Siemens supports Smart Columbus efforts with in-kind Connected Vehicle technology investment

New partnership aimed to help USDOT Smart City Challenge winner Columbus, OH implement vehicle-to-infrastructure initiatives


Thursday, May 11, 2017 12:53 pm EDT


Columbus, OH

Siemens Intelligent Traffic Systems is providing an in-kind investment of its Connected Vehicle hardware and software technologies to Columbus, Ohio, the recent winner of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Smart City Challenge. Siemens’ Connected Vehicle technology investment, valued at $385,000, aims to support the expansion of “Smart Columbus”, an initiative to implement technologies that help residents move more easily and access opportunity. The advanced hardware and software will act as the foundation for the city’s future Connected Vehicle efforts, enabling vehicles to communicate with traffic infrastructure and, as a result, improve driver and pedestrian safety, reduce congestion and lower emissions.

“Investments from partners allow us to do more with the $50 million in Smart City Challenge dollars from the US Department of Transportation and Paul G. Allen.  We look forward to working with Siemens on developing our intelligent transportation system, which is the framework for creating ladders of opportunities for our residents,” said Michael Stevens, Chief Innovation Officer, City of Columbus.

“Columbus isn’t just envisioning a city where their infrastructure is smarter, they’re making it happen. With this Connected Vehicle technology, infrastructure like intersections and streetlights will have the ability to “communicate” with vehicles, buses, or even pedestrians to help drivers make decisions that can reduce congestion and increase safety,” said Marcus Welz, CEO of Siemens Intelligent Traffic Systems, North America. “We’re proud to be partnering with a city truly leading the way in putting technology to work for their residents, and we’re excited to continue our work with them to make these systems a reality.”

The Siemens intelligent software and hardware package for the City of Columbus includes Connected Vehicle-ready traffic control software (SEPAC) that provides operators with detailed traffic signal phase timing, roadside units that allow traffic intersections to communicate with vehicles, and roadside unit management software that gives operators real-time visibility into traffic flow and Connected Vehicle operations. Siemens will also provide the city with training and support. 

Connected Vehicle systems are able to communicate between vehicles and infrastructure and give drivers suggestions in real-time like speed recommendations, curve speed warnings or prioritization of specific vehicle fleets such as car-sharing or e-vehicles. The USDOT also states that Connected Vehicles can potentially avoid or mitigate 80% of unimpaired crashes. As part of its Smart Columbus initiative, the city will determine the most effective use cases and locations to implement the Connected Vehicle technology.

The City of Columbus won the U.S. Department of Transportation $40 million Smart City Challenge in June, 2016 after competing against 77 cities nationwide to implement a holistic vision for how technology can help all residents to move more easily and to access opportunity. Columbus was also awarded a $10 million grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the de-carbonization of the electric supply and transportation sectors.

Siemens is working with additional cities including Tampa, Ann Arbor and Seattle to implement intelligent traffic software and systems that help reduce congestion, increase safety and lower emissions.

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Siemens Intelligent Traffic Systems business unit is part of the Siemens Mobility Division which provides efficient and integrated transportation of people and goods by rail and road – including all products, solutions and services regarding mobility. Siemens designs and manufactures across the entire spectrum of rolling stock including commuter and regional passenger trains, light rail and streetcars, metros, locomotives, passenger coaches and high-speed trainsets.

In the U.S., Siemens is providing rail vehicles, locomotives, components and systems to more than 25 agencies in cities such as Washington D.C., New York, Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Denver, Salt Lake City, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Houston, Portland, Sacramento, San Diego, St. Louis, Atlanta, Norfolk and Charlotte. Cities also rely on Siemens to provide traction-power substations and electricity transmission, as well as signaling and control technology for freight and passenger rail and transit systems.  Siemens has transportation manufacturing hubs in: Sacramento, CA; Louisville, KY; Marion, KY; Pittsburgh, PA


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Siemens Corporation is a U.S. subsidiary of Siemens AG, a global powerhouse focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of systems for power generation and transmission as well as medical diagnosis. With approximately 351,000 employees in 190 countries, Siemens reported worldwide revenue of $88.1 billion in fiscal 2016. Siemens in the USA reported revenue of $23.7 billion, including $5.4 billion in exports, and employs approximately 50,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico.