WhereIsMyTransport provides public transport data from emerging cities.
WhereIsMyTransport’s goal is to create a single data platform for public transport across a city and make this accessible to citizens. They make this data available, to partners and researchers, from their open API.
While still available, the Public Transport App for end-users is no longer being actively developed.
Africa and Middle East
WhereisMyTransport doesn’t publish pricing details. Pricing takes into account a range of factors, based on services required, data complexity, and other things unique to each client.Interview with representative
Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities
Their customers are cities and regional transport authorities. These established partnerships allow them to collect the data sets that are then published and used by the public transport customers.
WhereIsMyTransport is a SaaS application built on the Microsoft Azure cloud.Interview with representative
WhereIsMyTransport publishes their API codebase on GitHub.
“Our platform is open, albeit not Open Source. Users of the platform are limited in the number of daily calls they can make – a limit which is generous enough to build an application. Anyone looking to increase their limit can do that through paying to remove limits. We therefore operate on a freemium model.” Interview with representative
Access to the API is detailed in the API license.
The public transport app is available in 30 major cities across Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
According to the Google Play Store the Public Transport App has been downloaded 5000+ times.
Disaster response, socioeconomic, migratory patterns, epidemiology, etc.
Anonymous cellular data, mobile app data collection, remote sensing, government census data, etc.
Is the code of this application open?
Is the data from this application available?
Is this data available for publishing? Subscription service (payed), publicly available, open source
What organizations/external resources is this product using to publish/analyze data (Worldpop, HDX, etc). Some companies/small organizations make use of existing companies infrastructure to upload their information to the cloud.
How can new users (Gov, companies, individual, etc) access this data for own use (api, full data export/subsets,etc)
WhereisMyTransport’s API is based on REST, JSON, OAuth 2.0 and OpenID Connect. Detailed information is available on their documentation page.
Support is provided as a part of the subscription/partnership by WhereisMyTransport.
- To create an open platform for public transportation data from traditional and informal collection methods
- Utilize framework to provide efficient routing information to public transportation users
- Build models of long term transit information to provide information on infrastructure investments
- In a study of the implementation of the Jammie Shuttle, which uses the WhereisMyTransport services, they found that users had an increased feeling of security, reduced uncertainty of the schedule, and were more willing to use the shuttle as it was more efficient. 1
University of Cape Town
Vanderschuren M. and Vries D.D., 2013, Advanced Public Transportation Information Provision: What are the Effects on Improved Customer Satisfaction?, 16th International IEEE Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITSC 2013), pp. 499-504.
Struwig, C. B. and Andersen, S. J., 2014, Performance Measurement Trends in the Implementation of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Within the South African Transportation Environment, Proceedings of the rst International Conference on the use of Mobile Informations and Communication Technology (ICT) in Africa UMICTA 2014, 9-10 December 2014, STIAS Conference Centre, Stellenbosch: Stellenbosch University, Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, South Africa, ISBN: 978-0-7972-1533-7.
Nur, K., Gammons, T. and Engelbrecht, M., 2017, A Data Driven Approach to Seamless and Efficient Travel is it Really Practical?, Southern African Transport Conference.
According to their Terms and Conditions WhereisMyTransport complies with all local regulations.
The product has been evaluated in terms of benefits of a data driven approach to the delivery of improved transport services, technology driven frameworks for intelligent transport systems, and customer satisfaction by providing real time public transport information.
Enslin C. Mapping the Spaces In-between: How ICT can assist in providing a safer and more efficient commuter experience for all. University of Cape Town Western Cape South Africa.
Awotar, Yudish; VanderSchuren, M.J.W.A. (Marianne); Southern African Transport Conference 31st : 2012 : Pretoria, South Africa; Minister of Transport, South Africa
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