Phil Perut

Phil has been working for the SES group since the early 2000’s; he has extensive and valuable technical experience as an electronic engineer and as a project and business unit manager. Phil earned an executive MBA from the University of Tours, France and Chicago, IL in 2011. Prior to joining SESA, Phil spent 10 years working around the world for a large electrical contracting group. He spent most of his time in Asia and the Middle East before moving to the US in 2006 and starting FDS, which eventually became SES America. Phil enjoys sailing, especially in Newport, RI and he is always ready to discover new countries and cultures. Despite this worldliness, Phil’s favorite hobby now is staying at home and taking care of his family. Phil can be reached at and his cell phone number is 401-585-7026.
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Recent Posts

4 Reasons DOTs Should Power Travel Time Data Through the Cloud

Posted by Phil Perut on Jul 1, 2016 1:49:10 PM

Since the late 1920’s, engineers and planners have conducted travel time and delay studies to unravel the intricacies of transportation. With the instatement of the revolutionary Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA), flexible state and local programs were developed to address urban, suburban, and rural congestion. Travel time, a key performance measure in congestion management systems, is one of the few ITS concepts readily understood and communicated by everyone from your local news reporter to the daily commuters in the trenches.

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Topics: DMS Connect

How to Choose the Best Dynamic Message Sign Manufacturer

Posted by Phil Perut on Jun 24, 2016 1:30:00 PM

When considering a DMS Manufacturer, there are a variety of factors to take into account. You might be inclined to choose a manufacturer strictly based on cost, but have you truly done your due-diligence? Entering into or accepting a bid with an under performing DMS manufacturer can have serious consequences - consequences that outweigh upfront savings. 


Take a look below for the eight criteria we believe defines an outstanding DMS manufacturer:


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Topics: Grid-Powered DMS, Solar Signs

Autonomous Bus & Shuttle Services: Once a Far-Off Concept, Becoming Today's Reality

Posted by Phil Perut on May 29, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Everyone in the ITS world hears something about autonomous vehicles almost every day. Most of the time, it is about autonomous vehicles developed by Google or another one of the major automobile manufacturers. There are many other experiences and tests especially for mass transit like buses or shuttles.

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Topics: In the News

Removing Dynamic Message Sign Ventilation Provides DOT Cost Savings

Posted by Phil Perut on May 27, 2016 11:30:00 AM


If you look at the newest ultra-thin laptops on the market today, you will probably notice how much thinner and lighter they are compared to the laptops of even 5 to 10 years ago.  Gone are the ventilation channels, filters and fans and their associated bulk, weight and cost.  Yet Moore’s law implies that the number of transistors is doubling every two years.  You would think that the heat management problem would be getting worse.  What gives?

Fortunately, the semiconductor industry has managed to reduce the power dissipation faster than the growth of the device complexity.  This has allowed equipment designers to eliminate much of the ventilation components of years past resulting in products that are thinner, lighter and more reliable.

Just as the computer designers have reduced the heat created in modern laptops, SESA has been pioneering the increased efficiency in display technologies which allows for the elimination of sign ventilation provisions.

However, in our Dynamic Message Signs (DMS) world, it seems that this technological evolution is not yet taken into consideration. Numerous specifications throughout the country still call for DMS ventilation, temperature monitoring, intake filters, etc. Many useless devices that add costs, use energy and increase the maintenance of our DMS.

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See How Blank Out Signs Can Replace MUTCD Traffic Signs With Flashers

Posted by Phil Perut on Mar 23, 2016 10:04:07 AM

Static MUTCD traffic signs are often used to warn drivers of specific conditions or potential danger on the roadway, and in many applications are equipped with flashing beacons to provide alert capability for passing motorists. However, many of these signs do not efficiently convey information necessary for drivers to fully understand the circumstances and actions to take to avoid danger.

Here below is a series of examples with comments related to the efficiency of the message:

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Topics: Mobility, Blank Out Signs

When To Use Blank Out Signs vs. Dynamic Message Signs?

Posted by Phil Perut on Feb 22, 2016 3:28:33 PM

When designing ITS systems intended to convey critical messaging to drivers, transportation agencies must consider the requirements for each deployment, and make choices regarding more versatile, full matrix dynamic message signs versus more affordable blank out signs with limited messaging. Often blank out signs can provide all the messaging functionality needed at a fraction of the cost of full size DMS, and do not require advanced communication networks or other infrastructure required by signs with full messaging capability.

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Topics: Mobility, Blank Out Signs