The Traffic Management Centre now has the scalability required to meet the city’s expected growth in the future
The City of San Antonio has been able to streamline motorists’ journeys and reduce the resources needed to maintain its traffic management network with its use of cloud-based technology from network solutions provider, Cradlepoint.
The technology is also helping the city in south-central Texas to scale its traffic management system to meet high population growth expectations and will also enable it to initiate a range of smart city initiatives.
The city is currently home to 1.4 million people so traffic congestion had become a major problem for both the residents and traffic officials when its legacy management system experienced inconsistent remote communications support. In response, the City of San Antonio began utilising Cradlepoint solutions for always-on, cloud-managed primary LTE connectivity across its distributed traffic network. The new system managed to realise a nearly 100 per cent rate of communication across its network.
San Antonio’s Traffic Management Centre is responsible for nearly 1,400 intersections across the city. Its complex legacy network included a mesh of a dozen radio towers and 300 wired and wireless access points that served as reference nodes to the rest of the network. However, its legacy infrastructure performed inconsistently, only allowing staff to engage with about 60 percent of the city’s intersections. This created a serious issue, as staff need constant access to the traffic network to centrally monitor key applications, troubleshoot problems, and adjust the clocks that synchronise traffic lights and flow.
Cradlepoint helps the City of San Antonio overcome these issues with cloud-managed COR IBR1100 LTE routers as the primary WAN source throughout the traffic management network. Most importantly, the Traffic Management Centre now has the scalability required to meet the city’s expected growth without sacrificing speed or connectivity.
“As the commutes for our motorists began to slow, we knew we had to implement a new solution that would address our network communication issues. However, this could be a huge, intimidating undertaking for staff of just 16 individuals,” said Marc Jacobson, manager, City of San Antonio’s Traffic Management Centre. “Cradlepoint took the uncertainty out of the equation and changed our mindset to the point that we are beginning to come up with new ways to utilise cloud-managed LTE to make our jobs easier, and to make the ride better for everyday commuters.”
Cradlepoint is dedicated to providing solutions that integrate the best of cloud, SDN, and 4G LTE to not only address the network issues of today, but also to easily scale networks to efficiently meet future demands.
Cradlepoint chief marketing officer, Ian Pennell, said: “For the City of San Antonio, this means the Traffic Management Centre can initiate smart city initiatives, begin to ease traffic congestion, and create a better commuting environment for residents, tourists, and future San Antonians.”
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