Jim, as the Fleet Division Coordinator, doesn’t have a lot of spare time on his hands while he’s on the clock. Even so, he’s taken on a pretty cool project that’s going to (excuse me) really brighten up the showroom.
The project has been in the works (time allowing) for a few weeks after a conversation with Rick about making a display for the company’s commercial customers. Jim says the completion date is still TBD ’cause his “spare time” has been non-existent lately.
You can see from the image above what’s been completed so far. What’s coming next? Jim plans on adding more scene and off-road lighting, amber lightbars, and other light types with commercial and professional application. Though amber will be chosen for the display, red, blue, and white are available from our vendors as well.
The display is intended for our walk-in customers. Rick and Jim think for a lot of folks it’s easier to make a buying decision after being able to spend some hands-on time with a product. The idea is that once a customer checks out available lighting and makes a choice, they can grab one of whatever off the shelf and have it installed that day, getting back on the road in under an hour (in most cases).
When finished, customers will be able to test and select from Whelen, Strobe&More, and Rigid Industries lighting products.
(I personally think there ought to be at least one siren on the display … what’s the sense of having a flashing light without the sound you know goes along with it?)
We’ll keep track on Jim’s progress and left you know when it’s done!
Monday’s shared video showed a cruiser using a Whelen light and siren controller that produced really eye-catching results. Here’s a 30,000 foot overview of that system.
Whelen Engineering’s CanTrol WC allows for integration and control of vehicle light and siren systems. With CanTrol users can create highly noticeable unified warnings by incorporating every light and siren on a cruiser into custom program configurations. Applications of CanTrol WC include:
• Vehicle integration provides added capability to lights and sirens such as:
• program and control all the lighting
• traffic arrows and siren function in you a vehicle
• flash pattern synchronization
• temperature monitor control
• radar and camera activation
• door or trunk opening
The abilities of CanTrol WC are limited only by the user’s imagination… Configuration is easy with a Windows® based computer program. A USB port allows for easy program transfer from a computer to the amplifier/control module.
Features of this system include:
• Full function amplifier/control module
• Supports one or two 100 watt speakers
• Programmable for Hands-Free operation
• 161 synchronizable, variable-phase
• programmable flash pattern
• Five-year warranty
To find out more about this Whelen Engineering product, and to discuss incorporating it into your next new vehicle build, give 2-Way’s Fleet Division a call at (603) 431-6288.
Whelen’s CenCom Carbide has been engineered to maintain situational awareness of the officer. It delivers highly effective visual and auditory warnings. Designed for simplistic, hands-free usage, Carbide provides what Whelen calls Situation Based Integration. This feature allows for scene specific functions using various vehicle components, such as the horn or brakes, allowing officer’s priorities to be configured and controlled.
Carbide provides the capability to sync all lights together, including a Traffic Advisor™ or WeCan® Inner Edge®. Carbide is easily reproducible from vehicle to vehicle, and optional expansion modules and the WeCan dual siren amplifier are available to further customize functions. The integrated Load Manager reduces the chance of a drained battery by shutting off outputs as vehicle battery voltage declines. Also, the Integrated Auto-Off timer Keep Carbide functioning even if the ignition is turned off. When used with the Integrated Load Manager, this provides a safe way of maintaining critical warning functions even if the keys must be removed from the ignition
Additional features include, but are not limited to:
- Control warning lights, siren, and Traffic
- Advisor™ functions from a single keypad
- Fully supports all WeCan® Series products
- Supports up to 2 of the following: front WeCan
- Inner Edge®, rear WeCan Inner Edge, or optional
- remote 16 output modules
- Supports one or two 100 watt speakers
- LED indicator lights allow for simple troubleshooting
- of outputs and WeCan network
- Five year warranty
Get Whelen’s CenCom Carbide pdf from the Fleet Knowledge Base.
Watch the WeVision video.
I saw one of the shop’s finished vehicles sporting a number of these lights earlier this week, and decided to learn some more. As usual, Whelen is on top of their game …..
Whelen’s LINZ6™ light is a rugged exterior light that resists moisture and road shock while giving you “heads up” performance. The light features a sub-compact, full-featured LED light head with wide-angle light spread which can be mounted virtually anywhere. It requires only a minimal current draw and is designed for heavy-duty, vibration, moisture and corrosion resistance. The light is surface mounted with no external flasher, is easy to install and comes in solid colors have 25 Scan-Lock™ flash patterns and split colors have 69 Scan-Lock flash patterns, including steady-burn.
The LINV2™ V-Series is a light head with 2-in-1 combination 180 degree SAE Class 1, wide-angle warning, and ground illumination (puddle light), both individually operated. The light is surface mounted, and comes with a black flange. Available in Amber, Red, Blue, and White, the warning segment has twenty-five Scan-Lock™ flash patterns including fourteen synchronizable patterns. Additionally, this light comes with a five year warranty.
Watch this Whelen WeVision production on the LIN V-Series: