Mouser Electronics and Grant Imahara Discover Innovative Traffic Solutions in Latest Shaping Smarter Cities Series


Mouser Electronics Inc., a leading global distributor of electronic components, along with celebrity engineer Grant Imaharatoday released a new videofor the Shaping Smarter Citiesseries, part of Mouser’s award-winning Empowering Innovation Together™ program.

In thenewestvideo, Imahara travels to Porto, Portugal, to investigate how innovators are using technology to help with infrastructure problems caused by rapid urban expansion — specifically massive traffic congestion.The new series is supported by Mouser’s valued suppliersAnalog Devices, Intel®, Microchip Technology and Molex.

With residents in Porto spending an average of120 hours a year in traffic, both corporate productivity and the environment have been under assault for decades. Imahara speaks with engineers from Veniam, a Porto-based technology company thathas developed a potential solution tostagnant traffic. By implementing large Wi-Fi mesh networks in cities across the world, which use vehicles as roving hotspots, Veniam can gatherlarge quantities of usable data for better traffic management and municipal planning. The networks further benefit citizens by enabling publicly available Wi-Fi connections throughout the city.

“While technology will be the means to create smarter cities, innovators will be the catalysts who actually make it happen,” said Glenn Smith, President and CEO of Mouser Electronics. “What we are witnessing in this new video series are some of the world’s best engineers and innovators at the very start of a movement that will make life easier for future generations.”

“Walking the streets of Porto and speaking with the top engineers at Veniam, I am struck by the passion that they bring to the world with their designs,” saidImahara. “In partnerships between companies like Veniam and Mouser, we can easily see how innovation will create more connected cities.”

Imahara interviews João Barros, founder and CEO of Veniam, to provide additional details onthe hardware and software used to turn moving vehicles into Wi-Fi hotspots. Barros also explains how the collected data can be used to alleviate street congestion,assist with fleet management,helpself-driving cars, and improve efficiency for commercial delivery industries — all to provide better infrastructure for smarter cities.

Since 2015, the Empowering Innovation Together program has been one of the most visible and recognized marketing programs in the electronic component industry,featuring projects ranging from bringing superhero technology to life to 3D printing a semi-autonomous car with drone technology. For 2017, Mouser’s goal is to reach even more innovators around the globe with the Empowering Innovation Together program and solve problems that impact more of humanity.

To learn more about this and all of Mouser’s Empowering Innovation Together series, visit

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