On The Road Again

100413_mishmash_israelBen-Gurion University of the Negev researchers revealed earlier this year that data culled from geosocial networks such as the GPS traffic app Waze can help prevent traffic incidents with better deployment of police resources at the most accident-prone areas.

The paper, “Data Mining Opportunities in Geosocial Networks for Improving Road Safety,” was presented at the IEEE 27th Convention of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in Israel last January.

Waze records location data and enables users to upload and share comments on any detail,
including traffic alerts, accidents and police presence. Using Waze data and Google Earth, the BGU researchers determined that 75 percent of the locations in Israel with the highest number of accidents were intersections. They then analyzed references to a police presence to determine if the police were present at the spots that had the worst traffic accidents.

“There were numerous instances where the police were manning quieter intersections, while busier intersections went unmonitored,” said BGU researcher Michael Fire. “According to the data, police response time varied from 20 minutes to 40 minutes in some situations.”

When can we get this in Baltimore?

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