Austin, TX teams with NTT to speed smart city deployment

May 28, 2020
NTT’s Accelerate Smart data platform, as well as modular data center infrastructure for edge deployments, will monitor traffic-related issues in downtown Austin using Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

The City of Austin, Texas and NTT Corporation (NTT) on May 27 announced their intention to partner on an NTT Accelerate Smart pilot project that will use new smart city technologies to analyze vehicular traffic patterns, ease congestion and support community planning in Austin.

NTT’s Accelerate Smart data platform, as well as modular data center infrastructure for edge deployments, will monitor traffic-related issues in downtown Austin using Internet of Things (IoT) devices deployed at the intersections of Cesar Chavez Street and Trinity Street and Neches Street and 8th Street.

The smart city project will collect traffic-related and mobility data through vehicle counting and classification, as well as wrong-way vehicle occurrences, to provide real-time notifications and better inform city planners on how to implement appropriate solutions to fit traffic patterns.

“We are piloting NTT because these solutions have the potential to help Austin digitally transform how people move safely through the city,” commented Jason JonMichael, assistant director of Smart Mobility, Austin Transportation. "By better understanding the data and causal effects of problems we see in challenging areas, we can develop effective solutions that meet the community's needs."

Using IoT, NTT will deliver the city real-time alerts and traffic statistics that improve municipal predictions and outcomes. The NTT Accelerate Smart service will collect and detect data to enable the city to make informed recommendations for effective transportation planning aligned with its Vision Zero initiatives.

JonMichael added, “Evaluating data is key to reaching our Vision Zero goal of eliminating fatalities and serious injuries on Austin roadways. Smart technologies like this one will help us prioritize improvements to make our streets safer.”

The pilot program is designed to provide automated deployment and operation of necessary information and communications technology (ICT) resources from devices and networks to the cloud. This will allow the city to focus on improving traffic conditions through analysis, and process data more efficiently without worrying about deployment and optimization issues.

“For the City of Austin, traffic management is a critical component to minimize the challenges of rapid, significant growth,” said Akira Shimada, Senior Executive Vice President, NTT. “Our Accelerate Smart solution will help the City of Austin in their pursuit of pedestrian safety goals and position them for continued innovation to improve the lives of residents and visitors.”

NTT notes that its Accelerate Smart platform was developed as a joint initiative across NTT’s global operating companies. The platform uses a secure, distributed network as a platform solution built on NTT’s innovative Cognitive Foundation architecture, and incorporates hyper-converged infrastructure and IoT gateways, as well as virtualization software hosting predictive analytics applications.

Following the initial pilot project, the City of Austin and NTT plan to evaluate the viability of extending the pilot and potentially adding locations. To learn more about NTT’s Accelerate Smart solution, visit NTT DATA’s website.

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