Mike McKay

Mike lives in Tucson, Arizona and is your primary contact if you are located West of the Mississippi River. Mike has a 12-year history of working with DOTs and contractors in both roadway construction and ITS industries. He will help you find the right solution with the right approach and will support you from the design stage all the way to the end of product life. Mike loves a good joke and is always open for a friendly chat, so if you have a question or want to check in, don’t hesitate to give him a call! Mike enjoys spending his free time chasing golf balls, biking great distances, and flicking a fly rod over a calm river. Mike can be reached at mike.mckay@sesamerica.com or on his cell phone at: (401) 316-3341.
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Recent Posts

5 Energy Conservation Opportunities for Intelligent Transportation Systems

Posted by Mike McKay on Dec 8, 2016 1:19:06 PM

 
Energy, in whatever form, is a key element
all civilizations require in order for its citizens to not only grow, but thrive. Since the 1850's, the world (especially North America) has developed and capitalized on the opportunity of nature’s abundant resources. Over time, new tools for the extraction of assorted resources have been created and the ensuing applications have revolutionized the world’s overall quality of life, emphatically typified in the United States of America.

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Topics: Solar Signs, Solar

Let the Message Guide the Size of Your Variable Message Sign

Posted by Mike McKay on Nov 14, 2016 9:00:43 AM

 

Over the last forty years Dynamic Message Sign (DMS) or Variable Message Sign (VMS) technology for U.S. highways has evolved from mechanically operated florescent dots forming letters to present day color (Light Emitting Diodes) capable of bold, high definition images and text set on static green backgrounds and much more.  In the evolution, ITS engineers have meritoriously continued the selection process of size of the sign while abetting MUTCD mandates.  

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Topics: Dynamic Message Sign design

VMS Pricing vs Value: 7 Considerations When Assessing Your Priorities

Posted by Mike McKay on Aug 15, 2016 2:00:00 PM

In the last 40 years, since dynamic messaging signs became an integral part of the U.S. highway’s persona, the industry has gone from flipping mechanically iridescent orange dots to advancing fiber optic designs, and now, LED lighting.  With continued advancements  in solar due to greater energy efficient design and product with ventilation or cooling systems are no longer necessary.  Trending along with LED advancements is the critical need for agencies to maximize their purchasing power while still acquiring ITS devices that truly match their most recent concerns in the field and on paper.  As a result agencies are looking towards value versus finding the lowest VMS pricing in contract assessments.                                                                                                               

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Topics: Grid-Powered DMS

Hacked Road Signs - What's Really the Message Here?

Posted by Mike McKay on Jun 9, 2016 10:58:31 AM

Over Memorial Day Weekend, several states made headlines when mobile DMS were hacked.  These temporary construction warning signs on the highway displayed hacked messages ranging from political statements, to “Party Hardy Yall!”.  A week later, another sign was hacked that displayed a comment referencing the recent  Cincinnati Zoo gorilla incident. While these altered messages may serve as harmless entertainment for daily commuters, tampering with these signs are problematic and a dangerous display of recklessness.  With regards to the later, traffic operations professionals are challenged with life or death consequences - funny it is not.

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