Just a few weeks ago, I joined StreetLight Data as the company’s first dedicated Canadian sales consultant for the transportation industry. In many ways, this is the natural next step in my forty-year career as a transportation engineering and mapping professional. My experience spans the public and the private sector, and I’ve been honored to contribute to several of Canada’s most important transportation initiatives. From helping to plan the Confederation Bridge in Prince Edward to creating the first turn-by-turn navigation maps of all for Canada, I’ve always dedicated myself to projects that make our country more connected and improve quality of life in our communities.
While the field of Big Data analytics is relatively new to me, I’m thrilled that my next contribution to Canada’s transportation practice will be focused on data. The lack of quality transportation data has been the missing link in so much of my work for the past forty years. I believe StreetLight Data has the right solution to this long-standing problem.
“Big Data” is becoming buzzier and buzzier, but the adage “data is just a cost until you use it” is an increasingly common refrain. As the CEO of a transportation analytics company, I’m a true believer in the power of data. It frankly makes me sad to see so many groups investing in the idea of Big Data only to feel disappointed when they can’t get any useful information out of it. At StreetLight Data, our top priority is to help the transportation industry “put Big Data to work”.
That’s why I’m thrilled to announce the latest feature for StreetLight InSight (that’s our on-demand platform for turning mobile device data into actionable transportation analytics.) It’s called the Congestion Analysis, and it’s designed to help you put Big Data to work to solve traffic jams. Lots of tools (including your eyes!) can tell you where traffic jams are occurring. The Congestion Analysis can tell you why the jam occurs, and suggests data-driven ideas for the best long-term solutions.
The Congestion Analysis is very different from every other feature that we’ve introduced to StreetLight InSight because – and this may surprise you – all of the analytics it provides were already available in our platform. The change is how we weave the Metrics together to tell a story, making StreetLight InSight Metrics much easier to use for congestion busting in the real world of transportation planning, modeling, and engineering.
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When most people think about transportation, they think about planes, trains, and automobiles – maybe even ferries. But infrastructure, technology, and our transportation networks do more than help us travel. They also have socioeconomic impacts. Getting from point A to point B efficiently is not only a matter of convenience. It can be a matter of life or death – and not just from a traffic safety perspective. The issue of infant mortality clearly illustrates the interplay of health, socioeconomic conditions, and transportation. In this article, I’ll explore this relationship and highlight a few ways that Big Data can be helpful for planners working to address infant mortality.
This year, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting (TRB) took place at the same time, and both conferences addressed transportation. The smart city-oriented futurists, technologists, and automotive manufacturers at CES 2018 emphasized the latest autonomous vehicle advancements and whether or not "technology is the new pavement" for the transportation industry.
In contrast, TRB attendees were focused on the day-to-day work of planning, modeling, and engineering. While the ways new technology will change that daily work were addressed, greater emphasis was placed on long-standing transportation issues - think data collection challenges, operations and maintenance, and accessibility.
As transportation technology continues to advance, how will the relationship between these two communities evolve? What are their roles as we build our transportation future? Watch this video to hear Catherine Manzo and Laura Schewel of StreetLight Data address this question and more as they compare and contrast their experiences at the two conferences.
Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) recently selected StreetLight Data to provide on-demand transportation studies to transportation planners throughout the state for the 2nd year in a row. We're excited to work with VDOT again in the coming year.
It’s no longer news that Big Data is a big topic in transportation. Many people in our industry have been exploring how to use Big Data for years. But the technology landscape is evolving quickly, and in ways that may drive more widespread adoption of this type of data. In this post, I’ll share the four most important trends in Big Data to watch in 2018.