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10 Minute Pole Base Installation

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Old pole base made from cement.

If you have ever installed a school zone beacon, pole mounted radar, or any pole for that matter, you know the process is a long, tiresome, 2-day process. Let’s not forget expensive – equipment, cement, payroll costs, etc. The picture on the left is the old pole base ready for a pole to be mounted on it. It’s not very attractive, takes up a lot of room, and requires a lot of work. We have perfected this process while at the same time, making it less of an eyesore. The new pole base requires a jack hammer and that’s it. Did I mention that installation takes less than 10 minutes? In TEN MINUTES you will be ready to mount your new pole, whether it has flashing beacons, a sign, or a radar face on it! We tested the process on a grassy ditch and on concrete. Watch the short videos below just to see exactly how fast you can put a new pole up.

 

 

 

There you have it! Literally, it only took 10 minutes. We didn’t have to return the next day to attach the pole, we didn’t have to let the concrete dry, and we didn’t have to “beat” the weather. The new base is smaller, more attractive, and easier to install than the old pole base. 

Mini Messenger – Changeable Message Display

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Mini Messenger Changeable Message Display

 The Mini Messenger is a wireless one-line changeable message display ideal for emergency responders, government fleet trucks,  maintenance fleets, and more. Use the mini messenger to relay traffic accidents, road closures, delayed traffic times, detours, and etc. Available in 2ft or 4ft lengths, the mini messenger comes with easy-to-use software (shown below on the right) that allows you to create a static, flashing, or scrolling message with many fonts and font sizes to choose from. Connect the controller (shown below on the left) to the computer using the USB and save all created messages directly to the controller. The controller is able to record up to 99 programmed messages. The Mini Messenger has the ability to show split screen messages.

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Over-the-tailgate mounts (shown below) can be purchased so that the Mini Messenger can be quickly and easily deployed and put away. Other mount options are available. please click here for more information on the Mini Messenger.

Mini Message Board Rear and Side View

Mini Messenger with optional Tailgate Mount

 

Sign Alerts

Intersection-AheadIf you haven’t checked out one of newest product lines – Sign Alerts - you should! What are “Sign Alerts?” Sign Alerts are MUTCD compliant signs with flashing LEDs embedded in the sign to create a more noticeable sign – to create awareness of what’s up ahead. LEDs come in amber, red, or white and are coordinated by sign choice. For example: If you want a stop sign and you want to make it a sign alert, we’ll embed red LEDs into the stop sign. Now those approaching a hard-to-see intersection know there’s a stop sign ahead. We have regular sign alerts like stop signs, intersection ahead, yield, etc. that flash 24/7, but we also have what we call SMART Sign Alert Systems. these are Sign Alert Systems that do not flash 24-7. In fact, they are activated by some sore of object or action.

 

 

 

SMART Sign Alert Systems

 

Timer Activated Systems – this includes school zones, construction zones, and even factories.

 

 

 

Remote Activated Systems – this includes emergency fleets such as fire trucks or ambulatory fleets that need to exit the premises quickly and safely.

 

 

Push Button Activated Systems – this includes crosswalks and pedestrian crossing (including school crossings) applications

 

Sensor Activated Systems – this includes systems that are activated by rain or sleet and systems that are activated by high water levels. These are particularly great for bridges that could flood or freeze.

 

 

These are just a few of the many applications that our sign alerts are used for, but certainly don’t limit the uses to only these suggestions! We recommend our Sign Alerts for any situation. If you want a sign with LEDs embedded into the sign – Just ask us! We’ll be able to custom design any system for your situation.

Download our SignAlert App in the iTunes Store!  Get an instant idea of how much a SignAlert would cost you with or without options,  with different number of LEDs, or with a different size sign.  **Android App coming soon!

Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacon – Crosswalk

 

Crosswalk Rapid Flash Beacon

 

The Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacon (RRFB) is a device using LED flashing beacons in combination with pedestrian warning signs, to provide a high-visibility strobe-like warning to drivers when pedestrians use a crosswalk. In general, RRFBs are a visual cue that pedestrians may begin crossing the roadway at any time. They are always accompanied by crosswalk markings and signs. According to a recent study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, RRFBs were found to increase the effectiveness  in causing drivers to yield to pedestrians from 0-26% to 72-96%.  In summary, this was a two year study that focused on replacing traditional LED flashing beacons with the RRFBs in order to decrease the number of pedestrian fatalities caused by non-yielding drivers. The flashing pattern can be activated with pushbuttons or automated (e.g., video or infrared) pedestrian detection.

 

 

Key Benefits of RRFBs: 

  • RRFBs are a lower cost alternative to traffic signals and hybrid signals.
  • RRFBs at pedestrian crosswalks are dramatically more effective at increasing driver yielding rates to pedestrians than traditional overhead beacons.(see study mentioned above)
  • RRFBs  stutter flash may elicit a greater response from drivers than traditional methods.

Here’s a short video demo of the RRFB in action:

 

Recently, Southeastern Traffic Services purchased 2 of these units, and since, has been back to purchase 6 additional units for use in Georgia.

Custom Radar Trailer

Speed trailers remind drivers of the speed limit and capture their attention by one of two over speed violator alert features. K&K Systems has many different radar trailers available to fit your needs. Also, we can custom build an application that fits your needs such as this radar trailer, made specifically for the country of Venezuela.
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What you are seeing is a version of our Radar Trailer Model 2002R20. Although, this radar trailer looks similar to our line of radars we offer, we made modifications to meet the requirements for the country of Venezuela. Of course, since Venezuela uses the metric system, we needed to add another placeholder for the digits on both the Radar display and the signage. This allows 3 digit speeds to show on the display. It’s equipped with our two standard violator alert features, blanking violator alert and over speed violator alert, but officials wanted a little something more. We added a wireless one line LED message display capable of 99 pre-programmed messages. We programmed about 20 Spanish messages in there already, but the software is so easy to add or delete messages, it’s effortless! This LED message display can show static messages or scrolling messages, different sizes, fonts, and effects! We are finishing up this custom order and sending all 49 Radar Trailers to Venezuela to create better, safer roads!

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Keeping Up With Demand

As Summer turns into Fall, We at K&K Systems have experience a growth spurt. Not only in the number of employees, but also in the number of new products ! We have experienced increasing amount of phone calls, orders, and customers. To say we are excited is an understatement.  So in order to keep giving you the BEST products, and in order to keep giving you the BEST customer service, and in order to keep giving you  the BEST technology, we have decided to add-on to our current facility!

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The progress is coming along smoothly and quickly!

Once we are done, the new addition will be an extension of our current facility with a break room and new bathrooms, wide open floor plan to practice lean manufacturing, and tons of storage space!

 

Arrow Board Patterns and What Do They Mean?

Sure everyone as come across an arrow board on the highway, in a work zone, or at a major event; but have you ever came across an arrow board that displayed a pattern or mode that you had no idea what it meant? For the most part, arrow boards display arrow patterns like these:

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We know what these mean: go left or go right, merge left or merge right.  If you didn’t know, well then, here’s your sign – literally. Of course not all arrow boards perform all of these modes. This depends on the size and the number of lamps an arrow board has, but that’s a different topic.

Have you ever encountered patterns that made you go: huh? Maybe you just thought the arrow board was going “dead” (which may be the case for some arrow board manufacturers).  Here are some not so popular modes some arrow boards can perform:

 

Arrow Board Caution patterns

 

Why in the world would an “arrow board” show more than just arrows? The answer is quite important: these patterns are for cautionary warnings. The first one: Corner Caution is the most popular and the only caution pattern required by OSHA. The other two: Caution Bar and Alternating Diamonds are just additional caution modes offered by some manufacturers. Cautionary modes can be used to indicate a work zone, dangerous section, or an accident ahead.

 

Arrow Boards are temporary traffic control devices used to control traffic, give advanced warning of lane closures, and or guide traffic through work zones or a traffic congested area. Although they are used more for directional warning or guidance, they can be used for their caution display modes. Be cautious of your surroundings, and obey all warning and traffic control signs/devices. They may just save your life; after all, they are there for safety reasons.

