To develop its TrafficLink hardware for collecting and transmitting video and other key data at busy intersections, Miovision turned to Opengear to ensure resilient connectivity no matter the conditions. The result has enabled forward-looking cities to solve congestion issues through smarter, data-driven traffic management strategies.

The Challenge

For city planners and engineers responsible for the flow of traffic within their municipalities, collecting accurate information on vehicle density, behavior, and incident patterns is critical for making informed (and often large-scale) decisions based on big data. To address this requirement and equip cities with an entirely new level of real-time traffic insights, Miovision developed a solution that utilizes video capture devices to automatically collect traffic data at intersections and other important high-density locations. Built into Miovision’s smart intersection solution are algorithms that automatically analyze that behavior – the number of vehicles, where they are going, the travel time between specific locations, etc. – with high accuracy.

Following the initial success of its portable video data collection device (Scout), Miovision set its sights on expanding the product to provide a more unified view of traffic infrastructure. The goal was to use data at intersections throughout cities and securely collect that data in the cloud. Doing so would deliver a more complete perspective on the flow of traffic – and provide key data points for cities’ traffic alleviation strategies.

However, implementing this technology included a number of challenges. Transmitting real-time data from locations across cities to the cloud necessitated absolutely resilient wireless data connectivity. Miovision knew it needed a solution that would leverage cellular capabilities and include a data server component could be situated within traffic cabinets near intersections and at other data-collecting locations. This meant that the solution would need to be durable enough to withstand temperature extremes and other environmental challenges that vary by location.

The Solution

After investigating the prospect of developing what it needed in-house, Miovision determined that the time-to-market for its TrafficLink platform would be much more rapid if the company instead formed the right partnership. Miovision thoroughly explored the marketplace and found Opengear had the requisite network connectivity resilience, cellular capabilities, and experience alleviating unpredictable environmental issues that Miovision needed in a long-term technology partner. Beyond this, Opengear distinguished itself as a strong fit from a relationship standpoint, as the similarly-sized companies showed a willingness to work and grow with one another.

Miovision TrafficLink hardware is based on an existing Opengear Resilience Gateway model, fit to purpose for Miovision’s unique needs. The biggest perceived hurdle was ensuring the complete reliability of the hardware components in traffic cabinet environments, where the temperatures can range between -29ºF (-34º C) and 165ºF (74ºC) – a challenging technical feat that the teams nevertheless achieved.

Opengear’s reliable out-of-band management capabilities were a crucial factor that affected the speed and success of the TrafficLink rollout,” said Matt Ignor, Director of Hardware Development at Miovision. “Developing our solution to withstand extreme weather conditions and meet strict specifications certainly posed a challenge, but Opengear delivered the technology and expertise we needed to get it done right.

The Results

Backed by Opengear’s technology and hardware development support, the Miovision TrafficLink solution now enables cities to utilize reliable data streams to solve traffic problems. Furthermore, cities can use Miovision’s hardware alongside existing equipment to communicate with their traffic cabinets via secure LTE cellular connections, making it simple to manage data communications, security, servers, and IT integrations. For municipalities, this puts in place an open and extensible solution that lays the groundwork for further smart city development down the road.

Visits to cabinets at traffic intersections for required maintenance are very, very rare thanks to the dependability of Opengear’s technology and the powerful backend capabilities built-in to address needs remotely,” said Ignor.

Miovision’s traffic solutions continue to deliver measurable – and impressive – results. Ingebaires SLU, a civil engineering consulting company based in Spain, has reduced traffic study costs by nearly 70% with Miovision. Chicago is making extensive use of Miovision in its initiative to become the most bike-friendly city in the United States. Similarly, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation was able to reduce instances where a line of traffic fails to clear an intersection during a single green light by almost 50%, greatly improving traffic flow thanks to technology from Miovision. In total, more than 17,000 cities have now implemented Miovision technology, helping them succeed in reducing drive times and pollution, among other benefits.