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Scottsdale uses new tech to improve traffic flow

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -

When you're trying to drive on city streets during rush hour, it's frustrating to keep hitting red lights that are not in sync with current traffic conditions.

Now the city of Scottsdale is addressing this problem with state of the art technology.

To speed up traffic flow, Scottsdale city workers installed video cameras so they can precisely match traffic light sequencing with the flow of traffic.

What makes this unusual is that it's being done on a wireless mesh network.  It delivers live video to the traffic control center.

It will form the basis of Scottsdale's state of the art "wireless intelligence transportation system."  The maker of this technology says it will save the city about $250,000 a year.

This kind of technology has been used before, but for security reasons.

During the Super Bowl in Glendale, the Department of Homeland Security worked with local police to monitor intersections, which reduced the number of the police officers needed on the ground. Police could  watch a live video feed of various intersections at one location.

A public announcement about this new technology is scheduled for June 26th.

Video: FOX 10's Kristen Keogh reports.

Online: www.firetide.com

 

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