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Big Data  |  Electric Vehicles  |  Transportation

4 Ways Big Data Can Help With Electric Vehicle Charger Deployment

When we founded StreetLight Data back in 2011, our sole focus was to help educate and plan for electric vehicles (EVs). But we quickly realized that our transportation analytics would have a more significant positive impact if we expanded our mission. However, EVs are still one of my deep interests: I drove a Chevy Volt for several years before going car-free just a few months ago, and I focused on EVs in my early career at the Rocky Mountain Institute and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.  Based on my personal experience, I know we can do a better job of planning and deploying EV charging infrastructure. If we want to see wide adoption of EVs, then we must make charging more convenient and affordable while minimizing its impact on our electrical grid. Given the wave of new charging station deployments in the US and abroad, now seems like the right time to explain how Big Data can help.

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Big Data  |  Transportation  |  autonomous vehicles

Autonomous Vehicles, Big Data, and Our Transportation Future

Autonomous vehicles (AVs) are beginning to dominate much of the public conversation about our transportation future. This was certainly the case at South by Southwest, where I participated in an excellent panel discussion at the C3 Smart Mobility Showcase: “Smart Cities and Data-Driven Deployment of Autonomous Vehicles.” Nearly every single panel at the showcase was related to AV technology. People in that tent were very excited about AVs. However, I found myself thinking back to the 12-lane urban highway that my taxi driver took from my hotel to the event. The local bus would have taken over three times as long, and the drive reminded me that AVs are not a panacea for all that ails our transportation system.

Don’t get me wrong: Talking about AVs at an event like SXSW makes sense, and I’m glad we’re having these conversations. But I think the broader discussion around AVs needs to be focused on accountability. The impact of AVs could be very positive or very negative, as many transportation experts have suggested. In this blog post, I’ll explore how a data-driven approach can help us strike the right balance with AVs, and hold ourselves accountable for achieving a positive outcome for all.

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Big Data  |  Case Studies  |  Traffic  |  Transportation

Going Beyond Stationary Sensors to Understand Traffic in New York

The smart city movement’s first wave brought tons of stationary sensors to our cities, especially in the context of transportation. These sensors are passively collecting valuable travel pattern information at traffic lights, parking lots, bus stops, sidewalks, and more. But if we want cities that are truly smart – if we want to solve the challenges exposed by our stationary sensors – we have to go beyond them. In this blog post, I will use New York City as a case study to explain why.

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Big Data  |  Transportation

Our New Consultant Subscription to StreetLight InSight®

For even the most seasoned consulting firms, winning a government contract through competitive bid is no cakewalk. However, there are ways to make your proposals rise to the top – and today, StreetLight Data is introducing a new way to differentiate with StreetLight InSight®, our easy-to-use online platform for turning Big Data into transportation Metrics. Our new Consultant Subscription allows consultants to customize, visualize and download Metrics derived from Massive Mobile Data in ways designed to help grow their businesses.  Keep reading this blog post for all the details.

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Big Data  |  Transportation  |  Validation

Evaluating Location-Based Services Data for Transportation: Is Our Sample Representative?

Two of the questions we’re often asked here at StreetLight Data are: “What percentage of the population is creating the location records in your sample?" and "Does the location data in your sample fairly represent all income groups, or is it biased?” In this blog post, we’re pulling back the curtain on our internal evaluation process with a deep-dive analysis of our newest data source: Location-Based Services data. We started using this data source chiefly because of its large sample size and representativeness, so in this blog post, I will show you our process for determining these characteristics. (Click here to read more about Location-Based Services data in general.)

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StreetLight InSight® Update: More Types of Big Data Means Better Metrics – And Better Results

I’m excited to share that we updated StreetLight InSight® again this week – and it’s an update that I’ve been eagerly anticipating for quite a long time. Beginning now, our clients can access Metrics derived from our new Location-Based Services data source directly from our StreetLight InSight web app – that’s our one-stop, cloud-based platform for the best Big Data resources and the processing software that makes them useful. So, why am I so excited about this? It means some of our most popular Metrics are even more comprehensive and accurate than before. That’s because our device sample size now represents about 10% of the U.S. population. We’re processing roughly 60 billion location data points into travel pattern analytics every month – and counting!

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Big Data  |  Traffic  |  Transportation

Quantifying President Trump’s Impact on Traffic

Since Donald Trump's election on November 8th, 2016, we’ve noticed a major uptick in complaints about traffic in his Manhattan neighborhood. That’s no small feat, especially given that New Yorkers are known for complaining about traffic – just ask Jerry Seinfeld. (For the record, we complain about traffic a ton in San Francisco, too.) However, we hesitate to use subjective grumbling to measure the impact of events. Thanks in part to cognitive biases, people have a tendency to exaggerate traffic and other negative events. Since we were curious about exactly how much travel patterns changed in New York after the election, we decided to use Big Data to crunch the numbers ourselves. (Note: Our study originally appeared in USA Today. Click here to read the article.)

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Big Data  |  Transportation

Does Transportation Data Actually Matter?

At last week’s Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, I attended an excellent panel discussion about transportation data. Towards the end of the panel, the moderator challenged the group with a somewhat loaded question. I don’t recall the exact phrasing, but it was along these lines: “As transportation professionals, we know that we have a huge amount of work to do to upgrade, maintain, and repair our infrastructure. The backlog of projects that we have not yet begun is overwhelming. Given our clear mandate - and the often politicized process of infrastructure investments - does all this new data actually impact our decisions in the real world?” It’s an important question to ask - but based on audience feedback and in my own opinion, the answer is clearly yes.

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The Story Behind Our Name

Occasionally, when I introduce myself as an employee of StreetLight Data, people ask: “Oh, so you measure the data from streetlights?” We do not do that - yet! (But stay tuned for more information on our new partnership with Current Powered by GE down the road)

We're beginning to hear this question often enough that we wanted to publish a blog post about our name. And now is the right time to tell our story: Next week, we will be exhibiting at the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, and the StreetLight Data booth (#639) is located near a traffic signal manufacturer.

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Big Data  |  Transportation

3 Challenges With Transportation Data and How to Solve Them

At the heart of every transportation project lies the need for mobility data. But actually getting accurate, comprehensive data in a cost-effective, appropriate, and timely manner is not always easy. Many transportation planners must rely on costly, outdated data or use time-consuming, assumption-based models to estimate behavior. Although surveys and sensors can certainly reveal important insights, planners who rely solely on conventional data collection tools often struggle to answer important travel behavior questions empirically, accurately, and comprehensively. But transportation planners can take control and get better results by taking advantage of new, more cost-effective, and more effecient data collection and analysis tools. In this blog post, we’ll discuss three key transportation data challenges, and how to overcome them by collecting data that is current and precise, and that describes real-world travel patterns.

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Big Data  |  Transportation

Where Should Jamil Go Skiing?

A few weeks ago, one of my best friends from graduate school moved to Colorado to work for my old employer, Rocky Mountain Institute. It’s a nonprofit research and educational foundation dedicated to efficient and sustainable use of resources. The downside – from my perspective – is that he and his equally awesome wife moved to Boulder, CO for this job. The upside – from his perspective – is that now he can go skiing every weekend. The question is: where should he go skiing?

