Applied Information today announced that its TravelSafely™ Smartphone app has been selected as winner of the Social Impact Award from Mobile Breakthrough, an independent organization that recognizes the top companies, technologies and products in the global wireless and mobile market today.
“The concept behind the TravelSafely app is to create a community of drivers, cyclists and pedestrians united by technology to create a safer, more efficient and enjoyable travel experience,” said Bryan Mulligan, President of Applied Information. “Once motorists, stopped for a red light, hear TravelSafely say ‘get ready for green’ they immediately respond. Drivers want the convenience and the safety features come along with it.”
The TravelSafely Smartphone app, being deployed in select cities in 2017 and 2018, enables motorists to communicate with traffic signals, emergency vehicles, school zones, cyclists and pedestrians to make travel safer and improve traffic. By running in the background and using audible alerts, TravelSafely prevents distracted driving and provides an additional level of awareness and safety. A popular feature includes a countdown to green at traffic signals and an audible alert that the light is about to change – Get Ready for Green.
The mission of the Mobile Breakthrough Awards is to honor excellence and recognize the innovation, hard work and success in a range of mobile and wireless technology categories, including Cloud Computing, Mobile Management, Wireless and Broadband, Mobile Analytics, IoT and Smart City and many more. All nominations were evaluated by an independent panel of experts within the wireless industry.
“While this year’s awards program yielded an impressive set of advanced mobile and wireless technologies and apps, the Social Impact Award is a particularly important award for our program as we look to highlight technologies that can positively impact society,” said James Johnson, managing director, Mobile Breakthrough. “The promise of Applied Information’s TravelSafely app, enabling motorists to communicate with traffic signals, emergency vehicles, school zones, cyclists and pedestrians, is an impressive technology that can help create a safer travel environment for all. We congratulate the entire Applied Information team on their well-deserved industry recognition and positive social impact.”
Most Americans would welcome any way to reduce their time in traffic, with the average U.S. work commute at 25.4 minutes, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Now comes a tech tool that will do just that while making drivers safer.
Applied Information is developing the Glance TravelSafely™ smartphone app that allows two devices people use every day, smartphones and traffic lights, to talk to each other. With increased communication yielding greater knowledge and smoother connections, the tool will help drivers shave time off their commutes.
“It’s the whole business of making the transportation system work more effectively,” Bryan Mulligan, president of the Suwanee, GA-based transportation tech innovator, told Channel 2 WSB TV News. “Something has to be done, and I think it’s time for the private sector to step up.”
The TravelSafely app provides commuters with a countdown to green lights and alerts of upcoming red ones. It can also warn drivers who are taking a curve too fast, speeding in a school zone or when pedestrians and bikers are approaching.
Applied Information’s app is scheduled to launch during the holidays. Channel 2 reported that the first large-scale smart tech projects will take place in Atlanta, just down the road from AI’s headquarters.
“This is what the future looks like,” Mulligan said.
Applied Information is pleased to announce the development of our new connected vehicle smartphone application – Glance TravelSafely™. The app leverages cutting-edge technology to make the promise of connected vehicle systems a reality, and keep each other safer on the roads.
TravelSafely brings accurate and up-to-the-second connected-vehicle communication to motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians through an app on their smartphones. The application leverages connections with Applied Information’s Glance Smart City Supervisory System™, enabling communications with school beacons, emergency vehicles, and traffic light systems.
Citizens using the TravelSafely app are seamlessly connected to your city and other motorists using the app. Through a carefully crafted set of alerts, users are made aware of potentially dangerous road conditions. Examples of how citizens will use TravelSafely include:
The Signal Phase and Timing components of TravelSafely alert drivers when traffic lights will change. Red light running alarms are generated if the system detects the vehicle will run a red light.
Drivers are alerted when they are speeding in a school zone. TravelSafely communicates with your school beacons to only provide a warning if the beacon is active.
Through direct integration with the Applied Information preemption system, motorists are alerted to where the emergency vehicles are coming from.
Cyclists and other Vulnerable Road Users are alerted of speeding vehicles. Additionally, motorists who are speeding near the cyclists are alerted to their presence.
Drivers are alerted when they are speeding in a work zone. TravelSafely detects if you are in a work zone to only provide a warning if the work zone is active.
TravelSafely communicates data over cellular communications and/or Dedicated Short-Range Radios (DSRC). The application is delivered as a free download in partnership with cities and municipalities who utilize the Applied Information Smart City Supervisory System.
This smartphone application brings high-tech communications to users as well as making communities safer. TravelSafely’s cutting-edge technology is making the promise of connected vehicles a reality.
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