Thanks to Our Heroes

One hears about corporations in the news wanting to be “people” when it comes to political influence and basic rights. However, most corporations shy far way from being human when it comes to all the other things that go with being part of a greater good. We try hard not to be “that guy” at GRIDSMART. We honor and love the military, the police and fire officers that put their lives on the line daily for all of us. We respect and treasure those from all disciplines who work daily to make life better for everyone. We try to make a difference, not only in the way we do business, but in what we do outside of business.

image1Today,  I salute GRIDSMART’s own, Don Chouinard, who served as part of Operation Sharp Edge for the United States Marines in Liberia in 1990. Sharp Edge was an evacuation operation that freed non-combatants and foreign nationals from an extremely hostile environment, delivering them to safety. Under fire from hostiles, the United States Marines secured a perimeter and held the ground while the innocent were delivered to safety. Thank you Lance Corporal Chouinard and thanks to all who served in Operation Sharpe Edge, from everyone in the GRIDSMART family. It is those willing to sacrifice their safety, their comfort, their time, their financial resources who are the heroes that make this world better for all. We believe it is our responsibility at GRIDSMART to stand by you. Thanks all I know.

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GRIDSMART Is Hiring a Product Support Engineer

GRIDSMART is hiring a Product Support Engineer. The Product Support Engineer is responsible for ensuring GRIDSMART customers are properly trained and up to date on the latest best practices and product features. The Product Support Engineer will provide onsite and technical sales support for GRIDSMART video detection product lines and other product offerings represented by GRIDSMART. The position will work closely with district sales managers supporting all accounts as needed to maintain and grow GRIDSMART’s customer base, as well as provide phone support, field support, troubleshooting, maintenance, installation, and customer training of all products. Responsibilities will also include support for beta testing and managing field test sites for new products.

For a complete job description, please contact Matt Greenoe at matt.greenoe@gridsmart.com.

International Traffic Technology Leader SWARCO to Acquire McCain Inc.

GRIDSMART would like to congratulate SWARCO, a GRIDSMART Distributor, and McCain Inc., a GRIDSMART partner, on their announcement today.

VISTA, CA–(Marketwired – August 26, 2016) – McCain Inc. announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell 100% of its shares to Austrian-based traffic technology group, SWARCO. The deal to acquire the California-based company at an undisclosed amount is scheduled to close on August 31, 2016. McCain — a long-time industry leader in the U.S. market for urban advanced traffic control equipment including traffic controllers, cabinets, signals, signs, and software — will retain its distinct brand and culture.

McCain founder and CEO Jeffrey L. McCain is pleased with the prospect the deal presents for McCain’s brand legacy and team members. “As a global leader in road safety and traffic management solutions with similar values and a family-owned culture akin to McCain’s, SWARCO is the perfect choice to continue McCain’s tradition of outstanding customer service, industry-leading technology solutions, and world-class manufacturing. Being part of the SWARCO Group will offer McCain team members, customers, and distribution partners continuity as well as new opportunities for shared growth and success.”

SWARCO founder and owner Manfred Swarovski is also very excited about the natural fit between the two corporations: “McCain is one of the best run companies in the traffic industry. I have great admiration for Mr. McCain’s achievements over the past thirty years. SWARCO and McCain have complementary rather than competing products and solutions, and strong synergies in terms of business ethics, culture, and corporate dynamics,” he said.

An international leader in products and solutions for road safety and intelligent traffic management, SWARCO intends to strengthen its position in the U.S. Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) market, where the company is predominantly known for itsparking guidance and dynamic message signs, through the acquisition of McCain Inc.

“We plan to build upon the McCain brand and envision broadening the company’s diverse product portfolio through the addition of many of our ITS products and solutions, including the world-renowned, optically-brilliant Dynamic Message Sign technology,” explains SWARCO’s executive for ITS, Michael Schuch.

Jeffrey and Beth McCain will retain full ownership of McCain Manufacturing — its employees, operations, products and services, including contract manufacturing services and all non-traffic McCain-branded products.

