The City Portland, Oregon is moving forward on its Traffic Sensor Safety Project, which is the first milestone for Smart City PDX, the city’s effort to use data and technology identify inequities and disparities in the city and then strategically apply data and technology to address those challenges.
For the Traffic Sensor Safety Project, the City is installing 200 Current by GE CityIQ sensors, powered by Intel IoT technology, AT&T, Current by GE and Portland General Electric, on three of Portland’s deadliest streets. The sensors will provide around-the-clock counts of vehicles and pedestrians as well as information about vehicle speeds. With this new data, city traffic engineers can improve street safety design and support Portland’s Vision Zero goal of making the streets safe for all users.
The sensor project, which installed new mast arms and the sensors on street light poles on the three corridors, costs $1,012,000. It was funded with general transportation revenue, system development charges and contributions by the project’s private sector collaborators.
The data gathered from the sensors will be collected in the Portland Urban Data Lake (PUDL). Part of the overall Smart City PDX initiative, PUDL will collect, store, combine, and analyze data from a variety of sources including the Traffic Safety Sensor Pilot. The goal of PUDL is to provide a foundation for data-driven decision making, helping the City of Portland to harness the power of data to improve City services.
In addition to improved data insights, the CityIQ open platform is designed to handle future growth using the exact same street lighting infrastructure, so Portland can continue adapting and developing new applications that meet the specific needs of the city and its residents.
Austin Ashe, Smart Cities General Manager for Current by GE, said his company will be working with Portland to extract bicycle data to better understand the bicycle traffic volume and cyclists’ interactions with vehicle and pedestrian traffic.
The safety project is part of Smart City PDX, the City of Portland’s urban data and technology strategy.