Miovision Scout is changing the game… again

Complacency is not an option

At Miovision, we’re constantly looking for new ways to improve our products. We’re firmly committed to enhancing the tools and information transportation professionals use to do their work. Backed by the world’s most advanced traffic AI, Miovision is the market leader in traffic data and is home to the largest repository of traffic video data in the world. So, where do we go from here?


Introducing the Scout Connected Adapter

Transportation planners and engineers bear an enormous responsibility to shape the future of our cities. They need meaningful and reliable data to make informed decisions that accommodate all citizens – whether they walk, cycle, drive, or use public transportation. With that in mind, we’re proud to announce the launch of the Scout Connected Adapter.


Gather ground truth data

Miovision’s Scout video collection unit is already used in over 13,000 cities, counties, and transportation agencies around the world to gather data on how roadways are used by vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians. The addition of connectivity to the Scout Platform opens up a whole new world of data collection and analysis opportunities. By connecting Scout devices to the internet, IoT technology allows transportation planners and engineers to access meaningful data they’ve never had before. Transportation professionals can now get reliable, accurate data that allows them to analyze for real trends – including travel time.


Analyze movements from A to B

With IoT connectivity, Scout devices can now capture MAC addresses and timestamps from passing WiFi-enabled mobile devices. This allows engineers to examine travel times between two or more Scout devices, and use that information to create a more complete picture of how roadways are being used.


Simplify projects

Data collectors can wirelessly import traffic data directly into our free, cloud-based platform for organizing, visualizing, and sharing data. From there, engineers and planners can use the platform to store and easily combine new and old data to generate novel insights. And, because projects planned and executed within the platform can be linked to Scout units collecting data in the field, engineers and planners can track the progress of data collection along the way. It’s a win-win for transportation professionals everywhere. And, more importantly for citizens in communities all over the world.


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smart city IoT

Big IoT. Big IT Challenges for Cities.

Until recently, the Internet of Things (IoT) for cities was a lot of hype. As recently as 2015, Gartner listed IoT at the top of the hype curve. Real results were hard to come by, and cities were struggling to understand how IoT fit into their plans.

Gartner Hype Curve

The 2015 Gartner Hype Curve

IoT is Here

But IoT has now shifted from hype to reality. Nowhere is this  more clear than in cities. The rise of autonomous vehicles means cities need to implement V2I technology to ensure safety.

Sensor proliferation is taking off. Chicago is deploying hundreds of sensors with it’s Array of Things initiative. It doesn’t stop there. This year Chattanooga, Atlanta, Seattle and Bristol and Newcastle in the United Kingdom will begin installing identical sensors in their cities. Next year, Boston, Austin, Delhi and Singapore will be building their own arrays. And late last year, DOT announced up to $40 million to a mid-size city with the best blueprint depicting a fully integrated forward-looking urban transportation network.

Chicago’s “Array of Things” Monitors the Pulse… by Mashable

Big IT Challenges

While all of these IoT devices will provide valuable information, they’ll also present major security and data management challenges. Internal IT departments will be stretched to  store, manage and analyze this data. Cities will need to manage thousands of data points and store millions of gigabytes of data. IT demands could skyrocket in a short period of time.

But big data requirements don’t mean big problems. Cities can overcome these challenges in a few ways.

#1: Consider Managed Services

If the CIA trusts the cloud, your city can too. Consider partnering with an IoT vendor that will provide managed services. At Miovision, we employ smart engineers and data scientists but we outsource some of our data storage functions to Amazon Web Services . They can do it better. Your traffic operations department is built around traffic engineering skills, not IT skills. Focus on what you do well and leave the rest to the experts.

So, how do you vet an IoT vendor? Here are few quick ways to get a read on whether you should consider a partnership:

  1. They Are Experts in IoT Solutions for Cities: Vendors with a focus on solutions for cities will understand your unique needs. Cities are different than companies. You require a specialized offering.
  2. They Have a Demonstrated Ability to Evolve With Your Needs: Your solution should evolve with your city. Partner with a vendor that has demonstrated a capacity to innovate on a regular basis. Chances are you’ll start with a particular need, but as you build your IoT platform, you’ll want more.
  3. They Take Security Seriously: Security should be a top priority. Your vendor should have clear documentation on security protocol, secure backups and disaster recovery. Furthermore, a reputable cloud partner should provide a detailed security response process.
  4. They Do More Than Store Data. They Can Provide Actionable Intelligence: You might not need data analysis right away, but as you collect and store data, you’ll want a vendor with a solution that can provide actionable intelligence for your city.

#2 Start with Small Pilot Projects

No need to dive into a full IoT implementation. Start with a small pilot project. It will allow you to slowly develop your IT infrastructure, whether it be externally or internally.

Don’t Avoid the Future

Cities are changing, and the Internet of Things is here to stay. Tackle the future head on. Start talking IT requirements. Start planning small pilot projects. Take the MyCitySmarts survey to help assess and plan the path forward. It will make your transition to a smart city that much easier.