrade, install, and maintain traffic data collection sites across the state. All financial information in this press release is reported in Canadian dollars unless otherwise indicated.
The scope of the contract includes the provision of repair and maintenance services for the state’s existing count, classification, and weigh-in-motion sites – ensuring uptime of 95% or better – and the installation of new sites to grow and enhance the NYSDOT data collection program.
NYSDOT collects, summarizes, and interprets information about the traffic that uses the state’s highway system. The data is used to assess transportation needs and highway infrastructure performance, and to develop highway planning and programming recommendations. Traffic data is critical for route planning, developing safety programs, the designation of evacuation routes and their management, and the design of highway projects. Ultimately, NYSDOT has the objective to ensure safe, efficient, balanced, and environmentally sound transportation for users of the state’s roads.
To help meet its objectives, NYSDOT will utilize IRD’s iTHEIA™ non-intrusive data collection solution. iTHEIA delivers new value in a safe and cost-effective manner by eliminating the need for road closures during installation and service. iTHEIA provides superior longevity in comparison to intrusive sensing and detection technologies previously deployed by NYSDOT. Unlike in-road sensor-based systems, iTHEIA is unaffected by the degradation of pavement, performing well regardless of road surface conditions.
“This exciting project with NYSDOT reinforces our commitment to enhance safety, improve traffic flows and address environmental challenges with our solutions and it strengthens our long-term service and maintenance revenues, a key driver of stable and sustainable growth,” commented Rish Malhotra, IRD’s President and CEO. “This contract combines traffic data collection, construction services, and advanced traffic data analytics reporting to meet the unique needs of NYSDOT. We are also pleased to see the broader adoption of iTHEIA, which has received growing interest since its launch two and a half years ago. As states become more aware of the benefits of high-quality, continuously collected traffic information, we expect that the demand for this innovative solution will continue to grow.”
IRD is a dynamic technology company engaged in developing key components and advanced systems for the next generation of transportation networks. Together with subsidiaries PAT Traffic and IRD Europe (ICOMS Detections, Sensor Line and VDS), IRD supplies Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) to private corporations, transportation agencies, and highway authorities around the world. IRD’s systems make highways safer, greener, and more efficient. Known globally as a trusted partner providing sales, service, and installation support on major ITS projects for over 40 years, IRD contributes to creating smarter cities by empowering engineering and urban planning professionals to access reliable traffic data.
Quarterhill is a leading provider of tolling and enforcement solutions in the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) industry, as well as, through its Wi-LAN Inc. subsidiary, a leader in Intellectual Property licensing. Our goal is global leadership in ITS, by organic growth of the Electronic Transaction Consultants, LLC and International Road Dynamics Inc. platforms and by continuing an acquisition-oriented investment strategy that capitalizes on attractive growth opportunities within ITS and its adjacent markets. Quarterhill is listed on the TSX under the symbol QTRH and on the OTCQX Best Market under the symbol QTRHF.