• November 15, 2021

    City of Bellevue wins 2021 National Roadway Safety Award for its Video Analytics Traffic Safety Program

    Recently, the City of Bellevue, WA was honored with a 2021 National Roadway Safety Award for the success of its video analytics program. The National Roadway Safety Awards are sponsored jointly by the Federal Highway Administration and the Roadway Safety Foundation. First presented in 1999, the biennial program recognizes safety achievements that move the nation toward zero deaths and serious injuries on U.S. roadways. 

    Bellevue’s Video Analytics Traffic Safety Program takes a proactive approach to identify safety improvements by leveraging its extensive traffic camera network to study near-crash conflicts and identify potential countermeasures. This greatly reduces the amount of time required to identify safety hot spots and to evaluate possible remedies – often from a matter of years to a matter of days. The program initially launched five years ago as a partnership with Microsoft and the University of Washington. The lessons learned from that pilot led to subsequent video analytics partnerships with Transoft Solutions Inc. and the Together for Safer Roads coalition, before evolving into the current collaboration with Advanced Mobility Analytics Group, Jacobs Engineering and a renewed collaboration with Microsoft.        

    The National Roadway Safety Award projects were evaluated on three criteria: Effectiveness, Innovation, and Efficient Use of Resources. Selected from a nationwide pool of applicants, the awards honor outstanding projects involving infrastructure, operational or program-related innovations. Winners were selected by an expert panel of judges from a variety of disciplines.