Applied information has announced today that its Internet of Things connected traffic control devices and emergency vehicles can now display alerts on the Waze map providing drivers, first responders and vulnerable road users with an extra layer of safety. 

The Waze for Cities program will therefore enable transportation agencies with Applied Information Technology to provide additional free automatic safety alerts. 

Applied Information, alongside the already existing Waze notification system, enabled school beacons, emergency vehicles at the scene of an incident, and malfunctioning traffic signals automatically post alerts and warnings without human intervention.  

“Leveraging our TravelSafely technology to provide Waze users with this important safety information is another tool transportation agencies have at their disposal to make their communities safer,” said Bryan Mulligan, Applied Information President. “These notifications will help Wazers be more aware of vulnerable road users, first responders working along the highways and of malfunctioning traffic signals ahead.” 

The school beacon notification uses the Waze hazard alert to let Wazers know that an active school zone is ahead. Slowing down in school zones makes it safer for parents, students and educators during arrival and departure times, said the company’s release.  

Emergency vehicles will be able to alert customers of Waze of an incident along a road which will slow traffic down as they pass the accident.  

The traffic signal notifications indicate that a particular signal is malfunctioning. Wazers can avoid the signal, know to look for flashing lights or treat it as a four-way stop if the lights are out. 

The Waze for Cities program enables Waze and government agencies to share data. 

Press release and picture: Applied Information