Thursday, 26 June 2014

ITO World unveil radical new data tool at Transport Systems Catapult Imagine Festival

ITO World previewed a radical new data visualisation tool it is developing for transport professionals at a major industry event in Milton Keynes.  The two-week Imagine Festival was organised by the Government’s Transport Systems Catapult initiative to explore the concept of “intelligent mobility” within the future of transport policy and planning.

ITO World revealed the first details of a new business intelligence aid developed to help planners, policy makers, operators and modelers understand how transport networks function at present, how they have performed in the past and how they might operate in the future.  

The platform, which will be available to the industry later this year, will provide transport professionals with the power to interrogate and explore big datasets, visualise models, identify and report key trends, explore and diagnose causal factors and report on and share the resulting insights gained.

A demonstration of some of the tool’s capabilities featured in a video which was shown at the festival, presenting real-time, “action replay” and infographic views of the strategic road network − the results of the initial stage of a collaboration between ITO World and the Transport Systems Catapult.

Google introduces comprehensive GB public transport journey planning

You may well have noticed Google’s recent announcement that they are now offering comprehensive GB public transport journey planning through Google Maps.  This latest initiative is their largest single integration of transit data anywhere in the world to date.

ITO World is proud to have been a key data partner in this project, with a role in refining, augmenting and customising the Traveline TNDS data in order to meet Google’s requirements.

We believe this is an important step forward for all of us and for people wishing to travel. It will ensure that GB public transport information is easily accessed by millions of people via their computers and mobile devices on a daily basis. Media coverage of the launch has been extensive and it was the top story on BBC’s technology news for most of the week:

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Improving public transport data quality in the UK

We are giving advance notice of a new free data quality service from ITO, to assist with the further improvement of the quality of the UK’s public transport data.

ITO has worked with Traveline and Transport Direct for several years to provide the public transport data improvement services to the professional transport sector. In particular our ‘ITO NaPTAN’ and ‘ITO Quality’ services, which have supported a considerable improvement in the quality of data in a number of key areas.

There is however much still more that can be done. To support this, ITO will soon launch a new schedule quality service, which will incorporate new checks and have a clearer user interface. In particular, it will be easier to identify:

  • missing stops and wrong bearings
  • variation in times between services linking the same stops
  • conflicting information provided by different parties for cross-boundary services
  • errors with dates and date ranges
  • issues relating to school services and school dates

This service will be available to professional users without charge, and ITO will provide uninterrupted access to the current service in the interim, using your existing ITO Quality user credentials.

We appreciate and acknowledge continued support from Traveline and the DfT for the NaPTAN service, which will be unaffected by this change.

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

ITO supports live London Tube data via Google Maps

It’s an exciting day for ITO World as our latest project with Google Maps has gone live this morning. We have been working with Google for the past few months to convert live London Underground data from Transport for London (TfL) into a format suitable for use in Google Transit.

To try the feature, visit Google Maps and click the ‘Get directions’ button, select the public transit icon and search for a journey in London that uses the Underground. You will then be presented with the best route option and will be redirected onto an alternative route if there are delays, interruptions or closures on your planned journey.

Live alerts on Google Maps, with a little help from ITO!

We have been working with Google for nearly a year now. We were initially contracted to convert TfL static schedules into an appropriate format for Google Transit which we have been doing on a weekly basis since then. This latest project, however, integrates TfL’s planned engineering works feed and Tube disruptions feed into their new 'real-time' Google Transit service. Google expect millions of people to benefit from this feature during the Olympics.

Google Maps users can avoid Tube disruption using the Transit feature

All this has been made possible by TfL’s switch to Open Data over the past year which has been being championed by the Mayor of London and his team. Anyone who has been following us will know that we are firm supporters of Open Data and have worked with the Mayor’s office previously. We are particularly proud to have one of our visuals displayed on the London Data Store homepage banner!

You can read more about Google's new live service on their blog post.

Saturday, 3 December 2011

New 'TIGER reviewed' map layer for ITO Map

In response to a comment left on this blog some time back we have created a new 'tiger reviewed' map to show which roads in the USA have been checked since import using TIGER and which have not. It seems that most roads still have their 'tiger:reviewed=no' tagging, even those that have been edited in the past few years. Green is used for roads that have had their tiger=reviewed tag removed; blue is used for roads that have been edited in the past three years but which still have their tag; roads in red and orange still have their 'tiger:reviewed=no' tag and have also not been edited in the past three years. Lighter and thinner lines are used for minor roads.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

US road fatality mapping available online

Do check out our new road fatality mapping for the USA giving details of the 369,629 fatalities on US roads between 2001 and 2009. Use the 'share' features to tweet a link to the current map view, send a URL by email, embed a link to the map view in a website or even embed a slippy map in your own website of blog.*
Here is an embedded slippy map for the USA (try panning and zooming and selecting place using the search):

Here is an embedded map for downtown Los Angeles:

*You can easily embed a map for an area of interest in your own website or in Blogger. To do this first select the map view of interest, then click on the share icon and copy the text in the box below the 'embeded' heading and paste it into your website. Adjust the height and width as appropriate. It isn't yet possible to embed maps in blog.

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Road casualty (RTA) mapping for the USA coming later this week

We are getting ready to launch an online map showing fatalities from Road Traffic Accidents in the USA over a 10 year period next week in advance of Thanksgiving. In the mean time here are a few screen grabs.

The first image is for Manhattan Island (New York) and shows that most fatalities are of pedestrian (dark blue background with lighter figure). The number of Cyclists (dark green background with lighter figure), motorcyclists (orange with darker figure) and vehicle occupants (purple with a darker figure) is also significant. Pedestrians are generally in their 30s-50s, motocyclists are more likely to be in the 20s and 30s. The youngest pedestrian death that I can see is of a 3 years old boy and the oldest is of a 99 man - click to view image at full size.

And here is the pattern in Washington DC where the percentage of vehicle occupants is higher; the spread of ages seems pretty wide was well.

This map shows the Silicon Valley are with a cluster of pedestrian fatalities around Stanford University and a string of vehicle fatalities on highway 101.

The overview for Washington State (Seattle is on the right) invites the user to zoom in, but even at this scale it is possibly to see how the crashes are distributed across the territory and the distribution by mode.

By contrast, this overview map showing the area around near Rapid City, South Dakota shows that nearly all the of fatalities are of motorcylists in an area that is very popular touring area motorcyclists btw:

In you want to have an idea what the service will look like when it comes then do try our UK Road Casualty mapping service.

We are keen to add details for every country that has suitable data available. If you can recommend any good sources of such data then please add a reference in a comment at the end of this blog or email us.