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Smart city technology goes to school

The Glance School Zone Flashing Beacon system gives local officials a simple-to-use interface to remotely view and control school beacons in their communities

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Zeto: "nothing is more important than keeping our loved ones safe"
Zeto: "nothing is more important than keeping our loved ones safe"

AT&T is providing wireless connectivity for use in a new flashing school zone traffic system for deployment in cities and counties across the US.

 

Applied Information’s Glance School Zone Flashing Beacon system gives local officials a simple-to-use interface to remotely view and control the school beacons in their communities.

 

Applied Information’s flashing beacons use a cloud and web-based software system. Each beacon has its own cellular modem to handle all communication, allowing personnel to determine if the beacons are operating correctly and, if necessary, instantly alert the appropriate resources in the event of lamp or battery failures. Additionally, officials can quickly adjust beacon schedules for weather events, special days (such as during holidays or early school closings) or in the event of an emergency. The AT&T mobile network with its Internet of Things (IoT) platform, AT&T Control Centre, is powering the wireless component of the solution.

 

“Smart city solutions are designed to address multiple needs of a city including public safety,” said Mike Zeto, general manager and executive director, AT&T Smart Cities. “Nothing is more important than keeping our loved ones safe, especially our children. That’s why we’re pleased Applied Information selected us as their IoT connectivity provider. Together, we’re helping create a safer environment for students who walk and bike to school.”

 

“This project showed the power of ‘low friction delivery’ where the AT&T cell connectivity is tightly bundled with the pre-configured Applied Information field hardware and cloud software,” added Bryan Mulligan, president, Applied Information. “This enabled the contractor…to deliver a working system of 270 school beacons [throughout the county] within a short five-day installation period.”

 

Georgia’s Gwinnett County is using the connected beacons to manage the school zone traffic in its communities. Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) is the largest school system in Georgia, with 139 schools and an estimated enrollment of 178,000 students for the 2016-2017 year.

 

The beacons have modernised the county’s school zone flashing beacon system,” said Tom Sever, traffic signal and ITS section engineer, Gwinnett County. “The result has been a 90 per cent reduction in the number of calls related to operation of school zone beacons due to improved communication with each beacon. We look forward to using the Applied Information system to provide reliable service to our citizens.”

 

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