The City of Sacramento has invested heavily in laying the digital foundation that will eventually enable smart city solutions to thrive in the years ahead. In 2017, the city formed a public-private partnership with Verizon to bring smart city infrastructure and services to its more than 2 million residents. Running mostly on the new Verizon One Fiber backbone, Verizon’s suite of smart city solutions helps improve broadband accessibility to various communities and helps reduce traffic congestion and accidents.
The effort began with the design and installation of two transportation safety solutions to better manage traffic flow and reduce fatal incidents. The Intelligent Traffic Management (ITM) solution, a combination of in-ground and micro radar sensors, provides near real-time data on traffic capacity, speed and vehicle movement. The Intersection Safety Analytics (ISA) solution, as part of the Vision Zero initiative, uses imaging sensors to dynamically respond to real-time traffic conditions and help reduce accidents.
For both solutions, Black & Veatch performed site visits to assess constructability around existing conditions. The team worked with the city to gain access to traffic signal poles, traffic pedestals and underground conduits to develop optimized designs for proposed cable routing and equipment installation. Detailed construction drawings were then developed for permitting. The collaborative effort between Black & Veatch, Verizon and the city helped reduce cost and time associated with new conduit trenching.
The third component of Verizon’s smart city offering was the delivery of free public Wi-Fi to 27 city parks, where Black & Veatch provided constructability, design, permitting and installation/construction services. Verizon would bring the fiber backhaul to each park and terminate at a demarcation point within the Right of Way. Black & Veatch’s scope was then to tie into this point and bring Wi-Fi into the interior of the parks.