The partnership will provide more open data sharing options to municipalities and help build intelligent transportation systems for communities
Global smart-mapping company Esri is partnering with Waze, the free, crowdsourced traffic and navigation app which allows drivers to share real-time traffic and road information.
Those Governments using the Esri ArcGIS platform can now quickly and easily exchange data through the Waze Connected Citizens Programme, a free, two-way data share of publicly available traffic information. The partnership also enables governments that have not already subscribed to Esri technology or joined the Waze Connected Citizens Programme to sign up online to start sharing road closure alerts and other information with their citizens right away.
Transport for London recently became Waze’s 100th global partner in the Connected Citizens Programme, joining the likes of the US Department of Transportation, Rio de Janeiro COR, Rome Centre for Mobility and the Transportation Management Centre of New South Wales in Australia.
"Municipalities can now leverage real-time reports without having to invest in sensor networks or an Internet of Things infrastructure," said Andrew Stauffer, manager of civic technology at Esri. “Waze allows local governments to share open data with a purpose -- in an application that is already popular with constituents, commuters, and tourists."
Waze allows its users to share and harness the power of anonymous, aggregated data to promote greater transportation efficiency, deeper insight into travel conditions, and safer roads. Esri is the industry leader in geospatial analytics, empowering more than 300,000 organizations in making location-based decisions. The simplicity and structure of the data feeds allow local governments to merge information into existing enterprise systems, such as emergency dispatch and street maintenance systems, to make their communities operate smarter and safer.
The partnership enables communities to extend the reach of the data they map and manage by sharing it with Waze, which has more than 65 million monthly active users worldwide. This free, public-private partnership allows greater government transparency and collaboration with citizens to help people better navigate their streets and highways.
"The Waze Connected Citizens Program empowers municipalities to harness real-time driver insight to improve congestion and make better informed planning decisions," said Paige Fitzgerald, head of new business development, data acquisition for Waze. "With 100 partners worldwide, Waze provides each partner with the same set of free, data-driven tools and resources to foster collaboration and communication between all partners. Working with Esri allows Waze to further scale the program and creates additional opportunities for our partners to collaborate, helping each other incorporate the power of crowdsourced data into their traffic management strategies."
In 2014, Waze pioneered data standards for road closure and incident reporting, which are embedded within customised data feeds provided to each partner. Established as a two-way data share, Waze provides partners with real-time, anonymous, Waze-generated incident and slowdown information directly from the source: drivers themselves.
In exchange, partners provide real-time, government-reported construction, crash, and road closure data to Waze to return one of the most thorough records of current road conditions.
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