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How Smartphones Can Improve Traffic Safety

Smartphone Traffic Safety

Over the past seven years, smartphone ownership has more than doubled from 35 percent to 77 percent of the U.S. population, according to Statista. The number of smartphones worldwide is expected to surpass five billion next year, representing more than half of the global population.

In this article, we will take a look at how smartphones could revolutionize traffic safety and how your city can position itself to capitalize on these trends.
Smartphones are revolutionizing traffic safety from both Continue Reading

TravelSafely Radio: Eric Tanenblatt

On a recent episode of Applied Information’s radio show, TravelSafely, CEO and host Bryan Mulligan spoke with guest Eric Tanenblatt, Global Chair of Public Policy and Regulation with Dentons, the largest law firm in the world.

Tanenblatt also leads the firm’s US Public Policy Practice, leveraging his three decades of experience at the very highest levels of the federal and state governments.

As one of the nation’s preeminent public policy thought leaders, he was able to offer a unique … Continue Reading

How to Identify and Address Power Problems at Intersections

Dark Intersections

Traffic and pedestrian signals rely on the power grid, so it’s not uncommon for signals to go dark or experience power failures. Often, these power outages occur during severe weather or high winds. They can also occur due to poor wiring, grounding issues or bad transformers.

Dark intersections confuse motorists and increase the risk of an accident. This is especially true for streets with four to six lanes and for intersections with turn bays. In these cases, the right-of-way can … Continue Reading

ITS California Connected Vehicle Demos Put Cellular to the Test

ITS California Connected Vehicle Demos Put Cellular to the Test

The Intelligent Transportation Society of California recently held its 24th Annual Conference and Exhibition in Anaheim. At the event, organizations from around the world gathered to connect with the ITS community, discuss current trends in the industry and share ideas.

As a part of the conference, John Thai organized a vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) demo that was designed to showcase the latest in connected vehicle (CV) technology.

Thai’s specific goal with the showcase was to demonstrate how different technologies, from different vendors, … Continue Reading

5 Ways Smart Cities and Local Governments Will Use AI

The term artificial intelligence, or AI, often conjures up images of a futuristic all-knowing computer or human-like robot, but it’s better to think of it as you would the Internet. AI is a tool that changes the way that we work and interact with the world. By teaching computers how to think and act like humans, they can take over many tedious or time-consuming tasks.

Smart cities and local governments are leveraging this technology in many ways: The Minnesota Pollution … Continue Reading

Smart Ways to Proactively Monitor & Maintain Traffic Controllers

Smart ways to proactively monitor and maintain traffic controllers

It’s difficult to imagine driving before the age of traffic lights—that is, until you come across a dark intersection. Traffic comes to a halt, impatient motorists experience near-misses, and pedestrians have no safe way to cross the street.

Proactively monitoring and maintaining traffic controllers can avoid these issues and keep everything running smoothly. While this level of monitoring used to require a lot of resources, new technologies have automated these processes and can help you save significant time and money.… Continue Reading

TravelSafely Radio: Green to Scene with Jackie Gibbs

On a recent episode of TravelSafely radio, Bryan Mulligan of Applied Information interviewed retired Marietta Fire Chief Jackie Gibbs to discuss how traffic technology has improved roadway safety and emergency vehicle response time.

Rising through the ranks

Born and raised in Marietta, Georgia, Jackie Gibbs graduated from Southern Tech, now Kennesaw State, with a degree in Fire Science. During his tenure with the Marietta Fire Department, he continued his education and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering.

As he … Continue Reading

How Wireless Video Will Radically Transform the Way We Monitor Traffic

ITS Traffic Monitoring with Wireless Video

Video cameras are widely deployed in cities: Traffic enforcement cameras take pictures of license plates when drivers violate the law; police video surveillance cameras provide dispatchers with live video feeds; traffic sensor cameras recognize when a vehicle is at an intersection; and weather cameras help show road conditions in hazardous areas.

Most of these video cameras require fiber (rather than 28.8 modems) to deliver a non-latent video feed, which makes them very expensive to deploy. Fortunately, new wireless technology is … Continue Reading

What 5G technology is going to mean in Atlanta

What 5G technology is going to mean in Atlanta

According to Qualcomm Executive Vice President Don Rosenberg, fifth generation telecommunications will be as revolutionary as electricity for the automobile and benefit entire economies and societies. That’s a bold claim, but what will it mean for Atlanta?

The city is on AT&T’s very short list for 5G rollout later this year, which is a good thing. Economists estimate the global economic impact of 5G in new goods and services will reach $12 trillion by 2035, according to the World Economic Continue Reading

TravelSafely Radio: Keary Lord Talks Atlanta Traffic

TravelSafely Radio: Keary Lord Talks Atlanta Traffic

In today’s busy cities, improving transportation through innovation and technology is the most effective way to move beyond congestion and create safer roadways. While people generally consider it the government’s responsibility, it’s a partnership between the public and private sectors that will deliver the best ideas and the most efficient traffic solutions. When we combine our efforts, we’ll ultimately save more lives, drive commerce and protect the environment.

The Renew Atlanta Program

Atlanta’s North Avenue Smart Corridor, a product of … Continue Reading

How Renew Atlanta’s Smart City Corridor is a Model for What’s Next

Renew Atlanta Smart City Corridor Applied Information

There were over 40,000 traffic-related deaths in 2017, according to the National Safety Council, making vehicle collisions one of the leading preventable causes of death in the United States. At the same time, many growing cities struggle with keeping traffic congestion, air pollution and commute times down while maintaining all of their existing infrastructure.

Vehicle safety improvements, such as airbags and seatbelts, helped improve safety early on, but the decline in mortality leveled off several years ago as these features … Continue Reading

Georgia School Zones Made Safer with Internet of Things Technology

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 … Continue Reading

How to Reduce Response Times with a Preemption System

 

Preemption Systems

Most traffic lights feature a fixed green light sequence that doesn’t take into account emergency vehicles. While emergency vehicles are legally permitted to pass through a red light with sirens active, there’s always a risk that another driver will not notice them and strike the vehicle, making these intersections dangerous for everyone.

Preemption systems are designed to help emergency vehicles get where they need to go with minimal interference by automatically changing traffic lights to let them through. Unfortunately, … Continue Reading

Winter Horbal: Needing a Woman’s Voice in The Transportation Industry

The future of transportation is something that affects all of us. Sadly, 40,000 people a year are killed on our roads—a number that, over time, we’ve grown to accept.

Now is the time to leverage innovation, technology and partnership between the private sector and government to offer new methods of keeping us safe. It’s how we’ll save lives, improve traffic and help the environment. We ultimately need new ways of looking at things and new perspectives. Because the transportation industry … Continue Reading

A glance at new products for 2018

The core of Applied Information is transportation technology. In 2018, we’ll be rolling out four new product lines that take connection and information to new levels. Here’s what is on the horizon:

Pedestrian Crossing Safety System

Safety for pedestrians and cyclists is an important issue for cities. Last year saw yet another increase in road deaths and nearly 6,000 pedestrians lost their lives. This increase is unacceptable, so we’ve developed our new Pedestrian Crossing Safety System to counteract it. The … Continue Reading

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