About McCain Inc.
McCain Inc. develops products used by millions of people around the world each day. A manufacturing powerhouse since 1987, the company’s brand portfolio includes advanced traffic control equipment and integrated transportation systems to create safer, more mobile, and more livable communities. Team McCain is comprised of more than 500 employees at operations in the United States and Mexico.

For more information, visit the company’s website at www.mccain-inc.com.

About the SWARCO Group
SWARCO — the traffic technology corporation of Austrian entrepreneur Manfred Swarovski — is an international group providing the complete range of products, systems, services and solutions for road safety and intelligent traffic management. With almost five decades of experience in the industry, SWARCO supports the growing mobility needs of society with turnkey systems and solutions in road marking, urban and interurban traffic control, parking, public transport, detection, infomobility and energy-efficient, LED-based signaling and lighting technology. Cooperative systems, V2I communication, e-mobility, and integrated software solutions for the Smart City are latest, future-oriented fields in the group’s portfolio.

www.swarco.com

Published on September 15, 2016 by .
Posted in ITS

Honoring our Bravest

Human being are animals. As animals, we are organically calibrated so that the first base of our behavior is self-preservation. We are designed, engineered, built and taught to realize the objective of self-preservation above all else. On September 11, 2001, New York City’s Bravest ran in while others ran out. They ignored what thousands of years on this planet implanted into their being and followed what the Creator wrote in their soul.

Writing under a pseudonym, James Neil Hollingworth said, “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than one’s fear.”

When we go to the Good Book, it is written in John 15:13 that “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friend.”  On September 11th, 2001 following the cowardly attacks on the United States, 343 NYC Firefighters, 60 Police Officers and 8 Emergency Medical Technicians freely gave their lives for others. These people — not singers, actors or athletes — are heroes and role models for eternity.

nyfdWe at GRIDSMART honor with respect and love their sacrifice. Today we will make a donation to the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation in their remembrance. On October 29th, we will join our friends in Knoxville for the 2016 NFFF Knoxville Memorial Stair Climb for the same reason. If you don’t know the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation, it is a great charity with a 92.92 ranking overall and a 100% ranking for Accountability & Transparency (GRIDSMART loves Transparency).

Check out stair climbs in your state at http://www.firehero.org/events/9-11-stair-climbs/find-9-11-climb-near/.

