Chicago transit-occupancy system wins IoT Deployment of the Year Award

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IoT innovator Digi International’s transit-occupancy pilot project with the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and City Tech Collaborative has received the IoT Deployment of the Year Award from IoT World.

In response to the need to provide safer transit during the Covid pandemic, City Tech and the CTA deployed an IoT smart transit pilot on the 79th Street bus route to provide real-time insights on bus occupancy to help the CTA proactively meet route ridership demand, reduce both passenger crowding and wait times and provide a safe, socially distanced rider experience.

Digi routers provided Wi-Fi detection that tracked unique riders while Digi Remote Manager – the command center of an intelligent network—was utilized to configure, deploy and manage remote devices and assets securely at the edge.

“We are proud to be named a winner in this year’s IoT World Awards, particularly for a collaborative project that aimed to solve unique challenges brought on by the pandemic,” says Digi business development director for government, Steve Mazur. “While Covid-19 paused many smart city and transportation projects, it prompted an impactful one in Chicago, where citizens rely heavily on public transit.

“By taking part in this pilot, Digi helped demonstrate the value of IoT technology in solving current challenges within core functions of society as well as building a solid foundation for future operations that prioritize the greater good.”

IoT World’s awards series celebrates innovative individuals, teams, organizations and partnerships that advance IoT technologies, deployments and ecosystems. This year, a panel of judges from Omdia, Informa Tech and the industry chose winners based on innovation, market traction and other factors.

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Tom has edited Traffic Technology International magazine and the Traffic Technology Today website since May 2014. During his time at the title he has interviewed some of the top transportation chiefs in charge of public agencies around the world as well as chairmen and CEOs of multinational transportation technology corporations. Tom's early career saw him working on some the UK's leading consumer magazine titles. He has a law degree from the London School of Economics (LSE).