Portland Turns to Smart Sensors to Enhance Traffic Safety

Portland, Ore., wants to use technology to make sure its streets are safe for all its residents. Last month, the city council approved a measure to spend a little more than $1 million to install 200 smart sensors around the city’s three deadliest streets to help monitor traffic.

The sensors, which use technology from Intel, are part of Portland’s wide-ranging Smart City PDX initiative. Last month, Portland and its partners on the project touted the smart traffic pilot as the first major milestone of the smart city plan. The other partners include AT&T, General Electric and Portland General Electric.

Portland says the sensors, which are being installed on light poles, will provide constant counts of vehicles and pedestrians as well as data about vehicle speeds.