Connectivity Solutions for Intelligent Traffic Control Systems

By Christine Stieglitz | May 05, 2020

This week’s Product Roundup highlights connectivity solutions for intelligent traffic control systems from leading suppliers.

Connectivity Solutions for Intelligent Traffic Control Systems

intelligent traffic control connectors from METZMETZ CONNECT offers a range of M12 X-coded connectors and cable assemblies ideal for harsh-environment Ethernet applications ranging from industrial applications and intelligent traffic control systems to remote military communications networks. The range offers M12 X-code connectors with two or four twisted pairs — including straight, field-installable, IP67 plugs with diecast zinc housings for solid and stranded 26/1–22/1AWG wire and PCB connection jacks designed for both front-mounting and through-hole reflow soldering — and various lengths of Cat 6A “P” cabling that features both copper and glass fiber components as well as automated infrastructure management for structured network cabling. The high-performance connectors and cable assemblies support 10GbE over Cat 6A with bandwidth to 500MHz, in addition to PoE, PoE+, UPoE, and HDBaseT, and also offer high mechanical and electrical strength, 360° EMC shielding andIP67 protection from dust and humidity when mated.

intelligent traffic control connectors from NorCompNorComp’s 773-E Series IP67 Right-Angle D-Sub Connectors are part of its SEAL-D line of waterproof D-Subs and, as such, employ innovative sealing technology that maintains standard D-Sub profiles to enable drop-in replacement and eliminate the need to redesign enclosures and PCBs when implementing IP67 upgrades in harsh-environment applications exposed to heavy spray or short-term submersion. The 773-E Series connectors are available in three industry-standard sizes (9-pin, 15-pin, and 25-pin) and, as of recently, in both through-hole male and board-mount female versions. It features nickel-plated steel shells with glass-filled thermoplastic UL94 V-0 insulators, environmental seals that meet IEC-529-IP67 requirements, machined brass contacts plated with either gold flash or 30µin of gold, and multiple hardware options and is rated for 5A, a maximum of 10mΩ contact resistance, a minimum of 5GΩ insulation resistance, 1,000VAC dielectric withstanding voltage (for one minute), a minimum of 100 (gold flash) or 250 (30µin gold) mating cycles, and operating temperatures extending from -55°C to +125°C. It is also RoHS compliant and available with permanent or removable panel-sealing kits (sold separately). Ideal applications for the series include outdoor electronics such as digital traffic signage; handheld computers, scanners, and printers; remote sensors, gauges, and data loggers; industrial and medical equipment; transmitters and emergency beacons; gas, electric, and water metering systems; smart grid electronics; portable electric generators; and consumer and commercial boating electronics including radios, radar, DC power ports, and scanners.

intelligent traffic control connectors from SV MicrowaveSV Microwave’s range of High-Frequency RF Cable Assemblies is available with 2.92mm, 2.4mm, SMA, SMP, SMPM, and SMPS connectors on fixed lengths of flexible, extreme-frequency (100GHz DC) Ø.047” and Ø.085” cables. The assemblies support frequencies extending from DC to 50GHz performance, are available in standard/COTS and custom options, and feature low solder wicking, high flexibility to allow for tight bends behind cable ferrules, and a high flex-life to ensure excellent performance after repeated usage. Ideal applications include IoT and 5G infrastructure ranging from consumer electronics to smart city and intelligent traffic control systems, test and measurement equipment, rugged lab-test and low-loss applications up to 50GHz, short cable runs where space and weight are at a premium, and cable runs that demand high flexibility and low loss capabilities.

intelligent traffic control connectors from SmithsSmiths Interconnect‘s MHD Series high-density PCB connectors exhibit rugged resistance to high shock and vibration, are ESA qualified to ESCC 3401/065, and are ideal for use in commercial aerospace, space, and defense applications including avionics, engine, power distribution, and radar systems. They are available in wire-to-board and board-to-board configurations with rugged metal shells that help eliminate contact fretting, reduce wear rates, and avoid system failure and downtime and with up to 400 mixed signal, power, and coaxial contacts that enable improved flexibility and broad application suitability. The series employs proven Hypertac hyperboloid contact technology to deliver unrivalled performance in terms of reliability, durability, contact force, and contact resistance and is rated for 3A signal, 15A power, 200V operation, 5,000 mating cycles, and operating temperatures extending from -55°C to +125°C. Additional features include an aluminum alloy frame, UL94 V-0 insulators, gold-over-nickel-plated copper alloy contacts, 1.0mm or 2.00 pitches, nickel-plated brass or stainless steel guides, and four termination styles: straight and 90° through-board solder, surface-mount, and surface-mount straddle.

intelligent traffic control connectors from TERS Components Americas stocks TE Connectivity’s N Series coaxial RF connectors, which provide medium-sized, labor-saving solutions with a lower overall applied cost in critical, harsh-environment applications within the transportation, telecommunications, military, and aerospace industries. N Series connectors have a threaded coupling mechanism with a minimum of 445N retention force for optimum stability, a captive center contact with a minimum of 27N axial retention in either direction, and a labor-saving two-crimp assembly process that achieves a minimum of 400N cable retention force when crimped to RG 214/U cable. They are fully intermateable with MIL-C-39012 connectors, exhibit a constant impedance of 50Ω, ruggedly withstand shock and vibration to ensure a low noise level, and provide excellent, low-VSWR broadband performance at frequencies up to 11Ghz. Series options include plug, jack, panel jack, bulkhead jack, and right-angle configurations and designated solutions qualified to MIL-C-39012, Class II, Category B. N Series connectors are rated for 1,000V operation and 2,500V dielectric withstanding voltage at sea level and 500-cycle durability in operating temperatures extending from -55°C to +85°C for commercial versions and -65°C to +165°C for mil-spec versions. Ideal applications include base stations, antenna systems, air and maritime vessel traffic control, cable-based LANs, medium-power transmitters, communication satellites, weather and surface ship radar, weather monitoring, defense tracking, aeronautical and maritime radio-navigation, and space research.

intelligent traffic control connectors from PhoenixPhoenix Contact offers an extensive range of connectivity solutions optimized for intelligent transportation system (ITS) applications including traffic cameras, streetlights, pushbutton crosswalk devices, intelligent traffic control cabinets, CCTV and UPS systems, tolling machines, freight and rail transit communication systems, EV charging systems, and digital signage for highways, subways, rail, buses, and airports. The range includes several series of PCB connectors, fine-pitch board-to-board connectors, industrial-grade and IP67 sealed connectors, data connectors, M5–M12 metric circular connectors, AC and DC charging solutions, sensor and actuator cabling, outdoor cabling, IP67 housings, and other accessories. One such series, its FINEPITCH Series board-to-board connectors, have a compact, high-density design with double-sided, hermaphroditic ScaleX contacts that provide critical space savings, high electrical and mechanical reliability, high tolerance compensation, and vibration-proof performance in high-speed signal and data transmission applications with significant space limitations, including telecommunications, building and industrial automation, and IoT equipment. The series is available with 12, 20, 32, 52, or 80 contacts on a 0.8mm or 1.27mm pitch and offers 6–12mm stack heights, long wipe lengths, minimum air clearance and creepage distances of 0.25mm, and optional shielding. Shielded solutions employ a closed shielding mechanism that ensures excellent EMC, protects against EMI, and enables high-signal-integrity data transmission up to 16Gb/s. FINEPITCH Series connectors are rated for 1.4A and up to 500VAC, operating temperatures extending from -55°C to +125°C, and 500 insertion cycles and are compliant with the RoHS and RoHS II directives and approved to UL 1977. They are also packaged on tape and reel for automated assembly.

