Pennsylvania 2040 Project

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This initiative utilizes wireless service to improve maintenance and transportation management and user experience to Pennsylvania Ave corridor. Smart streetlights will be installed that serve as wifi hotspots as well as traffic monitors. Other smart city infrastructure will be installed as well such as water sensors and soil monitors to reduce unnecessary water usage and 5 trash cans that can sense and report fill levels to optimize trash collection.

Progress Updates:

November 2019: Currently in Phase II, OCTO is updating the network configuration of its wireless access points in PA 2040 to support the existing traffic analytics pilot and better support public Wi-Fi connectivity. OCTO is also procuring additional bandwidth for public Internet that will support Wi-Fi enabled IoT in PA 2040 and other areas where public Wi-Fi is deployed throughout the city.

June 2019: OCTO deployed eight Wi-Fi connected air quality sensors by GWU in one-year pilot supported by DOEE. OCTO conducted deployment through DDOT permitting process.

September 2018: Eight traffic analytics cameras deployed and connected to the Wi-Fi network in pilot with Verizon/Sensity. Verizon worked with DDOT to get traffic signal API to sync data between its system and DDOT signals. However, connection to the Wi-Fi access points was not reliable enough.

February 2018: Phase I was completed in October 2017, which delivered gigabit public Wi-Fi and LED-based Intelligent Lighting for the 3×3 block area and currently planning Phase II which will include new technologies that measures the performance, volumes, and flows of city traffic.

  • Timeline: in-progress
  • Lead and key partners: Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO), Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (BID)
  • Related core sectors: n/a
  • Related opportunity areas: smart cities and civic solutions, data science and management
  • Related action areas: space and supports