The New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) has been implementing new signals technology based on wireless, ultra-wide and radio to give its signals system a badly-needed upgrade. This technology won the MTA’s recent Genius Contest for innovative new solutions to MTA’s challenges, but the MTA would be the first major municipal transportation system to attempt a large-scale implementation o anything close to this level. This lack of analogous use cases has concerned some communications technology experts, but Governor Cuomo and the MTA remain committed to its implementation.
- Genius Challenge was a challenge put into action by the MTA as a way to attract innovative solutions to help in overcoming the subway’s signal problems.
- The winning proposal selected by the MTA judges utilizes ultra-wideband radio to send out the subway’s signal data.
- The proposed solution requires the positioning of devices on nodes, every 1000 feet, or so, to act as information transfer stations.
“If the tech proves successful, the subway’s aging signal stock could be modernized in under a decade”