It has also launched a Route Monitoring service that informs the public of delays and alternative routes through smartphones, in-car systems and variable message signs
TomTom, a leading global provider of maps and traffic data, is helping to drive insights into new transport and mobility projects in the UK through an agreement with the Transport Systems Catapult (TSC).
TomTom announced at Smart City Expo in Barcelona that it will supply map and traffic data for use in TSC’s Intelligent Mobility Data Hub (IMDH) platform. Meanwhile, in a separate announcement at Expo, it has launched the TomTom Route Monitoring service, designed to address the growing road congestion challenges faced by smart cities worldwide.
IMDH provides data sets and a platform for modellers, researchers, academics and small and medium enterprises looking to plan and develop new products and services in the fields of transport and mobility. TSC will also leverage TomTom mapping and traffic data to deliver internal research and development project work.
“We selected TomTom due to their unique ability to provide detailed maps along with both live and historical traffic data in the UK to enhance our IMDH platform,” says Eifion Jenkins, programme director at the TSC.
“Data is key to the development of new transport products and services that provide holistic mobility solutions. Businesses will be better enabled to solve the UK’s biggest transport challenges, such as congestion and pollution, with access to valuable data sets like this one.”
TomTom is a leader in map-making technology. It offers maps with frequent incremental updates and applies strict quality assurance procedures. TomTom also harvests location intelligence and observed speed data from a community of more than 500 million data points. This database now extends to over 19 trillion data points with observed speed data available back to 2009 in the UK. This vast resource provides valuable insights into travel behaviour.
“This agreement again demonstrates how TomTom is teaming with industry leaders to transform mobility across the world,” explains Anders Truelsen, managing director of TomTom’s licensing business. “Leveraging our map and traffic technology, TSC is aiding companies looking to plan, model and search out new opportunities in intelligent mobility, helping to pave the way toward greener, safer and less congested travel.”
The newly launched TomTom Route Monitoring service helps traffic managers, event managers and emergency service dispatchers monitor travel times and delays on routes of interest – as they happen – and inform the public of delays and alternative routes through smartphones, in-car systems and variable message signs. It is available on the recently announced TomTom Maps APIs Developer Portal.
“Location and traffic aware technology is a critical requirement for smarter cities,” says Ralf-Peter Schäfer, VP traffic and travel at TomTom. “It’s important that cities understand where traffic and delays are – but it’s just as important that this information is communicated with the public.
"This is why we developed TomTom Route Monitoring – connecting smart cities with people, and significantly contributing toward greener, safer, less congested and more liveable environments.”
According to a recent TomTom Traffic Index 2017 report, drivers in Mexico City spend an average of 66 per cent extra time stuck in traffic. Drivers in London spend 40 per cent of their time in traffic and in Barcelona it is 31 per cent.
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