New Smart Intersection Technology Miovision May be Coming Soon to the Region

October 25, 2018, Kitchener, Ontario

Posted by: Robert Deutschmann, Personal Injury Lawyer

The Region of Waterloo has grown and anyone driving here knows that the traffic and the number of traffic lights has grown as well. The ROW has about 500 traffic signals and has grown significantly over the last decade. The Region is now examining a proposal to adopt new technology from a local Kitchener based technology firm Miovision.

Miovision has been in the Region for 10 years and has a ‘smart intersection’ technology that has been implemented globally, including 150 municipalities in North America. The software allows for better co-ordination of traffic using real time data. It has been shown to provide a 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by reducing and eliminating unnecessary stopping and slowdowns. Miovision also shares the data with other municipalities allowing traffic planners and urban planners to build smarter cities.

There is currently a great deal of frustration among drivers who move along arterials seemingly from red light to red light, particularly when there is little traffic coming from other directions.

The Region says that the implementation of the new smart intersection technology will help ease traffic woes, frustration, and will help the ROW achieve its climate change emission targets. This sort of technology has also been linked to reducing accidents as a result of reduced driver frustration (fewer people running red and yellow lights to 'get through').

A budget paper is now being considered at the Region, and there is a good deal of support for adopting local technology to solve local problems.

Miovision bills itself as the Smart City provider:

When you choose Miovision as a foundation for your smart city, you get a platform that solves your immediate traffic problems, while laying the foundation to help meet all your future needs. The Miovision smart city is designed to help your city achieve the following six impacts:

  • Open Innovation
  • Safer streets
  • Reduced congestions
  • Complete sTreets
  • Emissions and Air Quality
  • Innovative Traffic Teams

You can read all about the technology on their website. Let’s hope that implementation of these new technologies occurs, that we continue to support good local solutions to our problems over foreign ones, and that the traffic begins to flow more smoothly soon.

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