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Verizon-ADOT and MAG pilot program awarded for innovation in transportation technology

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Apr 3, 2024

Verizon Public Sector recently announced that their pilot program with the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) and the Maricopa Association of Governments has received a Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) Award in the Emerging Trends and Technologies category. This pilot program tested a new vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technology in Maricopa County, Arizona. TJ Fox, Senior Vice President of Industrial IoT and Automotive at Verizon Business, stated that the TSMO award demonstrates the potential of V2X technology to transform communication between state and local governments and drivers nationwide.

The program, a collaborative effort between Verizon Public Sector, ADOT, and MAG, explored the use of V2X capabilities to send time-sensitive safety information between vehicles on Arizona’s interstate and state highway systems. Susan Anderson, Systems Technology Group Manager at ADOT’s Transportation Systems Management and Operations division, explained that the goal of the pilot project was to ensure critical safety notices could be efficiently and promptly delivered to drivers. This initiative aimed to prepare for a future where vehicles can interact with transportation infrastructure.

During the program, Verizon Public Sector virtualized ADOT’s roadside units (RSUs), devices that collect and transmit traffic data, and utilized the public Multi-access Edge Compute (MEC) infrastructure to enhance the communication of real-time traffic information to drivers. The pilot program, which took place from December 2021 to May 2022, aimed to test and validate the effectiveness of this technology in improving safety on the roads. For more details about the pilot program, visit the Verizon Public Sector website.

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