Dallas nears smart city goals with new traffic management system


The city of Dallas has commissioned an advanced traffic management system developed by Ericsson to reduce traffic congestion through improved traffic flow.

The system is based on Ericsson’s Connected Urban Transport platform and will enable the city of Dallas to use a single platform to acquire, integrate and analyse real-time data from traffic sensors and cameras to control traffic lights, school flashers and message signs in real time.

The system includes a dashboard which city officials will use to view the operations of traffic control infrastructure and technologies and an ecosystem which can be used for data sharing with external parties.

The dashboard will enable officials to check the status of all systems integrated with the Connected Urban Transport platform “for quick troubleshooting; key performance indicators (KPI’s) to monitor and track the city’s goals and suppliers’ performance – for performance and contract management, as well as automation, where one system can trigger or notify another system when thresholds are violated – for faster responses and reduced workload.”

The installation of the system began in the last days of 2017 and is set for completion by 2020.

Smart traffic management

In related news, the UK city of Milton Keynes is using £3 million in funding secured from Innovate UK to install and integrate smart traffic lights with some 2,500 artificial intelligence powered cameras to improve traffic patterns and ease congestion. Read more…


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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.