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North America Traffic: Celebrating 30 Years of Excellence and Innovation

In 2024, North America Traffic (NAT) stands at a pivotal juncture, celebrating a distinguished three-decade legacy marked by unwavering excellence and pioneering innovation. We invite you to join us in acknowledging this significant milestone as we delve into the intricate tapestry of our history. Throughout the years, innovation has been the cornerstone propelling NAT to its esteemed position as an industry leader.  

The History of North America Traffic 

The inception of North America Traffic traces back to Peter Vieveen, an adept cost estimator who initially managed the company as a garage-run venture. Drawing from his firsthand experience as a flagger during his formative years, Vieveen keenly observed the hazards and economic implications associated with human flaggers on construction sites. 

Fueled by a visionary spirit, he conceptualized a ground-breaking solution, leading to the creation of the first automated flagging system in 1987. This pioneering invention went on to redefine the roadwork industry. 

In 1994, operating under the moniker RC (Remote Control) Flagman, Vieveen presented the world’s inaugural AFAD to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, marking a seminal entry into the industry. However, this triumph did not stifle innovation; the AFAD underwent a series of transformative iterations to continually elevate standards of safety and efficiency in construction traffic control.  

Ultimately, this revolutionary device garnered approvals in both Canada and the United States, obtaining recognition from the Department of Transportation (DOT) and compliance with the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD).  

Portable Traffic Signals: Redefining Project Management  

At North America Traffic, our commitment to revolutionizing project management is exemplified through our sophisticated portable traffic solutions designed for both short and long-duration projects. In the realm of extended projects, often spanning 3 to 6 months, such as bridge construction, our traffic control solutions operate 24/7, ensuring continuous and efficient traffic control. Conversely, for shorter-term assignments replacing human flaggers, we offer three specialized products tailored to this industry.  

Our prowess in portable traffic solutions has been driven by advancements in solar, LED, battery and PLC technologies. These innovations have empowered us to craft an exceptional line of Portable Traffic Signals and other trailer-mounted, automated signalling devices. 

Safety stands as a cornerstone in our pursuit of innovation. We firmly believe that disruptive technologies, when judiciously employed, have the potential to enhance the well-being of workers and introduce novel efficiencies to businesses.  

Our journey commenced with pioneering products like the remote-control Flagman, evolving to cater to esteemed entities such as the U.S. Military Department of Homeland Security, the New York State Thruway Authority and the California Department of Transportation. The fruits of this innovation continue to manifest in a diverse range of products that we proudly manufacture.  

Our trajectory in the industry began with direct rentals and sales to contractors in Ontario. Since the year 2000, we have strategically expanded our market presence to the United States, serving states such as New York, Ohio, and Michigan. This strategic expansion has solidified our standing as a trusted partner in the U.S. market, showcasing our commitment to providing cutting-edge traffic solutions.  

NAT: Today’s Recognized Leader in Portable Traffic Control Signals  

Presently, North America Traffic operates from a state-of-the-art 25,000-square-foot facility, certified ISO:2015. Our team, comprised of over two dozen dedicated professionals, operates within a corporate culture defined by core values including innovation, pride, commitment, integrity, and effectiveness. These values serve as the bedrock for our sustained growth and enduring presence in the marketplace.  

Supported by a robust Research and Development (R&D) department consistently pioneering new solutions, we possess the capability to tailor designs to meet specific requirements. This includes the integration of cutting-edge technologies such as microwave sensors, video detection and Doppler radar. 

Over the span of the last three decades, North America Traffic has not merely observed but played a central role in steering the evolution of the industry. Our steadfast commitment to excellence has solidified NAT as a trusted name in the realm of smart traffic control solutions. Specializing exclusively in this domain, we take pride in being recognized as industry leaders, consistently delivering unparalleled expertise.  

The Future of North America Traffic  

As we reflect on our history, North America Traffic steadfastly maintains its commitment to delivering cutting-edge solutions that address the dynamic needs of the traffic control industry. Acknowledging the inherent challenges within this demanding sector, we recognize the imperative of comprehending its intricate requirements. Our mission to enhance job site safety remains a paramount focus, extending beyond the refinement of the Automated Flagging Device.  

NAT consistently introduces innovative automated flagging systems and portable traffic signals, catering to the imperative for heightened visibility, safety and efficiency in both short and long-term projects.  

In our dedication to making safety accessible, NAT has implemented strategic initiatives:  

  • Authorized Dealership Locations: NAT takes pride in its network of authorized dealers across North America, offering customers convenient access to portable temporary traffic signals through rental or purchase.  
  • Virtual Demos: We provide complimentary virtual demonstrations for all our products, accommodating sessions tailored to varying levels of technical depth for both small and large groups. Ongoing educational resources including online courses, videos, and webinars are provided to ensure dealers and workers can confidently utilize our Portable Traffic Signals (PTL) and AFAD traffic control solutions. Contact us to explore these informative training sessions.  
  • 24/7 Customer Support: Recognizing the continuous nature of construction traffic control, our customer service team remains available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This commitment extends to providing technical assistance both on and off the job site, ensuring seamless support for our valued clients.  

Explore Our Innovative Solutions Today  

Prepare to witness the differentiating excellence that defines North America Traffic. Delve into our comprehensive array of portable traffic signals and AFAD traffic control solutions here. For inquiries and personalized quotes, please feel free to contact us or request a quote.  

Here’s to an illustrious three decades marked by unswerving excellence, ground-breaking innovation, and our enduring commitment to shaping the future of intelligent traffic control solutions.