intelligent traffic control connectors from Amphenol Sine and PEIPEI-Genesis stocks eco|mate® Aquarius waterproof connectors from Amphenol Sine Systems, which provide a range of flexible and economical solutions designed to reduce system complexity and minimize installation costs in harsh-environment applications including marine electronics, datacom/telecom infrastructure, building automation and control systems, intelligent traffic control systems, power and energy installations, off-road and railway vehicles, mining and instrumentation equipment, stage lighting and sound equipment, machine tools, and other wet- and submerged-environment electronics. The series is available with variety of shell sizes, contact styles, wire gauges, and mixed power and signal insert layouts and offers quick and reliable bayonet coupling with tactile mating confirmation, IP68/69k protection when mated, and more than 500 hours of reliable corrosion resistance. The series’ thermoplastic UL94 V-0 housings and inserts are resistant to gas, oil, mineral oil, acid baths, and basic baths, and are available in standard plug or plug with end-cap and jam-nut or square-flange receptacle configurations with machined or stamped and formed copper alloy contacts plated with gold, tin, or silver. It is also RoHS and UL compliant and is rated for a maximum of 23A and 500V AC/DC, 28–12AWG wire, more than 500 mating cycles, and operating temperatures extending from -40°C to 105°C with NBR seals or -40°C to 125°C with silicone seals. Customization is available to meet various extreme-environment application requirements and offers options including molded strain relief, 360° shielding, custom logos, enhanced sealing properties, and minimized conductor stress.

intelligent traffic control connectors from HARTINGHARTING’s Han 1A Series is a compact, robust, and versatile, universally deployable, modular, rectangular connector system designed to provide reliable power, signal, and data transmission in an extensive range of industrial, medical, and transportation applications including Industry 4.0 and automation equipment, robotics and intelligent traffic control systems, lighting systems, loudspeakers, display panels, warning and alarm lights, push-button wipers, and signal generators. The series features ruggedized plastic housings and various inserts and accessories for both indoor and outdoor applications, is up to 30% smaller than Han 3A Series connectors, and supports up to 12 power, signal, and data contacts in a single connector body for space and weight savings. It also features a screwless, snap-in fast-connection system to reduce installation time and costs, EMI shielding, and IP20/IP65 protection against dust and water ingress.

intelligent traffic control connectors from Amphenol ICCAmphenol ICC’s new ix Industrial IP20 connectors enable next-generation industrial IoT (IIoT) connectivity for Ethernet and other industrial protocols through all levels of operation, from the enterprise or cloud to the sensors and actuators on the factory floor. These 10-pin, 10mm-pitch connectors are 75% smaller than traditional RJ45 connector, enabling much greater port density, and have 360° shielding through the mated pair for excellent EMI immunity in electrically noisy environments and robust, two-point metal latches for enhanced mating security. They support Cat 6A 10GBASE-T performance, PoE, and common Ethernet/IP protocols including PROFINET, DeviceNet, EtherCAT, and Modbus; offer keyed housings for controlled mating with Ethernet, Signal/Bus, and other ports; and comply with IEC 61076-3-124, which verifies the series as a fully qualified second source that’s fully intermateable with ix Industrial products from other authorized vendors. Plugs are available in field-terminable IDC variants to ease custom cabling and in-field repair processes and solder variants for high-volume assembly, while PCB-mount receptacles feature heavy-duty shield solder hold-down tabs to ensure secure connections and protect the SMT joints from mechanical stresses. The series is rated for 1.5A at 40°C, a maximum of 50VAC or 60VDC, and 5,000 mating cycles in operating temperatures extending from -55°C to +85°C. Ideal applications for the series include data switches, monitoring systems, and intelligent traffic control systems; IIoT, factory, process, and building automation systems; and robotics, test equipment, and medical equipment.

