The Institute of Traffic Engineers along with the National Electrical Manufactures Association (NEMA) and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) recently released the ATC Standard 5301 V02.02 now making the Advanced Transportation Controller Cabinet (ATCC) a national standard for traffic cabinets. The new specification features increased motorist and technician safety, double density components, and LED signal compatibility, all while remaining environmentally sound. The advanced features not only raise the bar for managing traffic safely and effectively, but also lay the ground work for connected vehicle (CV) and smart city applications.
ITE released its first cabinet standard, the ITS Cabinet Standard V01.02.17b, in 2006. Developed to provide an open architecture hardware and software platform for a wide variety of ITS applications, the standard combined the best of both the rack mount design of the 170 cabinets and the serial-based design of NEMA cabinets. Essentially, the standard shaped ITS cabinets into a platform where modular components could be added to serve a variety of ITS applications.
Flash forward 13 years – Numerous transportation bills passed and changes to the industry prompted ITE, AASHTO, and NEMA to publish an update to the standard, effectively creating the new version of the standard, ATC Standard 5301 V02.02.
“The ATC Cabinet Standard is not just another cabinet standard; this standard has been developed to utilize intelligent components, enhance safety, and apply new technologies,” said Reza Roozitalab, P.E., VP of hardware engineering for McCain, Inc. and a member of the ATC Standards Committee. “The standard doesn’t call for bigger things, but rather smarter things.”
McCain is proud to be a leader in ATC technology, providing active team leadership on the ATC Standards Committees, and further developing and deploying this technology based on the national standard. McCain has been deploying ATC Cabinets since 2013, and has sold more ATC cabinets than any other company. Now agencies can easily adopt and implement this cutting-edge technology and take advantage of all the advanced features of ATC Cabinets. With a variety of footprints in McCain’s ATC Cabinet series, these versatile cabinets can be leveraged for almost any traffic scenario – from central business districts that require functionality with a limited footprint to running multiple intersections from a single cabinet.
If you want to learn more about McCain ATC Cabinets, visit our library of webinars on demand. There you can learn about the basics with a An Insider’s Guide to the ATC Cabinet and Low-Voltage Operations, or get down to the nitty gritty with A Technician’s Guide to ATC Cabinets. And don’t forget to check our news section to follow which cities are joining the likes of Los Angeles and San Francisco with adopting the new technology.