Q-Free joins MIBs panel at IMSA

Traffic signal controller manufacturers unite for MIBS panel at the 2023 IMSA Forum and Expo

  • First of its kind panel presentation brings together all six leading North American traffic signal controller manufacturers to discuss intersection safety, security, and interoperability
  • Session to be moderated by representatives from NEMA and FREEtheMIBS
  • Taking place Tuesday, June 27, at IMSA Forum and Expo in Reno, NV

Q-Free, alongside the National Electrical Manufacturer Association (NEMA), today announced its participation in a panel discussion on the safety, security, and interoperability of traffic signal controllers at the IMSA 2023 Forum and Expo. All six of the leading North American traffic signal controller manufacturers, including Q-Free, Yunex Traffic, Cubic, Oriux, Econolite, and SWARCO McCain, will come together to discuss the best way to safeguard intersection controllers while creating a secure network capable of handling the growing demand of data sharing and connectivity.

“The controller is the safety-critical single source of truth at an intersection, and communicating with the controller via a management information base –or MIB– is a key enabler in that process. This panel will feature experts from these manufacturers discussing what it means when they share their MIBs.”

Steve Griffith, Executive Director, Transportation Systems and Cybersecurity, NEMA

Steve Griffith will moderate the 90-minute panel with Q-Free EVP Trisha Tunilla, advisory board chair of FREEtheMIBS – an advocacy group founded in 2019 to encourage the open sharing of communications protocol (particularly MIBs). The session, titled “Vendors Unite for the Safety, Security, and Interoperability of Signal Controllers,” will take place on Tuesday, June 27, 2023, at 10:30 am Pacific.

Additional panelists include:

  • Patrick Marnell, Director of Product Management, Q-Free
  • Michael Gaertner, Vice President Products & Systems and DevOps, Yunex Traffic
  • Shaun Alford, Product Manager at Cubic Transportation Systems, Cubic
  • Ray Deer, Chief Technology Officer, Oriux
  • Tom Stiles, Vice President, Econolite
  • Matt Zinn, Senior Applications Engineer, SWARCO McCain

Panelists are excited to share a table for this unprecedented event. Show host and Executive Director of IMSA Toby Cummings shares the enthusiasm,

“As IMSA prepares for its 2023 Forum and Expo in Reno, Nevada, the excitement around the professional development opportunities is ramping up. For the first time ever, a six-member panel of industry leaders is presenting as a unified group to deliver content to those in the field. In addition to the submission ranking committee, I am excited for this session. Don’t miss it.”

Toby Cummings, Executive Director, IMSA

This session is ideal for technicians looking to gain a more extensive understanding of how controllers “talk” to other devices and agencies, hoping to integrate solutions from multiple controller vendors or leverage real-time signal data with third-party applications.

For those not attending the IMSA Forum and Expo, NEMA will host a webinar discussion with the same panel on Thursday, July 27, 2023, at 1:00 pm Eastern. Details to follow.