The City of Atlanta, Georgia recently launched the North Avenue Smart Corridor – a project leveraging multiple “smart” technologies that will convert data into actionable information to transform operations in this important traffic corridor. It’s designed to facilitate and promote safety for pedestrian and bicycle traffic; use technology adaptive traffic signals for a safer, more efficient flow of bus and vehicular traffic in real time conditions and prioritize fire engines and ambulances traveling along the corridor on emergency response calls. The $3 million project is funded by the Renew Atlanta Infrastructure Bond program.
“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.”
The project is a partnership between the City and the Georgia Institute of Technology. The institute will be able to store and analyze data generated by the Smart City tools, giving it the opportunity to conduct original research and analyze trends. The City will then use the research and analysis in short and long-term transportation planning.
“We’re very excited about Georgia Tech’s role in Atlanta’s Smart City initiative along the North Avenue corridor,” said Georgia Tech President G. P. “Bud” Peterson. “By collecting and analyzing data and traffic patterns in the area immediately adjacent to our campus, our students, faculty, and staff can partner with the City of Atlanta to create a safer and more efficient place to live, work and play, while dramatically improving the overall quality of life in our community.”