Forms of Traffic Control
There are many different ways to regulate the flow of vehicles (cars, trucks, SUVs & even forklifts), all of which have unique advantages. The most common form of traffic control involves hired personnel, called Traffic Controllers, who physically direct vehicles away from or around a secured area for the overall safety of pedestrians. Hired personnel takes a lot of training. Organizations like OSHA require this training to protect workers and keep them safe, even requiring organizations to get online forklift certifications for their operators. This and every type of traffic flow is very unpredictable, which is why it is typically seen in construction settings and after auto accidents. However, as technology has continued to progress, there have been many tools developed to manipulate vehicles without the use of hired personnel. Most of this equipment falls under the access control category; access control meaning the limitation or restriction of automobiles into certain places at certain times. This equipment includes, but is not limited to, traffic control spikes (commonly referred to as tire poppers and traffic spikes), parking barrier gates, traffic and parking bollards, speed bumps, and sliding gates. All of this equipment is designed to limit a vehicles capability to some extent, often in parking lots and garages.
Parking lot Regulation
When parking lots are going to be used as a revenue driving source, there is complementary equipment that can be used to assist property owners in collecting the fee assessed for parking for a specified period of time. This type of equipment includes ticket machines, token vending machines, and parking pay stations. The types of environments where this type of equipment might be used is endless, but some of the most common areas we see include corporate parking lots, gated communities, shopping centers, military bases, manufacturing plants, schools, private property, and other public areas.