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The Chattanooga Flavor of Smart Cities

Chattanooga, Tennessee was proclaimed on the national evening news as the “dirtiest city in America” by Walter Cronkite in 1969. Since then, the city has forged a path of renovation and re-creation and is now celebrated as one of the nation’s great success stories. Much of that is a result of revisioning Chattanooga as a […]

Winning City’s Trust

Transportation planners face many challenges; among the most vexing, figuring out how to integrate self-driving vehicles into the daily fabric of their cities. With AV technology rapidly changing, figuring out how to benefit from it requires a leap into the unknown for city officials who want to offer their citizens safe and reliable transportation alternatives. […]

Cubic’s NextCity Creates User Centric Experience

Back in 2011, we created our vision for the future of transportation, which we called NextCity™. At that time, I wasn’t aware of the phrase ‘MaaS,’ nor was I familiar with Uber or Lyft; dockless scooters weren’t a thing, and driverless cars were just for the movies. One of the things I’m particularly proud of […]

Pop-up LTE Communications: Making Rural Roads Safer

Some 60 percent of fatal car accidents occur on rural roads and there is a role for pop-up LTE communications, drones, and geofencing in managing the safety of road networks in remote areas.   Despite some of the lowest road casualty rates in the world, road safety remains a priority in Britain. Every year, around […]

The Soft Side of Intelligent Transportation: What About Our Workers?

By Elaina Farnsworth, CEO of The NEXT Education The age of automation has arrived! It’s the progress towards intelligent transportation, autonomy, and cybersecurity. This epic shift is just beginning to be felt at every intersection. Workers need to grow as this technology does, and executives need to guide that growth. According to a recent McKinsey […]

Pushing Outward

I recently visited Dimondale, Michigan for our annual GRIDSMART Training Day. As a first-time attendee, I asked why we started the GRIDSMART Training Day. Chuck Wilson, Regional Sales Manager, gave me the sincerest answer, “Most of the people in this class aren’t able to attend INTERSECT, so instead of going to trade shows, I wanted […]

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Changing of the Guard

Each and All, I have had the privilege of standing before y’all for years, sharing how proud I am to be a part of the GRIDSMART team and how proud I’ve been to be able to bring GRIDSMART products and principles into our customers’ communities and lives. You may have...

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RETURNING 2021

After much deliberation, and with much remorse, GRIDSMART has decided to cancel INTERSECT this year. The safety of our employees, distributors and customers is of utmost importance.