Smart Crosswalk™

LIGHTGUARD Smart Crosswalk

Smart Crosswalk™

LIGHTGUARD Systems Smart Crosswalk System uses technology to make traditional crosswalks smarter & much safer.

Unlike traditional manually activated crossing lights that only get used by 60% of pedestrians, the Smart Crosswalk system Uses pedestrian sensing technology, crosswalk lighting is illuminated 100% of the time so pedestrians are visible every time they cross.

Light Guards Smart Crosswalk systems can be custom configured for any crossing application.  Any existing crossing can be easily converted to a smart crosswalk by adding on one of the contactless crossing activation products. In-road warning lights, and flashing led signs can be added for increased visibility.


Selecting the right components for a lighted crosswalk system:

1. How Many In-Roadway Warning Lights?

DuraFlash-LGS-M10 In-roadway warning light pic

The number of DuraFlash M10 in-roadway warning light fixtures needed depends on the number of lanes in the roadway. A typical two-lane roadway requires five (5) lights embedded into the roadway on each side of the crosswalk—for a total of ten (10) lights, plus ten (10) base plates. (See Figure 2.)

The placement of the lights in the roadway faces away, outward from the crosswalk’s center to alert oncoming motorists in either direction. Similarly, a typical four-lane roadway requires seven (7) lights facing outward in each direction for a total of fourteen (14) lights plus fourteen (14) base plates.


2. Base Plate Options

Base Plates protect and house the in-roadway warning lights—and are purposefully designed for their durability and resistance. Our proprietary Debris-Free Self Clearing™ feature is built into the base plate. This design compresses air so vehicle tires “jet out” the accumulated rubble through the fluted air channels. (See Figures 3 and 4)

Standard 10” Composite Base Plate 

Our 10” x 1.5” standard composite base plate model is made of ultra-high strength composite material. It is designed to be permanently embedded into the roadway.


Steel Snow Plow Resistant 14” Base Plate

For regions where snow plows are used to clear roadways, we offer a 30 lbs., 14″ x 1 1/2″ steel base plate designed to protect against a snowplow blade striking the base plate.


3. Activation Methods

Photo of child pushing button to activate a pedestrian warning light system - LightGuard Systems

Smart Crosswalk™ activates in one of two ways:  automatically via bi-directional infrared sensors (bollards) that are passively triggered as a pedestrian enters the crosswalk from either end (see Figure 6); or by manual push button (see Figure 5).

Each activation method has its benefits. However, the combination of both bollard and push button activation is recommended to ensure optimal safety—as some pedestrians are more familiar and compliant with pushing a button, while others are not.

If only one activation method in used, we recommend our T6 Automatic Activation Bollard. Infrared sensors are encased inside a set of bollards (free-standing columns as seen in Figure 6) that are installed on both ends of the crosswalk. In addition to providing optimal pedestrian safety, bollards also provide an attractive, and easily recognizable visual entry point that features a NightGuide™ courtesy lamp/light—which gently illuminates the crosswalk entrance and invites the pedestrian to cross the street at the safest place.

Bollards come in standard white color. Custom colors are also available.


4. Type of Power

In-roadway warning light solar panel, power controller and box with push button activation - LightGuard Systems

Driven by your project’s power source location, budget, sun exposure and other considerations, Smart Crosswalk™ can be configured to work with existing A/C power source, solar power—or both. At locations where the cost of bringing a standard power supply to the power control unit (PCU) are too high, solar power may be the best option.

5. System Controllers

The power control unit (PCU) functions as the “brain” of your lighted crosswalk system. It allows the user to set up/activate the timing of the IRWL flashing lights, monitor the system and capture data. A fail safe feature automatically warns users of any system malfunction. We offer:

Basic Controller

The basic controller provides all of the basic functions to operate your Smart Crosswalk™ System successfully, such as setting the crossing rate time of the flashing IRWL lights. The basic controller does not include a backup battery, or the ability to store data (see Figure 7.)

Advanced Controller

The advanced controller is capable of monitoring and storing data such as time, date, and movement in each crosswalk direction. It can be programmed to turn on automatically at a specific time, and then revert to standby mode for normal operation. It contains instantaneous battery back-up power in the event of a power failure. The advanced controller is capable of accommodating additional pedestrian safety features such as the use of flashing beacons, simultaneous yet independently activated crosswalks, remote communication, and other custom-based applications (see Figure 8).


6. Flashing LED Pedestrian Warning Signs


Flashing LED Warning Signs complement our Smart Crosswalk™ system. They offer an additional level of safety by reinforcing existing traffic control measures (see Figure 9).

A typical Smart Crosswalk™ configuration includes LED signs on both sides of the street. For an enhanced level of visibility, and depending on the street configuration, you may consider our back-to-back sign option (for a total of four signs).

LED warning signs are available in a variety of standard sizes (30″, 36”, and 48”), as well as customized sizes. All LightGuard’s signs can be powered via A/C and/or solar power sources, including solar wireless.

About Solar Power Option

Photo of a solar wireless flashing LED warning sign system at a crosswalk in Windsor, CA

Power source selection, either A/C or solar, is often determined by the distance between the IRWL system to the power source. Should costs related to bringing a standard power supply to the Power Control Unit (PCU) location be excessive, solar option is an good alternative. Be aware, however, that in locations where solar systems are subjected to shade conditions, a decrease in solar charge to the batteries will occur.

LightGuard staff will be glad to assist you in assuring proper system operation and recharge for your location with the use of our LGS – SolarCalculatorTool™.


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