FCC grants Applied Information nationwide US licence for DSRC


The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has granted Applied Information a nationwide Intelligent Transportation Service (ITS) licence in the 5.9 GHz spectrum band that authorises the company to provide dedicated short range communications (DSRC) for the infrastructure and in vehicles.

The nationwide DSRC license enables the company to provide vehicle to infrastructure (V2I) connected vehicle communications for the transportation infrastructure, including traffic signals, school zone safety beacons and other electronic traffic control and information devices. Applied Information has deployments of DSRC radios in several states.

Previously it was incumbent upon individual roadway operators to gain the appropriate licence for DSRC deployment. The new license for Applied Information takes that burden away from DOTs and means technology can be rolled out more efficiently.

Applied Information was previously granted three geographic licenses to operate cellular-vehicle to everything (C-V2X Direct) by the FCC. Applied Information’s Dual-Mode/Dual-Active technology enables both DSRC and C-V2X Direct radios to communicate simultaneously.

“Our approach is to remove the uncertainty surrounding the ‘radio wars’ for connected vehicle technology thereby providing roadway operators with the confidence to deploy today,” said Bryan Mulligan, Applied Information president. “Infrastructure deployment of connected vehicle technology provides Day One encounters for equipped vehicles when they roll off the sales lot enhancing safety at intersection and school zones to name just a few.”

Applied Information has developed a Dual-Mode/Dual-Active Roadside Unit and Dual-Mode/Dual-Active Onboard Unit for mobile infrastructure such as emergency vehicles for traffic signal preemption, transit buses for traffic signal priority and vehicles involved in roadside work zones.

Applied Information is an industry-leading developer of  connected, and intelligent transportation system (ITS) solutions designed to save lives, improve traffic, drive commerce, and help the environment. Applied Information’s Glance Smart City Supervisory platform enables cities to manage all their traffic and ITS assets on one web-based application. Key product areas are smart traffic signals, school zone flashing beacons, emergency vehicle preemption, transit, and freight priority and ITS systems. AI’s free TravelSafely smartphone app connects drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians, and the transportation infrastructure for a safer mobility experience.

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Tom has edited Traffic Technology International (TTi) magazine and its Traffic Technology Today website since May 2014. During his time at the title, he has interviewed some of the top transportation chiefs at public agencies around the world as well as CEOs of leading multinationals and ground-breaking start-ups. Tom's earlier 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).