October 25, 2017
CONTACT: Lindsey Wiles
City of Marietta
MARIETTA – The City of Marietta is pleased to announce it has been recognized by the Intelligent Transportation Society of Georgia (ITS Georgia) with the 2017 Innovation: Outside the Box Award for the for the Marietta TravelSafely App. The award was given on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at the Annual Awards Luncheon.
The Marietta TravelSafely app is designed to save lives by reducing first responder response time and making drivers, cyclists and pedestrians more visible to each other and improving traffic flow. Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians in the City of Marietta will be the first in the United States to connect to each other with a smartphone app that provides information from traffic signals and warns of approaching first responders and alerts the driver when entering a school zone.
Using the app, vehicles will be notified they are in a school zone, when the beacons are active, and be given a warning if they exceed the school zone speed limit by 10 MPH. Vehicles approaching intersections will communicate with traffic signals so drivers can adapt to traffic flow. Another feature of the app notifies drivers of cyclists and pedestrians ahead who in turn will be warned if a vehicle is approaching at an unsafe speed. Anyone driving, cycling or walking in the city can use the app which will automatically work in the city’s 23 square mile area.
The technology behind the TravelSafely app is developed and manufactured by Applied Information, Inc. with deployment by Temple, Inc.