Real-time smart city technologies moving apace

30-06-2016 | NXP | New Technologies

NXP Semiconductors has announced that its highly-advanced technologies for
smart cities, including sophisticated vehicle communications solutions, RFID
tagging and Smart Card ICs, play a key role in Columbus, Ohio’s winning
proposal for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (D.O.T.) Smart City
Challenge.

NXP, through its partnership with the D.O.T., is working with Columbus to
help deploy wireless technology allowing cars to securely exchange data,
prevent accidents and improve traffic flow, as well as Smart Card ICs to
make secure public transportation access fast and easy for credit- and
cash-economy-based passengers alike.

The Smart City Challenge is a nationwide competition which awards the
winning, medium-sized U.S. city a prize of $50 million through the D.O.T.
The prize recognises the community’s innovative ideas for developing the
connected city of the future and for addressing the challenges that growing
populations present to transportation infrastructure. As the winning city,
Columbus will additionally receive a broad array of advanced smart city
technologies from NXP and other program partners.

“Technology like NXP’s will help bring Columbus’ vision to life, providing
critical technology necessary for the development of America’s first truly
smart city,” said U.S. Department of Transportation secretary, Anthony Foxx.
“Smart transportation, identification and authentication solutions are
essential components of creating ladders of opportunities – to build better
transit and transportation systems for the future. These innovative
technologies will allow cars to not only talk to each other to avoid
accidents, but will also enable smarter infrastructure for the city itself,
ensuring secure, connected experiences and smoother traffic flow for all
Columbus’ residents.”

“We are honoured to win this competition and couldn’t be more excited to
start deploying NXP’s innovative, leading-edge technologies to help create a
safer, more streamlined city for all of our residents,” said Columbus Mayor
Andrew J. Ginther. “With the help of great partners like NXP, we are on our
way toward establishing Columbus as a worldwide model of what the future of
cities can actually become.”

NXP, together with partners Delphi and Siemens, demonstrated
vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2X) technology at the
announcement ceremony at the Douglas Community Center, where reporters,
dignitaries and Columbus citizens saw NXP’s RoadLINK V2X technology in
action.

Other smart city solutions based on NXP technology and outlined in Columbus’
winning proposal include:
1 - Smart Card IC technology that enhances transportation for all citizens
by supporting secure and convenient public transportation ticketing and
payment systems, including contactless transit fare solutions.
2 - Highly secure NXP Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) solutions
designed to promote public safety and convenience. Smart City applications
for this NXP technology include vehicle window stickers that enhance driver
convenience and reduce municipal costs by eliminating the need for
stop-and-pay stations in public parking spaces.

“Columbus’ Smart Cities Competition proposal outlined a clear and
inspirational vision: to create a beautiful, healthy, and prosperous
community for all of its residents. In fact, this vision is exactly what
NXP’s Smart Cities solutions are engineered to accomplish,” said NXP
president and CEO Rick Clemmer. “We are proud that NXP’s secure, intelligent
traffic management and smart public transport solutions play such a critical
role in Columbus’ plans. NXP sincerely congratulates Columbus for winning
the Challenge, while also looking forward to working with the other six
finalist communities as they implement their own smart city plans in the
future.”

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