What are the biggest location data challenges in cities right now?
I think some of our biggest location data challenges are centered around mobility, transit and transportation, as we’re trying to figure out how to do the next phase of planning for cities. Location data is a big part of it and we have a lot of different data and a lot of different datasets. Putting them all together and showing our users what’s possible is definitely a really big challenge.
What problem are you trying to solve by using CARTO’s Traffico solution in San Diego?
What we want to do is to have our transportation engineers make real-time decisions based on the current traffic conditions in the city. So, we currently use traffic cameras to monitor some of the more high traffic intersections, where we’ll be able to see a high-level overview of the entire city. And the long-term vision is actually to bring in the locations of our traffic lights and their statuses, and see when the timings of the traffic lights are creating higher traffic so that they can play around with the timing and decrease of traffic loads on the streets.
What has the result of using CARTO in San Diego been?
To be honest Traffico, internally for us, has let us open a lot of conversations with transit agencies in the area, including our own traffic engineers. Positive conversation which before has been a little bit more of a job.