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Big Data | Software Updates | Transportation | Validation

New 2017 AADT Metrics: It’s Time to Ditch Temporary Counts for Big Data Analytics

August 15, 2018

To quote Shawn Turner of the Texas Transportation Institute, “Using road tubes to collect traffic volume data is a proven method, but it’s an old practice and puts people in harm’s way.” Well, what if you could get high quality annual average daily traffic (AADT) counts for any roadway in just a few minutes – without leaving your office? What if those estimates were as good or better than your typical two-day tube or modeled count?

We think on-demand AADT could improve the way public agencies allocate roadway maintenance funding. Your staff could spend less time installing and monitoring sensors on dangerous roadsides – and more time improving infrastructure. StreetLight Data is making this possible with the launch of our 2017 AADT Metrics in StreetLight InSight®, our on-demand transportation analytics platform. We believe they are the most accurate Big Data derived AADT to hit the industry to date. (And we’re happy to show you why.)

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Big Data | Location-Based Services | Smart Cities | Software Updates | Transportation | Validation

Introducing StreetLight Volume: 2016 AADT Metrics

June 6, 2017

After many years of client requests, we’re releasing the first cut of our StreetLight Volume: 2016 AADT Metric on the StreetLight InSight® platform. These beta Metrics provide a very robust estimate of 2016 Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT) for almost any road in the US. To learn more, keep reading this blog post, or watch our recorded webinar on the new Metrics. Click here to watch the webinar.

We believe this Metric provides estimates that are comparable or better than most of the standard AADT estimation practices for three reasons:

  • They can be obtained in just a few minutes from the cloud-based StreetLight InSight platform,
  • They are built by integrating four sources of data (including both GPS and Location-Based Services data, which is our new and better alternative to “cellular tower” data), and
  • They cost less than half as much as typical AADT data collection and estimation processes.

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Big Data | Transportation | Validation

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

February 21, 2017

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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Big Data | Retail | Validation

StreetLight InSight® Update: Faster Travel Metrics and More!

July 27, 2016

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

October 17, 2014

In 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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