NEW EMERGENCY RESPONSE SURVEY SHOWS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND CITY OFFICIALS ARE GROWING CONCERNED OVER THE ACCURACY OF THEIR PREEMPTION DATA FOR PERFORMANCE METRICS
Two Thirds of City Officials Are Planning To Revisit And/Or Enhance Systems In 2023 To Achieve Greater Data Accuracy
Santa Clara, Calif., – March 7, 2023 - LYT, a leader in intelligent connected traffic technology solutions, announced today results from an emergency preemption trends survey that illustrates challenges and concerns from emergency management officials who are currently leveraging and analyzing preemption data and resources to improve responses times to incidents and accidents.
LYT commissioned an online survey in December and presented to more than 2,500 officials responsible for overseeing emergency management departments across the country to take their pulse of the performance of existing vehicle preemption technologies, as well as the impact data analysis is having in shaping current and future emergency response performance.
The majority of respondents said the population of the area their emergency response system serves is between 200,000 – 500,000 individuals. Most also said they respond to between 25,000 – 75,000 calls each year. Approximately 62% of respondents said their systems can properly audit and analyze emergency response metrics, but 38% said they could not provide this accurate measure of analytics.
Of those respondents who said they are analyzing data, the majority (40%) said they are conducting this analysis on a daily basis; and 31% said hourly analysis followed by 11% for monthly. Another 44% said they are analyzing the data within their own department; 28% said they work with city officials to review; 20% said they work with an outside data agency that provides analysis and observations.
Local Officials Planning To Upgrade Systems in 2023
The issue many emergency management officials and agencies have is that 29% of respondents are unsure of the accuracy of the data their systems are providing, and another 23% said they are actually looking into other data collection options because of inconsistencies. Furthermore, roughly two-thirds (67%) of officials said they are possibly planning to revisit and/or replace the systems they are using in 2023.
“When it comes to emergency management and preemption technology, data analysis and information confidence is everything,” said Tim Menard, CEO and founder of LYT. “In our meetings with emergency management and city officials they are constantly asking how to improve the accuracy of the data their existing providers offer. Many of these departments are unsure simply because the data is owned by their service provider and the officials want to have more authority over their own data collection.”
Today’s data-sharing platforms have been proven to be highly effective, but only when cities and municipalities that oversee transportation and emergency preemption systems make them open for proper data sharing. Many municipalities remain locked into contracts with smart-traffic solution providers who are unwilling to operate under an open, cloud-based data platform, and these cities severely restrict themselves from the true possibilities that these platforms provide. This is problematic since many community officials cannot accurately glean insights from data that they believe is inaccurate or cannot be shared outside proprietary systems for further action.
LYT’s advanced cloud-based, AI-powered transit and emergency preemption systems utilize pre-existing vehicle tracking sensors and city communication networks to dynamically adjust the phase and timing of traffic signals to provide sufficient green clearance time while minimally impacting cross traffic.
LYT is an intelligent connected traffic technology provider that offers a cloud-based platform that orchestrates today’s Intelligent Transportation Systems. LYT’s AI-powered machine learning technology enables a suite of transit signal priority and emergency vehicle preemption solutions that utilize pre-existing vehicle tracking sensors and city communication networks to dynamically adjust the phase and timing of traffic signals to provide sufficient green clearance time while minimally impacting cross traffic. LYT is headquartered in Silicon Valley and serves municipalities across the US. Learn more at LYT.ai.