First publishedon www.ITSInternational.com
EENA, the European Emergency Number Association, announces a data-sharing partnership with Waze
, the free, real-time crowd-sourced traffic and navigation app powered by the drivers.
Waze users who drive with the app turned on passively contribute traffic and other road data to other Waze users. They can also actively share road reports on incidents that could affect others.
The project aims to evaluate how this crowd-sourced anonymous data can be used in emergency management to improve response operations.
The project will test three different scenarios. When drivers notify Waze about an incident, emergency services can receive a notification in their system and retrieve this data. In addition, emergency services can provide data on incidents directly to drivers via Waze, helping them to avoid delays or being affected by an incident. Emergency vehicles can use traffic data from Waze to optimise route planning and decrease response times.
Four pilot sites around Europe will be selected to join the project and test different case-scenarios. Until 30 April, interested emergency services organisations can submit applications here