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Georgia Smart Communities Challenge Final Presentation: Traffic Monitoring in the City of Valdosta

September 23, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Each year, the Partnership for Inclusive Innovation supports communities across Georgia through the Georgia Smart Communities Challenge community research assistance program. Georgia Smart empowers communities to envision and plan for a smarter future by providing opportunities to work with Georgia Tech and university researchers to advance local initiatives. In 2020, the City of Valdosta was one of four communities supported by Georgia Smart for their “Traffic Monitoring and Communication System to Improve Safety, Connectivity, and Efficiency” project.

Over the last year, the City of Valdosta project team has piloted a smart traffic management system connecting all 128 city traffic signals, with enhancements to the system including hardware and software upgrades at signals and in the traffic control operations center and installation of communications responders in city fire trucks. They have also deployed a corresponding TravelSafely app so that community members can stay engaged with all smart signals.

Please join the Partnership and the Georgia Planning Association for this virtual event of City of Valdosta’s final project presentation. We will celebrate the progress this project has made over the last year while learning more about the process, technology, and support necessary to make this a reality in other Georgia communities.

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Patrick Collins
City of Valdosta
City Engineer and Director
Patrick S. Collins, P.E., is the Director of Engineering/City Engineer at the City of Valdosta and
has served in this position for over nine (9+) years. He has 34 years of experience specializing in
municipal and county government and state agency infrastructure, management, and operations. 

Baabak Ashuri
Georgia Institute of Technology
Dr. Ashuri’s work has focused on quantitative methods for construction engineering and management specifically related to construction analytics, innovative project delivery, and valuation of green-energy investments.


September 23, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Partnership for Inclusive Innovation
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