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Transportation

10 Ways External Trips Impact Transportation Planning

External trip estimation is one of the most important measures for planning departments across the country. Like all kinds of travel, external trips cause wear and tear on local roads and contribute to traffic jams. But unlike your local residents, drivers simply passing through your community don’t contribute to your local economy. They’re not stopping to eat or shop. In this blog post, we've identified 10 ways that these trips can impact transportation planning in your community. 

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Big Data  |  Transportation

New StreetLight InSight® Calibration Feature: Use Local Data to Estimate Vehicle Counts

Ever since we launched StreetLight InSight, our transportation clients have asked about scaling the StreetLight Trip Index to estimate actual vehicle trip counts. Our recommendation has always been to do this manually using trusted local calibration data.  In yesterday’s StreetLight InSight update, we transformed that manual process into an automated one with our new, BETA calibration feature.

This means that if you have average daily travel data that you trust for roads that are nearby (or even within) your project, you can enter that information directly into StreetLight InSight and automatically scale Metrics to estimated counts.

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Big Data  |  Transportation

Holiday Trips: Over the River, Through the Woods, or Down the Street?

When I realized that 70% of our team would be traveling somewhere besides their own home on Thanksgiving Day this year, I found myself wondering: “Is this typical?” So, to find out just how dramatically Americans’ travel patterns change during holidays, we analyzed nearly 300 million personal trips that took place in the US from September 2015 to December 2015. We used our algorithmic data processing engine, RouteScience® and navigational GPS data from our partner INRIX to drill down on the volume and length of trips that occurred on holidays as compared to trips on more typical days. Keep reading to find out what we learned.

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Big Data  |  Transportation

Simplifying Detour Planning with Big Data

In this post, we explore using Big Data for detour planning using StreetLight InSight®, our easy-to-use web application for transforming Big Data from mobile devices into transportation Metrics. We analyzed the Race Street Bridge in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania because that region’s planning commission intends to spend nearly $183 million USD upgrading 30+ bridges in the next four years – including this one. Because of the FAST Act, communities like Lehigh Valley can now more easily tap federal funds for much-needed repairs.

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Big Data

Our Approach to Data Science

Here at StreetLight Data, we have high standards for data science because it is the backbone of our product and value proposition.  Ironically, we also suspect that anyone who holds the job title “Data Scientist” may be overpaid: At its core, good data science comes from good engineering.  As one of StreetLight Data’s co-founders and its Chief Technology Officer, I’ll dive into StreetLight Data’s approach to data science in this blog post.

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Transportation

Don’t Neglect External Trip Estimation. Do Collect Good Data.

Transportation planning has always been an important task of local government. Improving community accessibility, safety, and health are just some of the objectives. But external trip estimation is a facet of planning that’s often overlooked, especially by small- and medium-sized communities.

However, pass-through trips (also called external-external trips or external trips) are a trip type that may make up a large portion of travel in your municipality.

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Big Data  |  Retail  |  Transportation

Why I Joined StreetLight Data

Since I joined StreetLight Data as VP of Sales and Services just a few weeks ago, I’ve found myself energized by both team I have joined and the product we provide, StreetLight InSight®. But I can’t deny the flicker of apprehension that I felt right before my first day. Change is not always easy: I previously worked for more than 10 years at Autodesk, where I helped build global sales teams, established the company in new industries, and brought brand-new products to market. From my clients to my colleagues, the Autodesk community still
feels like family to me – and I’m proud of that.

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Big Data  |  Transportation

Our New Partner: Transportation Software Provider PTV Group

 

We're thrilled to share that StreetLight Data has teamed up with PTV Group, a transportation modeling and forecasting software provider. As Laura Schewel announced at PTV's North American User Group Meeting this morning, PTV plans to integrate StreetLight Data’s Travel Metrics into its Visum, Vissim, and Vistro modeling tools. We'll discussed the details during a webinar on November 2nd at 10am PT. Click here to watch the webinar recording. 

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Events  |  Transportation

StreetLight CEO to Speak at Virginia Municipal League Annual Conference

We're excited to share that StreetLight Data's CEO, Laura Schewel, will be speaking at the Annual Meeting of the Virginia Municipal League on Monday, October 10th. She was invited to speak at the conference because of StreetLight Data's extensive work across the state, especially in Northern Virginia. To learn more about the analytics that StreetLight has developed about travel patterns in Virginia, click here to read our case study on transportation demand management. 

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Big Data  |  Retail  |  Transportation

Optimizing StreetLight InSight® for Large Projects & Organizations

At StreetLight Data, we’re always updating StreetLight InSight, our easy-to-use web application for transforming Big Data from mobile devices into Metrics that describe travel patterns. (Not familiar with StreetLight InSight? Click here to sign up for our monthly introductory webinar.) Typically, our usability enhancements have focused on improving StreetLight InSight for individuals. In our last two monthly releases, we took a different approach: Optimizing StreetLight InSight for large projects and large teams. In this blog post, we’ll share the highlights.

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Big Data  |  Mobile  |  Smart Cities

Our New Data Partnership with Cuebiq

I’m excited to share that StreetLight Data has officially announced its new data partnership with Cuebiq, a next generation location intelligence company. As a result of this partnership, StreetLight’s total device sample size will increase to more than 30M devices – that represents over 10% of the adult US population.

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Big Data  |  Mobile  |  Safety  |  Transportation

Evaluating Road Diets with Big Data

In this blog post, we highlight how to use Big Data to measure the performance of transportation policies and infrastructure projects. Since we’re deeply concerned by the rise in traffic fatalities in 2015, we decided to evaluate the performance of a popular safety measure: a road diet.

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Events  |  Transportation

Join Us at TRB Tools of the Trade

Will you be attending the TRB Tools of the Trade conference in Charleston, South Carolina next week? If so, we look forward to seeing you there!

Stop by our booth to learn more about StreetLight InSight®, our easy-to-use web app that transforms Big Data from mobile devices into Metrics such as origin-destination matrices, select link studies, and more. 

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Big Data  |  Transportation

StreetLight Contributes to US DOT Road Safety Initiative

As someone who has worked in transportation for my entire career, I was angry and upset when I learned US traffic fatalities in 2015 rose by 7.2%. These statistics show that, despite tremendous innovation in mobility technology in the past year – from automated vehicle testing to new materials to ridesharing to electrification – we are failing to make America’s roads safer for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers alike.

In response, US Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx has issued a powerful call-to-action: “Despite decades of safety improvements, far too many people are killed on our nation’s roads every year. Solving this problem will take teamwork, so we’re issuing a call to action and asking researchers, safety experts, data scientists, and the public to analyze the fatality data and help find ways to prevent these tragedies.” When I heard his call-to-action, I knew immediately that StreetLight Data would take part.

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Big Data  |  Transportation

Who Blocks My Driveway Every Morning?

In this blog post, StreetLight Data’s Kim Harrison uses StreetLight InSight®, our easy-to-use web app that transforms Big Data into useful transportation analyses, to evaluate the causes of congestion on her morning commute from Walnut Creek, CA to San Francisco, CA. 

