Solutions for today and the future
The need for intelligent transportation is on the rise. Cities across the United States — and around the world — are racing to build living spaces and infrastructures to capitalize on an unprecedented wave of urbanization. Statistically, the number of megacities (populations greater than 10 million) grew from two in 1970 to ten in 1990, then more than doubled to 23 in 2010. That number is expected to surge to 37 by 2025. These cities already drive more than 60% of the world’s gross domestic product, so the economic implications of winning or losing the race are significant.
At the same time, technology is improving at an exponential rate. Millions of devices in these cities are capable of collecting and exchanging data as part of the expanding Internet of Things (IoT).
In order to make these communities sustainable and livable, planners and businesses are developing intelligent transportation systems. Smart cities of today and the future need to connect vehicles to infrastructure, use data and analytics for smarter decisions and utilize traffic sensing to improve safety and efficiency. Solutions need to solve today’s problems yet be able to handle emerging technology. No matter the transmission method — cellular, WiFi, DSRC, radio — communications need to be reliable and secure.