Demolishing Information Silos for the Benefit of Customers

Demolishing Information Silos for the
Benefit of Customers
Pete Johnston
Programme Manager
Smarter Travel Programme
• Distinct, technology led initiatives that will embed longer-term
sustainable travel patterns through:
o real time and dynamic travel information
o predictive and dynamic and network interventions to
support overall efficiency of the highways
o deliver priority to late running buses at traffic signals
• Getting more customers to work, education etc in a more
sustainable and efficient manner
Smarter Travel Vision
“To allow our customers to make informed travel
choices in Greater Manchester, supported by multimodal, real-time travel information and through
improved efficiency of the highway and public
transport network.”
Smarter Travel Objectives
Get more customers using sustainable travel options to access
employment, education and leisure by providing:
• Multi modal, multi operator, multi channel passenger
• Improved selection of travel
• Systems that are easy to use
• Passenger centricity
• Comprehensive data and information with integrity
• Predictive traffic management
• Improved bus journey time reliability
• Best in class implementation and operation
Current Issues
• Data on highways and PT not
currently integrated
• Limited visibility of info across
modes to manage network
when things don’t run to plan
• Lack of access to high quality,
real-time information across all
• Inconsistent approaches to
data management
Key Challenges
• Large number of complex data
sets to provide multi-modal,
multi-operator solution
• Deliver integrated architecture
that is flexible enough to
manage data across the whole
transport network in the
available timescales
• Obtaining appropriate real-time
data feeds from large number of
sources within and outside
Data Availability
• Mobile communications, computing, pervasive
sensors built-into infrastructure and vehicles
• Intelligent use of this information will
significantly improve public transport
attractiveness and efficiency, and enable wider
mix of modes
• Collecting, managing and releasing data in a
timely manner and useable format
• Cannot be done by just pressing a switch
Internet of Transport Things
Transport as a Service
Real-time vs. Predictive
Floating passenger data
Intersection intelligence
Adaptive signals
Area optimisation
Conceptual View of System Design (Draft)
Simplified View of System Design (Draft)
Application 1
Application 3
Application 2
Application 4
Central Data Store
Data Source 1
Data source 2
Data source 3
Data Source 4
Shared Data for Travel Information
Consistent base data e.g. GIS,
road network, TfGM assets
Used by all modes
Coordinated management of
Clear process for publication
Transparent information
Consistent data for Open
Data community
Shared Data for Operations
Consistent set of data being available to
all modes
Access to TfGM data for transport
operators e.g. highway performance
Ability to see the impacts of incidents
across the whole network in real-time
Use of prediction to see the impacts in
the near future
Ability to plan accordingly and be more
proactive in our response to incidents
and congestion
Virtual or physical operations
management capability
Open Data Platform
• Real-time Open Data platform launched in March 2013 – including new realtime feeds which will continue to be built upon through rest of the Smarter
Travel programme:
• Real-time API for Metroshuttle City Centre buses
• Real-time API for car journey times on GM key routes
• Real-time API for car park availability
• Weekly data feed of PT timetable data in open format (GTFS)
Innovation Challenge
• Routes to the Future - Innovation Challenge for
developers using open data feeds
• Over 100 attendees who split in to 20 teams and
each developed prototype apps
• A number of winners were awarded funding to
further develop the prototypes
Things to Address
• People and skills – what do
we need to be effective in
the future?
• Big Data – more
unstructured data from
wider sources
• Data access and governance
in a future world
• Smart Cities – Relationship
between health, energy,
transport etc
Thank You
Pete Johnston
Programme Manager
0161 244 1222