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Big Data  |  Mobile  |  Transportation

Using Big Data for Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) Evaluations

At StreetLight Data, we’re excited that Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) is gaining traction as a transportation performance measure. In this blog post, we explore the reasons behind increasing interest in VMT and discuss why StreetLight InSight®, our easy-to-use web app for transportation Metrics, is a great tool for calculating and exploring VMT. If you’re not familiar with StreetLight InSight, click here to learn more by watching our demo videos.

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Big Data  |  Transportation

StreetLight CEO to Present at ITE Annual Meeting

Are you attending the Institute of Transportation Engineers Annual Meeting in Anaheim, CA this week? Come meet our CEO, Laura Schewel, at the event. stangel__U4A1966-116122-edited.jpg

Laura will be discussing a joint project that StreetLight conducted with Siemens and the City of Ann Arbor: Using an Ecosystem of Smart Technology to Improve Traffic Performance: The Case Study of Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Laura will be joined by Wendy Tao of Siemens to discuss the project from 9:30am to 10:30 in the Marquis Ballroom on August 16th, 2016.  Luke Liu and Kevin Braun from City of Ann Arbor also contributed to the poster. 

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Big Data  |  Transportation

Our New Regional Subscription to StreetLight InSight®

We're excited to share big news this morning: StreetLight Data just launched a new Regional Subscription to StreetLight InSight®, our easy-to-use web app that transforms Big Data into useful mobility Metrics for transportation projects. Our new Regional Subscription offers unlimited StreetLight InSight analyses for one fixed price during the entire subscription period.

StreetLight InSight creates analyses of real-world travel patterns such as origin-destination matrices and select link studies in a matter of minutes. It's available for transportation agencies like DOTs and MPOs - as well as to the consultants and contractors that work with them. 

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Big Data

My Summer at StreetLight Data

The StreetLight Data team was fortunate to have Tatham Dees join us as an intern this summer. Interested in what he learned and how he contributed? Keep reading this post, which is based on an interview with Tatham about his experience. 

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Big Data  |  Retail  |  Transportation

Where Does StreetLight's GPS Data Come From?

At StreetLight Data, we transform trillions of geospatial data points into useful information about mobility behavior. One of the most common questions we’re asked is, “So, where do those trillions of data points come from?” For all of our StreetLight InSight® Travel Metrics as well as many of our Retail Metrics, the answer is “GPS devices.” In this blog post, we’ll discuss the different types of devices that generate the GPS data we use.

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Big Data  |  Retail  |  Transportation

StreetLight InSight® Update: Faster Travel Metrics and More!

Last night, we completed our monthly update of StreetLight InSight – that’s our easy-to-use web app for generating mobility Metrics in minutes. StreetLight InSight Metrics are based on Big Data from millions of mobile devices, and they’re ideal for transportation planning, commercial real estate development, retail site selection, and more. If you’re not familiar with our web app, watch our demo videos or request a 1:1 consultation with one of our Big Data experts to learn more.

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Big Data  |  Events  |  Transportation

StreetLight to Speak at ACT International Conference 2016

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StreetLight Data’s CEO, Laura Schewel, will be speaking at the Association for Commuter Transportation's (ACT) International Conference 2016 as part of a panel discussion on "Bringing Extraordinary Data to Your Everyday Work." 

ACT's International Conference is the largest gathering of transportation demand management professionals in North America, attracting over 400 attendees from across the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia. The agenda is centered on new innovations, leading-edge best practices, and case studies on the development and implementation of TDM strategies, programs and policies.

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Big Data  |  Transportation

Mobility Data Collection: Putting a Household Survey to the Test

When I joined StreetLight Data, I learned that household transportation surveys – that’s physical pieces of paper mailed to residences – are one of the most popular transportation data collection methods. According to my new hire training, these studies can be problematic: they’re difficult to design, the sample sizes are small, and their accuracy depends on the memories of survey respondents. In fact, our product, StreetLight InSight®, was created in part to fill these studies' gaps with locational data from mobile devices.

Serendipitously, the city of San Francisco sent me a survey (see below) on my transportation behavior soon after I joined the team, which gave me the chance to put my colleagues’ claims about household surveys’ flaws to the test.

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Big Data  |  Retail  |  Transportation

We've Updated StreetLight InSight®!

We’re excited to share that StreetLight Data’s easy-to-use web app, StreetLight InSight, was updated last night. StreetLight InSight generates accurate, precise, and comprehensive Metrics that describe how communities move in minutes. It now features a new type of Travel Metric, faster retail map rendering, and more.

In this blog post, we’re sharing our approach for updating StreetLight InSight and detailing a few of the features in our latest release. If you’re not familiar with StreetLight InSight, check out our demo videos or request a free, 1:1 demo with a StreetLight Data consultant. 

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Big Data  |  Mobile  |  Transportation

Using Big Data to Design Bike Shares

Bike shares are riding a wave of popularity in the intermodal transit planning community. They are great because they help address several hot-button urban challenges simultaneously; for example, congestion, air pollution, “last mile” transit gaps, and even sedentary lifestyles. From 2004 to 2015, the number of bike share systems worldwide grew from 14 to 855 – that’s over 6,000% growth!

However, there are still only 54 bike share systems1 across America’s 486 urbanized areas.2 That means there is plenty of room for expansion in the U.S. We wanted to find out how Big Data could play a role in this expansion.

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Big Data  |  Mobile  |  Transportation

Exploring Sample Size with a Daily Trip Sample Ratio for Commercial Vehicles in California

Sample size is not a simple concept when it comes to Massive Mobile Data Analytics - see our prior blog post for some examples. In this post, we're analyzing our commercial vehicle data’s sample size in California based on a Daily Trip Sample Ratio. The results are that our archival data captures ~11.8% of commercial vehicle trips that took place in California in 2015.

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Big Data  |  Transportation

[WTS 2016 RECAP] What is Big Data Really Good For in Transportation?

When I visited Austin, Texas for the Women in Transportation Annual Summit, I moderated a great panel on “What is Big Data Really Good For?”  This post highlights the most useful insights from our discussion, and is meant to be a quick guide for transportation planners interested using Big Data. My favorite insight: Use Big Data when doing so means spending LESS time collecting data and MORE time optimizing transportation plans for your community.

Thanks to these panelists for the phenomenal work they did to answer the question of the day:

  • Josie Kressner, President, Transport Foundry
  • Natalia Ruiz Juri, Assistant Director of Network Modeling Center, University of Texas at Austin, Center for Transportation Research
  • Tien-Tien Chan, Principal Planner, City of Austin

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Big Data  |  Mobile  |  Transportation

Sample Size in Massive Mobile Data Analytics: Not a Simple Concept!

In the transportation industry, we love to debate the optimal sample size for data collection. But this deceptively simple concept can be tricky.

