In the old days, we counted how many cars used a particular road. Now we know where each of them is originated, what type of fuel they use and what is the percentage of low-emission cars. Among other things. And all this without breaching privacy protections.
Over the past few years, the public administration has opened up the data sources it owns for companies. The aim is to promote the creation of new services and innovations in the private sector.
Nodeon has seized this opportunity to its full extent: we provide our customers with increasingly in-depth and significant data on traffic flows to serve as the basis of transportation planning, for example, or perhaps for making sense of customers’ behaviour.
Open data typically refers to unrestricted and free access to the data offered by a particular party. Public sector operators, including the central government and cities, offer an increasing amount of open data. While this public data can be partially open, some of it can also be subject to a charge and accessible only on a contractual basis.
For an organisation, open and public data may represent a highly efficient way to create new applications and services.
The Nodeon Smart City analysis environment includes the data of the nation-wide traffic measurement network owned by the central government.
Services based on Nodeon’s open or public data:
Nodeon offers its customers the possibility to review, in addition to their own measurements, the data of the state-owned network of approximately 500 traffic measuring points, covering the main roads of entire country, as part of the customer’s own measurements. This provides cities, for example, with very useful data on the traffic of arterial roads in the outskirts of the city.
In addition to real-time situational awareness of traffic, our Smart City cloud service offers historical data on the entire national measuring network. This allows for an examination of the development in the traffic volumes of national main roads or the classification of vehicles, starting from the 1990s and all the way up to this day.
Vehicle registration database data
With the help of registration identification technology and the vehicle registration database owned by the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom, Nodeon’s traffic flow analysis solution offers efficient methods for analysing vehicles’ origin areas and classifying vehicle flows in diverse ways on the basis of the vehicles’ motive power, CO2 emissions or age, for example.
Population Register Centre
The data of the Population Register Centre has been integrated into Nodeon’s customer analytics services aimed at the trade industry and event organisers.
The Population Register Centre’s data provides interesting complementary data, given that data on customers’ departure areas can be combined with demographic data concerning the areas. It is useful to know about the areas that event attendants come from, including the average age, family size, tertiary education rate, or median household income of a particular area.