PEACHTREE CORNERS, Ga. – April 20, 2023 – Peachtree Corners – one of the United States’ first 5G smart cities powered by real-world connected infrastructure – announced a partnership with the Center for Innovation in Transport (CENIT), a public consortium between the Regional Government of Catalonia and Barcelona Tech, the largest engineering university in Catalonia, Spain. The international partnership provides both Peachtree Corners and CENIT with complementary research resources and collaboration, sharing smart mobility technology innovation and enhancing efforts in smart city systems research, safety and deployment.
“Peachtree Corners is increasingly recognized as the template for how to build a smart city through city-owned infrastructure in the U.S. Our Curiosity Lab ecosystem serves as a proving ground for emerging technologies and is one of the only real-world testing environments able to demonstrate and deploy everything from autonomous vehicles to intelligent infrastructure,” said Peachtree Corners City Manager Brian Johnson. “Through our partnership with CENIT, we can share our knowledge and develop cutting-edge mobility technology on an international stage, supporting smart-city initiatives around the world. We are delighted to work hands-on with CENIT to advance smart city development that could lead to breakthroughs in transportation and safety technology that will ultimately help safeguard and enrich people’s lives.”
As a research center, the core of CENIT’s activity is to provide scientific rigor to current and future transportation and logistics challenges with an emphasis on investment and policies, application of technology, improvement of public transit, demand modeling and urban mobility. The group routinely shares its research and technology findings with the public and business sectors and industry professionals seeking to learn the latest developments in transportation science.
“The Center for Innovation in Transport (CENIT) is a research group of the International Center for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE). CENIT promotes research on transportation and logistics and acts as a think tank on mobility challenges currently influencing our society. As a national and regional center in Spain, we look forward to working with Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners to cooperate in addressing innovation that can address mobility challenges,” said Sergi Sauri, Director of CENIT.
The collaborative partnership aims to maximize the public benefits gained through the development of an interconnected, safe and efficient smart city system. Sharing the research conducted by CENIT and Curiosity Lab with other institutions and municipalities allows for international cooperation across sustainability, mobility, technology and quality of life societal goals.
The International Centre for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE) is a research organization created in 1987 by the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) as a partnership between the Government of Catalonia and UPC, in cooperation with UNESCO. The aim of CIMNE is the development of numerical methods and computational techniques for advancing knowledge and technology in engineering and applied sciences.
The Center for Innovation in Transport (CENIT) was created in 2001 as a public consortium between the Regional Government of Catalonia and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya-BarcelonaTech (UPC). CENIT is a research institute and think tank oriented at helping find sustainable and innovative solutions for urban transport. They specialize in research, development, and technology transfer projects using big data and econometric analysis. As a research center, the core of CENIT’s activity is to provide scientific methods to address the major current and future transport and logistics challenges. Work areas include the assessment of transport investments and policies, improvement of public transport networks, optimization of operations, application of technology to transportation, demand modeling and urban mobility. Their activity focuses on research and technology transfer to the public and business sectors.
About the City of Peachtree Corners, Georgia
As the heart of what is being called #SiliconOrchard in the metro-Atlanta region, Peachtree Corners is a vibrant municipality that’s home to more than 45,000 residents, 45,000 jobs and an innovation hub that houses some of the world’s most disruptive technology companies. As the United States’ premier smart city powered by real-world connected infrastructure and 5G, Peachtree Corners serves as the model for how government and private industry can better collaborate to create a better future for society and business. From the world’s first deployment of teleoperated e-scooters to fully autonomous shuttles being utilized by actual residents, and from a solar roadway to the largest electric vehicle fast-charging hub in the region, Peachtree Corners is where the most future-forward Internet of Things (IoT) and sustainable technologies come to life for the benefit of its citizens, and the world. For more information, visit http://www.peachtreecornersga.gov.
About Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners
Curiosity Lab is a 5G-enabled intelligent mobility and smart city living laboratory located in the southeastern United States near Atlanta, Georgia. Designed as a proving ground for IoT, mobility and smart city emerging technologies, the centerpiece of the lab is a three-mile public autonomous vehicle roadway leveraging cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) technologies. Additional infrastructure includes intelligent traffic cameras and traffic signals, smart streetlights, the country’s first “IoT Central Control Room” implemented in a city and a 25,000 square foot innovation center. Owned and operated by the City of Peachtree Corners, Curiosity Lab is one of North America’s only real-world testing environments and is available for use free of charge. Additional information can be found at www.curiositylabptc.com.