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File #: 19-1579   
Type: Purchase of Equipment
In control: City Council A Session
On agenda: 2/21/2019
Posting Language: Ordinance approving a contract with Twincrest, Inc. dba Twincrest Technologies to provide radar vehicle detection equipment for the Transportation and Capital Improvements Department for a total cost of $64,390.00, funded from the FY 2019 General Fund. [Ben Gorzell, Chief Financial Officer; Troy Elliott, Deputy Chief Financial Officer, Finance]
Attachments: 1. 61-10994 Twincrest Inc., 2. Final Tab, 3. Draft Ordinance, 4. Ordinance 2019-02-21-0131
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DEPARTMENT: Finance


DEPARTMENT HEAD: Troy Elliott


COUNCIL DISTRICTS IMPACTED: Citywide


SUBJECT:

Radar Vehicle Detection Equipment


SUMMARY:

This ordinance authorizes a contract with Twincrest, Inc. dba Twincrest Technologies to provide radar vehicle detection equipment for the Transportation and Capital Improvements Department for a total cost of $64,390.00. Funding for this one-time expenditure is available through the General Fund.


BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

Submitted for Council consideration and action is the offer submitted by Twincrest, Inc. dba Twincrest Technologies to provide radar vehicle detection equipment to detect the presence of vehicles at signalized intersections in various locations throughout the City.

The Radar Vehicle Detection System utilizes radar electromagnetic waves to detect the presence of motor vehicles approaching intersections in all types of weather conditions such as rain, sleet, fog, glaring sunlight and deep shadow conditions where a standard video image results in false vehicle presence messages sent to the signal controller.

This purchase will provide the Transportation and Capital Improvements Department with replacement parts that will be used for the maintenance of current signalized intersections equipped with radar vehicle detection equipment which must be compatible with existing equipment. The Radar Vehicle Detection Equipment has been thoroughly field tested and found by staff to operate substantially better than video imaging detection technology resulting in fewer false calls from the signal controller.


ISSUE:

This contract will provide the Transportation and Capital Improvements Department with the capability to detect, track, and identify approaching vehicles to an intersection in all types of weather conditions. This results in a more controlled traffic and safety environment due to proper detection zone and range of determined accuracy by the presence of any moving vehicle.

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