Innovative traffic control technology improves safety on North American construction sites   

News release

Government support helps Burnside-based start-up reach international road construction and traffic safety markets  

October 18, 2018 – Burnside, NS – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Innovative technologies created and enhanced by Atlantic Canada’s talented researchers, engineers and entrepreneurs help improve the daily lives of Canadians, drive the local economy and move the country forward. That is why the Government of Canada is helping Site 2020 to grow new product lines, increase production and improve safety in construction sites throughout North America.

Darren Fisher, Member of Parliament for Dartmouth – Cole Harbour, today announced funding on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), that will enable Site 2020 to begin exporting into newer and larger markets in North America, while continually improving its main product, the Guardian Smartflagger. This innovative technology is an easy to use computerized system to manage traffic safely and remotely by a single employee, up to 10 kilometres away.

A repayable contribution of $337,500 is being made through ACOA’s Business Development Program (BDP), which supports small and medium-sized companies to become more competitive and develop new export markets.

This investment builds on commitments made by the Government of Canada and the four Atlantic provinces to drive economic growth in the region through the Atlantic Growth Strategy. The Strategy helps expand business activities in the region by supporting strategic investments in initiatives that build on its competitive advantages, such as its strong export potential, growing innovation network, and skilled labour.   


“Innovation is the way forward to maintaining economic growth while strengthening Canada’s presence on the global market. Supporting innovative small and medium-sized businesses will ensure that Canada continues to be a leading and competitive force for new technologies.”

-       The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA

“Site 2020’s Guardian Smartflagger is one of many new technologies being developed right here in Atlantic Canada. With this funding, construction zones will be safer and more efficient for both residents and workers. Furthermore, Atlantic Canada adds another innovative product to its export roster.”

-       Darren Fisher, Member of Parliament for Dartmouth – Cole Harbour 

"Site 2020's mission is to automate every road construction site in North America - to create safer and smarter work zones. We are proud to say ACOA has partnered with us to complete our mission. With ACOA's support, Site 2020 will deploy in every US state in 2019. From the east coast of Canada, we will automate hundreds of work zones across North America next year - this is all thanks to the ongoing support of our community, financial partners and our resilient team."

-       Mitchell Hollohan, CEO for Site 2020 

Quick facts

  • Using smart, portable traffic lights connected to tablets and computers with real-time video, Guardian Smartflagger is an alternative to placing flaggers – workers who control traffic - in heavy traffic areas, and provides a safe and secure method for employees to manage traffic. 

  • The technology checks for dangerous conditions, provides continuous traffic monitoring and alerts construction crews instantaneously if the system detects anything that might be a threat to safety. 

  • The system can also connect to emergency services, allowing emergency vehicles to request priority routing through sites to avoid being slowed down by traffic. 

  • This project will create two new full-time jobs and maintain six other positions.


Alex Smith
Director of Communications & Outreach
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
902-426-9417 | 902-830-3939 (cell)

Mitchell Hollohan
Site 2020 Inc.
800-470-3077 | 902-209-0566 (cell)

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