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Columbus builds connected vehicle environment


The city of Columbus has chosen the Kapsch TrafficCom to oversee the infrastructure integration of the city’s Smart Columbus Connected Vehicle Environment (CVE).



The CVE aims to increase safety and mobility for vehicle operators and improve pedestrian safety in school zones by deploying connected vehicle (CV) infrastructure on the roadside and CV equipment in vehicles.


Multiple transport projects


The CVE, which is one of several transportation-related projects in the Smart Columbus programme, will also provide sources of high-quality data for traffic management and safety purposes.


Kapsch will supply its roadside unit ITS Station 9160 (RIS-9160) at over 100 Columbus intersections to support vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) safety and mobility applications. The RIS-9160’s technology is scalable to allow for easy upgrades to device capabilities.


In addition, the Kapsch Smart Cities Control Centre (SC3) will be used to configure, monitor, and gather live data from the entire environment. This data will be integrated into the Smart Columbus network with the ultimate goal of improving mobility for local residents while improving the safety and efficiency of the transportation network.


The CVE project will integrate connected vehicles into the city’s transportation environment by installing in-vehicle and roadside technology, and by deploying CV applications that will enable enhanced safety and mobility features.


"Kapsch systems are designed to foster connected mobility between people and data among highways and urban areas"


The CVE will generate the transportation-related data that is needed by the connected vehicle applications. Kapsch will complete the RSU installation by February 2020, and monitor the status of the RSU network through the end of the demo period in March 2021. Partner subcontracters are Econolite, Path Master, and Danlaw.


Smart Columbus was founded in 2016 when the city of Columbus won the Smart City Challenge led by the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT).


“Columbus leads the way in defining what it means to be a smart city,”said Chris Murray, president of Kapsch TrafficCom North America. “Kapsch systems are designed to foster connected mobility between people and data among highways and urban areas, and integrating the Columbus CV environment is an ideal application of our solutions.”


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