State and Local Government Make Safer Roads with IoT

In 2010, the northern region of the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) was hit with a new issue: ice.

Instead of taking the pricey ways of pre-emptively salting and sanding roads before each potential ice-producing incident, the ADOT&PF did what other states and native governments around the country are doing: They turned to the Internet of Things technology.

The ADOT&FP deployed its IoT solution — a mix of measure stations and sensors placed on their own vehicles, with Microsoft Azure IoT that would analyse and clean the information equipped by these outlets within the 2015-2016 winter season. The agency saw benefits rapidly. It provided equivalent services with 25 % less budget and helped scale back weather-related automobile accidents.

The accident reduction was quite that was hoped for.  The biggest advantage of the program is the main focus on increasing safety and quality for northern Alaska residents.

The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that over the subsequent thirty years, America’s population can grow by 70 million people, and freight moving across roads, rails, pipelines, and airports can increase by 45 %.

The new project can expand the footprint of this infrastructure and permit the UDOT to accelerate development toward a broad system for assembling, observation and sharing connected and autonomous vehicle information.

The platform is absolutely meant at its core to be knowledge management, information access and information handiness platform taking advantage of the accurate information to be returning in from connected cars.

In June, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) declared a partnership with Panasonic Corporation of North America to develop a complicated transportation information network that they predict can improve safety and quality on the road by sharing information between vehicles, infrastructure, roadways, and traffic operators in real-time