The City of Dallas has tapped Ericsson to help it control traffic lights and road signs in a boost to the troubled vendor.

The Texan municipality is installing a traffic management system based on the Swedish company’s Connected Urban Transport solution.

This will provide real time data from sensors that can be used to enable it to improve traffic flow around the city.

Data can also be shared with other government departments, Ericsson said.

Implementation began at the end of 2017 with the system set to be fully operational by 2020.

Jeff Travers, Head of IoT, Ericsson, said: “The quality of a community’s transportation infrastructure is a major factor in business and industry investment decisions.

“The Dallas metroplex is one of the fastest growing areas in the country.

“Our Connect Urban Transport solution will enable the city to manage growing traffic and increase driver safety more efficiently and at lower cost.”

Financial details of the deal were not disclosed, but it provides a welcome boost to Ericsson’s attempts to move beyond telecoms.

The vendor saw revenues fall to SEK144.1 billion in the first nine months of 2017, down from SEK157.4 billion in the corresponding period of 2016, while it made a operating loss of SEK18.4 billion versus a profit of SEK6.6 billion.

CEO Börje Ekholm is battling to turn around the performance of the company through a more targeted business model, cost savings and focus on profitability.

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