Stephen Smith, Founder and Chief Scientist at Rapid Flow Technologies, became the 15th recipient of the Robert S. Engelmore Memorial Award in 2018. This award, which is jointly sponsored by the Innovative Applications of Artificial Intelligence (IAAI) Conference and AI Magazine, is awarded annually for sustained research contributions to applied artificial intelligence and service to the AI community.
CBS Boston recently ran a news segment highlighting Quincy, MA’s efforts to improve the commutes of drivers through the large Boston suburb with the use of adaptive traffic signals. The traffic control system discussed throughout the feature is Surtrac which was installed at 20 intersections in the city, including two pedestrian-only or “hawk” intersections.
Data Makes Possible, a blog from Western Digital, recently discussed Rapid Flow and Surtrac in an article highlighting technological advancements that are keeping pedestrians in urban environments safe. In particular, the article references Surtrac’s impact on traffic flow after deployment in Portland, Maine, and resulting decrease in pedestrian accidents.
PBS NewsHour featured Rapid Flow and Surtrac in a segment on the ways robotics and artificial intelligence are being used to reduce traffic and congestion on the roads of Pittsburgh. Reporter Jeffrey Brown visited the city to speak to those creating the technology, as well as some city employees.
Chestnut Street Ventures recently sat down with Rapid Flow Technologies CEO, Griffin Schultz, to discuss his unique career path and how he became involved in the AI and smart cities markets. While Rapid Flow Technologies developed Surtrac, an intelligent traffic signal control system that optimizes and reduces traffic in real time, Griffin originally got his start in government – which is helpful since Rapid Flow is often selling to and serving government customers.
The Press Herald of Portland, Maine recently ran an article discussing efforts to ease traffic on Forest Avenue, one of the busiest roadways in the entire state of Maine. These efforts center around the Surtrac intelligent traffic signal control system, and local residents and businesses are already taking notice after its installation.
Traffic is a major concern for commuters in most major cities, including Pittsburgh where drivers sit in their vehicles for 81 unnecessary hours each year. A hilly, gridless area with more bridges than any other US city, Pittsburgh can be a pain to navigate.
The Wall Street Journal recently ran an article exploring the ways that artificial intelligence can be used to reduce traffic in busy cities and neighborhoods. The article dives into issues of congestion, but also how these new technologies aim to reduce auto emissions and prioritize emergency vehicles and public transit.
Rapid Flow Technologies was recently featured on the podcast Going Deep with Aaron Watson! CEO Griffin Schultz sat down with Aaron to discuss Surtrac technology, its role in reducing traffic congestion, the future of smart cities, and more.
For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Griffin Schultz
March 26, 2018