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Georgia School Zones Made Safer with IoT Ahead of New School Year

By Ken Briodagh
August 01, 2018

According to a recent announcement, The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) has installed technology from Applied Information to improve road safety in school zones across the state with the company’s smart beacon product, powered by AT&T connectivity. Georgia is the first state to deploy Applied Information’s IoT technology for school districts statewide.


The program connects school zone beacons – those flashing signs that are intended to slow drivers down as they pass by a school – to the Internet of Things (IoT) to make them more reliable and more responsive in the event of a change of schedule caused by inclement weather, biannual time changes, holidays or other disruptions.

The Glance School Zone Beacon System was developed by Applied Information, in collaboration with AT&T for secure wireless connectivity and Temple, Inc.for installation and maintenance. The technology is being installed at more than 300 schools in 118 Georgia Counties in time for the first bell of the 2018 school year.

Each smart beacon has its own cellular modem to handle all communication, enabling traffic engineers using their smartphone or tablet to determine if the beacons are operating correctly and, if necessary, instantly alert the appropriate resources in the event of lamp or battery failures. AT&T’s 4G/LTE mobile network will power the smart beacons and AT&T’s IoT platform, AT&T Control Center, will be used to manage the solution on the backend.

“Making school zone beacons smarter is a perfect example of how we can use connected technology to improve safety on our roadways,” said Bryan Mulligan, President of Applied Information. “GDOT is to be commended for taking the lead to improve safety around school zones on such a large scale and in such a short amount of time to be prepared for the new school year.”

“Mobile technology is becoming more integrated into existing traffic equipment to help make school zones safer for school children and drivers,” said Mike Zeto, VP, AT&T IoT Solutions and General Manager of Smart Cities. “Our initiative with Applied Information is a great example of our growing effort in public safety to help cities become safer and more connected to their citizens.”


Ken Briodagh is a writer and editor with more than a decade of experience under his belt. He is in love with technology and if he had his druthers would beta test everything from shoe phones to flying cars.

Edited by Ken Briodagh

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