Back in December, the City of Ottawa announced a new partnership with popular traffic app Waze and now, Oxford County has also announced a partnership with the two-way data sharing app to help residents and visitors navigate County roads more easily. The new partnership is also a part of the Waze for Cities program.
The County has said that it will now be sharing County-led construction project and road closure information with Waze, as well as with Municipal 511 to support community safety by providing the County’s emergency responders like fire, paramedics, and police with up-to-date information on construction, closures, and detours.
“The two-way integration with Waze and other data feeds into Municipal 511 provides the County with a true picture of what is happening in our communities every day,” said Dave Colvin, emergency coordinator, Oxford County.
“Seconds can be critical for emergency responders. Prior to the implementation of Municipal 511 for road closures and construction, slower manual processes meant emergency crews could be unaware of construction or closures on their route. Now using Municipal 511, County closures will go directly into computers in each paramedic vehicle.” – Ben Addley, director and chief, Paramedic Services, Oxford County
While Oxford County is kicking off the platform use within the community for County-led construction projects and closures, other municipalities have also been provided access to the Municipal 511 system to adopt the system over the coming months.