New traffic sensors in Portland will help engineers produce better street designs

The city of Portland is celebrating the installation of 200 traffic safety sensors Monday.

The sensors are designed to make some of the city’s most dangerous roads safer. It’s part of Smart City PDX and will help with Vision Zero – a campaign to avoid traffic-related fatalities.The sensors will take pictures of the people and traffic in the streets and analyze what’s captured, including the number and speed of people walking, running, biking and driving.

There are more than 200 sensors in place. They’re installed onto light poles. Each sensor has two cameras that will record the data. The sensors can also record environmental data like temperature, pressure and humidity.