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UK transport authority exploits data to deliver improved services

Transport for West Midlands is using Chordant’s oneTransport data marketplace as part of its Playbook initiative, which provides a digital representation of the West Midlands road network.

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TfWM can take advantage of real-time data from multiple systems across the region
TfWM can take advantage of real-time data from multiple systems across the region

Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) has selected Chordant’s oneTransport data marketplace in a bid to deliver improved transport services for residents and travellers across the region.

 

TfWM will use the oneTransport technology as part of its ‘Playbook’ initiative, which is the name given to the digital representation of the West Midlands road network.

 

Real-world scenes

 

Hundreds of real-world scenes in static, dynamic and historical forms have been captured allowing businesses to test and develop their products or services within a digital environment, with the aim of reducing costs and accelerating scalable deployment.

 

This forms part of the West Midlands’ wider strategy, linking its 5G testbed (WM5G), self-driving technology development activities (Midlands Future Mobility) and incorporating Future Mobility Zone programme schemes.

 

“We were encouraged by Chordant’s work with other transport authorities in the UK, and notably [its] work with Midlands Future Mobility, the West Midlands based autonomous technology development company,” said Mike Waters, director of policy, strategy and Innovation at TfWM.

 

“[Chordant has] a particular focus on organisations like ours, understanding the needs of transportation networks and how to make use of the vast quantities of data generated.”

 

The oneTransport data marketplace service will enable TfWM to take better advantage of real-time information about the operations of its road and transport networks, by bringing together real-time data from multiple individual transport data systems across the individual West Midlands metropolitan boroughs.

"The West Midlands is in the vanguard of future mobility visionaries leading the UK towards cleaner, more efficient and more useful transport services”

The aim is to provide a more holistic understanding of transport operations across the region, and to provide external organisations with access to this data under open data licensing terms.

 

“We are pleased to collaborate with TfWM as [it works] to improve its transport network in the West Midlands, and to support transport service innovation,” added Mika Rasinkangas, president of Chordant. “The West Midlands is in the vanguard of future mobility visionaries leading the UK towards cleaner, more efficient and more useful transport services.”

 

The oneTransport data marketplace is a cloud-based platform that allows organisations including central and local governments and transport service providers to share and access previously isolated and inaccessible data about the real-time operation of towns and cities and their transport and mobility services.

 

By opening such data in a platform like this, organisations can provide new insights, improve decisions and build intelligent services that significantly improve citizen life. As an open, standards-based platform, oneTransport provides neutral data infrastructure for urban regions, enabling the widest variety of data-driven transport services and avoiding individual application/service vendor lock-ins.

 

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