UDOT Announces Partnership with Panasonic to Build “Smart Roadways” Data Network

New system to transform the future of transportation by monitoring and sharing data in real-time to enhance safety and improve traffic flow 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SALT LAKE CITY (June 25, 2019)–The Utah Department of Transportation(UDOT) announced today a partnership with Panasonic Corporation of North Americato develop the nation’s most advanced transportation data network. This network will improve safety and mobility on the road by sharing data between vehicles, infrastructure, roadways and traffic operators in real time. 

UDOT Traffic Operations Center personnel will gain insights into critical events such as crashes, severe weather, or stalled vehicles. They will then be able to alert connected vehicle drivers in real-time with alternate routes, delay times, or other helpful information.

The partnership with Panasonic will allow UDOT to accelerate development toward a statewide system for collecting, monitoring and sharing connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) data. As a national leader in developing and operating CAV technology, UDOT already has a lot of the framework in place for a connected future. 

Utah built the first operational connected vehicle corridor in the nation along Redwood Road, and a second along University Parkway and University Avenue in Utah County (the Utah Valley Express). Buses equipped with special radios are already “talking” to the traffic signals along these roads, and if the bus is running behind schedule, the signal can extend the length of the green light – all without any action taken by the bus driver. 

With the Panasonic partnership, Utah will be ready to accommodate the incoming wave of smart vehicles that are more connected, more autonomous, and able to operate more safely and more efficiently through communication among vehicles as well as the infrastructure – including signs, signals, and other sensors. 

“At UDOT, we’re among the most forward-thinking DOTs in the country, and we’re always looking for better, quicker, and more effective ways to move people in Utah,” UDOT Executive Director Carlos Braceras said. “Embracing and developing this emerging technology has the potential to make our roads safer, reduce congestion, and help the environment through lower emissions.” 

As part of the $50 million partnership, Panasonic will help UDOT install intelligent sensors along selected sections of Utah highways. These standards-based sensors, along with similar vehicle-mounted software and equipment, will collect and transmit data at speeds up to 10 times per second, which is then shared with a central cloud-based system. This central software platform monitors the information from the sensor/vehicle network and automatically generates alerts that are shared with vehicles, infrastructure components (such as traffic signals or VMS signs), and UDOT personnel.  

The first phase of this new system will encompass 40 installation sites, along with a fleet of 30 state-owned vehicles. UDOT and Panasonic will work together to identify specific locations and scenarios where this system is likely to provide the most benefit by making roads safer, helping traffic flow more smoothly, or reducing congestion. Once these are identified, teams from both organizations will develop new software applications, install sensor networks along the selected roads, and build the control system. Future phases of this system will expand to include 220 installation sites and up to 2,000 vehicles. 

A unique feature of this data network – known as CIRRUS by Panasonic– is its “open architecture;” it is designed to enable other DOTs as well as third-party developers to coordinate with UDOT and develop and connect their own applications to address critical operations, safety and maintenance needs on Utah roadways. 

“This is an incredibly exciting partnership and expansion of what are already historic milestones by UDOT in the intelligent transportation space,” explained Jarrett Wendt, executive vice president Panasonic Corporation of North America. “Utah is home to distinguished universities and a thriving startup scene. We’re encouraging developers, startups and members of Utah’s academic community to add value to Utah communities by creating new applications on the platform.”

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About Utah Department of Transportation
UDOT is a national leader in trailblazing transportation innovations to strengthen the economy and enhance quality of life. For example, as an early adopter of accelerated bridge construction a decade ago, UDOT is now the national expert in this game-changing construction method that is safe, cost-effective, and reduces construction time. Now UDOT is pioneering the development and operation of CAV technology to build the transportation networks of tomorrow.

About Panasonic Corporation of North America     
Newark, NJ-based Panasonic Corporation of North America is committed to creating a better life and a better world by enabling its business-to-business customers through innovations in Sustainable Energy, Immersive Entertainment, Integrated Supply Chains and Mobility Solutions. The company is the principal North American subsidiary of Osaka, Japan-based Panasonic Corporation. One of Interbrand’s Top 100 Best Global Brands of 2018, Panasonic is a leading technology partner and integrator to businesses, government agencies and consumers across the region. Learn more about Panasonic’s ideas and innovations at www.na.panasonic.com/us and @PanasonicUSA on all social media channels. 

