Thursday, August 29, 2013

ACHD: Smart Meter Sensors Can't Be Embedded in Boise Pavement

Posted By on Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 9:32 AM

The Ada County Highway District Board of Commissioners has told the City of Boise that it was a bit too hasty with its plans to embed sensors into the streets in connection with the installation of its so-called "smart meters."

In April 2012, Boise Weekly first told you about the new meters, which included a feature that could detect when a vehicle had driven off, thus resetting the meter instead of giving the next motorist some bonus time. The detection came through a sensor, embedded in the pavement, that could sense vehicle movement. The meters were tried out in 2012 through a pilot program, and earlier this summer the meters began becoming permanent fixtures in Downtown Boise.

But the City of Boise doesn't control its own streets. In one of the more unique forms of government oversight, it's the Ada County Highway District that manages any space running from curb-to-curb.

And on Aug. 28, ACHD Commissioners voted 3-2 to nix the sensors from being drilled into the pavement.

The City of Boise is expected to move to Plan B: installing the sensors on the meters, pointing toward where the vehicle is parked.

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