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Transportation

Spend Your FASTLANE Grant Dollars Better with Massive Mobile Data


fastlane grant with massive mobile dataFASTLANE grants are due today
– and we’re sharing three data-driven techniques to spend those dollars effectively once you win them. 1) Measure local freight movements before you break ground to design well; 2) Measure shifting freight patterns as you go to mitigate the impact of construction and show achievement of goals and 3) Measure all your peers to see how you’re doing, share your insights, and learn from other best practices.

According to the DOT’s "Beyond Traffic" trends report, US freight will increase by 45% in the next 30 years! Addressing bottlenecks that constrain freight movement is critical and that’s why DOT pushed for the Fostering Advancements in Shipping and Transportation for Long-term Achievement of National Efficiencies (FASTLANE) grant projects. FASTLANE funds transformative significant projects for highway, rail, port, and intermodal freight projects with a size in excess of $100M.

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Transportation

Scanning California for Truck Stops

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A major strength of Massive Mobile Data Analytics is that it's, well, massive, and we can easily “scan” across large geographies to identify specific patterns of actual travel behavior. To leverage this, we scanned every kilometer in California for truck stops throughout 2015 -- and found some fascinating patterns about the movement of these big (and medium) rigs throughout the state. 

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Freight

Micro Freight - Too Big for Cities to Ignore

micro freightHere at StreetLight, we provide analytics for many projects aimed at analyzing commercial and freight vehicles. We support improved freight demand modeling, analyze internal/external routes, explore how trucks going freight hubs like ports move through cities, etc. See our blog for more use cases.  

 

Micro Freight Moving to Cities

However, I think we, and our clients, are excluding one of the most important components of the modern freight ecosystem in 2016 – What I’ll call small, or "micro", freight. “Micro freight” is the rising swarm of parcel deliveries done in light duty vehicles, of personal vehicles owned by Task Rabbit or UberEATS being used to transport goods to consumers homes and works, of restaurant delivery guys, of bicycle couriers making stops for Postmates, of CSA box deliveries in pick-up trucks, and more. A huge amount of goods is moving through our cities not via Medium/Heavy duty, fleet-owned trucks, not the trunks of our own cars, but in a new category: micro freight.

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Big Data

StreetLight Data Secures $7.5M in Series B Financing

StreetLight Data today is very happy to announce that we have secured $7.5M in Series B financing. In the past year, we’ve seen enormous uptake of StreetLight InSight® by the leading firms working with states, regions, and cities to transform the process of planning infrastructure, and to make the concept of Smart Cities a reality. The potential savings generated by these entities using StreetLight InSight – in terms of time, money, greenhouse gas and criteria air emissions – are substantial. Our new investment will allow us to take our technology, our ideas and our mission so much further, including expanding to new verticals.

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Transportation

Cutting-Edge Transportation: More Efficient Access to Destinations

This blog post was co-authored with Eric Sunquist of the Smart Transportation Initiative.

In 2012, researchers at MIT and the University of California-Berkeley found that strategic removal of relatively few motor vehicle trips could greatly alleviate congestion. Their method relied on “big data” to determine origins, destinations and routes of travel.

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Case Studies

[CASE STUDY] Integrated Analysis to Analyze Viewership

This analysis was done in conjunction with our friends at MotionLoft. Thanks to them and to the team at Great Wall of Oakland. Also thanks to Ozumo restaurant and The Broadway Grand apartments for donating the location and powersource for the Motionloft sensors.

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Transportation

[WORKSHOP RECAP] Reactions and Insights on our TRB Workshop

TRB WorkshopA huge thanks to those who participated in our workshop, especially lead organizer Stephen Crim from MobilityLabs, as well as Tien Tien Chan from the City of Austin, Eric Sundquist from SSTI, Ron Milam from Fehr and Peers, Amy Smith from Uber, Michael Eichler and Justin Antos from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), and Benito Omar Perez and Laura Richards from the District Department of Transportation (DDOT)

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Big Data  |  Freight

Communities Using Big Data to "Improve" Goods Movement

big data improve goods movementThis blog is a recap of a presentation with the same title that StreetLight CEO Laura Schewel gave at TRB 2016. Thanks to TRB and Don Ludlow at CPCS Transcom for organizing the great panel, and to co-panelists Daniel Morgan from US DOT and Peeter Kivestu from Teradata for their excellent presentations.

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Big Data  |  Transportation

This year at TRB - Big Data and Freight Transportation

big data freight transportationTRB is a great place to learn and talk about all the big things happening in Transportation, and StreetLight Data is proud to be on a panel that dicusses the use of Big Data in Freight Transporation.

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Big Data

Big, Slow Data - Valuable Uses for Big Data

valuable uses for big dataIn the vast majority of discussions about Big Data, “real-time” is assumed. Directions based on current traffic conditions. Mobile ads geo-targeted to your specific location and shopping profile right now. On-demand services such as Uber, Postmates, PeaPod, Google Express and more (car sharing, food delivery, etc.) are now a the tip of your finger arriving in minutes. The applications are short-lead time decisions that often have a low value per decision; serving up an ad can cost as little as a few cents.

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Case Studies

[CASE STUDY] Fehr and Peers

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Transportation

[WORKSHOP] TRB:  Bring Extraordinary Data to Your Everyday Work

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TRB is a great place to learn and talk about all the big things happening in Transportation, and StreetLight Data is proud to have helped design and organize a workshop tailor made to answer questions about the applications of Big Data in the transportation industry: "Bringing Extraordinary Data to Your Everyday Work."

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Transportation

Share of VMT for Counties in the US

Part of StreetLight Data’s mission is to “help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and petroleum use in vehicles, especially by reducing miles driven” through the pioneering use of massive mobile data analytics. Vehicle miles traveled, or VMT, is widely recognized as a critical factor for understanding, and thus managing, a variety of negative transportation impacts.

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Transportation

What's Driving Your County's Vehicles Miles Traveled?

What's driving your county's vehicles miles traveled? In a recent report, StreetLight used its proprietary Route Science® technology to create the trips and run the analyses. First, we received data from a variety of GPS Mobile devices from our partner INRIX. These devices include a mix of smart phones with locational services, cars with navigation systems, trucks with commercial fleet management devices, and more. We used data from four months in 2014 and 2015, one in each season (February 2015, April, June, September 2014).

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Big Data  |  Transportation

Tracking Transportation Data Will Help NYC Drivers

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New York City's Department of Transportation (DOT) unfolded a plan to improve transportation data, which could considerably enhance the ability for NYC drivers to navigate the city safely. Referred to as the Drive Smart pilot program, it collects data directly from individual vehicles, accumulating the most accurate and up-to-date transportation data possible.

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Transportation

ITF Corporate Partnership Board Workshop: 21st Century Public Interest Data Sharing

The International Transport Forum Corporate Partnership Board's Workshop entitled “ITF Corporate Partnership Board Workshop: 21st Century Public Interest Data Sharing”, will be held on Nov 9 - 10 2015, at the OECD/IEA Conference Centre in Paris, France.

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Case Studies  |  Transportation

[CASE STUDY] Transportation Demand Management in NOVA

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For a detailed overview of this project, click here to download our case study. 