Media contacts:
John Gleason
UDOT Public Information Officer
jgleason@utah.gov
Cell: 801-560-7740

Betsy Sagges  
Panasonic Corporation of North America
betsy.sagges@us.panasonic.com
201-392-6158

#WorkForUsWednesday – June 20, 2019

This week, it’s #WorkForUsWednesday…on Thursday. There are 10 open positions below, in locations including Ogden, Taylorsville, Lehi, Orem, and Scipio.

As always, click on the links below to apply. We’re always looking for qualified individuals to come join the more than 1,600 employees who help keep Utah moving.

  • Recruitment #20221 – Transportation Technician II, Scipio, Region 4. Opened 06/11/2019, Closes 06/23/2019.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #20312 –  Seasonal Transportation Technician I, Orem, Region 3 Paint & Sign Crew (5 positions). Opened 6/12/19, Closes when positions are filled. Apply in person at UDOT Region 3, 658 North 1500 West, Orem, UT.
  • Recruitment #20252 – Transportation Technician II, Lehi, Region 3. Opened 06/18/2019, Closes 07/01/2019.  Click here to apply. 
  • Recruitment  #20362 – Electronic Technical Specialist II, Ogden, Region 1. Opened 06/19/19, Closes 06/30/19. Click here to apply. 
  • Recruitment  #19878 – Structures Project Engineer for Design (EM I), Taylorsville, Complex – Structures, Opened 6/19/19, Open until filled.  Click here to apply. 
  • Recruitment #19879 – Structures Design Lead (EM I), Taylorsville, Complex – Structures, Opened 6/19/19, Open until filled.  Click here to apply. 

#WorkForUsWednesday – June 12, 2019

This week, we have six new job openings to post for #WorkForUsWednesday. 

Click on the links below to apply and come join a workforce of over 1,600 people, whose mission is to innovate transportation solutions that strengthen Utah’s economy and enhance quality of life.

  • Recruitment #20213 – Financial Manager I, Salt Lake, Region 2 Opens 06/05/2019, Closes 06/18/2019.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #20232 – Office Specialist II, Region 2 Traffic Operations, opens 06/05/2019, Closes 06/13/2019. Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #20227 – Warehouse Worker III, Complex, Opens 06/06/2019, Closes 06/13/2019. Click here to apply.  
  • Recruitment #20256 – Region Director’s Assistant– Orem, Region 3 Opens 6/7/19, Closes 6/16/19.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #20308 – Transportation Technician II – Clearfield, Region 1, Opens 06/11/19, Closes 06/25/19.  Click here to apply.  
  • Recruitment #20304 – Journey Auto Worker – Salt Lake, Region 2, Opens 06/11/2019, Continuous.  Click here to apply.

#WorkForUsWednesday – June 5, 2019


This week, we have four new job openings to post for #WorkForUsWednesday. 

Click on the links below to apply and come join a workforce of over 1,600 people, whose mission is to innovate transportation solutions that strengthen Utah’s economy and enhance quality of life.

  • Recruitment #20136 – Transportation Technician II, R-4 Salina, Opens 5/29/19, Closes 6/09/19.  Click here to apply.  
  • Recruitment #20191 – Motor Carrier Investigator (Motor Carrier Spec IV), Complex – Motor Carriers, Opens 5/31/19, Closes 6/10/19.  Click here to apply.  
  • Recruitment #20130 – Bridge Design Engineer (Engineer III with underfill options), Complex – Structures, Opens 6/3/19, Closes 6/17/19.  Click here to apply.    
  • Recruitment #20192 – Port of Entry Agent (Motor Carrier Spec III), underfill available, Peerless Port of Entry, Opens 6/4/19, Closes 6/17/19.  Click here to apply.

#WorkForUsWednesday – May 29, 2019

This week, we have thirteen new job openings to post for #WorkForUsWednesday.

