Title
Traffic Lights Controller for Specific Applications
In house designed microcontroller improves flexibility
Technologies used

Microcontroller

Industrial sector (PRODCOM code)
    31 Electrical Equipment
Abstract
FLG (Fernando L. Gaspar, Sinalização e Equipamentos Rodoviários, Lda.), Portugal, produces and commercialises products for road-traffic signalling, including road signs, road marking, traffic lights, park meters and closed car park access controls. The company has 69 employees, including 2 with basic electronic knowledge but not involved in electronic development.

The application tackled by this AE concerns traffic lights for special applications, namely roadworks, narrow passages and pedestrian crossings. Our customers are essentially end-users, typically public entities and organisations (road and building construction companies, transport companies, town halls, etc)

Before the application experiment (AE), FLG was only involved in electromechanical parts, buying the traffic lights controller PCBs on the market and integrating them in the system. This frequently forced FLG to use controllers much more expensive than needed, simply because of some particular feature. FLG has developed and manufactured its own traffic lights controller, using microcontroller technology, which has allowed adapting it to specific applications, meaning a wider range of applications and a greater profit margin.

The AE, with a 9-month duration, a 38 KEUR budget, a payback period of slightly over 2 years and a return on investment of 287%, is of interest to companies that want to get involved in microcontrollers and PCBs.
Company
FERNANDO L. GASPAR,
Sinalização e Equipamentos Rodoviários, Lda
Estrada Nacional 249-4
Trajouce
2775 S. Domingos de Rana
Portugal

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