What do you think, should TRAFx develop a counter that automatically sends its data from the field using the cellular network (eg., Verizon, Bell)? With a cellular-enabled counter, you would not have to visit the counter to download it. However, there are trade-offs. See right for details.



Before we spend considerable time and resources to develop a cellular-enabled counter, we want to know your thoughts.


What do you think about the cost, features and constraints listed at right? Given those, would you still buy some cellular-enabled counters? Or, do you prefer our standard counters without cellular? If so, why?


Again, what do you think? Should we develop a cellular counter?


Please email us at info@trafx.net with your thoughts. Or, use our contact form


Thank you very much!
Team TRAFx

Cellular counter

Standard counter


Counter cost (USD)

$690 - One cellular-enabled TRAFx counter (est.)

$300 - Five-year cellular plan for one counter (est.)

$540 - One standard TRAFx counter

$0 - (no cellular plan required)

Features
  • Data automatically transmitted weekly
  • View your data online in DataNet
  • Multi-year battery life
  • Functionally similar to our standard counters
Constraints
  • Needs 4G LTE network coverage
  • US: see Verizon coverage map and select Data > 4G LTE
  • Canada: see Bell coverage map and select “LTE”
  • Dead zones (eg., canyons, mountains, remote areas, etc)
  • Counter must be installed above ground (eg., on a post)
  • No metal boxes (blocks transmission)
  • Deep and/or wet snow (blocks transmission)
  • Transmission failure risk below -30C (-22F)
  • Must visit counter to download data
Also...
  • Higher complexity (more parts that can fail)
  • Higher vandalism risk (ie., harder to hide counter)
  • Occasional field visits still required (eg., inspect IR counter for insect nests, lens damage, dust, etc.)
  • Active DataNet plan required
  • Tried and true