Atlanta’s Smart Corridor uses smart cameras to move traffic

Citilog video detection solutions at the core of Atlanta’s mobility

“By allowing the use of existing and already deployed Axis cameras to implement traffic data collection, the project truly embodies the Smart City spirit that is working across silos and mutualizing resources within the city for the greater good.” Troy Galloway, Arcadis, ITS/Traffic Manager Renew Atlanta/TSPLOST.


On September 14, 2017 the City of Atlanta, Georgia launched the 2.3 mile North Avenue Smart Corridor – a $3 million project leveraging multiple “smart” technologies in order to transform traffic operations on this important mid-city corridor that carries nearly 29,000 vehicles a day. North Avenue was chosen for the Smart Corridor Project because of its relevance as a major east-west artery in the City of Atlanta serving prominent institutions (Georgia Institute of Technology, The Coca-Cola Company and Georgia Department of Transportation, among others). The corridor includes numerous routes, key bicycle routes, as well as 18 signalized intersections between Northside Drive and Freedom Parkway. One goal of the overall project is to better understand and optimize the traffic on the Smart Corridor. Ultimately, the direct impact of the project is going to be on quality of life: reducing emissions and pollution in the city.


In 2015, the City of Atlanta had installed a number of video surveillance cameras to monitor parts of the current Smart Corridor site. The city was able to use those cameras as traffic sensors: provide traffic statistics and provide traffic data to operate and optimize intersections in real time. In April 2017, the City of Atlanta selected 360ns, a Georgia company with strong experience in providing intelligent transportation and mobility solutions. 360ns selected Citilog’s SmartTraffic-td image processing application to provide real time traffic data and statistics. The application was installed directly on the 84 existing AXIS M1125 Network Cameras to communicate with the existing traffic controllers as well as the new traffic management system, SURTRAC, deployed within the scope of the Smart Corridor Project.


By enabling real-time adjustments to traffic light timing, the combination of Axis cameras, Citilog’s SmartTraffic-td application, SURTRAC and traffic controllers improves travel times and reduces waiting time at intersections.

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