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The City of Dallas

Coordinating traffic management across city limits in Dallas-Fort Worth

The challenge

Made up of dozens of separate municipalities spread across 13 counties, Dallas-Fort Worth is the fourth largest metropolitan area in the United States. While the population growth in the region has been steady for decades, it has sped up significantly in the last few years. According to census estimates, the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex gained nearly 400 new residents each day between 2015 and 2016. That population explosion has helped put the roads in North Central Texas on the list of the most congested in the world.

As population has expanded, the borders that divide municipalities in the Dallas-Fort Worth region have created hurdles for collaboration. Attempting to keep pace and prepare for continued growth, the traffic authorities in each city have been hindered by outdated, incompatible legacy technologies and unaligned processes

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The Highlights

  • Population growth and outdated systems have created traffic gridlock in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
  • Four cities in the metroplex have launched a regional system employing the Ericsson Connected Urban Transport ITS platform.
  • Coordinated information sharing is now possible between agencies within a city and between municipalities.
  • Performance monitoring and maintenance of all connected devices can now be done through a single system.
  • The cities in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex can provide positive and measurable results to citizens.

The solution

connected urban transport in dallas

By choosing Ericsson to install and manage an Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS) based on Ericsson’s Connected Urban Transport solution, the cities of Dallas, Fort Worth, Irving and Richardson are breaking down the barriers that have been holding back progress. By applying real-time data from traffic sensors and cameras to automate and dynamically control traffic lights, warning signals and message signs, the solution assists with improved traffic flow and operational decision-making.

Not only are these cities updating traffic operation systems and infrastructure, they are now able to collaborate and share data, regardless of legacy platforms. To increase collaboration between municipalities and transport service providers, Connected Urban Transport serves as an ecosystem meeting point, where data is shared across organizations in a secure and controlled manner.

Powered by Ericsson IoT Accelerator, Connected Urban Transport supports advanced traffic management through an intuitive and easy-to-use interface. All software is configured and updated remotely from the cloud, meaning software updates are done without any interruptions in operational processes, and without significant changes in staffing requirements.

New traffic system will help Dallas ease congestion

Answer transport challenges and exceed expectations

Connected Urban Transport helps transportation authorities – on a city, regional and na­tional level collect, connect, monitor, and monetize real-time data in a protected environment.

  • Smooth onboarding and operation with system management from Ericsson
  • Quick troubleshooting of systems across all involved agencies with a status and control dashboard
  • Easier supplier contract management with KPI monitoring and tracking
  • Increased oversight and alignment of internal performance goals
  • Faster response and reduced workload with automated triggers and notifications 

With a cooperative purchase agreement in place, procurement processes are easier to coordinate amongst multiple agencies, both within a single city, and across municipalities. Trackable performance data allows agencies to continually improve processes, and become more accountable to taxpayers.

Many cities have smart transport projects, but with Connected Urban Transport, multiple cities in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area can securely cooperate and coordinate in real-time.

- Dr. Brenda Ann Connor, Head of Smart Cities and Intelligent Transportation Systems at Ericsson

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The results

Set to be fully operational in 2020, the new traffic system in the Dallas-Fort Worth region has already led to measurable improvements in the first quarter of deployment. With real time analysis of their performance initiatives, city officials in North Central Texas are creating results for the economy and the environment, while empowering the citizens who travel throughout the region everyday.

The smart way to become a smart city is the intentional focus on making data actionable. Ericsson’s solution offers a lot of potential through the modernization of our traffic management technology.

– William Finch, Chief Information Officer for the City of Dallas

By reducing congestion, commute times are reduced, as are fuel consumption and air pollution. Better traffic light operations and warning systems are reducing accidents, while response times to incidents will continue to improve through better data sharing and traffic coordination.

These Texan cities are setting an example for collaboration across city lines. With a platform that can handle today's hold-ups and stay viable in the future, Connected Urban Transport is helping increase traffic flow on existing roads, simplify acquisition processes, increase value for taxpayers, and ultimately, make the the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex a better place to live and work.

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