Miovision Scout Connect

Miovision has added Internet of Things connectivity for the highly successful Scout Platform. This technology makes it possible for traffic planners and engineers to easily access new tools and data types to make better decisions for the future of their communities.

Since the invention of the automobile, transportation planning has largely been focused on expanding roadways, but with citizens increasingly choosing alternative modes of transportation, that approach is becoming obsolete. Transportation planners and engineers shape the future of our cities. They need meaningful and reliable data to make informed decisions that not only accommodate residents who drive, but also those who walk, cycle and take public transit.

Backed by the world’s most advanced traffic AI, Miovision is the market leader in traffic data, and is home to the largest repository of traffic video data in the world. Miovision’s Scout Video Collection Unit is used by 13,000 cities, counties and transportation agencies around the world to gather data on how roadways are used by vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians. The new Scout Connected Adapter brings IoT connectivity to the Scout Platform, connecting Scout devices through cellular or WiFi networks to provide data planners with access to meaningful types of data they’ve never had before. Traffic data can be imported directly into Miovision’s free cloud-based platform for organizing, visualizing and sharing data. The platform also acts as a data repository where planners can combine new data with previous information to glean new insights.

“Good planning requires good data to help us make smart decisions,” said Robert Wertman, transportation planning supervisor for the Madison County (Ind.) Council of Governments, one of the early Scout Platform users. “The Scout Platform helps us collect that data more quickly so we can identify problems sooner and avoid delays. We are able to conduct better simulations of our transportation system using Scout and then make better choices about where to invest in infrastructure.”

The Scout Connected Adapter offers several benefits for transportation planners, including:

  • New data types – IoT connectivity allows the devices to capture MAC address signatures and timestamps from passing WiFi-enabled mobile devices. Now, planners can examine travel times between two or more Scout devices, and conduct multimodal studies that offer a more complete picture of how roadways are being used. These new data types result in the most complete traffic data that can be collected from a single source. With a complete view of meaningful data directly from city streets, planners can make informed decisions about the future of their cities.
  • Ground-truth data – Traffic planners get reliable, accurate data that allows them to analyze for real trends using the actual conditions of a location at a point in time.
  • Planning made simple – Projects planned and executed within the cloud platform can be linked to Scout units collecting data in the field so planners can track the progress of data collection.

“Adding or widening roads is rarely the answer to traffic congestion,” said Kurtis McBride, CEO of Miovision. “Cities are making smarter decisions to help people – whether they are drivers, cyclists, transit passengers or pedestrians – get from point A to point B quickly and safely. Reaching that goal doesn’t happen without the work of transportation planners and engineers, and those people need good data and the tools to analyze it at their fingertips. That’s where we come in.”