Company

Fatalities

FDNY Chief Peter J. Ganci, Jr., 54
FDNY Commissioner William M. Feehan, 72
FDNY Marshal Ronald Paul Bucca, 47
FDNY Chaplain Mychal Judge, 68
Battalion 1
  • Chief Matthew Lancelot Ryan, 54
  • Lt. Paul Thomas Mitchell, 46
Battalion 2
  • Chief William McGovern, 49
  • Chief Richard Prunty, 57
  • Faustino Apostol, Jr., 55
Battalion 4 Lt. Thomas O’Hagan, 43
Battalion 6 Chief John P. Williamson, 46
Battalion 7
  • Chief Orio Palmer, 45
  • Lt. Stephen G. Harrell, 44
  • Lt. Philip Scott Petti, 43
Battalion 8
  • Chief Thomas Patrick DeAngelis, 51
  • Thomas McCann, 45
Battalion 9
  • Chief Dennis Lawrence Devlin, 51
  • Chief Edward F. Geraghty, 45
  • Lt. Charles William Garbarini, 44
  • Carl Asaro, 39
  • Alan D. Feinberg, 48
Battalion 11 Chief John M. Paolillo, 51
Battalion 12 Chief Frederick Claude Scheffold, Jr., 57
Battalion 22 Lt. Charles Joseph Margiotta, 44
Battalion 43 Lt. Geoffrey E. Guja, 49
Battalion 47 Lt. Anthony Jovic, 39
Battalion 48
  • Chief Joseph Grzelak, 52
  • Michael Leopoldo Bocchino, 45
Battalion 49
  • Chief John Moran, 42
Battalion 50 Chief Lawrence T. Stack, 58
Battalion 57
  • Chief Dennis Cross, 60
  • Chief Joseph Ross Marchbanks, Jr, 47
Division 1
  • Capt. Joseph D. Farrelly, 47
  • Capt. Thomas Moody, 45
Division 11 Capt. Timothy M. Stackpole, 42
Division 15
  • Chief Thomas Theodore Haskell, Jr., 37
  • Capt. Martin J. Egan, Jr., 36
  • Capt. William O’Keefe, 48
Engine 1
  • Lt. Andrew Desperito, 43
  • Michael T. Weinberg, 34
Engine 4
  • Calixto Anaya, Jr, 35
  • James C. Riches, 29
  • Thomas G. Schoales, 27
  • Paul A. Tegtmeier, 41
Engine 5 Manuel Del Valle, Jr, 32
Engine 6
  • Paul Beyer, 37
  • Thomas Holohan, 36
  • William R. Johnston, 31
Engine 8 Robert Parro, 35
Engine 10
  • Lt. Gregg Arthur Atlas, 44
  • Jeffrey James Olsen, 31
Engine 21 Capt. William Francis Burke, Jr., 46
Engine 22
  • Thomas Anthony Casoria, 29
  • Michael J. Elferis, 27
  • Vincent D. Kane, 37
  • Martin E. McWilliams, 35
Engine 23
  • Robert McPadden, 30
  • James Nicholas Pappageorge, 29
  • Hector Luis Tirado, Jr., 30
  • Mark P. Whitford, 31
Engine 26
  • Capt. Thomas Farino, 37
  • Dana R Hannon, 29
Engine 29 Michael Ragusa, 29
Engine 33
  • Lt. Kevin Pfeifer, 42
  • David Arce, 36
  • Michael Boyle, 37
  • Robert Evans, 36
  • Keithroy Marcellus Maynard, 30
Engine 37 John Giordano, 47
Engine 40
  • Lt. John F. Ginley, 37
  • Kevin Bracken, 37
  • Michael D. D’Auria, 25
  • Bruce Gary, 51
  • Steven Mercado, 38
Engine 50 Robert W. Spear, Jr., 30
Engine 54
  • Paul John Gill, 34
  • Jose Guadalupe, 37
  • Christopher Santora, 23
Engine 55
  • Lt. Peter L. Freund, 45
  • Robert Lane, 28
  • Christopher Mozzillo, 27
  • Stephen P. Russell, 40
Engine 58 Lt. Robert B. Nagel, 55
Engine 74 Ruben D. Correa, 44
Engine 201
  • Lt. Paul Richard Martini, 37
  • Gregory Joseph Buck, 37
  • Christopher Pickford, 32
  • John Albert Schardt, 34
Engine 205 Lt. Robert Francis Wallace, 43
Engine 207
  • Karl Henry Joseph, 25
  • Shawn Edward Powell, 32
  • Kevin O. Reilly, 28
Engine 214
  • Lt. Carl John Bedigian, 35
  • John Joseph Florio, 33
  • Michael Edward Roberts, 31
  • Kenneth Thomas Watson, 39
Engine 216 Daniel Suhr, 37
Engine 217
  • Lt. Kenneth Phelan, 41
  • Steven Coakley, 36
  • Philip T. Hayes, 67
  • Neil Joseph Leavy, 34
Engine 219 John Chipura, 39
Engine 226
