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Transport Systems Catapult launches transport, mapping datasets site

The Transport Systems Catapult launches a website that shares data from 200 transport information sources to accelerate innovation

The Transport Systems Catapult (TSC), an organisation supported by the Department for Transport and quango Innovate UK, is publishing the Intelligent Mobility Data Index (IM Data Index) website, which aggregates 200 transport information sources.

“Stimulation of the data market is vital if we want to speed technological advancements and innovation in the transport sector,” said Yolande Herbath, business unit director for the information exploitation group at the TSC.

“We envisage the sharing of data in our IM Data Index will accelerate innovation and change across many different modes of transport and enable entrants into the IM market.

“Developers of mobility technology and applications are often hamstrung because of the resources required to research the data necessary to develop effective systems. The aim of the website is to eliminate this situation once and for all,” she said.

“Part of the problem faced when developing the UK transport network is the siloed nature of different transport modes. Journeys across rail, road, sea and air should be seamless,” she added.

Herbath gave an example of how the service could be used: “A disability charity will be able to use the data we have indexed to develop an app, which will then help someone travel door to door using only services with disability access. It could also open the door for services which improve the information flow to transport users in times of disruption.”

The sources aggregated include FlightRadar24, a flight tracker that shows live air traffic worldwide. The website includes freight connections, with “all datasets relating to the movement of goods by road, rail, sea and air”; disruption and events, with “dynamic datasets related to physical events that impact on transport networks”; and places and spaces, with Ordnance Survey, Google Maps and OpenStreetMap database links.

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