Putting Cities on the Map: Innovative Geospatial Initiative Win's Europe's Digital Gov Award

OpenTransportNet is awarded Digital Government Excellence status at the 18th European Conference on eGovernment, providing momentum for Daughter initiative, PoliVisu, to continue its innovative legacy.
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SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain - Oct. 26, 2018 - PRLog -- A project to tackle complex urban mobility challenges in innovative ways across Europe has been honoured at the 18th annual Digital Government Conference Awards, held at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. OpenTransportNet (OTN), a multi-partner, multi-country initiative, led by Informatie Vlaanderen, received an award for outstanding digital transformation work in the smart cities of Antwerp, Belgium, Issy-les-Moulineaux, France and the Region of Liberec in the Czech Republic.

OpenTransportNet was chosen by the European Commission in 2013 to receive funding to help cities turn their open, location-based data into insights through easy-to-read, visually appealing maps. The resulting Open Data Hubs helped cities and businesses solve transport related challenges by visualising their problems, enabling them to co-create solutions together with developers, data providers and community representatives.

One solution generated by OpenTransportNet, used today by the Flemish Police, is a Traffic Accidents App for Flanders. The analytical tool allows users to discover hotspots of traffic accidents such as those in certain hours of the day or ones with certain severity, or in specific locations, nearby schools for example. These insights help to identify where to apply specific traffic management or security measures.

Whilst the ground-breaking project ended last year, one of the OTN Coordinators, Mr. Geert Mareels, from Informatie Vlaanderen, said: "I am thrilled with this win. OpenTransportNet has been a great example of pan-European partnership working, advancing the use of disruptive technology to solve complex challenges in the Public Sector".  Mareel's colleague, Lieven Raes, who project managed the initiative continued, "It is testament to the commitment, talent and skills of the whole team that we are able to continue our innovative research and innovation with OTN's daughter project, PoliVisu".

The new PoliVisu initiative builds upon the results of OTN by making it even easier for Cities to benefit from data-driven decision-making and low-cost policy experimentation by embedding big data directly into traditional policy making processes. "Equipping decision makers with the skills and tools, from open geospatial data processing to more advanced visualisations, helps them make better, more sustainable policy decisions and manage operations more effectively" said Mr. Lieven Raes, PoliVisu Coordinator, from Informatie Vlaanderen.

PoliVisu Communications Manager, Susie Ruston McAleer from 21c, commented "Thanks to ground breaking initiatives like OTN, the demand for acquiring intelligent insights conveniently has never been greater. The benefits of geospatial data and advanced analytics are now firmly on the agenda of cities across Europe."

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·         The 18th European Conference on Digital Government is an annual event dedicated to promoting and sharing excellence in eGovernment innovation

·         OpenTransportNet was a 3-year project co-funded by the European Union's Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme under grant agreement No 620533 Led by Informatie Vlaandere

·         PoliVisu is a 3-year project co-funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under grant agreement No 769608. Consortium members are Vlaams Gewest / Informatie Vlaandere (project coordinator), IS-Practice, EDIP, SEM ISSY Media, Help Service Remote Sensing, Geosparc, InnoConnect, City Zen Data, 21c Consultancy, Athens Technology Center, Sprava Informacnich Technologii, MACQ, Plan4all, Politecnico di Milano and Stad Gent. Follow the developments of PoliVisu Online (https://www.polivisu.eu/), on Twitter (https://twitter.com/PoliVisu), LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/groups/6624260/) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/PoliVisu/).

For further information please contact:
Susie Ruston McAleer, susie@21cConsultancy.com   Laura Gavrilut, laura@21cConsultancy.com
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