Michael Zeto, VP of AT&T IoT and General Manager of Smart Cities, told media that the devices combine cameras, microphones, and environmental sensors, which can identify pedestrians, cars, and cyclists, help pinpoint the location of gunshots, and sniff for pollutants.

With privacy a paramount concern, the City IQ devices will retain no video. In fact, they won’t even pass video over a network. Instead, Zeto said, they use onboard computer-vision software to identify objects and pass just that resulting analysis on.

The focus will be to help move towards Vision Zero goal, a global name for changes in traffic flow and management intended to reduce traffic impacts, accidents, and fatalities dramatically. The city hopes a deeply granular, automatic, continuous, and real-time stream of data will help it better understand what’s not working.

In addition to improved data insights, the City IQ open platform is designed to handle future growth using the exact street lighting infrastructure, so Portland can continue adapting and developing new applications that meet the specific needs of the city and its residents.

“Portland is a great example of how every city is able to tailor their solution to meet specific challenges and opportunities,” said Austin Ashe, Smart Cities General Manager for Current by GE. “For example, we will be working with Portland to extract bicycle data to better understand the bicycle traffic volume and cyclists’ interactions with vehicle and pedestrian traffic to improve safety for all.”