Ohio Department of Transportation Expands Smart Analytics

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is expanding its smart city technology by adding analytics and origin-destination to existing traffic services to help monitor, measure and manage the state’s road network. Currently, ODOT uses INRIX – a company which provides internet services and mobile applications pertaining to road traffic and driver services – and StreetLight Data to analyze and transform the data into actionable intelligence.

“For nearly five years, INRIX real-time traffic services have helped Ohio DOT actively manage traffic on its roadway. The addition of analytics gives them the tools to more accurately measure and report the impact of transportation investments,” said Scott Sedlik, vice president and general manager – global public sector at INRIX. “Additional, we’re excited ODOT is making these new tools available to all transportation agencies in the state, including the City of Columbus as part of its Smart City Initiative.”

The new analytic tools and traffic services include platforms that enable ODOT to analyze, visualize, and understand road performance without the need for additional technology investments; geospatial data processing that provides information about the trips people take, including where they begin and end their journeys, and the waypoints in between;  the ability to design, run, visualize, and download unlimited customized transportation analyses like origin-destination, select link and trip purpose; location-based notifications that warn drivers and transportation agencies of the need for caution due to sudden reductions in speed or stopped traffic on the roadway; and, real-time GPS data from millions of connected vehicles and devices to deliver accurate traffic information on freeways, highways, and interstates.

“It is really gratifying to help Ohio Department of Transportation gain greater visibility into travel realities throughout the state,” said Laura Schewel, CEO and co-founder of StreetLight Data. “The ability to study transportation patterns with updated mobility intelligence will help Ohio better understand the usage of its existing infrastructure, pinpoint challenges and improve confidence in new transportation projects.”