April 4, 2018
Dublin, Ohio–Alten-Cresttek, an engineering services firm based in Dublin, recently secured a contract to provide engineering and communications services for the 33 Smart Mobility Corridor project, Ohio’s first road outfitted with smart infrastructure.
On January 23, the NW 33 Innovation Corridor Council of Governments (COG) announced that Alten-Cresttek, as subcontracted by Michael Baker International, will provide industry and public engagement, systems engineering and expertise on connected vehicles in support of the project’s vision to build a prominent proving ground for smart vehicles along Route 33.
“Alten-Cresttek was chosen because of our deep automotive industry experience and our commitment to growing the local talent pool for the emerging connected vehicle industry,” notes General Manager Patrick Soller.
“The 33 Smart Mobility Corridor will offer a unique opportunity for our team to lead the deployment and testing of smart vehicle technology in various developed environments and roadway types,” says Lori Duguid, Project Manager and Office Manager in Michael Baker’s Columbus office. “Michael Baker is delighted to have Alten-Cresttek as a valuable partner in this effort.”
The contract will run for 18 months, during which time the project will focus on installing on-board units for the approximately 1200 vehicles in the project, as well as communicating the corridor’s progress to the community. Discussions are underway to include workforce development components and data monetization strategies for businesses and local government bodies.
“The NW 33 Innovation Corridor Council of Governments is excited to have the Michael Baker/Alten-Cresttek Team on board to lead our efforts to install connected vehicle technology along the 35-mile stretch of the 33 Smart Mobility Corridor. Their experience and expertise in the smart technology field will assist in making our roads safer, less congested, and well-equipped for the real-life testing of connected and autonomous vehicles,” says Terry Emery, COG President.
The 33 Smart Mobility Corridor is one piece of Ohio’s push to competitively develop, test, and implement smart mobility practices throughout the state. Once completed, the corridor will run between the Transportation Research Center in East Liberty through Marysville and on to the Metro Data Center in Dublin. The data collected between the on-board units and roadside units will allow research and manufacturing companies to test smart transportation technology. The corridor, which winds through both urban and rural areas and is exposed to all four seasons, sees 50,000 cars a day and is an ideal proving ground for smart and autonomous vehicle technologies. Within the corridor are prominent automotive industries representing OEM’s, Tier I’s, and research and development.
“An automotive revolution is underway in which the connected infrastructure of the future will enable new approaches to transportation as well as new business models for industry and government,” explains Alten-Cresttek CEO Girish Gowda. “The investment of the local governments along the corridor, the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) and Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) are advancing this new paradigm. Alten-Cresttek, with its decades of engineering expertise in the automotive industry, telematics and data analytics, is pleased to partner with the Council of Governments consisting of the City of Dublin, City of Marysville and Union County to fully realize the vision of autonomous and connected vehicles in Central Ohio.”
Funding for the 33 Smart Mobility Corridor comes from the USDOT via the Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment Program Grant, awarded in 2016. ODOT, together with the NW 33 Innovation Corridor Council of Governments, is managing the grant.
Jim Barna, Executive Director of DriveOhio, states, “the 33 Smart Mobility Corridor project presents many challenges and many opportunities for our organization and for the people of Ohio.”
Cresttek, an Alten Group Company, is an innovative engineering solutions and services provider. Alten’s workforce of over 20,000 engineers across 22 countries aligns Cresttek as a leader in intelligent transportation systems, with the resources to actualize and articulate a vision for smart mobility.