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can also show the safest path. Such apps
offer a great option for drivers who are
unfamiliar with Victoria's road network,"
Mr Quick said.
"Apart from being a clever use of GIS,
the open data site has set a high benchmark
for other open data-based initiatives.
"Also, with organisations like VicRoads
supporting open data initiatives, the
focus moves from fulfilling legislative
obligations to making a real difference
to the state's road toll."
As open data empowers a new generation
of civic-developed apps, both government
and road authorities are turning to GIS
technology to deliver safer and more
reliable and intelligent transport options.
Beyond the Victorian borders, the
South Australian Department of Planning,
Transport and Infrastructure uses GIS to
help commuters avoid traffic congestion.
Through its interactive Traffic
SA mobile site, spatial data from
incident reports and bluetooth sensors
-- positioned throughout the state's
road network -- are analysed to inform
motorists of the most efficient routes via
Further abroad, the Los Angeles
Department of Transportation (LADOT)
has used GIS to empower smart
communities and transform its streets
through spatially strategic investments.
The department's People St map
shows the location of current and future
high-return mobility projects such as the
installation of new parking areas, which
have been nominated by residents.
By creating a single view of the city's
transportation infrastructure network,
LADOT has sparked a collaborative
approach to improving residents' mobility
options for all travel modes.
While to the north-east of LA, Utah's
Department of Transportation (UDOT)
uses GIS to power its interactive
mapping platform UPLAN.
The application displays previously
siloed geospatial traffic information on
a central, user-friendly platform.
The department's staff then utilise
the information in their efforts to
improve road safety, preserve existing
transportation infrastructure, and
optimise mobility with innovative designs.
Since fostering organisation-
wide access to data-driven maps and
tools, UDOT staff now operate more
productively by easily accessing the
information needed to make effective
Paving the way forward
Australia currently has more than
2.3 million kilometres of roadways
mapped [MapData Services 2014].
With the growing availability of
location data and Canberra's renewed
focus on the adoption of innovative
technologies, the inherent capabilities of
GIS in the space of intelligent transport
options is likely to become a point
Mr Quick said GIS technology --
particularly Web GIS -- provides transport
authorities and government agencies with
a heightened level of insight to efficiently
and effectively manage their vast networks.
"Transport authorities have
traditionally had a wealth of spatial
data held within silos inside their
organisations," Mr Quick said.
"Web GIS has enabled organisations
to open up this spatial data and share
information more effectively with an
expanded network of stakeholders.
"Transport authorities and agencies
can perform smarter analysis to improve
the operation of transport networks, as
well as foster cross-agency collaboration
to ensure better, more intelligent
outcomes for the community.
"The sophisticated nature of GIS
underpins many aspects within transport
including, safety, efficiency, reliability,
traffic and road management as well as
"The combination of GIS and open
data really does open a whole new world
of possibilities for the government and
broader community. It is a very exciting
time for our country."
For more information visit vicroads.
vic.gov.au or esriaustralia.com.au. ■
Image courtesy of VicRoads.
specialists and the public
can explore the platform
to build apps and tools
to make travel more
reliable, easier and safer
for all Victorians."
-- Dr Hossein Parsa, VicRoads.
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