Salt Lake tech firm to help Idaho navigate eclipse traffic

SALT LAKE CITY — As millions across the country prepare to journey into the path of totality to experience the upcoming solar eclipse, there's one scenario that Idaho highway officials are hoping doesn't come to fruition — that the expected 500,000 to 1 million visitors they're expecting turn I-15 itself into the most populated viewing area in the Gem State.

"We're not sure what to expect exactly, but there is a chance that traffic could come to a complete standstill during the eclipse," said Idaho Transportation Department Resident Engineer Scott Redding. "If everybody stops, that might be OK, but if only some people do, that could be a major problem."

Salt Lake company brings tracking technology to solve movement problems

Salt Lake company brings tracking technology to solve movement problems

Service helps transportation planners, Sundance festival, and could play role with driverless vehicles

SALT LAKE CITY — For most people, being stuck behind a red light at an intersection in which you are the only driver and waiting, for no apparent reason, for the cycle to come back around is an exercise that can lead to frustration and bewilderment.

For Mark Pittman, one such experience on a frosty winter night near the University of Utah a few years back presented a problem that he decided to solve — and it turned out to be the first steps toward the creation of a Salt Lake City tech company that is specializing in unraveling the when, where, how and why of human movement.

"I got stuck at a traffic light in 2014 leaving campus one night and didn’t understand why," Pittman said. "The next day I called a city traffic engineer and asked why and he was nice enough to invite me to meet with him. He told me over an hour and a half conversation that Utah has one of the best transportation systems in the nation, (the Utah Department of Transportation) is considered a pioneer in innovation, we have sensors on a lot of traffic lights and, essentially, you shouldn’t be complaining.

"And that wasn’t good enough for me."

What was Sundance 2017 worth to Utah's economy? $151.5 million, firm says

Previous studies estimated about 45K attended the festival, but new measure using cellphone tracking boosts figure to 71K.

A new economic impact study by the Utah firm Y2 Analytics, commissioned by Robert Redford's Sundance Institute and released Wednesday, shows that an estimated 71,638 people attended some part of the 11-day January festival in Park City, Salt Lake City and the Sundance resort.

In the past few years, Sundance's attendance figure has hovered around the 45,000 mark, with an estimated 46,660 at the 2016 festival.

Blyncsy Launches First City-Wide Deployment: Park City, Utah


On Tuesday June 10, 2015 Blyncsy, Inc. launched it first city-wide deployment in Park City, Utah. This historic achievement was made possible by coordination with Park City and Blyncsy.

This 60 day pilot will help Park City planners and administrators to understand traffic flows, for urban planning, transit and parking as well as economic development and events throughout the City.

Blyncsy CEO Mark Pittman said "with today's launch we are showing the world how Blyncsy systems and services will reduce inefficiency, make for smarter city planning and allow cities to lead the charge in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and traffic idling. Blyncsy is on the cutting edge of making the world a better place, and getting you Moving Forward Faster."

The Pac-12 Network featured the University of Utah in it's "Conference of Champions" documentary. The segment features the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute, Lassonde Studios and student entrepreneur Mark Pittman. This video is republished with permission from the Pac-12 Network.

Blyncsy Featured on PAC 12 Network

The PAC 12 Network in concert with the University of Utah and the Lassonde Entrepreneurship Institute highlighted Blyncsy, and our Founder and CEO Mark Pittman in a short video that aired on the PAC 12 channel on the "Conference of Champions". The video focuses on Mark's creation of Blyncsy while he was a student at the University of Utah, and the resources that the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute provided that allowed Blyncsy to become what it is today. The video will air throughout the late Spring and early Summer of 2015 on the PAC 12 Network.

Blyncs Sensors make their debut at Snowbird Ski Resort


On Sunday, January 11th, 2015 Blyncsy came to Snowbird Ski Resort, just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. Our first Blyncs sensor made its debut on the chickadee run, allowing Blyncsy to get a feel for deploying in remote environments under extreme weather conditions.

After the first 24 hours, all systems were up and running flawlessly. This initial deployment was a test to allow Snowbird Ski Resort to see the value and power of the Blyncsy ecosystem in generating data for skier traffic and visualizing the demand that mountain traffic is placing on resort equipment. 

Blyncsy has primed this deployment for the height of the ski season, allowing the Blyncsy team to understand the impact of snow and weather conditions on the quality of our data and evaluate any potential hiccups Blyncs sensors might face.