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Three computer science and engineering students won a $10,000 prize in the NTx Apps Challenge for a smart traffic light network that adjusts schedules to ease traffic flow. Seniors Zedd Shmais, James Staud, and Nhat Tran created a real-time monitoring system, dubbed GridLock, that uses computerized data mining to time traffic lights. In addition to the money, the students will receive mentoring from Jorge Varela, assistant director of TECH Fort Worth, and Gemalto, a sponsoring company. “We’re planning to further pursue this idea and bring the app to the streets,” Shmais says.

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