Ohio selects Inrix and StreetLight Data for statewide traffic intelligence

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The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has expanded its use of big data and analytics to support statewide planning, traffic management and operations through new agreements with Inrix and StreetLight Data.

Leading supplier of connected car services and transportation analytics Inrix has announced that ODOT has added analytics and origin-destination to existing traffic services that the company provides to the agency in order to help monitor, measure and manage the state’s road network.

As part of the agreement, StreetLight Data will enable ODOT to transform the Inrix data into actionable intelligence through its easy-to-use online InSight platform, which will convert the massive amounts of real-time geospatial data produced by Inrix’s global network of 300 million connected vehicles and devices into useful transportation behavior information.

ODOT will use a suite of analytic tools and traffic services from Inrix, including:

• Analytics, which is a suite of on-demand, cloud-based tools that uses Inrix XD data and TMC-based data and reporting in partnership with the University of Maryland’s CATT Lab. Analytics includes Roadway Analytics and Performance Measures;

• Trips, which provides information about the journeys people take, including where they begin and end, and the waypoints in between;

• Dangerous Slowdowns, which is a newly launched service in XD Traffic that helps prevent back-of-queue collisions where rapidly forming congestion creates a situation that requires advanced driver awareness;

• Real-Time Traffic Flow, which uses real-time GPS data from the company’s network to deliver accurate traffic information on freeways, highways, interstates and major arterial roads.

The Inrix data will be uploaded into StreetLight’s InSight platform, allowing ODOT to design, run, visualize and download unlimited customized transportation analyses, such as origin-destination, select link and trip purpose. InSight will be available to designated employees of ODOT, as well as local public agencies and specified consulting firms that do work on behalf of these agencies.

“Our real-time traffic services have helped Ohio DOT actively manage traffic on its roadway for nearly five years. The addition of analytics gives them the tools to more accurately measure and report the impact of transportation investments,” said Scott Sedlik, vice president and general manager for the global public sector at Inrix. “Additional, we’re excited ODOT is making these new tools available to all transportation agencies in the state, including the City of Columbus, as part of its Smart City Initiative.”

Laura Schewel, StreetLight’s CEO and co-founder, noted, “It is really gratifying to help ODOT gain greater visibility into travel realities throughout the state.”

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