MENTZ Develops Data Platform TDH for Swiss Road Transport and Traffic
The Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) operate an open data platform for public transport where registered administrative bodies and experts can easily obtain transport data and information. Munich-based MENTZ GmbH has developed a new system in collaboration with Liip digital agency which now integrates data for motorized individual traffic, such as cars and trucks, for the first time.
The project was commissioned by the SBB and the “Swiss Federal Roads Office” (FEDRO). In this way, the existing data hub for mobility data will be enhanced to include an important and new segment.
Since December 2016, the “Open Data Platform Mobility Switzerland” has been providing timetable data supplied by participating licensed transport authorities as well as current data on the latest conditions affecting public transport, in real-time. Users of this real-time data are primarily companies and start-ups that process this information and assemble it as customer messages for travellers in smartphone apps.
Traffic Data Hub Enhances Transport Data Hub
The new traffic data hub (TDH) recently developed by MENTZ serves as a platform to publish master and real-time data for motorised individual traffic like cars and trucks. In a first phase of the project, information taken from automatic traffic counters placed along major Swiss roads will be collected and published. The traffic counters measure all traffic movements by direction and time. For example, they can determine the speed of all vehicles crossing the measurement location, or classify vehicles.
How Traffic Data Improve Public Transport
The existing “Open Data Platform Mobility Switzerland” is to be expanded and enhanced by an important system that can receive and provide individual traffic data, including corresponding API management. Munich-based IT company MENTZ is also developing a proper monitoring interface for the data supplied by partners and accessed by users.
The traffic data hub will serve as a base to provide data for motorised individual transport in Switzerland and help to improve mobility, to make public transport more efficient and to better connect public with individual transport.