The City of Dallas has selected Ericsson to install and host an Advanced Traffic Management System based on the company’s Connected Urban Transport solution.
The city says its vision for the traffic system is an intuitive and easy-to-use interface that automates and facilitates system monitoring, management, maintenance, and performance monitoring across departments, as well as between cities and counties.
Ericsson explains that he Connected Urban Transport solution will give the City of Dallas and the wider urban area the ability to aggregate and analyse diverse, real-time data from traffic sensors and cameras to dynamically control traffic lights, school warnings and message signs. The solution will allow the City of Dallas to expand its knowledge about traffic issues and assist with operational decision-making to improve traffic flow.
William Finch, Chief Information Officer for the City of Dallas, says, “The smart way to becoming a Smart City is the intentional focus on making data actionable. Ericsson’s solution offers a lot of potential through the modernisation of our traffic management technology. It is from this technology that we will derive more robust data, that leads to greater business intelligence, which in turn enhances our application.”
The main features of the system include an ecosystem to share data and system services with other organisations in a controlled way – which aims to increase collaboration and empowerment of other departments, travellers and transport service providers, a dashboard to have one central overview, across agencies, of the status of all systems – for quick troubleshooting, key performance indicators (KPI’s), to monitor and track the city’s goals and suppliers’ performance – for performance and contract management and automation, where one system can trigger or notify another system when thresholds are violated – for faster responses and reduced workload.
Jeff Travers, Head of IoT, Ericsson, added, “The quality of a community’s transportation infrastructure is a major factor in business and industry investment decisions. The Dallas metroplex is one of the fastest growing areas in the country. Our Connect Urban Transport solution will enable the city to manage growing traffic and increase driver safety more efficiently and at lower cost.”
It’s expected the system will be fully operational by 2020.