March 27, 2018
CONTACT: Lindsey Wiles
MARIETTA – The City of Marietta is pleased to announce it has been recognized by Smart Cities Connect with the 2018 Mobility Award for the Marietta TravelSafely app. The award was given on Monday, March 26, 2018 at the Annual Awards Gala in Kansas City, Missouri.
Smart 50 Awards, in partnership with Smart Cities Connect, Smart Cities Connect Foundation, and US Ignite, annually recognize global smart cities projects, honoring the most innovative and influential work. The Marietta TravelSafely app was given the Mobility Award due to the technology behind the app which will greatly reduce our first responders’ response time for calls for service and improve the safety of our citizens.
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 are 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 automatically works 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.