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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

Smart Summer Maintenance Tips for School Beacons

Flashing School Beacon Maintenance Tips

Many schools use school zone flashing beacons to reduce the speed limit during the school start and end times. While all drivers are taught to slow down in school zones, flashing beacons increase driver compliance by drawing attention to their speed and/or the speed limit. These reductions in speed are important given that a person’s odds of surviving a vehicle impact fall from 90 percent at 10 mph to just 20 percent at 40 mph.

Municipalities must ensure their school … Continue Reading

How much does a connected school zone flashing beacon system cost?

Web connected flashing school beacon system technology

A cloud-connected, school zone flashing beacon system can significantly improve school zone communication and safety, and in turn enhances pedestrian, bicyclist and driver safety. Adding remote access to your school beacon system adds a new level of convenience, accuracy, safety and efficiency to each beacon location, as well as your entire network.

When departments begin their search for upgrading or replacing their school beacon systems, the first questions are often about pricing. How much will it cost to install a … Continue Reading

Local Government Challenges with Autonomous Vehicles

Autonomous Vehicle Challenges

Driverless cars, or autonomous vehicles, may seem like futuristic technologies that are decades away from the mass market, but BI Intelligence estimates that there will be over 10 million self-driving cars on the road by 2020. That’s only a fraction of the ~250 million vehicles on the road, but it represents a blistering 134 percent annual growth rate.

Tesla’s AutoPilot is the most well-known example of a near-fully-autonomous vehicle, but there are a growing number of other vehicles with autonomous-like … Continue Reading

The SteerSmart initiative: Working to protect vulnerable young drivers

The SteerSmart initiative: Working to protect vulnerable young drivers

Bryan Mulligan, CEO of Applied Information and host of TravelSafely radio, recently interviewed Atlanta native Lauren Winborne founder of the SteerSmart program. SteerSmart is an educational initiative and non-profit organization centered around protecting vulnerable, newly-licensed, and inexperienced high school and college drivers. Winborne is also a mother to six children, which is how her concern and passion for safe driving was born.

SteerSmart’s unique approach

SteerSmart’s mission is to help young motorists survive their early years of driving. The program … Continue Reading

Tesla Model 3 Review and Test Drive

Watch as Peter Ashley and Jeff O’Brian test drive the Tesla Model 3 and the TravelSafely application in Lawrence Kansas.… Continue Reading

Where emergency vehicle preemption will be in five years

Where emergency vehicle preemption will be in five years

Technology is rapidly changing the transportation industry, and emergency vehicle preemption systems are no exception. Optical-based preemption technology is being replaced by new innovations, and the progress of change seems to be picking up speed.

As wireless and cellular communications grow, so will the sophistication of preemption systems. The next five years will see exponential advancements in connection and inter-connectivity.

New levels of connection

Emergency vehicles will be connected to, and interact with, the transportation infrastructure in new and unthought … Continue Reading

Smart ways to improve your ISO rating

Smart ways to improve your ISO rating

The Insurance Services Office (ISO) is an organization that assesses property risk and scores fire departments across the United States. The Public Protection Classification, or PPC, is a program developed by the ISO that measures how well a city is equipped to fight fires. After a review, the fire department is scored and given an ISO rating that reflects their performance.

The PPC is an essential tool for cities and fire stations to know where they stand and how they … Continue Reading

How does the Glance Preemption and Priority System Work?

Preemption and priority systems provide emergency vehicles with green lights, so they arrive at the scene of an incident faster and more safely. While this technology has been in existence for a number of years, the Glance system from Applied Information utilizes a new generation of innovations to reduce arrival times while increasing safety. Here’s how the Glance preemption and priority system works.

Glance Emergency Vehicle Preemption and Priority System

Getting Connected

The Glance system is fundamentally different from older radio-based or line-of-sight systems. The solution seamlessly … Continue Reading

How smart cities are connecting preemption and priority systems to connected vehicles

How smart cities are connecting preemption and priority systems to connected vehicles

When preemption meets connectivity, the result is not only a quicker route for emergency service vehicles, it means a safer one, too. While preemption and priority technology has continually evolved, the addition of a cellular connection is a game-changer for the traffic and transportation industry.

Cellular connection brings wide-spread benefits

Cellular connectivity not only allows you to pinpoint the location of an emergency vehicle, but it also offers the ability to clear traffic ahead of their arrival at the upcoming … Continue Reading

Everything connected to Everything is a tipping point

Everything connected to Everything is a tipping point

I believe at this very moment our industry is facing an important tipping point. Each year a disturbingly high number of people are killed on our roads. Traffic and congestion are getting worse, and the effects on the environment are substantial. The big question is, how are we going to use technology to solve these issues?

Historically, transportation technology providers have focused on delivering boxes, gadgets, and software, and delivering these technologies to the government who owned and operated the … Continue Reading

The real return on investment (ROI) for Smart City Technology

The real return on investment (ROI) for Smart City Technology

When considering an upgrade or update of your transportation technology infrastructure, the investment you make should be not only wise but also forward-thinking. You should expect more than a single solution that solves a single need. Smart city transportation technology solutions allow you to gain added value with your investment. By anticipating future expenditures and requirements today, you can avoid costly upgrade expenses in the future. This ability creates a measurable return on your capital outlay.

Technology for today and

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