The City of Irving, Texas, was the host for this year’s ITS Texas Annual Meeting. With a range of planned technical sessions and learning opportunities, the conference brought together transportation professionals from across the public and private sector for three days of workshops, presentations, academic learning, and vendor exhibition. As a state that consistently showcases their commitment to transportation innovation and

Last week Mesa, Arizona was host to the 26th annual ITS Arizona conference. The event brings transportation professionals together from across industries to share ideas, research, and experiences adopting intelligent transportation technologies to build safer, more equitable networks. With the population of Maricopa County alone accounting for over four and a half million people, and Mesa ranking the third-largest city in

The rapid rise of urban dwellers is pushing cities across the globe to become smarter by incorporating information and communication technologies to enhance the overall quality of their urban services. The end result of these efforts in urban pockets around the world — at first theoretically and increasingly, in real life — are called smart cities. One of the most important

Written by: Rachel Rasmussen Last weekend the City of Surrey hosted B.C.’s debut Vision Zero Summit, joining the growing number of agencies tackling the now global initiative to eliminate traffic fatalities. A sombre affirmation to the importance of the cause, Surrey documented their first fatal crash of 2019 involving a pedestrian on February 8th, the morning of the summit. Born out of

Written by: Rachel Rasmussen Last week a few members of the UL team stowed their umbrellas and flew to sunny California for the much-anticipated National League of Cities (NLC) City Summit, hosted this year in Los Angeles. The leadership-in-government advocacy group curates the City Summit annually as an opportunity for corporate leaders across all 50 U.S states to exchange best practices

Written by: Leah Hanvey A few weeks ago, while I was visiting Helsinki, Finland on vacation, I attended a tech meet-up where I had the pleasure of meeting Juhani Kantola, CIO of Forum Virium Helsinki. With no previous knowledge of what the organization was or did, Juhani educated me on the somewhat unconventional structure of the organization: a completely independent organization

Every day, over a billion people drive from point A to point B. That transit of a billion people, generates a considerable amount data. What’s more, traffic data collection can give us deeper knowledge of how people use roads and it is increasingly becoming an integral part of building smart cities. Learning where those millions of cars, trucks, mopeds, and

Over the last few years, we’ve been hearing a lot of about the Smart Cities movement. With the formation of many industry groups, rapid changes in technology (self driving cars?), large vendors launching new product lines and investments occurring in startups, it’s easy to feel like we are on the cusp of moving towards the perfectly operated city.  Have Smart Cities been