Denver to implement $12M smart technology transportation framework
- The Denver City Council approved a four-year, $12 million smart technology program that will lay the groundwork for a full-fledged smart network, according to The Denver Post and others.
- The program — aimed at improving pedestrian safety, traffic congestion and freight truck travel — involves installing IoT technology to connect traffic signals, pavement and signs with vehicles. The system would provide real-time information and feedback to improve traffic flow.
- The project is funded through $6 million in federal grants and an equal funding match from the city.
The framework for this connected vehicles and streets program can be found in Denver's 2016 proposal for the federal Smart City Challenge program. Denver was one of the finalists but Columbus, OH ultimately won the $50 million grant to implement its smart city proposal. Denver has resurrected its original concept and secured some funding to move ahead with installing the IoT technology.