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Georgia School Zones Made Safer with Internet of Things Technology
Applied Information and AT&T will make school zones safer and more reliable for school children across the state with smart Internet of Things beacon technology. The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) installs technology from Applied Information to improve road safety in school zones across the state with the company’s smart beacon product, powered by AT&T connectivity. Georgia is the first state to deploy Applied Information’s Internet of Things technology for school districts statewide.
The unique program connects school zone beacons – those flashing signs that are intended to slow drivers down as they pass by a school -to the Internet of Things (IoT) to make them more reliable and more responsive in the event of a change of schedule caused by inclement weather, biannual time changes, holidays or other disruptions.
The Glance™ School Zone Beacon System was developed by Applied Information, in collaboration with AT&T for secure wireless connectivity and Temple, Inc. for installation and maintenance. The technology is being installed at more than 300 schools in 118 Georgia Counties in time for the first bell of the 2018 school year.
Each smart beacon has its own cellular modem to handle all communication, enabling traffic engineers using their smartphone or tablet to determine if the beacons are operating correctly and, if necessary, instantly alert the appropriate resources in the event of lamp or battery failures. AT&T’s 4G/LTE mobile network will power the smart beacons and AT&T’s IoT platform, AT&T Control Center, will be used to manage the solution on the backend.
“Making school zone beacons smarter is a perfect example of how we can use connected technology to improve safety on our roadways,” said Bryan Mulligan, President of Applied Information, Inc. “GDOT is to be commended for taking the lead to improve safety around school zones on such a large scale and in such a short amount of time to be prepared for the new school year.”
“Mobile technology is becoming more integrated into existing traffic equipment to help make school zones safer for school children and drivers,” said Mike Zeto, Vice President of AT&T IoT Solutions and General Manager of Smart Cities. “Our initiative with Applied Information is a great example of our growing effort in public safety to help cities become safer and more connected to their citizens.”
The Applied Information and AT&T collaboration provides a complete suite of Glance™ Smart Cities connected transportation technologies including emergency vehicle traffic signal preemption, bus rapid transit signal priority, connected crosswalks, smart school zone beacons, connected traffic calming device and theTravelSafely™ smartphone app.