  • Brian McAleese, 36
  • David Paul De Rubbio, 38
  • Stanley S. Smagala, Jr., 36
Engine 230
  • Lt. Brian G. Ahearn, 43
  • Frank Bonomo, 42
  • Michael Scott Carlo, 34
  • Jeffrey Stark, 30
  • Eugene Whelan, 31
  • Edward James White III, 30
Engine 235
  • Lt. Steven Bates, 42
  • Nicholas Paul Chiofalo, 39
  • Francis Esposito, 32
  • Lee S. Fehling, 28
  • Lawrence G. Veling, 44
Engine 238 Lt. Glenn E. Wilkinson, 46
Engine 279
  • Ronnie Lee Henderson, 52
  • Anthony Rodriguez, 36
Engine 285 Raymond R. York, 45
Engine 320 Capt. James J. Corrigan, 60
Haz-Mat 1
  • Lt. John A. Crisci, 48
  • Dennis M. Carey, 51
  • Martin N. DeMeo, 47
  • Thomas Gardner, 39
  • Jonathan R. Hohmann, 48
  • Dennis Scauso, 46
  • Kevin Joseph Smith, 47
Ladder 2
  • Capt. Frederick Ill, Jr, 49
  • Michael J. Clarke, 27
  • George DiPasquale, 33
  • Denis P. Germain, 33
  • Daniel Edward Harlin, 41
  • Carl Molinaro, 32
  • Dennis Michael Mulligan, 32
Ladder 3
  • Capt. Patrick J. Brown, 48
  • Lt. Kevin W. Donnelly, 43
  • Michael Carroll, 39
  • James Raymond Coyle, 26
  • Gerard Dewan, 35
  • Jeffrey John Giordano, 45
  • Joseph Maloney, 45
  • John Kevin McAvoy, 47
  • Timothy Patrick McSweeney, 37
  • Joseph J. Ogren, 30
  • Steven John Olson, 38
Ladder 4
  • Capt. David Terence Wooley, 54
  • Lt. Daniel O’Callaghan, 42
  • Joseph Angelini, Jr, 38
  • Peter Brennan, 30
  • Michael E. Brennan, 27
  • Michael Haub, 34
  • Michael F. Lynch, 33
  • Samuel Oitice, 45
  • John James Tipping II, 33
Ladder 5
  • Lt. Vincent Francis Giammona, 40
  • Lt. Michael Warchola, 51
  • Louis Arena, 32
  • Andrew Brunn, 28
  • Thomas Hannafin, 36
  • Paul Hanlon Keating, 38
  • John A. Santore, 49
  • Gregory Thomas Saucedo, 31
Ladder 7
  • Capt. Vernon Allan Richard, 53
  • George Cain, 35
  • Robert Joseph Foti, 42
  • Richard Muldowney Jr, 40
  • Charles Mendez, 38
  • Vincent Princiotta, 39
Ladder 8 Lt. Vincent Gerard Halloran, 43
Ladder 9
  • Gerard Baptiste, 35
  • John P. Tierney, 27
  • Jeffrey P. Walz, 37
Ladder 10 Sean Patrick Tallon, 26
Ladder 11
  • Lt. Michael Quilty, 42
  • Michael F. Cammarata, 22
  • Edward James Day, 45
  • John F. Heffernan, 37
  • Richard John Kelly, Jr, 50
  • Robert King, Jr, 36
  • Matthew Rogan, 37
Ladder 12
  • Angel L. Juarbe, Jr, 35
  • Michael D. Mullan, 34
Ladder 13
  • Capt. Walter G. Hynes, 46
  • Thomas Hetzel, 33
  • Dennis McHugh, 34
  • Thomas E. Sabella, 44
  • Gregory Stajk, 46
Ladder 15
  • Lt. Joseph Gerard Leavey, 45
  • Richard Lanard Allen, 30
  • Arthur Thaddeus Barry, 35
  • Thomas W. Kelly, 50
  • Scott Kopytko, 32
  • Scott Larsen, 35
  • Douglas E. Oelschlager, 36
  • Eric T. Olsen, 41
Ladder 16
  • Lt. Raymond E. Murphy, 46
  • Robert Curatolo, 31
Ladder 20
  • Capt. John R. Fischer, 46
  • John Patrick Burnside, 36
  • James Michael Gray, 34
  • Sean S. Hanley, 35
  • David Laforge, 50
  • Robert Thomas Linnane, 33
  • Robert D. McMahon, 35
Ladder 21
  • Gerald T. Atwood, 38
  • Gerard Duffy, 53
  • Keith Glascoe, 38
  • Joseph Henry, 25
  • William E. Krukowski, 36
  • Benjamin Suarez, 34
Ladder 24
  • Capt. Daniel J. Brethel, 43
  • Stephen Elliot Belson, 51
Ladder 25
  • Lt. Glenn C. Perry, 41
  • Matthew Barnes, 37
  • John Michael Collins, 42
  • Kenneth Kumpel, 42
  • Robert Minara, 54
  • Joseph Rivelli, 43
  • Paul G. Ruback, 50
Ladder 27 John Marshall, 35
Ladder 35
