Smart Corridors. Vibrant and Resilient Communities.
A smart corridor incorporates connected digital and innovative technologies to create positive outcomes for people, businesses and vehicles on the street. These outcomes extend beyond the street to benefit the surrounding community in ways not possible before.
What makes a corridor smart?
WiFi and Internet
Smart Corridors Transform Communities
Streets and corridors are the lifeblood of communities. They bring people to work, school, recreation, shop and home. They make communities accessible, vibrant and resilient. The integration of digital innovations into our streets not only enhance the function of those corridors, but the adjacent communities serviced by those streets. For example, on-street WiFi brings people downtown and keeps them there longer. Intelligent traffic signals reduce congestion, minimize accidents and increase pedestrian safety. Smart parking systems increase the number of drive-in visitors to shopping districts. Individually, these innovations enhance one part of our overall experience. Together, these innovations create smart corridors that transform our communities in three ways.
People, cars, bicycles and other vehicles use streets to go from one place to another. However, poorly designed and maintained streets result in hazards and accidents. Congested streets impede traffic. hinder first responders and create poor air quality in the community. Dimly illuminated streets create opportunities for crime and accidents. Intelligent technologies help to mitigate unsafe situations and behaviors, resulting in streets and corridors that are safe for pedestrians, vehicles, businesses and the community.
Example of a smart corridor
North Fair Oaks is an unincorporated community in San Mateo County. It is often known as “Little Michoacán” and is home to 14,027 residents. It is 70% Hispanic, with 13% living below federal poverty levels. Four-fiths of the students are identified as socioeconomically disadvantaged and half the households have no Internet access.
Middlefield Road runs through North Fair Oaks’ commercial district. It is also an alternate route to bypass Highway 101 during commute hours. Over the past eight years, there has been four fatalities and nearly 100 injury collisions on Middlefield Road.
In 2014, a traffic safety and street beautification project was started. Innovative digital technologies were added in 2021 to enhance community experiences, including Safe Arrival, Increase Community Connectivity and Engagement, Improve Health and Safety, Drive Economic Vibrancy, and Increase County Responsiveness.
Construction officially started in July 2021and work is scheduled to be completed by the first quarter of 2024.
Our Smart Corridor Services
Funding for smart corridors
Be a part of the SoT Smart Street partner ecosystem. Contact us for more information.
Want to Learn More?
Have questions or want to discuss our learnings and progress from our smart city projects?
Please feel free to reach out to us. We're always happy to share knowledge and exchange ideas.