Regions and municipalities in recent years have been moving their IT systems to a cloud infrastructure. Part of that modernization effort has involved using Internet of Things (IoT) sensors to boost efficiency, resilience, safety and innovation in transportation for both drivers and pedestrians. Despite a hiatus in efforts for some municipalities owing to pandemic-related priorities, many transit agencies are now stepping up their modernization plans.
For example, in Florida, Lake Nona has a smart city network of IoT sensors throughout its streets and buildings and is developing forward-thinking systems from the ground-up; Portland in Oregon is embarking on a data lake initiative to integrate and present data to help city analysts better understand problems and evaluate solutions.
Innovative use of transportation data isn’t limited to the ground either, sensors on Lake Nona’s semi-autonomous drone will gather data from the district’s planned vertiport — a vertical take-off and landing hub for electric air taxis.
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