Welcome to FreeAhead Inc.

ITS Research and Design

FreeAhead Inc. is an independent consultancy that specializes in the research, design and implementation of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS).  The firm provides these services to cities, states, the U.S. Federal Government and international lending agencies. 

The firm’s principals offer over 75 years of experience in the research, planning, design and implementation of some of the most noteworthy ITS projects undertaken around the world.  They have been involved in ITS since its inception and were major contributions on some of the ground breaking ITS demonstration projects such as TravTek and Pathfinder in the early days of ITS, to their current role in the formation of the Connected Vehicle program.  The firm is a member of ITS America.

FreeAhead’s staff have been responsible for the design of a wide variety of ITS systems and components including:

  • Computerized traffic signal systems
  • Freeway surveillance and control systems
  • Traveler information systems
  • Communications systems
  • Traffic operations centers
  • Incident management systems
  • Highway signing
  • Traffic signal system optimization
  • Commercial vehicle systems
  • Parking management systems
  • Electronic toll systems

The firm’s expertise resides in its abilities to assist clients from the concept of a project or program all the way through the implementation and into operations and maintenance.  The years of experience offered by the firm allows us to help our clients make wise decisions and sound investments to meet their needs.  The ITS services that we offer include:

  • Research and development
  • Planning and feasibility studies
  • Systems engineering analysis
  • ITS architecture development
  • Regional deployment planning
  • Detailed system design
  • Specification preparation
  • Systems integration
  • Communication system design
  • System implementation oversight and coordination
  • Procurement assistance
  • System evaluation
  • Traffic engineering analysis and design
  • Signal timing optimization
  • TOC staffing