Miovision highlights four agencies using its intersection technology as basis for smart city strategies

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Canadian transportation technology developer Miovision has revealed details of its work with four public agencies in the USA and Canada.

Miovision’s smart intersection systems improve existing traffic flow, commute times, public safety and urban planning, while helping communities take the first steps toward a full-scale smart city ecosystem.

Because the company’s technology is open, cities can use it as the foundation for further smart city innovation, with more than 17,000 cities around the world already implementing its technology.

The four agencies highlighted by Miovision are: the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), the City of Stratford (Ontario), Orange County (Florida), and Pima County (Arizona).

MassDOT improved commuter travel times and signal optimization after installing Miovision’s TrafficLink at several intersections around the state. As part of a FHWA pilot program, the agency implemented automated traffic signal performance measures (ATSPMs) and used hard data to measure signal performance. MassDOT was able to remotely control signal timing, diagnose problems from a central location, and proactively respond to problems, reducing split failures, where traffic was not able to clear an intersection during a single green phase, by 44%.

Stratford plans to be the first city in Canada to not only embrace autonomous vehicles, but build the connected infrastructure needed to communicate with cars on the streets. The city’s economic development corporation tapped Miovision to build the network that will be installed at all the city’s 24 traffic signals, and applications that will allow the vehicles and infrastructure to communicate with each other. The connected vehicles will gain signal phase countdown, emergency vehicle alerts and road hazard warnings.

In Orange County, Miovision’s SmartLink devices provide remote connectivity and communications at several intersections. When there is a problem, the central signal controller is automatically notified so it can be fixed quickly. The county also uses the devices to collect traffic and signal data to make better operational decisions, maintain the network remotely, and ensure that traffic keeps moving safely and efficiently.

Pima County installed several Miovision devices to remotely monitor traffic signals, collect data and measure traffic patterns before, during and after an Arizona DOT construction project along the I-10 corridor. New data helped traffic managers mitigate its impact, and also improved traffic flows at other intersections, reducing congestion, improving safety and lowering emissions.

“Intersections really are the perfect place to launch smart city initiatives,” said Kurtis McBride, CEO and co-founder of Miovision. “In the short term, drivers can get to their destinations more quickly and safely, and in the longer-term, connected intersections create a network on which future innovation can be built.”

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