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May 31, 2021 | Tom Ballard

Chattanooga notches two more “Smart 50 Awards”

For the third year in a row, Chattanooga has walked away with two of the “Smart 50 Awards” presented global for the most innovative and influential work to develop smart cities.

As the name implies, the top 50 projects are recognized annually by a partnership comprised of Smart Cities Connect, Smart Cities Connect Foundation, and US Ignite. For Chattanooga, which is branding itself as a regional smart city research hub, the recognition reinforces that reputation on an international basis.

The two projects that won this year are collaborations involving the Center for Urban Informatics and Progress at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and the City of Chattanooga’s Smart City Division. They were:

  • The “Chattanooga Regional Crash Prediction Model” which can predict where roadway crashes will occur based on historic record, weather, and roadway geometric data; and
  • The “Pedestrian Analysis Along The East M.L. King Boulevard Smart Corridor” which uses LIDAR technology to study how pedestrians and vehicles interact so that near-miss incidents can be mitigated in the future.

The first project, which was recognized for the second consecutive year, also involves Hamilton County and the “Chattanooga Smart Community Collaborative,” while the latter includes Seoul Robotics and Ouster Lidar.

More information about both projects, as well as the other 48, can be found at this link.



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