In early 2017, the City of Sacramento entered into a public-private partnership (P3) with Verizon Wireless. Verizon designated Black & Veatch as its preferred smart cities deployment partner for its Smart Communities efforts. Black & Veatch is working with Verizon to improve traffic and broaden internet access by deploying multiple, smart city technologies in Sacramento.
The $100 million project will help reduce car accident deaths by studying traffic flow. Intelligent sensors will be installed at 12 intersections on two major corridors in Sacramento, in addition to providing intersection safety analytics at 15 intersections to help reduce pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities. The project also includes deploying community Wi-Fi in 27 parks and is driving 5G connectivity to the smart city edge devices
The City of Sacramento will be able to:
- Capture data to reduce traffic congestion by effectively moving traffic through intersections
- Adapt traffic signals by aggregating data in real-time in response to traffic patterns
- Offer kiosks to help citizens find their way, access information on weather, public safety and nearby events and communicate with city government
- Offer community Wi-Fi to public areas and to those who may not have had access in the past
The effort also includes a Vision Zero component. The national program seeks to eliminate traffic fatalities on city streets.