Project Description

LEA was retained by the City of Brampton to develop the requirements for a wireless communications network as part of an initiative to provide remote access and monitoring to all traffic signal controllers within the city.

The City was looking to modernize the existing communication methods being used for select traffic signal controllers with a wireless communications network. Although some intersections were connected by a fibre optic network, others were on third-party phone line services or offered no communications altogether. The City pursued this project in the interest of monitoring the entire traffic signal control system network while eliminating costs provided to third party service providers.

LEA’s scope involved developing concept design and functional requirements for 395 intersections located throughout the City. Initially, LEA completed an assessment and cost-benefit analysis based on common technologies including wireless broadband, wireless narrowband, and third-party cellular for point-to-point and point-to-multipoint applications. The designed wireless communications connected to a last mile fibre optic network in which the City of Brampton would interface with their Traffic Management Centre.

LEA coordinated with Industry Canada for available frequencies within the project area based on the City’s functional requirements, including forms of transmissions varying from small data packets to continuous video streaming. LEA then developed Terms of Reference and functional requirements for a solution to meet the needs of the City.

LEA also provided an extensive cost-benefit analysis, reporting on a projected budget and ROI for what would be a multi-year deployment. This analysis provided the budgetary information necessary to support a Request for Funding Report that the City of Brampton’s project manager submitted for approval.