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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

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

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