  • Capt. Frank Callahan, 51
  • James Andrew Giberson, 43
  • Vincent S. Morello, 34
  • Michael Otten, 42
  • Michael Roberts, 30
Ladder 38 Joseph Spor, Jr., 35
Ladder 42 Peter Alexander Bielfeld, 44
Ladder 101
  • Lt. Joseph Gullickson, 37
  • Patrick Byrne, 39
  • Salvatore B. Calabro, 38
  • Brian Cannizzaro, 30
  • Thomas J. Kennedy, 36
  • Joseph Maffeo, 31
  • Terence A. McShane, 37
Ladder 105
  • Capt. Vincent Brunton, 43
  • Thomas Richard Kelly, 39
  • Henry Alfred Miller, Jr, 51
  • Dennis O’Berg, 28
  • Frank Anthony Palombo, 46
Ladder 111 Lt. Christopher P. Sullivan, 39
Ladder 118
  • Lt. Robert M. Regan, 48
  • Joseph Agnello, 35
  • Vernon Paul Cherry, 49
  • Scott Matthew Davidson, 33
  • Leon Smith, Jr., 48
  • Peter Anthony Vega, 36
Ladder 131 Christian Michael Otto Regenhard, 28
Ladder 132
  • Andrew Jordan, 36
  • Michael Kiefer, 25
  • Thomas Mingione, 34
  • John T. Vigiano II, 36
  • Sergio Villanueva, 33
Ladder 136 Michael Joseph Cawley, 32
Ladder 166 William X. Wren, 61
Rescue 1
  • Capt. Terence S. Hatton, 41
  • Lt. Dennis Mojica, 50
  • Joseph Angelini, Sr., 63
  • Gary Geidel, 44
  • William Henry, 49
  • Kenneth Joseph Marino, 40
  • Michael Montesi, 39
  • Gerard Terence Nevins, 46
  • Patrick J. O’Keefe, 44
  • Brian Edward Sweeney, 29
  • David M. Weiss, 41
Rescue 2
  • Lt. Peter C. Martin, 43
  • William David Lake, 44
  • Daniel F. Libretti, 43
  • John Napolitano, 32
  • Kevin O’Rourke, 44
  • Lincoln Quappe, 38
  • Edward Rall, 44
Rescue 3
  • Christopher Joseph Blackwell, 42
  • Thomas Foley, 32
  • Thomas Gambino, Jr., 48
  • Raymond Meisenheimer, 46
  • Donald J. Regan, 47
  • Gerard Patrick Schrang, 45
Rescue 4
  • Capt. Brian Hickey, 47
  • Lt. Kevin Dowdell, 46
  • Terrence Patrick Farrell, 45
  • William J. Mahoney, 37
  • Peter Allen Nelson, 42
  • Durrell V. Pearsall, 34
Rescue 5
  • Capt. Louis Joseph Modafferi, 45
  • Lt. Harvey Harrell, 49
  • John P. Bergin, 39
  • Carl Vincent Bini, 44
  • Michael Curtis Fiore, 46
  • Andre G. Fletcher, 37
  • Douglas Charles Miller, 34
  • Jeffrey Matthew Palazzo, 33
  • Nicholas P. Rossomando, 35
  • Allan Tarasiewicz, 45
Special Operations
  • Chief Raymond Matthew Downey, 63
  • Capt. Patrick J. Waters, 44
  • Lt. Timothy Higgins, 43
  • Lt. Michael Thomas Russo, Sr, 44
Squad 1
  • Capt. James M. Amato, 43
  • Lt. Edward A. D’Atri, 38
  • Lt. Michael Esposito, 41
  • Lt. Michael N. Fodor, 53
  • Brian Bilcher, 37
  • Gary Box, 37
  • Thomas M. Butler, 37
  • Peter Carroll, 42
  • Robert Cordice, 28
  • David J. Fontana, 37
  • Matthew David Garvey, 37
  • Stephen Gerard Siller, 34
Squad 18
  • Lt. William E. McGinn, 43
  • Eric Allen, 44
  • Andrew Fredricks, 40
  • David Halderman, 40
  • Timothy Haskell, 34
  • Manuel Mojica, 37
  • Lawrence Virgilio, 38
Squad 41
  • Lt. Michael K. Healey, 42
  • Thomas Patrick Cullen III, 31
  • Robert Hamilton, 43
  • Michael J. Lyons, 32
  • Gregory Sikorsky, 34
  • R. Bruce Van Hine, 48
Squad 252
  • Tarel Coleman, 32
  • Thomas Kuveikis, 48
  • Peter J. Langone, 41
  • Patrick Lyons, 34
  • Kevin Prior, 28
Squad 288
  • Lt. Ronald T. Kerwin, 42
  • Ronnie E. Gies, 43
  • Joseph Hunter, 31
  • Jonathan Lee Ielpi, 29
  • Adam David Rand, 30
  • Timothy Matthew Welty, 34
EMS Battalion 49
  • Paramedic Carlos R. Lillo, 37
EMS Battalion 57
  • Paramedic Ricardo J. Quinn, 40

