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Monday, December 22, 2014
MCC Partner News: AT&T Tech Challenges Inspire Apps for Safety and Accessibility
AT&T Tech Challenges Inspire
Apps for Safety and Accessibility
New York State President,
not only keeps New Yorkers connected, we work hard to keep you safe as
Technology and talent are
critical to our efforts. Right now we are tapping into the amazing talent
of developers to use the newest technology to keep New Yorkers safe,
whether they are walking the streets of the city, biking, driving, or
taking the subway.
Do you cross the street while
looking at your phone? Not if you have the grand
prize winning “Tug,” an app created by students from Cornell Tech that’s synchronized with cross walk signals and
alerts pedestrians walking into crosswalks to look up. Tug is one of
several experimental apps that earned a prize in AT&T’s Connected
Intersections traffic safety tech innovation challenge.
AT&T believes mobile technologies can keep people safe
and connected with each other on the city’s crowded streets. That’s why AT&T partnered with the NYC
Department of Transportation, NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering and the
NYU Rudin Center for Transportation to create Connected
from around the world joined the four-month challenge to create mobile and
wearable technologies that utilize wireless networks and smart phone
technologies to connect pedestrians, cyclists and motorists and alert them
to potential dangers. Forty-five teams from 13 countries and 26 U.S. states submitted apps and wearable devices for
consideration. Eight teams shared prizes totaling $50,000. In addition to
Tug, the Popular Choice award went to “Drowsy Detector,” which employs
facial recognition technology to alert a sleepy driver
AT&T’s leadership in
creating this challenge builds on our company’s campaign to end
texting-while-driving and extends our commitment to traffic safety to
everyone sharing the streets. Click here
or on the image below to see the video.
November, AT&T and the MTA announced App Quest 3.0, another app challenge this time focused on helping
individuals with disabilities navigate New York’s transit system.
partnered with the MTA, Transit Wireless, the NYU Center for Urban Science
and Progress and Challenge Post to give developers the opportunity to use
beacons under the Grand Central Terminal-42nd Street subway station to
provide smart phone apps with navigational cues for navigating the station.
To use the beacons, riders
would download an app that communicates
with the beacons continuously underground.
To jump-start the innovation,
AT&T and the NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress hosted a “Transit
Tech Developer Day” with the MTA on Saturday, Nov. 22, attracting dozens of
developers. We awarded three teams $500 prizes for presenting promising concepts for apps that
will hopefully encourage others to compete for $50,000 in prizes to be
awarded in March 2015.
These innovations demonstrate
how mobile technologies are transforming our everyday lives in ways we’ve
only begun to explore. Traffic safety, accessibility for the disabled and
optimizing transit commutes are examples of the power smart phones and
wireless networks can bring to public services, and we’re committed to
collaborating with the public sector and leading computer scientists to
make these visions a reality.
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