Each year, the Partnership for Inclusive Innovation supports communities across Georgia through the Georgia Smart Communities Challenge community research assistance program. Georgia Smart empowers communities to envision and plan for a smarter future by providing opportunities to work with Georgia Tech and university researchers to advance local initiatives. In 2020, the City of Valdosta was one of four communities supported by Georgia Smart for their “Traffic Monitoring and Communication System to Improve Safety, Connectivity, and Efficiency” project.
Over the last year, the City of Valdosta project team have piloted a smart traffic management system connecting all 128 city traffic signals, with enhancements to the system including hardware and software upgrades at signals and in the traffic control operations center and installation of communications responders in city fire trucks. They have also deployed a corresponding TravelSafely app so that community members can stay engaged with all smart signals.
Please join the Partnership and the Georgia Planning Association for the City of Valdosta’s final project presentation. We will celebrate the progress this project has made over the last year while learning more about the process, technology, and support necessary to make this a reality in other Georgia communities.