Smart city researchers from around the world will be able to study Smart Corridor+ through an online portal with continuously updated data.
Researchers at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s Centre for Urban Informatics and Progress (CUIP) have been awarded a $1.37m grant from the National Science Foundation to create a smart corridor in the downtown area of the city.
The “Smart Corridor+” will be created along a section of the existing ML King Boulevard Smart Corridor, a 1.2-mile stretch used by CUIP to study traffic flow, public safety and transportation, environmental impacts and other quality-of-life issues.
Through an online portal, researchers from around the world will be able to study Smart Corridor+ through video, high-speed internet connectivity, computer analysis, performance-measuring tools, continuously updated data and other technology to reduce pedestrian injuries and coordinate autonomous and connected vehicles.
“Smart Corridor+ is a major step forward for Chattanooga’s smart city research community,” said Kevin Comstock, director of smart city for Chattanooga.
“The city will be able to offer state-of-the-art research technologies to the nation’s top smart city researchers. It’s a huge win for everyone involved.”
In addition, Smart Corridor+ will be available to high school students in the Chattanooga area, growing education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
CUIP works with university and laboratory researchers across the country, and Smart Corridor+ gives it the capability to collaborate with even more.
“We have been working toward this for some time now, and it wouldn’t have happened without our close collaboration with the city of Chattanooga, EPB and the Enterprise Centre,” said CUIP director Mina Sartipi.
“Securing funding for this initiative is exciting. We want Chattanooga to advance as a hub for smart- and connected community research and development,” she said.
“This effort exemplifies how smart infrastructure can serve as a platform for innovation that can really make a difference in people’s lives”
Once implemented, Smart Corridor+ is intended to support growing computer science, engineering and smart city research in Chattanooga.
David Wade, EPB president and CEO, described Smart Corridor+ as “another major step” in the effort to utilise Chattanooga’s smart city infrastructure to research and pioneer solutions that can enhance quality of life for the people in our community.
He added: “This effort exemplifies how smart infrastructure can serve as a platform for innovation that can really make a difference in people’s lives in terms public safety, improved traffic flow, positive environmental impacts and more.”