The City of Calgary announced on Tuesday it has partnered with Google’s Waze, as part of the latter’s Cities Data program, formerly known as the Connected Citizens Program.
The free partnership means two-way data share of publicly available traffic information. Calgary’s Traffic Management Centre (TMC) will be able to improve traffic flow by getting real-time data about congestion, construction and lane closures from drivers sharing insights.
Data provided by Waze to Calgary will be in real-time and anonymous, generated from users of the Waze app. The City of Calgary will provide Waze real-time construction, crash and road closure data reported by the government.
“As a smart city, we’re always looking for opportunities to improve the services we’re delivering to Calgarians by connecting technology and data,” said Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, in an issued statement. “This exciting, no-cost partnership with Waze will provide Calgarians with real-time information, about traffic and road conditions, reducing commute times and making our roads even safer.”
The Waze mobile app allows drivers to report real-time incidents on the road and acts as crowdsourcing for finding out problems and delays on streets.
“Canadian cities are looking for ways to use data to improve the vital transportation services they provide,” said Mike Wilson, Head of Canada, Waze, in a statement to iPhone in Canada. “We’re pleased to partner with The City of Calgary as part of the Waze for Cities Data program, and help Calgarians understand what’s happening on the roads so their drives are as worry-free as possible.”