First publishedon www.ITSInternational.com
The UK’s Transport Research Laboratory (TRL
) has launched MAAPcloud, the new generation version of its MAAP road traffic collision data software which TRL has supplied in the UK and globally since the 1980s. TRL says this brand new version provides a better fit with today’s technological environments, and offers additional capabilities for the road safety professionals who use it.
MAAPcloud has been designed to allow flexible deployment; police forces, local authorities and other road safety stakeholders can share a system and so reduce costs. This creates opportunities for cross-border and regional collaboration, further reducing costs to individual authorities and enabling data sharing. Moving the entire system to an online environment enables authorised users to access powerful analytical tools from any PC, not just those with desktop software pre-installed. Data are made available to all members of the relevant road safety partnership, including the latest collision and casualty figures as soon as they are released in the system.
Cloud computing represents a radical change in the way organisations use and pay for ICT. Instead of hosting applications and data on an individual desktop computer, everything is hosted in the “cloud” – a collection of computers and servers accessed securely via the internet or a private network. With the UK Government committed to expanding the use of cloud technologies in the public sector, authorities are increasingly planning a future free from the constraints of local IT infrastructures, and are considering how this new way of working provides opportunities for collaboration with partners.
TRL is hosting Innovations in Collision Mapping and Analysis on Tuesday 19 March 2013 at its headquarters in Berkshire to showcase the potential for cost saving and collaboration as well as the extensive features of MAAPcloud. The event is open to road safety professionals who want to learn about national and international developments in spatial analysis techniques including route analysis, residency analysis and the potential offered by open data sources. Attendance is free and places will be allocated on a strictly first-come-first-served basis. To register for the event and to learn more about MAAPcloud, visit the website www.maapcloud.co.uk