Challenge

Northern Virginia (NOVA) has tremendous traffic congestion, but limited room to expand highways. The state and local governments want to expand and enhance the suite of Transportation Demand Management programs and investments to reduce travel demand on the highways through approaches like carpooling, transit, bike, and more.

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Retail

Shopper Travel Pattern Insights for Retailers

shoppers travel patternsWith the change in shopper travel patterns, retailers can no longer assume that trade areas are based on who lives nearby to a store or center. It’s time for them to change their thinking and use advanced analytics to make better-informed decisions.

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Big Data  |  Transportation

[WEBINAR RECAP] Transportation Demand Management.

A few weeks ago, we partnered up with INRIX for a webinar related to data-drive approaches to transportation demand management. 

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Transportation

Other Insights About Pass Through Traffic

pass through trafficWe applied techniques developed at StreetLight Data to create a consistent and comparable measure of “Just Passing Through” trips for every county in the contiguous US. We analyzed nearly 10 million trips that touched any county in the lower 48. Then, we characterized the starting point and ending point of each trip as either inside or outside the county. This allowed us to analyze how many trips were internal, external, or in/outbound to each county. To read the full report, click here.

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Smart Cities

White House: Smart Cities Initiative

smart citiesToday, the Administration is announcing a new “Smart Cities” Initiative that will invest over $160 million in federal research and leverage more than 25 new technology collaborations to help local communities tackle key challenges such as reducing traffic congestion, fighting crime, fostering economic growth, managing the effects of a changing climate, and improving the delivery of city services. "

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Big Data

What Can You Do in 50 Billion Miles of Travel?

vehicle miles traveled Here at StreetLight, we're constantly awed by the sheer magnitude of the Big Data Mobile Analytics that we do. We just passed the mark of processing trips representing nearly 50 billion vehicle miles traveled (VMT). This data comes from devices like connected cars, smart phones and commercial fleet management systems. 

 

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Transportation

Transportation Demand Management Webinar with INRIX

Transportation demand managementIn a webinar on September 22nd, StreetLight Data and partner INRIX will explain how to apply Big Data to Transportation Demand Management to help with faster, more informed decision making and planning

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Transportation

Highest Passthrough Traffic Per State

passthrough trafficWe applied techniques developed at StreetLight Data to create a consistent and comparable measure of “Just Passing Through” trips for every county in the contiguous US .

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Transportation

4 Negative Impacts of External-External Trips

external to external tripsStreetLight Data is publishing a series of blogs and eBooks about national transportation trends, based on running StreetLight InSight® Metrics across the country.

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Transportation

StreetLight Data, MAP-21, and Performance Measurement

MAP-21 performance measurementMoving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, or MAP-21 to its friends, is a major highway bill from 2012. Several clients have asked us recently how StreetLight Metrics can be used for MAP-21-related goals, so we've collected our thoughts in this blog.

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Transportation

StreetLight Data Announces Partnership with Intalytics

IntalyticsIntalytics and StreetLight Data announced that they have entered into an enhanced partnership to enable Intalytics to further leverage the StreetLight InSight® product suite.

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Big Data

Common Questions About Big Data Overheard at Last Week's Events

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StreetLight's CEO, Laura Schewel, recently spoke at two events on how big data analytics was helping to change the retail industry. The International Council of Shopping Centers event was held on August 6th and Laura focused on the best and worst ways to use Big Data in shopping centers. Our partner, Forum Analytics, held their customer summit on August 10th - 12th, where Laura spoke on ways organizations can utilize Big Data in retail. 

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Smart Cities  |  Transportation

StreetLight CEO, Laura Schewel, Spoke at TEDxSacramento Salon

Drive for Change 

When you drive to the grocery store do you consider the effects it has on our environment? 

At a TedXTalk in Sacramento on Saturday March 7, 2015 our CEO, Laura Schewel, advocated for the smart use of Big Data to transform how we drive and move forward in green transportation.

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Transportation

The Status Quo for Traffic Pattern Data

traffic pattern dataTraditionally, collecting data on traffic patterns has been hard to do. This article discusses some of the standard methods employed by transportation engineers and planners to better understand travel behavior, in particular, internal and external flows in a city or region.

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Big Data  |  Retail

StreetLight Data has Partnered with Forum Analytics

Screen_Shot_2015-08-04_at_11.45.12_AMForum Analytics, LLC, the Chicago-based provider of business intelligence solutions for enterprise real estate planning, and StreetLight Data, supplier of analytics and insights derived from anonymous mobile devices measuring consumer mobility patterns, announced today they have entered into a partnership. Forum’s comprehensive suite of analytic solutions, combined with Streetlight’s consumer mobility patterns, will allow end users to gain new insights to enhance their strategic initiatives.

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Mobile

StreetLight CEO to Speak on Mobile Analytics

StreetLight's CEO, Laura Schewel, spoke at the International Council of Shopping Centers on August 6th to share her knowledge on Big Data's effects on shopping centers. She discussed the best and worst ways to use Massive Mobile Analytics. StreetLight also shared how they've used these analytics to determine behavioral trends across the nation.  >Learn more<

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Big Data  |  Transportation

3 Ways You Can Better Use Big Data

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For Transportation and Urban Planning, the phrase Big Data” can mean a variety of things. Today, we’re talking about Big Data that is gathered from hundreds of millions of mobile devices across the US, such as smart phones, connected cars, and wearables, and that are used to measure mobility patterns. We call this “Massive Mobile Data Analytics.”

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Transportation

What Is Big Data and Why Should You Care?

what is big dataWhat do we mean when we say “Big Data”?

For Transportation and Urban Planning, the phrase “Big Data” can mean a variety of things. Today, we’re talking about Big Data that is gathered from hundreds of millions of mobile devices across the US, such as smart phones, connected cars, and wearables, and that are used to measure mobility patterns.

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Transportation

Simplifying Transportation Data

Simplifying Transportation DataStreetLight InSight® for Transportation and Urban Planning allows transportation engineers, urban planners, and other professionals to analyze the characteristics of cars and trucks who pass through, stop at, or go to nearly any location in the U.S. and Canada. StreetLight InSight® integrates data from over 100 million mobile devices—cell phones, connected cars, GPS navigation apps, wearables and more—with dozens of additional sources of spatial and statistical information.

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Big Data  |  Mobile

Different Flavors of Massive Mobile Data

massive mobile data analyticsWith such big advancements in available technology, it’s becoming easier to measure how people and vehicles move around the world. But, what exactly is the data you’re gathering and what should you do with it?

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Big Data  |  Mobile

"StreetLight Data out ahead of population insights opportunity" says 451 Research

streetlight-bg451 Research profiled StreetLight Data for an "impact" report. A summary can be found here. Subscribers to 451 can get the full report as well.  Says Rich Karpinski: 

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Big Data  |  Transportation

Enabling Smarter Transportation Planning in Virginia

VASealDrivers in Northern Virginia can look forward to spending less time in traffic thanks to Big Data Analytics. VASeal

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Big Data  |  Transportation  |  Validation

[VALIDATION STUDY] Origin/Destination Model and License Plate Validation

License Plate ValidationFehr & Peers has published an excellent and detailed project report here. They did all the work involved in the validation. We have merely summarized the results most relevant to StreetLight validation questions below.  

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Retail  |  Validation

[VALIDATION STUDY] StreetLight Data’s Analytics compared to Men’s Wearhouse Data

data analytics"A Note from StreetLight: We are starting a series of blogs on the theme of "data validation." Since StreetLight measures behaviors that are generally hard to measure, it presents a challenge for validation (what's the baseline?). We are collecting cases where good baseline data is available and publishing our findings. If you have suggestions for future editions of the validation blog please get in touch! We're very glad to have a guest blogger, Dave Chipman from Men's Wearhouse, for our initial post. ~Laura Schewel, CEO of StreetLight

by Dave Chipman: Senior Director of Analytics at Men's Wearhouse

This year is an exciting one for analytics at Men’s Wearhouse. Not only are we expanding the Men’s Wearhouse fleet of stores, we’re also integrating our fleet with the Jos. A Bank brand. To keep our momentum going, we are constantly exploring and evaluating new and exciting technologies. We’ve been curious about new data resources from mobile devices for some time now. We wanted to find a way to get some of the really interesting insights about customer mobility in a way that matched our own high standards for protecting our customers’ privacy (as well as the privacy of people who aren’t yet our customers). When we heard about StreetLight Data’s InSight product, we were intrigued.

But, like many data scientists, we were also skeptical. The key question – can StreetLight’s approach accurately describe the patterns of who visits a location? Most importantly for us, can they accurately describe who visits an apparel store?

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Big Data  |  Retail

StreetLight to speak at STI PopStats in Austin March 2-4

streetlight-bgStreetLight's CEO, Laura Schewel, will present at STI PopStats 2015 . PopStats is one of the best places for retailers and real estate professionals interested in deep analytics to come together. 

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StreetLight CEO To Be Featured at 2014 Siemens Innovator's Lounge Next Week

Siemens_InnovatorsOn December 8th, The 2014 Siemens Innovators Lounge will celebrate the conclusion of this year's Siemens Competition.  Hosted by CNN anchor Fredricka Whitfield, the event will bring together distinguished thought leaders across sectors. Joining StreetLight CEO Laura Schewel on the panel will be Chris Anderson, CEO of 3D Robots, Sunil Gupta, CEO of RISE, and Jessica Jackley, CEO of KIVA. 

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Big Data + Small Data for Smart, Sustainable and Equitable Cities

smart citiesI just wrapped up a few days at the always-impressive VERGE Conference. This post summarizes the most important messages I drew from a panel discussion including StreetLight Data, StreetWize, and the City of San Francisco’s Neighborhood Empowerment Network.

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Smart Cities  |  Transportation

StreetLight CEO Speaking at Upcoming VERGE SF Conference

Verge_SanFranOn October 27 - 30, the annual VERGE SF conference will return to San Francisco. Producted by GreenBiz Group, the event focuses on how the intersection of energy, information, building and transportation technologies is accelerating innovation and creating new product, services and business models. 

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Validation

We Talk to Max Sheets of Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers

site selectionIn a recent conversation with Max Sheets, VP of Real Estate at Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, he explained how his perspective has changed during his more than 30 year career in the retail real estate business. Freddy’s, based in Wichita, KS,  is a 12 year old fast-casual restaurant chain that has over 120 stores in more than 20 states and is growing rapidly. 

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Retail  |  Smart Cities

The Future of Shopping Centers is Low and High Tech

high-tech low-tech shoppingI spent several days with the vanguard of commercial real estate analytics at the ICSC Research Connection event this week. Collectively, we circled around the fundamental issue of interest: how do we keep brick-and-mortar shopping centers vibrant? For reasons outlined elsewhere on our site, StreetLight firmly believes that brick-and-mortar shopping is a critical part of strong economies and happy, connected communities.

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Big Data  |  Retail

StreetLight CEO to speak at ICSC Research Conference on Sept 30th

streetlight-bgThe International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) is holding it's annual Research Connections Conference next week in Denver, CO on September 28th - 30th. The premier event for the intersection of retail, real estate and research, the event will be attended by retailers, landlords, and other industry advisers from across the country. 

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Smart Cities

StreetLight CEO Speaking at EcoDistricts Summit on Sept 25th

streetlight-bgThis week, the 6th annual EcoDistricts Summit, will converge on Washington, DC on September 24 - 26th. The summit will explore district-scale sustainable development and dig deep into the public-private-civic partnerships that are laying the groundwork for the neighborhoods of the future: resilient, vibrant, resource-efficient and just. 

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Mobile  |  Retail

Retail Trade Areas Way Back When

retail trade area analysis When thinking about store trade areas, 16 years is a long time.  I found this chestnut - Retail Trade Area Analysis: Concepts and New Aproaches - in Directions Magazine, from that many years ago.  To understand where things were at then and how far they how they have come, a little history is in order.

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Big Data  |  Smart Cities

StreetLight CEO Speaking at VERGE Salon NYC on Sept 16

streetlight-bgSponsored by GreenBiz, the Verge Salon 2014 on September 16th is focusing on next-gen Buildings and Cities. StreetLight's CEO, Laura Schewel, will be speaking on a panel titled "Democratizing Data: How to Make it Accessible and Useful". The discussion will focus on how to ensure that everyone who could benefit from the multitude of new data streaming from buildings and cities actually is able to access it, while at the same time ensuring consumer privacy is protected. 

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Big Data  |  Smart Cities

StreetLight Data Featured in Recent ReadWrite Article

streetlight-bgThe online magazine ReadWrite recently published an article "How Big Data Reveals the Secret Life of Cities". It is a great exploration of StreetLight's founding, by our CEO Laura Schewel during the course of her PhD work at UC Berkeley, and the article dives deep into describing our technology and value. You can read the full article and comment here. 

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See CEO Laura Schewel pitch to expert panel at Nokia Networks Open Innovation Challenge

Watch the video below to see commentary by a panel of technology experts and executives as well as Laura's final presentation.

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Big Data  |  Retail

StreetLight Publishes First Annual Mall Shopper Mobility Report

streetlight-bgI’m proud to announce the launch of StreetLight Data’s first annual Mall Shopper Mobility Report. The report measures travel patterns associated with ~5,400 malls and shopping centers in the U.S.

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Big Data  |  Mobile

StreetLight CEO to present at this month’s Telecom Council Deep Dive

streetlight-bg July 23rd, StreetLight CEO Laura Schewel will speak at Deep Dive: Analytics, an event hosted by the Telecom Council of Silicon Valley. Deep Dives seek to connect telecom companies with wireless decision makers in order to produce collaboration among providers of new technology and information. Laura will be speaking among leaders of other companies presenting their services and solutions in relation to this month’s Deep Dive topic: Big Data and Analytics.

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Nokia Networks awards StreetLight Data ‘Most Promising Startup’

At the Silicon Valley Open Innovation Challenge Culmination Event on July 2nd, Nokia Networks recognized StreetLight Data as the ‘Most Promising Startup’ among seven finalists, selected from an initial group of 90 applicants. As a finalist, StreetLight benefited from personal mentorship by a Nokia ‘Innovation Champion’ as well as from collaboration with Nokia decision makers at a hands-on technical workshop. The Open Innovation Challenge concluded with a grand event where StreetLight presented before an audience of 125 executives, venture capitalists, consultants, and more.

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Transportation

Laura Schewel participates at European Council panel for an Energy Efficient Economy

streetlight-bgLaura Schewel is participating at European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy summer study this week as part of Transportation Panel. She'll be laying out part of the policy and efficiency context behind the need for much better transportation data collection, that gives some insight into VVCo's future interests beyond EVs. She'll also be learning about EU practices in data collection, EVs, and transportation panel. Watch her twitter feed (@VV_Laura) for the most fascinating tidbits. 

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StreetLight CEO speaking at MIT Technology Review Digital Summit on June 10th

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StreetLight Selected as Red Herring Top 100 Company in North America

streetlight-bgStreetLight Data is pleased to announced the company has been selected as one of Red Herring's Top 100 companies in North America. 

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Case Studies  |  Transportation

[CASE STUDY] San Diego Association of Governments

download_1.pngIllustrating transportation behavior changes within a region.

Company Overview

StreetLight Data and Fehr & Peers teamed up to provide analytics to The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), the regional planning agency in San Diego County. In 2012, SANDAG acquired the South Bay Expressway, a private toll-road running north-south along the eastern side of the region. SANDAG slashed tolls, with the primarily goal of diverting traffic away from the major interstate, I-805, to help alleviate congestion. A year later, SANDAG wanted additional analytics to help understand the impact of the toll reduction and answer the fundamental question -  are drivers actually switching routes?  

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StreetLight Data Named a Finalist for the Red Herring Top 100 Award

streetlight-bgStreetLight Data is excited to announce the company has been selected as a finalist for Red Herring's 2014 Top 100 North America award, a list honoring the year’s most promising private technology ventures from the North American business region. 

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Big Data  |  Smart Cities

StreetLight VP of Data to speak at annual CGA meeting

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StreetLight VP selected as a Privacy by Design Ambassador

streetlight-bgStreetLight Data is pleased to announce that our VP of Strategic Partners and Privacy, Kara Selke, has become a Privacy by Design Ambassador. Kara was one of StreetLight's earliest employees and has helped the company incorporate the 7 Foundational Principles of Privacy by Design best practices into its operations and product offerings.  Privacy by Design is the internationally recognized standard for best practices in protecting privacy. It is a concept that was originally developed by Ontario's Information and Privacy Commission, Dr. Ann Cavoukian, to address the every-growing and systemic effects of Information and Communication Technologies.

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[CASE STUDY] US Green Building Council

download.jpegUsing cellular data to improve commute assessments.

Company Overview

Travel behavior associated with commercial office buildings has far-reaching environmental, health and business impacts.  Under many circumstances, occupant and visitor travel constitute the largest single contributor to environmental impacts of commercial office buildings. 

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Mobile

StreetLight & USGBC Co-Authored White Paper Now Available

streetlight-bgThe US Green Building Council (USGBC) and StreetLight Data teamed up over the past year to study the use of aggregated, anonymous cellular data in characterizing commuting distances.  The goals of the study were to understand how such cellular data could augment current tools and provide new insights that can guide future green office building certification standards and help companies improve commuting experiences for their employees. 

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Mobile  |  Smart Cities

March 27: Upcoming webinar co-hosted with the US Green Building Council

streetlight-bgStreetLight Data and the US Green Building Council (USGBC) recently completed a study on the use of aggregated, anonymous cellular data in characterizing commuting distances.  Read more about the goals of the study and RSVP for the webinar.

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Big Data  |  Transportation

Napa County Study Uses StreetLight Data Metrics to Transform Travel Demand Models and More

streetlight-bgFehr & Peers, a premier transportation planning and traffic engineering firm, recently completed a travel behavior study of Napa County in California, using StreetLight Data metrics as a key part of its analysis. 

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Case Studies

Veggie Grill

VeggieGrill_Logo.gifHelping a fast-growing restaurant understand true trade areas in new markets.

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Big Data  |  Transportation

StreetLight CEO Speaking at AutoTech Council event on December 13

streetlight-bgStreetLight Data's founder and CEO, Laura Schewel, will be speaking at the upcoming Big Data: Analytics & Driving Innovation event hosted by the AutoTech Council on December 13, 2013 in Sunnyvale, CA. A half-day program, this event is intended to discuss the ever increasing intersection of information technology and automobiles. Laura is part Rapid Fire session and will give an overview of StreetLight Data and how our technology interacts with connected car data.

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Smart Cities

EmTech MIT Videos Featuring StreetLight CEO

Earlier in October, StreetLight CEO Laura Schewel participated in the annual EmTech MIT event - "The Conference on Emerging Technologies That Matter" - hosted by MIT Technology Review.  Laura was honored as one of Technology Review's Innovators Under 35 and also participated in a panel discussing the future of Connected Cities. 

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From Smart Cities to Wise Cities

Wise_CitiesHow far can we take the concept and the value of Smart Cities? Are there limits?

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StreetLight CEO Speaking at VERGE conference on October 17

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StreetLight CEO to speak at EmTech MIT conference on Oct 9 - 11, 2013

streetlight-bgOn October 9 - 11, 2013, MIT Technology Review will be hosting its annual EmTech event  -- "The Conference on Emerging Technologies That Matter".  StreetLight CEO Laura Schewel, who was selected as one of Technology Review's "Innovators Under 35" earlier this year, will be speaking at the event.  Laura will be a panelist for the Emerging Technology for Connected Cities session, alongside speakers from IBM, Microsoft and the MIT SENSEable City Lab.  The session is scheduled for Thursday, October 10th, at 9:30am.

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Big Data  |  Mobile

StreetLight Data featured at annual Telecom Council TC3 Summit

Laura_TelecomThe Telecom Council of Silicon Valley hosted its annual TC3 summit on September 18 - 19, 2013.  The premier telecom innovation event of the year, the summit brought together telecom companies who build the communication networks with those companies inventing the next generation of technologies.  StreetLight Data was invited to participate in the Rapid Fire session, which highlights young start-ups in the telecom space. 

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StreetLight CEO to Speak at Connected Car Event on October 2nd

streetlight-bgOn October 2nd, StreetLight CEO, Laura Schewel, will be a panelist at an event focused on connected cars and big data hosted by The Hive.    The panel will also feature speakers from Uber, Streetline, Ford Motor Company, and Telefonica.  The event seeks to explore the future of connected cars and answer three key questions: what is possible now, what does the future hold and what are the new economics and likely use cases of the connected car. 

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Mobile  |  Transportation

StreetLight Data CEO, Laura Schewel, Selected for MIT Technology Review’s Annual INNOVATORS UNDER 35 List

streetlight-bgClick here for the story about Laura. 

