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Habidatum

About Your Proposal

In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.

Open data-driven analysis of public transport accessibility in space-time

In one to three sentences, please describe your project proposal.

By using Habidatum Platform we help identify the priority public transport development areas. We highlight places where public transport is unavailable, and people have to wait or walk longer than in other locations.
We also analyze where public transport is inefficient. In some cases, getting somewhere by foot is faster than using public transport.
Automated spatio-temporal analysis performed in our platform supports improvement of public transit’s reputation and quality of life in the city.

How much are you applying for?

$50,000

How will your proposal impact the following CONNECT metrics?

  • Government responsiveness to residents’ needs
  • Travel time to work
  • Public transit riders

In what areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

County of Los Angeles (please select only if your project has a countywide benefit), City of Los Angeles (please select only if your project has a citywide benefit)

Describe in greater detail how your proposal will make LA the best place to CONNECT?

Rationale
LA is multifaceted megapolis which function like archipelago. To be a place to create and live it has to connect its part in an number of alternative ways: by private vehicle, public transport, pedestrian routes, WiFi.
LA has long been car-obsessed and now desperately needs public transportation network. Therefore 'bridges' of public transit and pedestrian paths have to be built in large quantities. It is a long iterative process, but the first thing we can do is to see how LA connects now, to discover where fast problem-solving may be implemented and what has to be connected.
How to do it?

Solution
By using Habidatum Platform we help identify the priority public transport development areas. We highlight places where public transport is unavailable, and people have to wait or walk longer than in other locations.
We also analyze where public transport is inefficient. In some cases, getting somewhere by foot is faster than using public transport.
Automated spatio-temporal analysis, which is performed in our platform and based on open data only, supports improvement of public transit’s reputation and the quality of life in the city. We still leave space for analysts’ creative work producing interactive analytical visualization which sets a dialogue between the complex data and the transport planner.
By playing with metadata filters, layers intersection, time and geographical scales, the analysts can unveil transport system’s pain-points which further leads to both fast problem-solving and building strategic optimization roadmaps.

Habidatum Platform description
Habidatum Platform is a space-time analysis tool serving the exploration of space use and operation through time (hourly, daily, monthly or even annual time intervals). The platform accumulates various types and combinations of data multiplying several indicators. Project deliverables may be presented in various formats including monitoring dashboards, research interfaces, text & stats reports et al. The visual interface is user-friendly and easy to understand. It can be fine-tuned for each project according to customer’s priorities.

Innovative characteristics of the proposal
•Space-time visual analysis technique to define behavioral patterns
•Semantic analysis engine to explore people’s attitudes
•Visualization system to support real-time interaction with data
•Innovative metrics built by experienced urban analysts
•Hybrid approach: machine-learning and human training

Feasibility and implementation
The platform has proven its value for urban managers and planners in 15+ cities globally, and the scope continues to grow. It is mainly used for area development planning, transportation planning and management, real estate property management and evaluation.
The public transport application of the platform has been used in 5+ cities. Among them is the city of Pune, India, which serves to showcase the feasibility of the current proposal (see the video).

Please explain how you will define and measure success for your project.

Expected impacts
The strategic goal of our work is to increase the flexibility, dynamism and responsiveness of urban governance and planning, to enhance the efficiency of investments, to unveil cities’ time resources and to improve the quality of life through timely and adequate response to communities’ needs, values and attitudes. The proposed project will strongly support the public transport development in Los Angeles urban area and will transform the way people move and feel in the city.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed?

  • Money
  • Advisors/board members
  • Publicity/awareness