City Hall is among a select number of governments and companies on this year’s InformationWeek 500, an annual listing of the nation’s most innovative users of business technology, city officials announced Tuesday.
The award recognizes City Hall’s Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS) and the use of technology to address traffic, parking and mobility issues, according to a press release.
The ATMS connects traffic signals, cameras, controllers and wireless devices on transit corridors through Santa Monica’s fiber-optic network. The entire system is managed in one room where traffic is monitored and controlled in real time. Traffic signals can be adjusted on the fly to deal with shifting traffic patterns during peak travel times, holidays, special events and traffic accidents.
Emergency vehicles can also trigger green lights, helping them move quickly through the city. The number of parking spaces available in city-owned lots and structures is also monitored and displayed on signs and on City Hall’s website. There are also Wi-Fi equipped parking meters that take payments by credit cards and cell phones.
A special website — smconstructs.org — provides the latest information on development projects, as well as road closures, detours and other impacts on traffic, according to the press release.
City Hall was ranked along with the Internal Revenue Service, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.