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Traffic signal controller - do you recognize this device?

Do you recognize this device? Is it a traffic signal controller?

I saw this guy standing at a busy intersection, and it appeared he was controlled the traffic signals. Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to talk with him, but I did get a picture to investigate later. Do you recognize the device?

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mikolynn3 years ago
Is a traffic counter.
to count how many vehicles/pedrestrians use a crossroad/street. The guy is pressing one button for each car that uses one or another way.
I believe you press the red button to count chickens.
caitlinsdad3 years ago
That was Randy with another Eyebeam public surveillance project hobbled together with Radio Shack electronics components to intrigue the casual passerby in the street. http://www.jamartech.com/petraprofeatures-tdc12.html
Nope, doesn't look like Randy. And he doesn't look official. It's weird....just my opinion.
I think the police can go on that description. It's been a while since we've seen or heard from him.
kelseymh3 years ago
I think Caitlin's Dad wins the Internets for this one. Your picture was just good enough to extract the company name, and his powerful Google Fu did the rest.
Actually no, I couldn't make out the Fn name.  I did a graphical search of traffic light control boxes, traffic flow analyzers, pedestrian counters,...something eventually popped up. It would have been doubtful as a remote control box as utility traffic control systems are hard-wired and usually comprised of old proven technology.  I did run across a traffic light intersection simulator board. He could have been a terrorist with an IED remote control but the dummy forgot to attach the transmitter antenna.
Kiteman3 years ago
Remotely? Gosh.

He doesn't look very official, and neither does the box (held together with tape), so I might think he's"hacking" the lights. That's worrying, because malicious control could cause chaos or carnage.

Could he have been *tracking* the lights instead, timing what comes on when, to check they're working in proper unison with other lights?