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  • BART App - Broadcast Alert Response Technology

    Timothy Miller10 October 2014

    Company: Emerg Solutions. Product: BART is a multi-device solution that provides a vital channel for volunteers to receive important data sources and communication streams. Dataset used: The Fire Installations Dataset from DataVic. Who will use it? CFA and SES volunteers, members of Rural Ambulance Victoria, the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard, and the Department of Environment and Primary Industry. What does it do? Complimentary to the Pager Network, BART lets approved users to receive their EAS pager messages via BART. This allows for mapping and responses on an incident level, including the convenience of having the messages delivered directly to smartphones via push notification, SMS and email. Bringing a targeted range of information streams together through the use of mapping and spatial data, BART facilitates stronger communication, safer working environments, quicker response times and a range of other benefits specific to incident management and response. The main features of BART include: • a pager message feed (for approved users), • rostering • availability and attendance functionality • qualifications and member contact details • message centre • integrated public incident feeds • station platform and ETAs. BART was a winner in the inaugural Data Vic Competition in March 2014. What does BART say? “The process to request and download the Datasets from DataVic was easy. With this data we were able to quickly add another dimension to our solution by providing valuable information to Emergency Services.” About Emerg Solutions: Emerg Solutions is a wholly Australian owned company, operating within the Australian technology industry since the 1980s. It has established itself as an internationally operating information and communications technology provider.

  • Trip Risk - How safe is your commute?

    Janet Horwell09 October 2014

    Company: Geoplex. Product: A responsive website where users can visualise pedestrian, bicycle and car crash hotspots along selected road routes in Victoria. Dataset used: VicRoads historical crash data. From dataset to development: Trip Risk was built over a few months. It started as a hack day project and the potential was identified in sharing the data with the community and building it into a responsive site. Who will use it? Anyone can access Trip Risk to visualise their trip to work or school and understand the data of high crash zones for themselves. How does it work? Geoplex has integrated mapping tool CartoDB with VicRoads historical data on accidents to build the intuitive and responsive website TripRisk. By plotting common travel routes by car, bike or walking, users can gain a personal understanding of the travel risks along their selected routes. Geoplex used the MapQuest routing API, Google Charts, and the Nokia Here geocoding service to create Trip Risk along with an AngluarJS framework. The CartoDB SQL API allowed the combination of data from each of these services. Evan Quick, Director Information Access at VicRoads said, “The Trip Risk team has managed to take this data and turn it into an application that makes road safety issues visible to everyone.” Trip Risk also provides an important service for the community by highlighting areas which may need road maintenance or an intersection redesign to help reduce crash numbers. Trip Risk was a winner in the inaugural Data Vic Competition in March 2014. What does the future for Trip Risk look like? Trip Risk currently uses Victorian data, but in the future it may include crash statistics from other Australian states. There has also been interest in the product internationally. About Geoplex: Geoplex are specialists in the collation, transformation, analysis and presentation of spatial data. They create products to visualise data, drive competitive advantage and solve business problems. “Our vision for TripRisk is to get people to ask questions, be curious, and recognise the benefit of knowledge sharing through open data” Geoplex.