OPA - Communication about road works done right!
Posted 08 May 2017, By Wim Michiels
When a road is closed for roadworks or an event, how do you communicate about it? Do you provide leaflets throughout the neighbourhood and put an official sign along the road?
Research shows that 9 out of 10 motorists have a navigation device, and according to Google, 80% of smartphone users have actively used a navigation app in the past 30 days. An American study from pew reveals that 67% of smartphone users occasionally use a navigation app in the car. In particular it is young people that use these apps most often.
For logistical reasons, good navigation is crucial. Information on the accessibility of the destination can save time and money. An unknown road closure can jeopardise the delivery chain.
It is important for road authorities to provide good traffic information to ensure that lorries and cars don’t go driving in streets where this is undesirable or even impossible. A large scale study in Amsterdam on the use of apps for smarter navigation advises to provide better digital information on roadworks for navigation.
ANYWAYS offers a service to enhance the publication of precise traffic information on roadworks and events. Our OPA service is a navigable map of the traffic situation that you are planning. We publish this map on the internet and provide you a link that you can e-mail, integrate into your own website or distribute via social media.
There is a special function for companies and shops: “how to reach us”. This is a link to the route planner with the destination already filled in. Both clients and suppliers will only have to fill in the origin of the trip to know how to get there.
ANYWAYS publishes the information on the event and the diversion in a standardised format so that the navigation industry can pick up the information and use it in OEM devices, apps and services. In this way everybody knows about the roadworks or the event.
If a tender demands the distribution of leaflets amongst those affected immediately by the roadworks or the event, the service assists you in that as well. We provide a nice map with all the information in a printable pdf file.
Dynacity - Closing Event
Posted 24 Oct 2016, By Ben Abelshausen
Friday 21st of October we participated in the Dynacity Data Challenge in Gent. In short our challenge was: It there potential for a bike sharing system in Gent, similar to those in Antwerp and Brussels? We think so and we will try to prove it using the origin-destination data from Gent’s traffic model.
To calculate this potential we used OpenStreetMap, as always, as a base for our routing network. On top of this we positioned some bicycle stations similar to how they are positioned in Antwerp and Brussels. Using an algorithm that combines pedestrian routing with a ‘borrow and return’ scheme for the bicycles we then calculated, for all origin-destination pairs the best route, in our case, routes that are faster by using the bike sharing system compared to using a car. For each resulting route we assign the origin-destination count to the route’s segments.
The result is then put on a map where each segment varies in width depending on the number of bikes predicted. The previous and next segments are also stored enabling us visualise where the bikes on this segment come from or go to, also called Selective Link Analysis. The resulting demo website can be found here:
We estimate about 3600 bike rides per day using this sytem (120 rentals per station per day), and that’s just counting rides that are currently done by car. We think we at least showed that it’s not unrealistic to have this system in a city the size of Gent.
Our challenge wasn’t the only one, make sure you check the Dynacity website. It was a great event and we at least hope the Dynacity experiment leads to something more.