For smart cities, this is where fiber optic technology is key. Data - and the sensors and technology used to collect it - is central to smart city development....The right technology is already here….fiber optic telecommunication cables can be used as sensors; Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS)
researchers at NEC have shown it is possible to monitor traffic using “lit” fiber after separating out sensor and telecom data. Giovanni Milione of NEC Laboratories America, and colleagues used such fiber in Dallas and New Jersey to record the speed of cars as accurately as can be done with cameras
Fotech will use fiber cables to detect vehicle vibrations and analyze traffic volumes and dynamically change signal junctions to relieve congestion
Staffordshire County Council is working with Fotech to improve air quality through the use of fiber optic sensing technology. Fiber optic sensing technology is a unique way of detecting vehicle movements using standard telecom fibers that run next to the roadside.
FOSA Executive Director Mark Uncapher wrote Secretary Buttigieg: "FOSA recommends that the Transportation Department track, in a publicly available format, the availability and location of 'fiber-enabled' interstate roadways.