InNovo Partners Selected to Provide Services to Central Florida’s PedSafe Project

Orlando, Fla. – As the Florida Department of Transportation works to create safer streets for pedestrians and bicyclists, they have turned to Orlando-based InNovo Partners for assistance.

The project is known as PedSafe and is part of a federal grant designed to create a smarter transportation network through the use of technology. InNovo Partners will work with prime contractor Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, to provide systems engineering support.

“The PedSafe program is going to make our community safer and more efficient,” said Claudia Paskauskas, Co-founder and CEO of InNovo Partners. “We are honored and excited to work the Florida Department of Transportation and Atkins on this initiative.”

InNovo Partners brings innovation to the transportation industry by applying technology and extracting meaningful business intelligence from big data to help local, state and federal agencies make informed decisions on the planning, operations and funding prioritization of transportation systems.

PedSafe is an innovative pedestrian and bicycle collision avoidance system that utilizes connected vehicle technologies to reduce the occurrence of vehicular collisions with pedestrians and bicycles at high crash locations.

Connections to existing traffic signals system will provide information on phasing changes along with pedestrian detection at each intersection to manage potential conflicts and congestions within the PedSafe area.

The project is part of the Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment Program overseen by the U.S. Department of Transportation. In October, the federal government awarded Central Florida $12 million for technology improvements to the transportation system.

In addition to PedSafe, the grant will help start the following:

  • GreenWay, designed to help manage more than 1,000 traffic signals
  • SmartCommunities, designed to develop applications to provide traffic information
  • SunStore, designed to help store data and video from the other programs.

The project is expected to take three years to complete.

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For more information media should contact –

InNovo Partners: Melissa Gross, Co-founder, 407-222-5507, or Claudia Paskauskas, Co-founder, 407-432-4866,

UCF Business Incubation Program: Michael Weiss, Site Manager, UCF Business Incubation Program, (321) 281-8384, or Alan Byrd, Alan Byrd & Associates, 407-415-8470,

About InNovo Partners
InNovo Partners, LLC, founded in January 2017 by Melissa Gross and Claudia Paskauskas, is an Orlando, FL-based transportation engineering, technology and planning consultant for the government. As an innovator in the application of technology in the transportation industry, InNovo Partners helps local, state and federal agencies make informed decisions on the planning, operation and funding prioritization of transportation systems. For more information, visit

About Atkins
SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies, employing people across North America, the UK, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific and Europe. Founded in 1911, SNC-Lavalin is a global fully integrated professional services and project management company and a major player in the ownership of infrastructure. To view Atkins’ recent projects, visit

About the UCF Business Incubation Program
The University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program is a community resource that provides early-stage companies with the tools, training and infrastructure to become financially stable, high growth/impact enterprises. Since 1999, this award-winning program has helped more than 390 local startup companies reach their potential faster by providing vital business development resources.

With seven facilities throughout the region, the UCF Business Incubation Program is an economic development partnership between the University of Central Florida, the Corridor, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia counties, and the cities of Apopka, Kissimmee, Orlando and Winter Springs.  For the 2014/15 and 2015/16 fiscal years, the activities of these participating firms have helped sustain more than 4,710 local jobs and have had a cumulative impact of more than $725 million on regional GDP and more than $1.3 billion on regional sales. During the same period, the program has returned $7.41 for every $1 invested in the program. For more information, visit