Sep 25, 2017 | Atlanta, GA
On Thursday, September 14, the City of Atlanta launched the North Avenue Smart Corridor. The approximately $3 million project is being funded by the RENEW Atlanta bond and is receiving technical support from Together for Safer Roads, a coalition of global private sector companies, across industries, collaborating to improve road safety.
“The North Avenue Smart Corridor really is a game changer for the City of Atlanta,” said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. “When it’s complete it will connect many vital institutions, companies, and facilities with new smart city technology on the major east-west corridor. Through projects of this scope, Atlanta will become a national leader in the smart cities movement.”
Georgia Tech President G.P. “Bud” Peterson joined Mayor Reed on stage and spoke about the importance of this city-university partnership.
“We’ve got a lot of really smart people at Georgia Tech and because of the Mayor’s initiative and RENEW Atlanta we’re able to get those people and the expertise they have and then connect that with real-world problems here in Atlanta,” said Peterson.
As the City’s official research partner on this project, Georgia Tech is helping develop, deploy and evaluate smart technologies aimed at improving public safety, environmental health and traffic congestion along the corridor.
“Georgia Tech has been an invaluable partner,” said Faye DiMassimo, general manager of RENEW Atlanta. “Georgia Tech has helped us assess the technologies that we were considering for deployment along the corridor and they’re also going to be here for the longer term to help evaluate the success of those.”
Mike Hunter, assistant professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is leading Georgia Tech’s work along North Avenue.
“The direct impact of the Georgia Tech project is going to be on quality of life,” said Hunter. “If we can reduce emissions, we can reduce pollution in the city [while reducing peoples’] gas mileage.”
The event included informational booths showcasing companies currently involved in the North Avenue Smart Corridor and others who are hoping to get involved in the future. Applied Information, a metro Atlanta-based company, is the partner providing all of the connected vehicle infrastructure for the corridor. The event also showcased an autonomous shuttle bus from Transdev, which circled the event on a closed loop.