Over the last several years, tech industry pundits have been predicting that the Internet of Things (IoT) will take over the transportation industry. It’s always been a matter of when, not if, this will happen.
Just recently, the New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) selected two companies — Tilson and Mobility Tech — to manage the design and build of an Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) project along the F.E. Everett Turnpike.
Tilson is an information technology professional services and network construction company that builds, integrates and maintains technology and communications infrastructure, while Mobility Tech offers consulting and management services to public and private ITS, transportation engineering and construction companies.
The project will include the design, planning and installation of dynamic messaging signs, roadway detectors, closed circuit cameras and wireless communications systems linking the NHDOT Transportation Management Center to the ITS. Together, these systems will streamline incident management, facilitate greater fuel efficiency, create smart roads for handling future self-driving cars, and improve work zone safety.
“The ITS will deliver real-time traffic and road condition information that helps people travel more safely while assisting New Hampshire’s Department of Transportation to manage their facilities more efficiently,” stated Mike Costa, Mobility Tech Principal and strategic partner to Tilson. “Autonomous vehicles are right around the corner. The wireless infrastructure that Tilson builds out will be a key enabler to emerging technologies such as self-driving vehicles.”
The project will leverage the experience and qualifications of all organizations involved. Tilson will offer expertise in fiber optics, wireless construction, RF engineering and construction management, while Mobility Tech will handle planning, designing, implementing and operating the transportation technology projects. IBI Group will also offer deep ITS and systems engineering experience.