Applied Information to deploy BRT priority system on Atlanta’s new Smart Corridor


One of the leading developers of intelligent transportation systems for smart cities, Applied Information Inc. (AII), has announced that in partnership with system integrator Temple Inc., it will supply connected vehicle technology to the City of Atlanta’s second smart corridor.

The Campbellton Road Smart Corridor will provide traffic signal priority to MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) rapid transit buses at intersections providing for more reliable travel times for riders. AII’s Glance Preemption & Priority Systems will be deployed, with Intersection modules installed in traffic cabinets and onboard mobile modules fitted to MARTA’s bus rapid transit (BRT) fleet. The system seamlessly combines cellular, 900MHz radio transmission, and GPS technology into one, easy-to-use tool. Enhanced GPS with dead reckoning mitigates any low-signal areas. The technology will also provide motorists who travel down the corridor with access to the TravelSafely smartphone app, which provides red-light running warnings and ‘Get Ready for Green’ alerts prior to lights changing from red to green. The TravelSafely app also connects drivers, cyclists, pedestrians and the transportation infrastructure for a safer mobility ecosystem.

Applied Information’s Glance Smart Cities Supervisory technology will be deployed at 23 intersections along Campbellton Road, from the Oakland City MARTA station to I-285. The area serves landmarks such as Fort Mac LRA, Tyler Perry Studios, Greenbriar Mall and the Oakland City MARTA Rail Station. The Glance Smart City Supervisory platform enables cities to manage all their traffic and ITS assets on one web-based application. The platform monitors and manages all types of Internet of Things (IoT) devices and transportation equipment, including traffic signals, school flashers, emergency vehicle preemption, transit and freight priority, and ITS systems.

As part of the Renew Atlanta infrastructure improvement program, in September last year, AII and Temple deployed the city’s first Smart Corridor on North Avenue; a route with an extremely high crash rate. The project saw the installation and use of over 100 IoT sensors at 18 signalized intersections, an adaptive signal timing system, vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications, and reconfiguration of the existing roadway through restriping to support crash reduction and the future widespread deployment of autonomous vehicles.

“The smart cities technology being deployed on Campbellton Road will simply make the buses work better and the ride more enjoyable, with less unnecessary stops at intersections,” said Bryan Mulligan, president of Applied Information. “Now the travel time for buses can be less than cars, which makes taking the bus more attractive than driving.”

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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).