Date: Thursday, January 19, 2017
Location: Orange County Engineering, 4200 S. John Young Pkwy., Orlando, FL 32839
Title: “Orange County Adaptive Signal Control Technology – Next Generation."
Presenter: Hazem El-Assar, P.E.
Orange County has been on the forefront of ASCT, since the SCOOT system deployment in 2001. While SCOOT has done a fair job adapting to variable traffic conditions near the Convention Center, one of the next generation ASCT’s, InSync, has promised much better operation performance. Orange County received Federal funds to deploy ASCT at 38 intersections near the Florida Mall and Walt Disney World. The project included installation of video detection cameras, UPS cabinets, communication switches, Bluetooth readers, and replacement of signal cabinets. All installations were performed by County staff and completed last summer.
A second InSync project is currently underway near Waterford Lakes, UCF, and Full Sail University for an additional 41 intersections. Deployment is expected later this year. A third project will be coordinated with FDOT’s widening of Sand Lake Rd and will include adding 12 more intersections to the system. Deployment is scheduled in 2018.
Speaker BIO: Hazem El-Assar, P.E.
Mr. El-Assar has worked at Orange County Government for more than 15 years. As Chief Engineer at the Traffic Engineering Division, he is responsible for managing the installation, operation, and maintenance of traffic control devices, including signalization, Intelligent Transportation Systems, signing, and pavement marking. He is responsible for managing the Capital Improvement Program for the County’s Advanced Traffic Management System. He also represents Orange County on Metroplan Orlando TSMO and TAC Committees.
Mr. El-Assar began his career in 1990 as a traffic engineering consultant in California, and then he became Assistant City Traffic Engineer at the City of Federal Way, Washington. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering at Alexandria University and his M.S. in Civil Engineering at Arizona State University.