Esri, Waze partner on crowdsourced traffic data
- By Amanda Ziadeh
- Oct 17, 2016
Esri, a provider of geographic information systems technology, has partnered with Waze, a crowdsourced traffic and navigation app provider, to bring more traffic data to ArcGIS users.
Agencies already using the Esri ArcGIS platform can quickly and easily exchange data through the Waze Connected Citizens Program. That program is a free, two-way data exchange of publicly available traffic information in which Waze provides its real-time incident and slowdown data reported from its drivers using the app, and agencies share real-time information on government-reported construction, crashes and road closures.
"Municipalities can now leverage real-time reports without having to invest in sensor networks or an Internet of Things infrastructure," Andrew Stauffer, manager of civic technology at Esri, said in the announcement.
Waze exchanges traffic information through locally customized data feeds, and Esri gives agencies the technology to ingest those feeds directly into their enterprise systems for emergency dispatch, traffic management or street and utility maintenance.
The integration of Waze and Esri data will also allow agencies to quickly verify, respond and send emergency responders to user-reported accidents, or send road crews to flooded areas, reported potholes, closed roads or traffic jams.
The Connected Citizens Program launched in 2014 and already has over 60 global partners. Waze gives each partner the same set of free tools and resources to communicate with each other and benefit from the app’s crowdsourced data.
Amanda Ziadeh is a former reporter/producer for GCN.