Click on the links below to apply and come join a workforce of over 1,600 people, whose mission is to innovate transportation solutions that strengthen Utah’s economy and enhance quality of life.

  • Recruitment #20071 – Transportation Technician II, Region 1, Ogden, Opens 5/22/19, Closes 6/5/19.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #19651 – Transportation Technician II, Region 4, Bluff, Opens 5/21/19, Closes 6/11/19.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #19462- Transportation Technician II, Murray and West Jordan (2 positions), Region 2, 05/23/2019, Closes 06/09/2019. Click here to apply.   
  • Recruitment #20100- Transportation Technician II, Salt Lake (225 & 230) (2 positions), Region 2, 05/23/2019, Closes 06/09/2019. Click here to apply.   
  • Recruitment #20103- Transportation Technician II, Parleys, Region 2, 05/23/2019, Closes 06/09/2019. Click here to apply.     
  • Recruitment #20104- Transportation Technician II, Echo, Region 2, 05/23/2019, Closes 06/09/2019. Click here to apply.     
  • Recruitment #20106- Transportation Technician I, Wendover (Benefited TL), Region 2, 05/23/2019, Closes 06/09/2019. Click here to apply. 
  • Recruitment #20023 – Region Planning Manager (Engineering Manager II), Region 1 – Planning, Opens 5/23/19, Closes 6/6/16.  Click here to apply. 
  • Recruitment #20024- Region Planning Manager (Urban Planning Manager), Region 1 – Planning, Opens 5/23/19, Closes 6/6/16. Click here to apply. 
  • Recruitment #20087 – Road Usage Charge Manager – Engineer (Engineering Manager II), Complex – Technology & Innovation, Opens 5/24/19, Closes 6/10/19.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #20088 – Road Usage Charge Manager – Non-Engineer (Engineering Associate Manager II), Complex – Technology & Innovation, Opens 5/24/19, Closes 6/10/19.  Click here to apply.  
  • REOPENED – Recruitment #19878 – Structures Project Engineer for Design (EM I), Complex – Structures, Opens 5/24/19, Closes 6/10/19.  Click here to apply.  
  • REOPENED – Recruitment #19879 – Structures Design Lead (EM I), Complex – Structures, Opens 5/24/19, Closes 6/10/19.  Click here to apply.

PRESS RELEASE: UDOT Recommends Tips for Memorial Day Travel

For Immediate Release

UDOT Recommends Tips for Memorial Day Travel

Plan ahead for delays on I-15; put away distractions and avoid drowsy driving

SALT LAKE CITY (May 22, 2019) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) recommends drivers plan ahead for I-15 delays along the Wasatch Front this Friday and Monday due to holiday traffic for the Memorial Day weekend.

Traffic engineers expect delays on Friday of up to 40 minutes on southbound I-15 through Salt Lake and Utah counties, and up to 30 minutes on northbound I-15 through Davis County. Increased traffic is expected Friday between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., with heaviest delays during the evening commute.

On Monday, delays for return trips could reach 20 minutes on northbound I-15 between Provo and Nephi, and up to 10 minutes on U.S. 6 in Spanish Fork Canyon. Congestion on Monday will start building around 2 p.m. and continue through 8 p.m. 

Across the state, most UDOT projects will suspend construction and open all lanes to traffic to help reduce delays during Memorial Day weekend (Friday through Monday). However, existing lane restrictions or traffic shifts will remain in place where needed to protect the work zone and ensure safety. Some areas where drivers should expect restrictions include:

I-15 Technology Corridor: On I-15 in Lehi, two southbound lanes will close near State Street from Friday, May 24, at 11 p.m. to Saturday, May 25, at 8 a.m. for bridge construction. In addition, the northbound lanes are split from 2100 North to S.R. 92, and the speed limit is reduced to 60 miles per hour through the construction zone from S.R. 92 to Main Street. Drivers should be alert when traveling through the work zone and anticipate areas of rough or uneven pavement.

