Alaska’s most
dangerous roads

The Elliott and Dalton Highways are two of the most dangerous overland routes in the United States. Stretching over 500 miles through remote Alaskan wilderness, the roads are unpaved, covered in ice, and hammered by constant storms. If something goes wrong out there, it’s almost impossible to call for help.

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The Elliot and Dalton Highway

Over 500 miles of treacherous roads (much of it unpaved)

Limited existing communications network.

Main supply route for the country’s third-largest oil reserve.

Nearest emergency services can be hundreds of miles away.

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The Elliot and Dalton Highway

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The Elliot and Dalton Highway

Over 500 miles of treacherous roads (much of it unpaved)

Limited existing communications network.

Main supply route for the country’s third-largest oil reserve.

Nearest emergency services can be hundreds of miles away.

I was going through fast-running water up to three feet deep in temperatures of –7°F.
Jeff Russell, Dalton Area Superintendent

Solving the
impossible task

The Alaska Department of Transportation faced the seemingly impossible task of installing a reliable communication network in one of the world’s harshest environments.

Cisco worked closely with AT&T, New Horizons Telecom, and the Enterprise Technology Services Division within the Alaska Department of Administration to create a smart new solution. Nineteen self-sufficient AT&T towers create a microwave communication network while the Cisco Instant Connect solution manages secure radio, channel, and media resources to coordinate dispatching and provide push-to-talk features for group communications.

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Microwave Communication

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Microwave Communication

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Microwave Communication

The road is still dangerous, but now drivers can get help when they need it most, and officials can coordinate emergency responses. If Cisco can help innovate and problem-solve here, imagine what they can do for you.

Find out how the Internet of Things can help you connect the unconnected
From Alaska to the Autobahn

Over a decade ago, ASFINAG (Austria’s transportation department) deployed a fiber-optic network along highways connecting 2200 kilometers of road, 70,000 sensors, and 6500 cameras. It was a concept ahead of its time—and it created a massive amount of data. That led to the next challenge: turning that data into something drivers and traffic-management centers could actually use.

Connected Road

The Austrian Autobahn

2003 - 2005

ASFINAG’s fiber-optic network begins connecting sensors and traffic cameras to control hubs.

Local analytics

Cisco Connected Mobile Experiences (CMX) connects devices and data, sensing accidents, diverting traffic to prevent congestion, and improving safety.

Rest stop Wi-Fi

Wireless access points provide public Wi-Fi for travelers and truckers, allowing them to communicate with family and even verify toll and load records.

Built for extremes

Ruggedized switches, routers, and wireless access points can handle temperatures anywhere from −40°F to 140°F, so extreme mountain weather can’t affect performance.

1982

ASFINAG becomes responsible for construction and maintenance.

1938

First section of the Austrian Autobahn between Vienna and Salzburg started.

1997

Toll stickers required for Autobahn use.

Quick Communication

The Cisco Instant Connect (CIC) solution carries data quickly from central consoles to any device so emergency responses can be organized almost instantly.

2003 - 2005

ASFINAG’s fiber-optic network begins connecting sensors and traffic cameras to control hubs.

Local analytics

Cisco Connected Mobile Experiences (CMX) connects devices and data, sensing accidents, diverting traffic to prevent congestion, and improving safety.

Rest stop Wi-Fi

Wireless access points provide public Wi-Fi for travelers and truckers, allowing them to communicate with family and even verify toll and load records.

Built for extremes

Ruggedized switches, routers, and wireless access points can handle temperatures anywhere from −40°F to 140°F, so extreme mountain weather can’t affect performance.

1982

ASFINAG becomes responsible for construction and maintenance.

1938

First section of the Austrian Autobahn between Vienna and Salzburg started.

1997

Toll stickers required for Autobahn use.

Quick Communication

The Cisco Instant Connect (CIC) solution carries data quickly from central consoles to any device so emergency responses can be organized almost instantly.

ASFINAG turned to the Cisco Connected Roadways solution to transform a connected road into a smart road. Now, from preventing bottlenecks to facilitating emergency response, Cisco is helping to make the Austrian Autobahn safer, smoother, and less congested—no matter how fast you’re driving.

“Our use case is unique, with thousands of kilometers of roads and more than 400 kilometers of tunnels. … Cisco provides a complete range of industry-leading solutions, and A1 Telekom Austria is an invaluable partner who understands our needs.”

— Bernd Datler, Managing Director, ASFINAG

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