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Platform helps identify US populations most vulnerable to coronavirus

Urban Footprint is combining the latest information about the incidence of Covid-19 with its data and analytics to map and measure the impact on specific areas and communities within cities.

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Extract from one of Urban Footprint's maps with the Social Vulnerability Index
Extract from one of Urban Footprint's maps with the Social Vulnerability Index

Location intelligence and urban planning software company UrbanFootprint has expanded its platform to identify the communities most vulnerable to coronavirus (Covid-19).

 

By incorporating new data, the aim is to help state and local agencies, researchers and other key stakeholders to better plan and deploy resources including emergency response and disease mitigation efforts.

 

According to UrbanFootprint, by combining the latest information about Covid-19 incidence and spread with its existing built-in data and analytics, it can map and measure potential impacts on specific areas and populations within cities.

 

Covid-19-related datasets

 

UrbanFootprint said it offers a “growing catalogue” of the latest Covid-19-related datasets, as well as a built-in nationwide data core of land use, socio-demographic, mobility, and health data. For instance, the platform can provide insights on the following categories:

  • Infection incidence by county
  • Locations of the highest at-risk populations based on age, income, transportation access, and more
  • Walk and transit access to food outlets and grocery stores
  • Access to hospitals and medical care, and the number of ICU beds
  • Access to cars and public transportation.

New datasets, such as testing centre locations and recovery rates will be added as they come online. When combined, UrbanFootprint said it can help local and state authorities identify high-risk urban areas that also have poor access to healthcare, enabling them to make more informed decisions about where to deploy resources, what resources are needed and how to mitigate spread.

 

“As Covid-19 rapidly evolves, it becomes progressively more difficult to source accurate, real-time data that shows the impact on cities and daily dynamics of urban areas. We want to help simplify this,” said Joe DiStefano, CEO of UrbanFootprint.

Extract from an Urban Footprint map showing walking access to grocery stores
Extract from an Urban Footprint map showing walking access to grocery stores

“By closing information gaps through data and analysis, we can help public agencies better adapt, plan and deploy resources – such as food and medical care – to those who need it most, while also limiting disease exposure to those most at risk. This becomes particularly important as more communities are required to ‘shelter in place’ and travel is limited to trips for food, medicine and other essential services.”

 

“As Covid-19 rapidly evolves, it becomes progressively more difficult to source accurate, real-time data that shows the impact on cities and daily dynamics of urban areas.”

 

As a cloud-based platform, UrbanFootprint is accessible from any location with an internet connection and enables the members of any organisation – governments, planners, architects, businesses and more – to collaborate in real-time on projects, regardless of their individual location. It is easy to use and access by a broad range of both technical and non-technical users.

 

Compared to traditional planning and location intelligence tools that are siloed, costly and time-consuming, UrbanFootprint claims to streamline the process through a single platform that makes it easy to map and evaluate existing conditions, build and test future scenarios, and analyse an “unprecedented array” of relevant impacts.

 

Models can be built to track scenario performance in real-time while the platform’s user interface enables users to search and evaluate nearly all US locations seamlessly.

 

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