Inrix launches cloud-based ‘Roadway Analytics’ tools for monitoring road performance

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The first portfolio of cloud-based, on-demand traffic insight tools is now available in Europe and the Middle East, providing transportation agencies with quick and easy access to in-depth roadway analysis and visualizations for the efficient planning, monitoring and assessment of road performance.

Inrix has announced the release of ‘Roadway Analytics’, a new cloud-based portfolio of road performance and analytical visualization tools, which is the first set of on-demand tools to be available in Europe and the Middle East that enables instant analysis of the company’s XD Traffic data. The service offers an unprecedented level of access to highly precise information to better inform transport agencies when making key decisions on the performance of national and city road networks. It uses the world’s largest traffic data network, which in its entirety covers nearly 5,000,000 miles (8,000,000 km) of road in 45 countries, meaning that the technical analyses, charts, tables and other visualizations that form the output of the service are founded on reliable, tested data that is currently in use by more than 60 transportation agencies worldwide.

Developed to provide instant access to information for measuring and reporting road performance, the portfolio of tools provided in the Roadway Analytics service includes:

• Data Downloader enables users to directly query XD Traffic speed archive data, from 24 hours prior, for any road segment and/or time period required;

• Performance Charts produces line and bar graphs, which enable before and after studies and/or comparison studies of roadways, and use visualizations to communicate findings;

• Congestion Scan uses heat maps to identify problem areas along a road, meaning transport agencies can pinpoint the location of congestion to better target improvement efforts;

• Bottleneck Ranking identifies all congested corridors during a specific analysis period within an area, and provides a ranking by determining the number of occurrences, length and duration of each bottleneck.

National agencies can identify and compare locations that are operating sub-optimally to help prioritize road improvements and the investment of time and money, as well as perform before and after studies to quantify and communicate the impact of a road improvement or traffic event. The service allows cities to: perform before and after studies to quantify and communicate the impact of a road improvement or event; monitor and identify performance trends on key roads, corridors or segments daily, monthly or yearly; produce and regularly report key performance indicators (KPIs) on travel times and congestion reduction; and regularly monitor and compare roadway conditions at roadwork and construction sites.

“By 2030, 60% of the world’s population will live in urban areas. The significant task road authorities face in tackling the problem of increasing congestion cannot be underestimated,” said Scott Sedlik, general manager for the public sector at Inrix. “We know from our public sector customers that there is a growing need for tools that identify trends when planning, monitoring, assessing and communicating the performance of roadways. This service provides agencies with the ability to carry out ground breaking analysis that will not only improve their road network, but also help cut costs.”

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Tom has edited Traffic Technology International magazine and the Traffic Technology Today website since he joined the company in May 2014. Prior to this he worked on some of the UK's leading consumer magazine titles including Men's Health and Glamour, beginning his career in journalism in 1997 after graduating with a law degree from the London School of Economics (LSE).

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