intelligent traffic control connectors from ITT CannonITT Cannon’s ARINC 600 Rack-and-Panel Filter Connectors (TBKAD) provide system-level EMI protection at the box interface to effectively safeguard critical commercial and military aerospace avionics systems including navigation, radar, flight control, flight management, and traffic collision avoidance systems from EMI, voltage transients, and voltage surges. The ruggedized connectors meet the vibration and sealing requirements of ARINC 600 and are available with up to 800 high-density, size 22 contacts, a wide range of planar array and chip-on-flex capacitor values (850–45,00pF) tailored for each circuit, and design options including metal-oxide varistors and diodes for transient voltage and surge protection. The rectangular rack-side plugs and box-side receptacles are also available in three shell sizes with maximum contact capacities of 125, 400, or 800 crimp, coax, power, printed circuit, or wire-wrap post-style contacts, with polarization options to help ensure proper mating, and with 0.148”-diameter mounting holes or four, six, or 10 clinch nuts, depending on shell size. The series is available in both off-the-shelf and customized solutions and is also well suited for use in critical medical applications.

intelligent traffic control connectors from Amphenol RFAmphenol RF’s Generation 4.0 FAKRA connectors provide cost-effective solutions for high-volume automotive manufacturers that utilize high-speed automated cable assembly and feature an upgraded, stamped-and-formed SMB connector design. The series also offers removable connector housings for field replacement and mechanical keying and color-coding to prevent mismating. Compatible with previous FAKRA products, ideal applications include blind spot monitoring, autonomous braking, LVDS surround camera systems, infotainment, GPS, satellite radio, and even smart street and traffic lighting.

intelligent traffic control connectors from LumbergLumberg’s WG02 high-performance, IP67 circular connectors come in three frame sizes (12, 15, and 20mm in diameter) and each feature a contact base, grip body, and cap nut made of robust, UL94 V-0 PBT, as well as 2–12 gold-plated brass contacts and a Quicklock mechanism made of chromium zinc alloy that securely snaps the pins into the sockets and conveniently disengages with the press of a finger. Designed for use in metrology, apparatus and mechanical engineering, traffic management systems, and studio and stage technology, the cable connectors, cable sockets, and chassis sockets with captive silicone covers are rated for 3–20A, 125–500V working, 1,500–2,500V surge, and temperatures spanning -40°C to +80°C.

intelligent traffic control sensors from AinsteinAinstein’s portfolio of WAYV radar-based sensor modules is currently comprised of three sensors specifically designed to improve safety and performance over existing solutions in static, fixed-mount applications including traffic management, surveillance and security, space utilization, building automation, and other smart city systems. The new WAYV Air is based on 60GHz radar sensing technology, has a compact form factor, offers benefits including low cost and low power consumption, and is ideal for detecting and tracking people in both indoor and outdoor environments. The new WAYV and WAYV Pro are mid- and long-range radar sensors with built-in, high-performance radar processors and proprietary advanced radar processing algorithms that can reliably detect and track vehicles and pedestrians in even challenging light and weather conditions. All three sensors establish offer superior range, resolution, and field-of-view and, unlike existing ultrasonic sensors, can be deployed in ceilings to improve aesthetics and reduce privacy concerns. Each WAYV sensor can also cover a wider area more accurately and reliably provide more data than several ultrasonic sensors working in tandem. In addition, out of respect for public privacy concerns with tracking sensors, WAYV sensors don’t identify specific individuals or employ facial recognition software.

intelligent traffic control connectors from Phoenix and AlliedAllied Electronics & Automation stocks metric circular connectors for intelligent transportation systems (ITS) from Phoenix Contact. Offerings include straight and angled M8 and M12 connectors with shielded metal housings designed to enable quick and easy installation and provide the reliable transmission of power, signal, and data in ITS applications including traffic cameras, streetlights, intelligent traffic control cabinets, pushbutton crosswalk devices, CCTV and UPS systems, tolling machines, and digital signage for highways, subways, rail, buses, and airports.

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