Cut Through The Noise

Hey There,

It has been a while, so I wanted to say hi. I have spent the last few months on the road visiting y’all and it has been a gas. One thing not to be missed on the road is that there is a LOT of NOISE out there. As you know, at GRIDSMART we like Simple. Always have. We started that way on Day One. Simple. Flexible.  Transparent. One word descriptions followed by a period. Not really new,  you see us doing that, but we are glad to see others are following the lead.  We didn’t chase Simple. It is our core.

But I digress, I have a few things to share.

Some of you asked about competing new products promoting “all the new video tracking”. We are glad to see it. Welcome to the club! We want the best for all customers. It’s pleasing that others see the benefit of vision tracking. Next up, I heard some questions on “Transparent” and pricing. Please understand that GRIDSMART does not have regional pricing. We value and love our customers in California, New York and Timbuktu as much as those in Texas or Tennessee. You pay the same price for GRIDSMART quality wherever you live. We think everyone deserves great product at a fair price. Reach out and ask your peers somewhere else what they pay anytime you like.

On the Simple installation front…..when we quote you an installation time, that actually includes installing your hardware. We think that is kind of important in planning. Our installation time is not just making software work on roads you can’t see. 3 hours or less, always has been all inclusive. I hope that helps. Features? We try hard to describe what we do in a very clear way and tell you exactly what it will cost. Your pricing guide should not require a Sherpa to navigate or look like a bingo card in our world. If we mess this up, call us out at Principles@GRIDSMART.com. That message comes straight to MY desk. In fact, please  call us out anytime we miss Simple. Flexible. Transparent. You have my attention and appreciation for that.

Another talking point that comes up in the field is accuracy. Take a look at our virtual DVR and see GRIDSMART accuracy for yourself. Nothing to hide here, no 99% accuracy in our words and 80% stop-bar precision documented in the back of book. No third party validation needed. SEE –  the accuracy where you live without paying more.

The long and short of it all is that you have the right to ask questions, the right to clear pricing, to understandable features, to accuracy without caveats, to question claims.  Ask us or anybody about:

  • Regional pricing
  • The real performance of features that “fill a spec”
  • Pitching “economy pricing” but touting “Cadillac features”
  • Why the way a product works was changed and what they means to existing deployments
  • What does any “feature” actually do for me

If GRIDSMART does not answer these questions for you, you know where I live – call me out.

This is just what I think. Just what GRIDSMART is. I hope this note helps you cut through the noise, at least from our perspective. Let us know what you think at Principles@GRIDSMART.com

Thank You for Your Time. We Love Working with Y’all.

Stay Lucky,

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Bill