CM1: Gateway To A Future Of Smart Cities

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Turn left after 200 meters,' signaled the navigation system of Paul's car. Following the instructions, Paul took the turn, only to find out that the road was blocked with construction barrels, barriers, excavators, and more. Like Paul, many vehicle owners follow the navigation system every day with the assumption that the navigation system routes them optimally but are disappointed when finding out that the suggested route was blocked by construction sites, creating unnecessary traffic congestion, road bottlenecks and time delays. Heavy traffic jams due to construction sites have become a prevalent issue in several cities. Although cities are embracing smart city technologies at a breath-taking speed, the massive need for mobility and the subsequent traffic problems continue to be challenging. Not to mention the increase in pollution due to traffic congestion. Cities frequently struggle to efficiently manage construction sites due to the sheer number of sites, the dynamic nature, and obsolete procedures. Some cities still plan their construction sites without a coherent overview of ongoing construction projects. Adding to the woes, currently, there is no real-time, accurate, or reliable data accessible for construction sites. Most of the time, navigation system providers do not know if there is a construction site, its duration, or the lanes it will occupy. This has become a significant concern as improving road travel time predictions is impossible without data about the construction sites.

Changing the narrative here is CM1, a company with a ground-breaking smart beacon system that swiftly alerts navigation system owners and smart cities about construction and general congestion. The smart beacons provided by CM1 can gather enormous quantities of construction data using AI models, allowing smart cities to receive precise insights across all locations. "Through our smart beacon and sophisticated algorithms, city planners can now see their construction sites in real-time, remotely and in never-before seen precision. This helps them keep track of having two construction sites too close can be calculated more easily," says Patrick Franke, Co-Founder of CM1.

The CM1's smart beacon can be readily incorporated into the existing navigation systems in cities through an API, substantially boosting navigation service. The company's intelligent traffic control system provides specific construction data to minimize congestion on the roads.

Through our smart beacon and our sophisticated algorithms, cities can now see their construction sites in real-time, remotely and in never-before-seen precision

The company transfers the information via an interface to cities and public agencies' existing software systems to efficiently control traffic. These one-of-a-kind beacons employ differential- GNSS, which is based on GNSS technologies (global navigation satellite systems) like GPS but optimizes their position through differential correction services. By leveraging this technology, CM1 can achieve a precise location, which is required to ensure safety for construction workers on roadways. After receiving the location, sophisticated AI-based algorithms are processed to generate important insights and make a stronger sense of the acquired data. Following these processes, the construction position is provided to clients along with the necessary insights.

CM1's biggest ongoing proof-of-concept is with a north- German metropolis which is ranked among the leading Smart Cities in Germany, according to a recent Bitkom study. Part of their success is due to their "Urban Data Platform," which integrates data and insights from different fields to have better information about the city. As part of the platform, CM1's smart beacons send location data together with other metrics at regular intervals. This information is then visible to every user of the UDP and guarantees an up-to-date model of the city and its construction sites.



Another POC is ongoing with the city of Mainz. The city was interested in the exact position of their sewer flushing trucks including which side of the road they are located. With the help of CM1's extremely precise solution, the trucks could be localized reliably and in real-time. The city later used those insights and incorporated them into a navigation system to prevent congestion especially in narrow streets or one-way roads.

The Vast Horizon of Smart Beacons

Over the past year, CM1 is focusing on the autonomous driving division of the automobile industry. Recognizing that current automobile navigation systems aren't entirely reliable and that driving around construction sites is a big problem for self-driving cars today, the firm redefines current technologies by offering its intelligent road safety beacons. In the case of a road obstruction due to construction, the cars have difficulty identifying the lane markings and the revised dimensions of the road.


"We provide 'additional eyes on the road' by sending our real-time data to car manufacturers who can then use this precise data to navigate their cars safely around the city," says Sebastian Herzenstiel, CTO of CM1.

In addition to addressing navigational issues, CM1's smart beacon and intelligent technologies also tackle the acute challenges that have surfaced over time in the construction industry. For instance, in Germany, construction companies must check the correct line-up of their construction delimitation twice a day. Since construction sites can be several kilometers long on highways and several kilometers apart from each other, the cost for people, time, and equipment is immense. Some estimates say the cost for checking the correct line-up and functionality can be as high as five per cent of the overall cost of the construction project. CM1 comes into play enabling construction companies to monitor all their construction sites with its intuitive software and app. Clients appreciate CM1's deep knowledge and expertise in the field of cloud technologies and data analysis that are way ahead of its competitors. The company enables construction companies and governments to move away from obsolete pen and paper manual processes and adopt easy to use digitized solutions that are accessible via a web-frontend.

Leading the Way with Innovation

Although CM1 is still in its early stages, it has positioned itself as an innovative road safety solution provider that addresses an important gap of providing better visibility into dynamic traffic scenarios. "We can deliver our solutions extremely fast, which is not always the case with large corporations, but since we have a really dynamic company structure, we can be incredibly agile," says Herzenstiel. CM1 is paving the road to a future of smart cities with its innovative strategies. The company's beacons will provide the groundwork for a whole new world of intelligent road safety, and the company intends to sell them across the European Union and potentially beyond. The company will take its first POC outside Germany into the Netherlands. CM1 will soon penetrate new markets in Austria, Spain, France, Denmark, Israel, and the U.S. Big metropolitan cities such as Singapore, Seoul, and Tokyo are also areas of interest for CM1. "As the need for smart infrastructure is immense, we are constantly working on improving our software and adding several new products, making use of the solid groundwork we have already done to provide accurate and up-to-date information on construction sites," concludes Franke.
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Company
CM1

Headquarters
Munich, Germany

Management
Sebastian Herzenstiel, CTO , Susanne Böhm, CEO and Patrick Franke Oviedo, Co-founder

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CM1 offers a ground-breaking smart beacon system that swiftly alerts navigation system owners and smart cities about construction and general congestion. The smart beacons provided by CM1 can gather enormous quantities of construction data using AI models, allowing smart cities to receive precise insights across all locations. The CM1's smart beacon can be readily incorporated into the existing navigation systems in cities through an API, substantially boosting navigation service. The company's intelligent traffic control system provides specific construction data to minimize congestion on the roads

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