HERE helps Toronto take data-driven approach to transport management

Lori Castle
New York 40° 42' 52.38" N, -74° 0' 25.632" E

Named in several best-places-to-live lists, Toronto is one of the fastest growing cities in North America and has become densely populated. More people means more congestion, and though there is a range of transport options, HERE is helping with a continued effort to create smarter systems.

Toronto wants to be a "city that moves" and understands that transportation must be a core effort in becoming smarter. The city's Big Data Innovation Team is using HERE real-time and historical traffic data to alleviate traffic and optimize all means of getting around and enable safe road networks. Turning big data into insights will also reduce pollution.

Toronto will use HERE's extensive coverage for visibility into speeds on both freeways and complex arterials, which represent a large portion of the roads and must accommodate a wide range of users, such as pedestrians, bicycles and cars, with different needs.

The solutions will help provide a holistic understanding of the entire network and the impact of factors like road reconfiguration, weather, road closures, incidents and more.

Realizing that becoming smarter must involve reducing congestion and its exponential impact, the Big Data Innovation Team will apply its observations to better manage traffic in real time for the benefit of all Torontonians and visitors.

In North America and globally HERE serves as a vital partner to smart cities and the broader public sector, helping them make decisions that improve the quality of life for citizens. For example, HERE supplies traffic information to several Department of Transportations across the United States, including Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio and New York, and is also supporting intelligent transportation initiatives in Colorado, Iowa and Michigan.

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