Raleigh IoT startup lands ‘smart cities’ partnership to improve public safety in Denver

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RALEIGH — MeterSYS has landed a partnership to make Denver a “smart city.”

The Raleigh-based startup has teamed up with Boulder AI to bring its Internet of Things (IoT) service platform and advanced metering solutions to the Mile High City.

The result: safer traffic crossings for pedestrians, the partners say.

The exact terms of the partnership were not disclosed.

“With more pedestrians, bicyclists, and other alternative forms of transportation sharing roadways with vehicles on city streets, our clients are looking to use IoT technologies to improve how they manage traffic signals and infrastructure at school crossing zones, high-traffic intersections and multi-modal lanes,” said Andy Honeycutt, CEO of MeterSYS, in a statement.

“We selected Boulder AI as a partner because they have figured out how to solve important transportation and mobility problems with a cost-efficient and easy to deploy IoT solution.”

For those not in the know, a smart city is an urban area that uses different types of electronic IoT sensors to collect data. Insights gained from that data are used to manage assets, resources and services efficiently; in return, that data is used improve the operations across the city.

In this case, MeterSYS’ platform enables transportation planners and engineers in Denver to automatically access data and insights in real-time, rather than relying on snapshots of manually collected historical data to make decisions.

Boulder AI’s artificial intelligence (AI) driven platform is then used to make decisions based on those traffic flow analytics and pedestrian behavior to inform real-time interventions and long-term projects.

“Boulder AI is working with tier one partners like MeterSYS to bring our visual intelligence solutions to local governments, because they all face similar operational challenges when it comes to transportation planning and safety,” said Bryan Schmode, chair and CEO of Boulder AI’s board.

“We believe other cities across America will follow suit, as traditional surveillance systems that rely on the performance of on-site servers or streaming videos to the cloud are costly, consume too much bandwidth, and cannot provide latency required for real-time safety detections.”

Founded in 2015, MeterSYS provides customized end-to-end metering technology (AMI) and Smart City/IoT/AI solutions. It has around 50 employees and is headquartered in Raleigh, with an office in Sacramento, California, according to LinkedIn.

Original Article Source: WRAL TechWire