AWS finds new solutions

Forward-thinking public agencies are turning to a new breed of solutions provider to address current traveller needs. They work with system integrators, independent software vendors, and consultants to innovate using Amazon Web Services (AWS) to improve traffic safety, construction project management, analytics and reporting, and secure identification. Phil Silver, a state and local government transportation leader at AWS, provides examples of how builders on AWS are transforming transport using technology
December 8, 2021
vPhil Silver, a state and local government transportation leader at AWS
Phil Silver, a state and local government transportation leader at AWSPhil Silver, a state and local government transportation leader at AWSPhil Silver, a state and local government transportation leader at AWS

Improving traffic safety

Government technology (GovTech) firm Iteris relies on AWS to offer their customers end-to-end solutions for smart mobility infrastructure management. At the intersection, for example, Iteris combines cloud-based analytics with advanced sensors to make sure that signal timing maximises driver, pedestrian and cyclist safety, optimises traffic throughput, and reduces red light incidents. Iteris helps monitor intersection health, provide proactive alerts, optimise signal timing, and calculate travel time reliability, while deploying vehicle-to-everything technologies to ready cities and states for the further proliferation of connected and automated vehicles.

At the transportation network level, Iteris’ cloud-based ClearGuide identifies the underlying causes of congestion and delay at intersections, arterials, and highways to support states such as California, Georgia, and North Carolina, regional agencies such as Los Angeles Metro and Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organisation, and local municipalities such as Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Lakeland, Florida.

According to McKinsey, by 2030, about 95 per cent of new vehicles sold globally will be connected, meaning they can share anonymous data on speed and volume. GovTech Waycare uses connected vehicles (CVs) as a cost-effective supplement to roadway sensors. Gartner estimates that each CV generates 280 petabytes of data annually, making cloud an ideal way to store and analyse it. Waycare is leveraging this data for key insights to be found, extracted, analysed, and translated to produce actionable insights and predictions for traffic safety and congestion management.

Enhancing the infrastructure inspection process

AWS Technology Partner HeadLight automates the traditional paper-borne process for infrastructure inspection. They capture geolocated video and image data for improved reporting and decision making to help build and repair bridges, roads, and other critical infrastructure. Every construction project at the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development uses HeadLight, and over one million observations delivered a 28 per cent increase in productivity of inspectors. Agencies can prioritise their critical work by inspecting more projects and prioritising maintenance and repairs when and where they need to happen first. Quality of life has also improved since inspectors don’t need to come to the office to physically file reports. Other benefits include risk mitigation against project delays and defects. There is often at least a 75 per cent reduction in claims because there is more data available in real-time. HeadLight is used by a number of public infrastructure owners, including departments of transportation in Utah and Rhode Island.

Delivering effective constituent services

The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) worked with AWS Consulting Partner Enquizit to develop and execute a data migration roadmap, combining all USDOT agencies who were in various phases of their own cloud journeys. In six months, this transformation moved USDOT from a decentralised patchwork of disparate departments without internal transparency to an upskilled, security-compliant setup operating efficiently on the AWS Cloud. This process started with a portfolio discovery to identify a map of current system capabilities and migration paths. As a result, USDOT can consolidate information from multiple sources to provide up-to-date and actionable data to states and local government.

Identity, security, and biometrics firm Idemia, an AWS Technology Partner, provides secure identification services for the Transportation Security Administration as well as departments of motor vehicles. This includes mobile identification (ID) services for the Arizona DOT (ADOT) Motor Vehicle Division. Idemia enables a digital version of driver’s license and other state-issued ID in a smartphone app with support for physical and online ID verification. Idemia’s Mobile ID augmented identity solution complements physical forms of identification, providing privacy and enabling secure, authenticated, and verified transactions for drivers in Arizona, Oklahoma, and Delaware.

The above examples demonstrate how these companies all build on the AWS Cloud to provide their public sector customers with modern tools to improve safety, quality-of-life, and mobility experiences for the traveling public. Contact AWS to learn more about what modernisation looks like on the ground in the transportation sector.

For more information on companies in this article