The city of Dallas in the US state of Texas has selected Ericsson to deploy an Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS) based on its in-house Connected Urban Transport solution.

The solution will enable the city and adjacent locations to collect and analyse real-time data from traffic sensors and cameras to dynamically control traffic lights, school flashers and message signs.

It is expected to allow the city authority to enhance its knowledge about traffic issues, as well as facilitate operational decision-making to improve traffic flow.

City of Dallas chief information officer William Finch said: “The smart way to becoming a Smart City is the intentional focus on making data actionable.

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“Ericsson’s solution offers a lot of potential through the modernisation of our traffic management technology.

“It is from this technology that we will derive more robust data, that leads to greater business intelligence, which in turn enhances our application.”

“Ericsson’s solution offers a lot of potential through the modernisation of our traffic management technology.”

The new solution features an ecosystem to share data with other organisations in a controlled way to improve collaboration, a dashboard to provide a central overview and key performance indicators (KPIs) to track the city goals and monitor suppliers’ performance.

It also features automation where one system can alert another in case of threshold violation to trigger faster responses.

Ericsson IoT head Jeff Travers said: “The quality of a community’s transportation infrastructure is a major factor in business and industry investment decisions.

“The Dallas metroplex is one of the fastest growing areas in the country. Our Connect Urban Transport solution will enable the city to manage growing traffic and increase driver safety more efficiently and at lower cost.”

Installation of the new system began at the end of last year and is expected to be completely operational by 2020.