I-70 Bridge Maintenance, Sevier County: I-70 is reduced to one lane in each direction just east of exit 7, with all traffic shifted into the westbound lanes. The speed limit is reduced to 60 miles per hour through the work zone, and drivers should plan for delays due to slow trucks climbing the hill.

UDOT reminds drivers to be cautious behind the wheel and do their part in making travel safer for everybody by staying alert, using seat belts, putting away distractions, and taking breaks to avoid drowsy driving.

Construction schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change. For the latest information on traffic restrictions during construction, visit the UDOT Traffic website (udottraffic.utah.gov) or download the UDOT Traffic app for iPhone or Android. Drivers can also follow UDOT on social media including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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Media Contact:John Gleason
UDOT Public Information Officer
jgleason@utah.gov
Cell: 801-560-7740

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#WorkForUsWednesday – May 22, 2019

This week, we have two new job openings to post for #WorkForUsWednesday. 

Click on the links below to apply and come join a workforce of over 1,600 people, whose mission is to innovate transportation solutions that strengthen Utah’s economy and enhance quality of life.

  • Recruitment #19646 – Transportation Technician II, Region 4 Monticello, Opens 05/21/19, Closes 06/04/19.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #20061 – Deputy Director, UDOT Right of Way & Property Management (Engineering Associate Manager I), Complex – Right of Way, Opens 05/21/19, Closes 06/03/19.  Click here to apply.

#WorkForUsWednesday – May 15, 2019

There’s one new position this week in #WorkForUsWednesday. 

Click on the link below to apply and come join a workforce of over 1,600 people, whose mission is to innovate transportation solutions that strengthen Utah’s economy and enhance quality of life.

  • Recruitment #19636 – Journey Auto Worker, Region 2 – Salt Lake City, Extended to 05/26/2019. Click here to apply.

UDOT to Install New Radar-Equipped Wildlife Crossing Signs to Reduce Deer Collisions

UDOT to Install New Radar-Equipped Wildlife Crossing Signs to Reduce Deer Collisions 

Radar will detect deer in the area and activate warning lights so drivers can use extra caution

WHAT:
The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) is installing new radar-equipped wildlife crossing signs along S.R. 73 in Eagle Mountain to make the highway safer for both drivers and animals. These signs are being placed in a one-mile section of the highway that has seen nearly 100 deer-related collisions in the past four years.

This is the first time UDOT has used radar-equipped signs to reduce wildlife collisions. The signs are equipped with LEDs that flash when deer are detected in the area.

Leslie Beck, UDOT’s Saratoga Springs maintenance station supervisor, saw radar-equipped signs for other applications at UDOT’s annual conference and thought that wildlife detection would be a good use for this technology. The manufacturer worked with UDOT to develop this new type of sign, which will be tested in this location and potentially installed in other areas.

WHEN:
Tuesday, May 14, at 10 a.m.

WHERE:
S.R. 73 milepost 31 (just east of Six Mile Cutoff Road) in Eagle Mountain

WHO:
Leslie Beck, UDOT maintenance station supervisor

VISUALS:
·   Crews installing new wildlife crossing signs

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Media Contact:
John Gleason
UDOT Public Information Officer
jgleason@utah.gov
Cell: 801-560-7740

#WorkForUsWednesday – May 8, 2019

This week in #WorkForUsWednesday, there are five open positions. 

Click on the links below to apply and come join a workforce of over 1,600 people, whose mission is to innovate transportation solutions that strengthen Utah’s economy and enhance quality of life.

  • Recruitment #18991 – Field Engineer (Engineer III), Region 4 – Cedar City, Opens 05/01/2019, Closes 05/12/2019.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #19685 – GIS Senior Analyst, Complex – Asset Management, Maintenance, & Facilities, Opens 05/01/2019, Closes 05/13/2019.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #19843 – Construction Engineering Technician IV, Region 2 – Salt Lake, Opens 05/02/2019, Closes 05/14/2019.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #19878 – Structures Project Engineer for Design (EM I), Complex – Structures, Opens 5/7/19, Closes 5/21/19.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #19879 – Structures Design Lead (EM I), Complex – Structures, Opens 5/7/19, Closes 5/21/19.  Click here to apply.