Mayor Stephanie Miner has announced the city’s implementation of new Street Quality Inspection Devices, known as SQUID, which the mayor said the city will use to digitally inspect streets, and identify problems with infrastructure.
“The city of Syracuse is pleased to partner with ARGO Labs in deploying SQUID devices on the streets,” Mayor Miner stated. “Using this new technology, the city will be better able to proactively fill potholes, and perform a digital inspection of the quality of city streets. Through this innovation, the city will now be able to better plan for repairs and use resources more efficiently. Our departments are working together diligently to use new ideas to address these longstanding challenges faced by city government.”
Miner said the technology is built with a small, affordable computer which can conduct street quality surveys by combining data from an accelerometer to measure ride quality, and a camera to photograph the potholes, cracks and other street defects, so that problems can be prioritized and fixed.
The mayor has made fixing the city’s failing infrastructure one of her administration’s priorities.
“ARGO Labs thanks the City of Syracuse, and its active leadership, for the opportunity and embracing a culture of innovation to bring about a new, 21st century, data-driven approach to fixing city problems,” Project Director of ARGO Labs Varun Adibhatla stated.
According to the city, the road quality sensors will be deployed over the coming weeks by the DPW, in order to perform a comprehensive study of city streets.