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StreetLight and Intalytics Partnership Announced

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StreetLight CEO Wins International Transport Forum Award

streetlight-bgWe are pleased to announce that StreetLight Data's CEO, Laura Schewel, is the winner of the International Transport Forum’s 2013 Young Researcher of the Year Award.  Laura was chosen for her paper “Shop ‘Till we drop: A History and Policy Analysis of Retail Goods Movement”, which came out of her dissertation work at US Berkeley.  The International Transport Forum (ITF) is an intergovernmental organisation that acts as a global transport policy think tank and organizes an annual summit of Transport Ministers. 

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The Changing Privacy Landscape

streetlight-bgThis is the second post in a series about "Privacy Week" at the IAPP Europe Data Protection Intensive 2013. Read my initial thoughts here. 

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First Thoughts From "Privacy Week"

streetlight-bgWe are here this week at the IAPP Europe Data Protection Intensive 2013. Yesterday we participated in an interactive session, entitled “How to Build a Global Privacy Programme.” It was filled with interesting and dynamic conversations between privacy professionals from around the world. We discussed ideas and trends for inclusion in privacy programs , and then brought our individual and collective experience to bear on a case study for a company operating in a multitude of jurisdictions, facing a host of privacy issues ranging from excessive collection of personal information, to the use of social media in the workplace. We concluded with a brainstorming session on "tips and tricks" to get people engaged, keep them engaged, and encourage accountability. A number of themes emerged, including the realization that teams of privacy professionals are usually very small, even in larger companies, and as the level of complexity and interdependence of issues grow, we need to build internal networks of privacy “champions” with subject matter expertise upon whom we can draw for assistance.  Buy-in at the highest levels of management, building awareness, and making privacy a part of corporate culture are all keys to success.

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Big Data  |  Retail  |  Smart Cities

MIT Technology Review: StreetLight Analytics Help Cities and Businesses Improve Performance

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MIT Technology Review covered StreetLight and how our data supports new ways of understanding and improving city planning, economic development, and retail strategy. Read the full article here.

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Innovative Business Intelligence Platform StreetLight Data Receives Financial Backing of T-Venture and Vision Ridge

streetlight-bgStreetLight Data today announced that it has secured a seven-figure Euro funding in Series A financing. StreetLight is an innovator in next generation geospatial business intelligence for the in-store retail ecosystem. StreetLight repurposes and recombines data from traffic and transportation management systems (such as traffic jam alerts and navigation) to help retailers better understand the context in which their stores operate. This intelligence can lead to improved site selection, as well as other applications.

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[CASE STUDY] Oakland Business Development Corporation

OBDC.pngProving that Oakland is a crossroads for the Bay Area and ready for retailers.

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Finally! Digital Consumer Insight Moves Out of the Virtual Shopping World and into the Real Shopping World

streetlight-bgPartnership between StreetLight Data and AirSage™ delivers consumer movement and behavior data to brick-and-mortar enterprises.

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Come see StreetLight at the Global Big Data Conference on January 28th!

streetlight-bgStreetLight Data will be one of 7 companies participating in the Big Data Start-Up Pitch session at the Global Big Data Conference on Monday, January, 28th at the Santa Clara Convention Center.  If you're at the conference, make sure to stop by this session and cheer on our CEO Laura Schewel.

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Smart Cities

StreetLight Data named a finalist in IBM's SmartCamp Global Competition

streetlight-bgAfter co-winning IBM's SmartCamp North America regionals in June 2012, StreetLight will now compete for the title of IBM Global Entrepreneur of the Year! On Feb 5 - 7, 2013, StreetLight will join 7 other companies from around the world for an action packed few days in NYC.  

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StreetLight CEO Laura Schewel publishes new analysis of driving-for-shopping in Environmental Science & Technology

streetlight-bgThis month, Environmental Science & Technology, the top ranked peer-reviewed journal in environmental sciences and policy review, published founder Laura Schewel's new article about changes in how Americans drive to go shopping over the past 40 years. A few highlights:

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StreetLight Welcomes Kara John Selke as VP of Strategic Partners and Privacy

streetlight-bgStreetLight is thrilled to welcome Kara John Selke as our new VP of Strategic Partners and Privacy. Kara will take on management of relationships and contracts with key data providers, strategic marketing partners, as well as StreetLight's privacy policy and practices.

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StreetLight Featured in IBM Blog

streetlight-bgStreetLight was featured in the IBM Blog as a Smart Camp Winner Spotlight. Check out this interview with Founder and CEO Laura Schewel. We've put a preview below:

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StreetLight is IBM's Smart Camp North American winner!

streetlight-bgStreetLight is thrilled to announce that we were named IBM's SmartCamp Boston, the North American finals for IBM's SmartCamp program for start-ups. StreetLight looks forward to working with IBM on developing projects to create smarter cities, smarter commerce and smarter presentation. For IBM's press release, keep on reading!

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Big Data  |  Smart Cities

StreetLight Data Wins IBM SmartCamp NYC!

On May 24, StreetLight Data was named the winner of IBM's 2012 SmartCamp NYC for Smart Cities. This is part of IBM'sSmarter Planet initiative. StreetLight will go on to compete in Boston next month for the title of North American Entrepreneur of the year. Previous winners in the IBM Smart Camp program include great companies like StreetLine, Profitero, Bit Carrier, and more.

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StreetLight CEO to speak at the Telecom Council Entrepreneurial Forum on Smarter Cities

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Paul Friedman Interview on Silicon Angle TV

 

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Virtual Vehicle is now StreetLight Data

streetlight-bgVirtual Vehicle Co has changed its name to StreetLight Data. The name change reflects the expansion of StreetLight's business from advanced vehicles only to broad roadway transportation optimization and location analytics.

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Transportation

Fast Company covers Virtual Vehicle Co's App

streetlight-bgFast Company covered Virtual Vehicle Co on its Virtual Test Drive app and interviewed founder Laura Schewel in this piece. Fast Company writes:

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Virtual Vehicle Co featured on CBS Smart Planet

Smart Planet, which focuses on technological innovation, produced this short feature about Virtual Vehicle Co's first product, the Virtual Test Drive.

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Founder Laura Schewel Presents at GigaOM's Green:Net

In this series of presentations from the first five of GigaOM Green:Net 10 Big Ideas, Laura Schewel presents a three minute introduction to Virtual Vehicle Co.  (Starts at minute 14:00)

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GigaOm on Virtual Vehicle: "... innovations for useful data about greener transportation."

streetlight-bgIn July of 2010, Laura Schewel released the first taste of what Virtual Vehicle's Virtual Test Drive would be.  Check out this great article about Virtual Vehicle by Katie Fehrenbacher of GigaOm.

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Virtual Vehicle Co. is a BIG IDEA at Green:NET 2011

streetlight-bgVirtual Vehicle Co. has been selected by the smart folks at GigaOM as one of 2011's BIG IDEAS bringing together clean technology and information technology. We'll be presenting at the 2011 Green:NET Conference, April 21 (Earth Day!) in San Francisco at 11:30 AM. For more information check out these links

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Virtual Vehicle at SXSW

streetlight-bgFounder Laura Schewel presented at South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive in Austin on March 14. Her panel, Goodbye Oil (#goodbyeoil) was a facsinating conversation with co-paneslist Nate Pinsley of Hello Electric and the audience. 

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