Australian real-time mobility information provider Intelematics has announced the addition of origin-destination data and analytics to its flagship Insight tool. The move follows a high volume of requests for the feature from local councils and engineering firms since Insight’s launch in July.
Accessing traffic data about where people travel to and from has typically been unachievable for many organisations, due to the timely and costly nature of traditional data collection methods. These traditional methods include complex surveillance methods, license plate scanning (ALPR), or manual surveying methods such as roadside and phone interviews.
The Insight origin-destination feature levels the playing field by giving users access to affordable, reliable, instantly available and easy-to-interpret data and analytics, helping to give users a holistic view of roads and the entire traffic network for better transport and urban planning.
The origin-destination feature provides information about where traffic travels from and to, broken down by Local Government Area (LGA) or suburb. In addition to overall traffic patterns, Insight origin-destination provides traffic analysis and modelling to see average travel times, frequency distribution reports, and ratio matrices.
Insight’s collection of data comes from Intelematics’ access to 100 million+ trips in both private and commercial vehicles and is validated using high-quality, real-time road authority data. It is further verified with 24/7 control groups and machine-taught algorithms.
In addition to releasing origin-destination data to the Insight traffic analysis tool, Intelematics is also increasing the data coverage across the New South Wales (NSW) road network by 250%. This increase will include minor road coverage across the state. This is in response to a survey of local government professionals that showed 45% of respondents found lack of coverage to be the biggest problem they faced in sourcing and analysing mobility data.
“We have been overwhelmed by the interest we have received for Insight,” says Intelematics’ senior product manager, John Cardoso. “The company has been listening to feedback from users to continually enhance the tool and increase coverage. The platform only went live in the middle of this year, and the feedback received informed us that we were filling a large gap in the mobility space and truly providing game-changing technology for the future.
“A key feature request that came up time and time again was to understand the behaviour of where people travel from and to and see the most used routes and popular destinations for urban planning. As we already had the data and product functionality of comparing traffic volume and speed by council and suburb, it was relatively easy for us to produce.
“This is just the latest step in our crusade to democratise Australia’s mobility data. We realise having access to quality data is an inherent requirement for making sound and informed decisions when it comes to traffic, road, or infrastructure planning – not just for data experts, but anyone who is a contributor to the process.
“By giving as many people as possible access to the most accurate and up-to-date information, we take the guesswork out of planning, drive data-led decision making and improve outcomes for all.”