Esri and Waze partner to provide Open data for governments

“It’s shocking how much open data will fix things,” Andrew Stauffer

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Waze, the crowdsourced navigation app has partnered with Esri to make it easier for Governments to access anonymized traffic information from the Waze Connected Citizens Program.

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Esri + Waze = Open Data for Intelligent Transportation System 

The partnership makes it easier for Governments already using the ArcGIS platform to access traffic data from Waze to improve the transportation system, while making it easier for them to provide information about construction and road closure data to Waze. The Connected Citizens Program, a two-way data exchange, from Waze has already been adopted by over 60 cities across the world (mainly in USA and Europe) and the integration with ArcGIS will make it more easier for Governments to make use of the data.

“Municipalities can now leverage real-time reports without having to invest in sensor networks or an Internet of Things infrastructure,” said Andrew Stauffer, manager of civic technology at Esri. “Waze allows local governments to share open data with a purpose—in an application that is already popular with constituents, commuters, and tourists.” – TechCrunch 

All the crowd-sourced, open data that Waze will provide Governments as part of the CCP program will now be available inside ArcGIS, making it easier for them to run GIS analysis for reducing congestion and for shaping the development of Intelligent Transportation Systems, especially in cities where Waze is used a lot by its residents.

“It’s shocking how much open data will fix things,” Andrew Stauffer, Civic Technology at Esri to TechCrunch 

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