Cisco partners with Cohda Wireless to connect Australian roads

Cisco and Cohda Wireless are set to start rolling out a connected roadways infrastructure across Australia following a four-year partnership.

The networking vendor is expecting to start selling the Connected Roadways solution through its Australian channel partners next year.

The solution, which is primarily aimed at improving safety, will install Cisco IR809 routers and Cohda Wireless Road-side units MK5 on Australia’s roads in order to gather traffic data.

The data will then be sent to connected vehicles bearing a Cohda Wireless on-board unit warning them of traffic disruptions and hazardous conditions. In addition, the technology will also warn drivers when a vulnerable pedestrian is on a highway via signals from their smartphones.