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DIG IT AWARD FINALIST: MOBILE

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Mobile Finalists

Access to Care
Department of Veterans Affairs

Caltrans QuickMap
California Department of Transportation

Emergency TeleHealth and Navigation (ETHAN) Project
Houston Fire Department, Houston Department of Health and Human Services

Firearms, Armor, and Credentials Tracking System (FACTS) Project
Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security

Plant Inspections Mobile Application
New York State Office of Information Technology Services, New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets

 

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The California Department of Transportation is no newcomer to sharing traffic information with the public. It has being doing it for decades through the Caltrans Highway Information Network, and as technology has improved, Caltrans has kept pace.

The latest way for residents to get information on travel conditions is via a mobile application, the Caltrans QuickMap.

Paul Allen, a data processing manager in the Caltrans IT Department, said officials are always looking for ways to provide information in an easily consumable fashion, and a mobile app was the obvious next step.

Users can find out how quickly traffic is moving on state highways, check camera feeds for real-time conditions, see lane closures and the location of forest fires, and keep up with the requirements for tire chains on some roads during winter weather. They can also receive incident notifications from Waze.

The data comes from a variety of sources, including the California Highway Patrol, the state’s traffic-monitoring centers, Google and Waze.

Caltrans officials are already planning to add more features to the mobile application. They would like to connect it to Google’s application programming interface for route planning so that motorists can get directions within the app. And they plan to provide the location of snow plows, which will be outfitted with GPS transponders, so users can follow the progress of plowing and find out how close their street is to being cleared.

The app is even drawing international interest, with drivers in Canada and Mexico downloading it as they plan trips through the state.

About the Author

Matt Leonard is a reporter/producer at GCN.

Before joining GCN, Leonard worked as a local reporter for The Smithfield Times in southeastern Virginia. In his time there he wrote about town council meetings, local crime and what to do if a beaver dam floods your back yard. Over the last few years, he has spent time at The Commonwealth Times, The Denver Post and WTVR-CBS 6. He is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, where he received the faculty award for print and online journalism.

Leonard can be contacted at mleonard@gcn.com or follow him on Twitter @Matt_Lnrd.

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