Modern solutions for Vancouver's Old problems: Road closures

MIRZA, Raza - October 02, 2018

Open Data and Machine Analytics bring new solutions for old problems and they help citizens speak directly to their city. We will share a series of exciting ways ProVancouver will put technology and Big Data to work for you. See ProVancouver team's solution for expensive parking fees next.

Road closure, Stuck in traffic - AGAIN.

Despite our best efforts to plan trips around peak times, sometimes a road accident or another problem causes congestion. Often, though, it’s a planned road closure we just didn’t know about. Our “Silicon Valley North” is missing an opportunity to help people move around Vancouver more easily using the existing technology.

Our city has all the data we need but doesn’t share this critical information where people actually use it - on their travel apps.

ProVancouver will publish planned road closures and traffic updates with the help of integration with EComm’s 911 system, which dispatched first responders. We’ll broadcast near real-time data that anyone can integrate with their preferred location software.

The raw information will be available to apps like Google and Apple maps, car share programs like Car2Go and Modo, taxis industry and ride hailing apps like Uber and Lyft - and to all innovators and entrepreneurs who want it.

By ensuring traffic is moving smoothly on the road, we can save millions of dollars in lost productivity, spend more time with friends and families, and decrease greenhouse gas emissions.