Applied Information’s TravelSafely smartphone app has won the Social Impact Award from Mobile Breakthrough, an independent organisation that recognises the top companies, technologies and products in the global wireless and mobile market today.
The concept behind the TravelSafely app is to create a community of drivers, cyclists and pedestrians united by technology to create a safer, more efficient and enjoyable travel experience.
The app is being deployed in select cities in 2017 and 2018 and enables motorists to communicate with traffic signals, emergency vehicles, school zones, cyclists and pedestrians to make travel safer and improve traffic.
By running in the background and using audible alerts, TravelSafely prevents distracted driving and provides an additional level of awareness and safety. A popular feature includes a countdown to green at traffic signals and an audible alert that the light is about to change: ‘Get ready for green’.
“Once motorists, stopped for a red light, hear TravelSafely say ‘get ready for green’ they immediately respond, said Bryan Mulligan, president of Applied Information which developed the app. “Drivers want the convenience and the safety features come along with it.”
The mission of the Mobile Breakthrough Awards is to honour excellence and recognise the innovation, hard work and success in a range of mobile and wireless technology categories, including cloud computing, mobile management, wireless and broadband, mobile analytics, IoT and smart city and many more.
All nominations were evaluated by an independent panel of experts within the wireless industry. Other winners in the smart city space included Silver Spring Networks for Internet of Things platform of the year and Verizon in the wireless carrier of the year category.
“While this year’s awards programme yielded an impressive set of advanced mobile and wireless technologies and apps, the Social Impact Award is a particularly important award for our program as we look to highlight technologies that can positively impact society,” said James Johnson, managing director, Mobile Breakthrough.
“The promise of Applied Information’s TravelSafely app, enabling motorists to communicate with traffic signals, emergency vehicles, school zones, cyclists and pedestrians, is an impressive technology that can help create a safer travel environment for all.”
Applied Information is a leading developer of connected, intelligent transportation system (ITS) solutions designed to improve safety, reliability and mobility. Its Glance Smart City Supervisory platform allows cities to manage all their traffic and ITS assets on one web-based application.
This includes five key areas: traffic intersections, school beacons, parking guidance system, mobile vehicle assets and ITS devices.