Traffic Professionals Gather at INTERSECT

On October 27-29, our team hosted more than 75 traffic professionals from around the world at our headquarters in Knoxville for INTERSECT15. We are thrilled to share that we hosted attendees from across the United States and also welcomed international guests from Turkey, Western Europe, Brazil, Thailand, Canada, and Oman.

Our goal with INTERSECT was to bring professionals together for an exchange of ideas, case studies, and successes regarding transportation technology. Our speaker lineup included 11 different users demonstrating how they apply their own creativity in leveraging the most simple and flexible traffic control system in the world. It was a great way to showcase that the GRIDSMART System is truly designed for cities of all sizes.

We also took the opportunity to focus on technical training from our sales team, technical support staff, and engineers on the latest versions of GRIDSMART hardware and software. GRIDSMART has invested more than six figures in perfecting the most advanced hardware in a traffic cabinet.


ATLAS was also a big focus at INTERSECT as it was the first opportunity many attendees had to learn exactly how ATLAS is able to empower traffic departments to securely share imagery. Nelson Melendez, C.E.T., Traffic Signals, City of Hamilton, Ontario, gave an overview of how Hamilton used ATLAS during the PanAm Games to monitor and control the fans’ travel experiences.

We also had fun showcasing the great city of Knoxville! Mayor Tim Burchett welcomed attendees personally to Knoxville and fit in perfectly when he arrived wearing a Carhartt jacket.


October is beautiful in the Smoky Mountains, so we kicked off the week with a hike to Chimney Tops Trail. It ended up being a rainy day, but it didn’t stop our group from making the four mile loop.




You can’t come to Knoxville without a visit to Neyland Stadium, so Tuesday ended with a dinner at the home of the University of Tennessee Volunteers. Go Vols!





We also went to another famous Knoxville landmark, Club LeConte, and welcomed John Ellis, Global Technologies and Head of Ford Developer Program, for a keynote speech.

It was incredible to have so many partners at our headquarters and we are already looking forward to next year’s event. Thank you to each of you that made the journey to Knoxville!

INTERSECT Will Stream Worldwide

On October 27-29, intelligent transportation systems professionals from around the world will gather at the GRIDSMART Technologies, Inc. headquarters in Knoxville for INTERSECT15. 

INTERSECT15. will feature the latest high-tech innovations that are being developed and deployed worldwide to improve transportation safety, efficiency and mobility. The three day event will be an exchange of ideas, case studies and successes regarding transportation technology. Traffic professionals will hear real world applications of GRIDSMART deployments that allow traffic managers to use one technology to visually assess real-time traffic concerns and access long-term vehicle counts and performance data.

INTERSECT15 is where technology and application meet in the democratization of ITS.  Technology is never truly great unless it is flexible and accessible to all.  For those who could not make it to Knoxville, we are proud to share a peak into the future and a look back to some great success stories where creative customers used GRIDSMART to do more for less for their communities,” said Bill Malkes, CEO of GRIDSMART Technologies, Inc.

To join a session at INTERSECT, visit the event page and enter your email address when prompted. A full agenda is also available.

For more information, please contact Lauren Jochum at +1 (865) 466-3860 or

GRIDSMART Enables Secure Image Sharing

First published in ITS World Congress 2015 Daily News

GRIDSMART Technologies has launched Atlas, a web-based software platform that allows traffic departments to securely share imagery from GRIDSMART systems and other IP cameras with outside entities.

“GRIDSMART ATLAS optimizes taxpayer dollars by deploying one product that can be utilized by various city entities,” said Dr Jeff Price, Chief of Technology.

ATLAS delivers a dynamic, time-lapse video loop, allowing users to quickly capture an overview of traffic, then share it.

As ATLAS is accessed from any standard compliant web browser, there is no need for special software or applications. It displays correctly from multiple devices, including wall displays, desktops, tablets or mobile phones.

GRIDSMART Technologies demonstrates GS2 processor

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GRIDSMART Technologies is here at the ITS World Congress to unveil a major new advancement for the world’s only single camera product for intersection actuation, data collection and situational awareness.

Visitors here in Bordeaux will get an exclusive opportunity to experience the GRIDSMART GS2, a powerful new 1-U processor, before it is released in 2016.

The GS2 adheres to the company philosophy of founder and CEO Bill Malkes – that everything about us should be simple, flexible and transparent.

“We believe your system should work for you and not the other way around,” says Malkes. “This is why we are control freaks in driving complexity from everything. GRIDSMART is installed in three hours or less, it is learned in 30 minutes. Why should anyone have to work to use a product they bought?” he adds. GRIDSMART uses a single camera with an ultra-wide angle lens to track all movement in its field of view, which allows for realtime management of intersections, including detecting cars, trucks, bicycles and pedestrians while recording turning movements, vehicle counts, and vehicle lengths. The system can even detect pedestrians or cyclists moving through crosswalks.

The GS2, which is field repairable without the need for tools, has been reduced in size by two-thirds from the original GRIDSMART Processor. It sports multiple USB 3.0 expansion ports for flexibility, and the intuitive LED front panel displays calls and light states for ultimate transparency. Another new addition to GS2 is a built-in Wi-Fi connection or a standard Ethernet connection.