Traffic Index, Global Coverage

The TomTom Traffic Index covers 390 cities across 56 countries on six continents. It measures cities worldwide by travel time, fuel costs and CO2 emissions, providing free access to city-by-city information. Drivers, city planners and policymakers can use the index to help tackle traffic-related challenges. Using real-time traffic information and accumulating trillions of data points each year, TomTom can help cities predict traffic hot spots and peak hours, analyze what happened over time and create profiles of roads and congestion. These profiles consider CO2 emissions, fuel prices and time spent driving and compare car driving with other means of commuting. Their real-time traffic, origin-destination analysis, traffic statistics, and junction analytics have basic information available to the public at no cost, with subscription options for more advanced information. As part of its efforts to support sustainable development goals, TomTom partnered with the global nonprofit International Road Assessment Program (IRAP) to compile international road safety standards, giving roads one-to-5-star ratings and identifying the world’s most dangerous roads.  

Trust for Public Land (TPL) and Urban Parks, USA

TPL developers designed ParkServe, an Esri-powered GIS tool and comprehensive database of local parks in nearly 14,000 US cities, towns, and communities. City leaders and park advocates can access TPL’s extensive database of local parks to guide improvement efforts and quantify and measure park inventory quality. ParkServe data underpins TPL’s engagement with cities. A few years after recovering from Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans became one of the first TPL Climate Smart Cities partnerships. Causing more than 1,800 deaths and $125 billion in damage, Katrina was a harbinger of the disruptive weather events that would increase with climate change. As the city prioritized improving climate resilience, TPL facilitated the creation of “green schoolyards,” replacing concrete surfaces prone to flooding with gardens of native plants that absorb rainfall and runoff. Several other interventions, including wetlands restoration and stormwater catchment basins, also addressed flood concerns while increasing open space access for neighborhoods that did not previously have it.

Integrated Management of Urban Water Cycle, Porto, Portugal

The municipal water and energy utility organization created an online platform combining all data sources (from GIS, real-time network sensors, household meters, SCADA, laboratory billing, work orders, and logistics). The city of Porto used Bentley’s technology to create a digital twin of the city’s water supply, wastewater, stormwater, and bathing water systems that helped forecast flooding and water quality issues, enabling the city to improve its response and resilience. Implementing all the modeling domains and the plug-in-based server capabilities contributed to the success of the implementation at the city scale. This eased the integration of new models, data sources, and tools and helped put these components into operation and publish results seamlessly. This utility can predict performance, identify failures early, and prescribe actions based on asset information. Forecasts, alerts, and what-if scenario modeling lowered water supply interruptions by 22.9%.

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