Street Smarts: Carlsbad, Calif., Is Working with Residents to Create a Connected Community

City officials, however, weren’t the only ones to weigh in on the current and proposed digital projects. Residents are also playing a key role in shaping the city’s plans, and that logical move helps ensure the end results are effective, according to David Graham, Carlsbad’s chief innovation officer…

Resident response has helped the city identify what the most effective digital initiatives would be, such as adaptive traffic signals. The city is currently in the process of installing those, something Ray says the community has been excited about.

Instead of data feeding into a traffic management center where a human being must consistently reprogram the signalization, the traffic signals, which have been deployed in three corridors, are able to communicate with each other and react to current conditions. The signals also leverage artificial intelligence-based software.