New ‘Smart Installation and Community Dashboard’ will inform city and installation leadership on rapidly changing traffic and weather conditions that impact post operations
(Washington D.C, January 24, 2022) – US Ignite proudly announces the award of a $1.17M contract from the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) to support the Installations of the Future Program within the office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations, Energy and Environment).
The contract will support the design and implementation of a new predictive model analyzing traffic and weather data to optimize traffic management and responses to inclement weather at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colorado. US Ignite’s model will provide information learned from the data set through a ‘Smart Installation and Community Dashboard’ that will use a dedicated CBRS wireless network, open-source data, and smart sensors to provide leadership at the city and the installation with real-time analysis of traffic and weather conditions.
"A predictive model that analyzes risk factors associated with forecasted traffic and weather conditions is imperative for decision-makers charged with determining what stays open and what closes during challenging weather at Fort Carson." Eric Werner, Director of Autonomous Vehicle Programs
“A predictive model that analyzes risk factors associated with forecasted traffic and weather conditions is imperative for decision-makers charged with determining what stays open and what closes during challenging weather at Fort Carson,” said Eric Werner, Director of Autonomous Vehicle Programs at US Ignite. “We will use emerging technologies to display analysis in a common operating picture that adds reliable traffic and weather forecasts to improve the accuracy and speed of decisions.”
US Ignite will work with ERDC scientists, engineers, and developers to leverage data supplied by the Smart Transportation Testbed at Fort Carson in combination with the City of Colorado Springs’ network of smart sensors to create a powerful decision-making tool. The ‘Smart Installation and Community Dashboard’ will be powered by software that can distill these large data sets into easy-to-interpret information with critical indicators to guide operational decisions. Over time, this data will help illustrate areas that can be more efficient through reduced traffic congestion and improved guidance to the staff and soldiers on the installation.
The dashboard will communicate real-time information and predicted risk analysis in a clear and visual manner, serving as powerful instruments to address mobility and public safety issues. With this new predictive model and data dashboard, Fort Carson Installation leaders expect to mitigate transportation and public safety challenges at installation entry points and within Fort Carson using enhanced analysis regarding wait times at select gates, risks created by weather conditions, and predicted road closures.
Previously, US Ignite worked with ERDC and the Installations of the Future Program to launch the Fort Carson Smart Transportation Testbed. For more information on these efforts and other related projects, visit the Smart Bases and Installations program page on our website.
About US Ignite:
US Ignite is a high‐tech nonprofit with a mission to accelerate the smart community movement. Our public-private partnership programs leverage advanced networking and data science to drive key outcomes for communities. Our work also enables new opportunities for wireless and IoT research designed to help narrow the gap between cutting‐edge experimentation and scalable, real‐world technology deployments. For more information, visit: www.us-ignite.org