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Smart Cities | Transportation

Big Data For Your Smart Cities Challenge Canada Proposal

March 21, 2018

Community leaders across Canada are preparing proposals for the Smart Cities Challenge Canada, which challenges “communities to improve the lives of Canadians through innovation, data, and technology.” That’s exactly what we do here at StreetLight Data. Now that I’ve joined the team as our first dedicated Canadian representative, I’m thrilled to share that we’re here to help – in a big way.

StreetLight Data will provide complimentary access to StreetLight InSight® for public sector representatives of communities drafting submissions in response to the Smart Cities Challenge Canada. StreetLight InSight is our on-demand platform for turning Big Data from mobile devices into traffic data analytics.

You can use this interactive web application to get real-world, actionable insights into travel patterns that can help you make your city smarter. Find out more and learn how to sign up for access in this blog post.

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Big Data | Smart Cities | Traffic | Transportation

Commutes Across America – Where are the Longest Trips to Work? Part 1

March 13, 2018

Are you tired of the long drive to and from work? This is probably the most tiresome, frustrating part of your day. And, you’re not alone. Everyone on the roadway probably feels the same!

To better understand commutes across America, StreetLight Data has compiled a some information on where commutes are the longest. Explore this article to find out why it’s important to understand traveling commutes across America, and find out the top five states and the top five cities with the longest commutes.
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Big Data | Software Updates | Transportation

Bringing Big Data for Transportation to Canada

February 27, 2018

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.
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Big Data | Corridor Studies | Software Updates | Traffic

The Congestion Analysis for StreetLight InSight®

February 21, 2018

“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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Big Data | Smart Cities | Transportation

Can Using Big Data for Transportation Planning Reduce Infant Mortality Rates?

February 1, 2018

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.

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Big Data | Events | Transportation

“Is Transportation Technology the New Pavement?”

January 24, 2018

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.

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Big Data | Location-Based Services | Smart Cities | Transportation

4 Big Data Trends in Transportation to Watch in 2018

January 18, 2018

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.

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Our 2017 Year in Review

January 4, 2018

It’s been an exciting year for StreetLight Data. From bringing on major new customers like Minnesota DOT and Ohio DOT to doubling the size of our Big Data sample, we have been on a roll. And that’s not all – we also added more than 25 new features and Metrics to StreetLight InSight®. In this blog post, I’ll share some of our top highlights from the last year.

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Big Data | public transit | Transportation

Measuring Travel Behavior for Special Events: Who Goes to Warriors Games at Oracle Arena?

December 14, 2017

2017 has been a really busy year for the StreetLight Data Engineering team – and as Sr. Sales Engineer, I really appreciate their hard work. In today’s blog post, I’ll give you an in-depth introduction to one of my favorite new features in the StreetLight InSight® platform - “Customizing Your Own Data Period.” (For those that don’t know: StreetLight InSight is our easy-to-use web application for transforming Big Data into transportation analytics).

When we launched this feature, I was immediately reminded of the work I used to do at San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART), the regional heavy rail transit system that many Californians rely on everyday. Ensuring we had sufficient capacity in the system to accommodate special events was important – and it could be a challenge. We would regularly develop new service plans and even add special event trains to the schedule to deal with the crows and their unique travel patterns.

To show you how this new feature works, I’ll walk you through an analysis I did on home games for the Golden State Warriors basketball team in March 2017. I was working at BART at this time, and it was a big year for the Warriors – they won the NBA championship, and they also made a major decision to relocate from their home in Oakland’s Oracle Arena to a new venue in the Mission Bay neighborhood of San Francisco, California. That move is anticipated in 2019, and it promises to change the travel behavior of home game attendees.

Keep reading for all the details on our new Customize Your Data Period feature – and to find out about what the Warriors’ move might mean for travel patterns on game days in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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