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Louisville receives Amazon Web Services award for improving traffic flow

Wins Dream Big award

Wins Dream Big award

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (June 23, 2017) — Louisville Metro has received the Dream Big award in the 2017 City on a Cloud Awards from Amazon Web Services.

city-on-a-cloud-logoThe award was given to the Office of Civic Innovation (part of Performance Improvement and Innovation), which focuses on developing innovative ideas to improve access to city services. The city’s 2017 Dream Big Award submission, “Transit Equity: Automation, Inclusion, and Safety,” focused on improving traffic flow through real-time traffic data that automatically adjusts when it senses detrimental systematic changes, a project that is currently under development.

“Cloud services are a key component to Smart City technologies and advancing intelligent traffic management and logistics that improve the daily lives of residents in big and small ways,” said Grace Simrall, chief of Civic Innovation. “This award recognizes ambitions that can be achieved through Louisville Metro’s team, our partners and initiatives such as the Louisville Fiber Information Technology project, an overbuild partnership with KentuckyWired.”

In 2015, Louisville won Amazon’s City on a Cloud contest for Best Practices. For part of that project, the city used Amazon Web Services to store Waze real-time data and transformed it for use. It was successful for Metro and this new award allows the city to expand on that success with a larger mobility project with the Traffic Engineering department.

Metro has an on-going, small pilot group of internal data consumers for the Waze CCP traffic data.

“By using Amazon Web Services to build out the city’s first data warehouse, we can centralize, share, analyze and take action on transportation data across departments. Much of this will also be sent to our Open Data Portal for the public,” said Michael Schnuerle, the city’s data officer. Area data sharing partnerships will include the city, state, and regional transportation agencies to improve and connect all transit.