Rails to Trails

K&K Systems was recently contracted to custom build a safety system for both pedestrians and drivers for a project called Tanglefoot Trail. Tanglefoot Trail is a redesign project that is transforming old railroad tracks to a fun, safe trail for recreational use. The system we created will function as a motion sensor beacon. Motion detectors will be placed facing both directions on the trail. When the motion detector senses movement on the trail, the beacons on the road will begin to flash yellow, warning drivers to be cautious at the intersecting trail, and the beacons on the trail will begin to flash red, indicating for all trail-goers to stop at the upcoming intersecting roadway.

Safety was a major concern for officials and developers. That is why K&K was asked to build an application that will help to decrease pedestrian hazards where the pathway intersects major highways. There are three different highways that intersect at three different locations on the trail.  Tanglefoot Trail is not yet open to the public, but officials hope to have the path ready soon.

This is the article from Pontotoc Progress in Pontotoc, MS. K&K Maintenance Crew carefully installed the motion sensor beacons in one intersection.

Ways Stretch Your Dollar at K&K

Look at this amazing transformation! Sentinel Construction out of Franklin, TN had a few arrow boards that needed a facelift and minor maintenance. With our Restoration Program, Sentinel Construction was able to stretch a dollar and revamp their older arrow boards. The picture on the left is the arrow board they sent us – as is. The picture on the right is the SAME arrow board with a new paint job, new LEDs, new controller box, a new winch system, and up-to-date K&K Technology. The difference in the two pictures is outstanding! Not only did Sentinel Construction save a little money by having their unit restored, but also, they have a new arrow board that looks and operates like a brand new arrow board.

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Restoration isn’t the only way to stretch your dollar. K&K offers many options to get you the unit or system that you need.

You can RENT

We offer used and new rental units for job of all sizes and kinds. If your job is just temporary or you need a short term replacement, renting is far more cost effective than purchasing a brand new unit. Daily, weekly, bi-weekly, weekend, and monthly rates are available to meet your needs.

You can RESTORE your old units

As mentioned above, we can restore your existing unit to make it look and function like a brand new unit. The cost is a fraction of the price of purchasing a brand new unit, and you get up-to-date technology.

You can TRADE IN your old units

Swap one of your old units for a discount on the purchase of a new or used unit! We’ll examine the value of your unit and apply that amount towards your purchase of a new or used unit.

You can FINANCE the cost of new or used units

Financing lets you save your cash to use in other ways! Financing is quick and easy! With fast approvals, the purchase of your new K&K Unit is basically in your hands when you ask for it.

Lastly, you can BUY USED units

We have many used message boards and arrow boards that have been restored and updated with the latest technology. Backed by the K&K Guarantee – It’ll work just like it was brand new!

 

Arrow Board Truck Mount Options

K&K Systems’ Vehicle Mounted Arrow Boards are used by a  variety of users from small events, construction crews, maintenance crews,  to city and county level government agencies for many small applications. The reason vehicle mounted arrow boards are popular is they are quick and easy to set up, maneuver, and operate with only one person. You only need a truck and you’re ready to go! However, many people do not know the many different mounts that are available. We have the traditional low-profile mount which sits right behind the back glass of the truck. We also have an above the cab mount so that your rear view isn’t blocked. We also have a tailgate mount. This mounts the arrow board where the tailgate would be so that it doesn’t block the rear view and its in a visible location. Our last mounting option is a trailer hitch mount. Obviously, you need to have a trailer receiver hitch to upgrade to this option, but it is a very neat option as it frees up the bed of the truck, it’s out of the rear view, and it is also in a visible location.

Here are some pictures of the trailer hitch mount:

The trailer hitch mount simply plugs into the tail light plug to get power, and you manually control the functions from the back of the arrow board (inside the cabinet). The arrow board shown is a 25 lamp configuration, so it performs all arrow patterns plus the additional flashing corner lights.