Inside Portland's Plan to Battle Traffic Deaths by Hanging 'Smartphones' on Street Lights

Three deadly streets in Portland, Oregon, are about to get a high-tech upgrade. It’s not smart pavement or Robocop traffic guards, but an intelligent set of sensors mounted on street lights that will provide a constant stream of information about what’s moving, and how fast. The city announced today that a consortium under the City IQ banner of AT&T, Intel, and Current will work with Portland General Electric to hang 200 “smartphones for municipalities,” as AT&T vice president of Internet of Things (IoT) Michael Zeto describes them.

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