Traffic and Parking Control Co., Inc. (TAPCO), manufacturer, distributor and service provider of traffic and parking control products, is excited to announce the launch of its 13-watt, self-contained solar cabinet for powering a range of intelligent warning systems. This innovative product will be introduced today at the 2019 ATSSA Annual Meeting in Tampa, Florida. The unit weighs one-third as much traditional cabinets and features a universal mounting bracket and intuitive wiring, making it fast and easy for one person to install. Its compact size and contoured black finish also allows this solar cabinet to blend inconspicuously with its environment.
Traditional cabinets with batteries can weigh more than 30 pounds. TAPCO was able to eliminate two-thirds of that weight by using Nickel-Metal Hydride batteries, which weigh a small fraction of traditional lead-acid batteries. Further weight reduction was achieved by employing a durable polycarbonate housing instead of aluminum. This innovative use of materials, technology, and components also translates to cost savings. With this budget-friendly option that requires half the labor of more complex products, communities can get more for their project dollars and improve traffic safety at more locations.
Despite its small size and weight, the 13-watt cabinet provides a robust menu of features:
- Multiple possible battery configurations, to deliver autonomy of up to 30 days
- Operability with three different kinds of warning devices:
- Support of both active and passive activation methods
“A frequent pain point for public works technicians is the weight and size of current solar cabinets,” said Jon Zick, Director of Engineering and Marketing at TAPCO. “Carrying a big, 30-pound metal box up a pole and attaching it is an awkward and even dangerous two-person job. In contrast, one person can easily lift TAPCO’s new, self-contained cabinet up to the pole top and fasten it quickly using TAPCO’s universal mounting bracket.”
Programming the unit is also fast and easy, using TAPCO’s backlit, intuitive controller with joystick interface. This use of lightweight, compact components contained in one housing achieves an aesthetically pleasing appearance that blends in with modern design. To view this innovation in person, please visit booth 144 at the TampaConvention Center from February 11 through 12.
As an industry-leading innovator, TAPCO manufactures and distributes a wide portfolio of traffic and parking safety solutions designed to increase safe travels for all. Since 1956, we have set the standard for delivering reliable, cutting-edge traffic safety enhancements. From our world-renowned line of LED-enhanced BlinkerSign® solutions to our pedestrian crossing products, safety is at the heart of all TAPCO innovations. Visit tapconet.com for more information or join the conversation on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.