Brussels Mobility obtains a detailed image of journeys

Published on 21/01/2019 in Customer Stories

Brussels Mobility obtains a detailed image of journeys

You can’t talk about mobility without referring to the huge challenges facing all cities. Brussels Mobility has decided to base its work on data to find well-founded answers.

Data as a working instrument

What's the best instrument to improve mobility in the city? Data. That’s the conclusion that Brussels Mobility adopts to carry out one of its missions: managing the development of mobility strategies for Brussels. “We looked for the best solution to chart and understand the traffic flows within the region on the one hand and journeys from and to Brussels on the other. All that could help us was mobile data,” Karl Determe, data engineer at Brussels Mobility, explains.

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GPS data and machine learning

The answer to the challenge facing this administration is supplied by BeMobile and Proximus. Mobile data and enriched, combined and cross GPS data together with ‘machine learning’ technology. “This formula gives us the start and end points of journeys, trips taken within the region and the means of transport used, hour by hour. Never before have we had such accurate data,” Karl stresses.

Brussels Mobility and the Brussels Intercommunal Transport Company can determine the demand for transport at peak and off-peak times very accurately. This way, supply can be better adjusted to demand.

Karl Determe, data engineer at Brussels Mobility

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Improving public transport

The data we obtain thanks to the Proximus solution can be used immediately. That has been proved, as Brussels Mobility and the Brussels Intercommunal Transport Company can determine the demand for transport at peak and off-peak times very accurately. That’s very important for certain sites where activity starts very early (such as hospitals) or very late (such as companies that operate shift systems). This way, supply can be better adjusted to demand. It’s a crucial indicator to extend supply on the right routes.

As an administration of the Brussels-Capital Region, Brussels Mobility is responsible for equipment, infrastructure and journeys. The main challenge is to combine increased mobility requirements with sustainable development.

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