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Community Engagement through Information Technology

Develop and deploy a multi-functional hardware/software platform that informs, entertains and secures pedestrians, cyclists and motorists

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Creating urban walkable environments requires a myriad of functions that allow the City to communicate with the area. The combination of information gathering, coupled with information disseminating allows flexibility for all times of the day and evening. Based on traffic, surface transit systems, pedestrian counting, cyclist activity, weather, sound levels, air quality and other factors, critical and helpful information can be used by those passing by. All the data collected can be harvested to predict future needs. 

For our solution, we propose to engage Davra systems to provide the dashboard, data analysis and triggers to the Intellistreets platform. Davra will couple all of the citie's available transportation information an make it available at site-specific locations. in the case of this pilot, one site in Grand Rapids would be used.  


Describe who will use your solution (1,000 characters)

#1 A motorist finds traffic backed up. Ahead, they see a pulsing amber light indicating something is not right ahead. The LED sign indicates that an alternate route should be taken. An announcement is heard asking people to move to the right allowing an emergency vehicle can pass. #2 A pedestrian is approaching the area and notices an elderly person in need of assistance: they are lost and need directions. The information button is pushed and the directions are given. On the other hand, the senior may need more assistance and that is provided forthwith. #3. A cyclist is noticed headed toward a busy intersection by the visual analytics system. A pedestrian is beginning to cross the intersection unseen by the cyclist, but seen by the camera. A visual, audible alert is issued. #4. The National Weather Service issues an alert, The alert is displayed and the announcement is made. #5 Same as above for Amber Alert. #6. Background music/community adverts are displayed

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Pilot - you have implemented your solution in a real-world scenario
  • Ready to Scale - you have completed and expanded your pilot and are seeing adoption of your solution by your intended user

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

37 years in business and a staff of 45 lighting designers, programmers, web developers, and field technicians travel the globe providing aesthetically pleasing environments. Our staff specializes in automated and cloud-based systems that are easy to maintain and monitor. We have a small industrial design team that provides drawings and documentation for customizing applications to the customer's needs.

Size of your team or organization

  • 11-50

Funding Request

  • $100,000

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

The proposed pilot will be sustainable. Other than software adjustments, the hardware has been deployed for five years with little or no maintenance. Future revenue can come from many sources: Advertising revenue, leases to communities, direct system purchases. Energy providers have expressed interest in replacing their lost energy revenue from lighting chang-outs with leased services. Automakers may embrace this concept as a safeguard or a vehicle to pedestrian and city to vehicle tool. Sectors include corporate campuses, all educational systems, parks, airports and ports.

Describe how you would measure the success of your pilot (1000 characters)

The only gauge of success that matters is that the pilot reveals a future-forward methodology for community engagement, safety, and information. Hopefully, we will never really know how many lives this can save, but if the citizens embrace the pilot, we would consider it a success.

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Thanks, Tom
In so many ways, the Intellistreets system is an incubator for other applications; many yet to be discovered. We have found that our firm has learned as much from our end users as we had predicted through the development and product launch many years ago. We knew in the early stages that "smart" had been poorly defined and often misused in the nascent IoT world. An IoT system that is self-limited predicts that more singular systems would be required as the applications unveiled themselves. We endeavored to provide all the tools to grow with a communities needs by offering all forms of media-driven responses directly to the streets.

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