An app that allows users to visualise the UK’s kerbside restrictions and amenities so they can better plan their travel is being made available to local authorities thanks to a partnership with Esri UK.
AppyWay, which has has joined Esri’s partner programme, is said to provide accurate and granular digital maps of the kerbside, showing all traffic regulation orders (TROs), such as on-street parking, permit parking, and yellow line restrictions. It covers over 500 towns and cities.
Laura Dean, Esri UK’s partner manager, said: “The new partnership places AppyWay digital kerb data into the hands of those that need it most – the planners, designers, engineers and architects tackling the geographic challenges involved in creating more net-zero places to live.
“Esri UK customers can now take advantage of AppyWay data in their workflows, using it in maps, apps and dashboards. Bringing this intelligence into the ArcGIS system adds critical context to decision making, helping local authorities plan more effectively and create a more sustainable future.”
By replacing traditional paper-based TRO information with a digital version, it’s claimed that AppyWay opens up new ways in which this data can be applied.
By “integrating seamlessly” into Esri’s geospatial applications, it is claimed that data from AppyWay adds another dimension to existing information on street furniture, air quality, tree surveys and roadworks.
Esri says this additional insight will help local authority planning, highways and traffic teams make decisions on how best to use their street space for new sustainable mobility schemes, and meet active travel and net zero targets.
Lambeth Council is one of the first authorities exploring how the new integration will deliver benefits ,and support its Kerbside Strategy and Transport Strategy.
Tom Brown, the council’s spatial information manager, said: “The new partnership – and specifically the dynamic availability of data from AppyWay via Esri UK’s web feature service – allows our organisation to maximise the benefits of accurate kerbside and roadway information.
“[It provides] for a range of ‘business as usual’ and project work, relating to traffic management orders, licensing, road and parking bay closures, controlled parking zones, as well as wider GIS analysis alongside existing geospatial data.
“Crucially, AppyWay’s approach also ensures resources do not have to be devoted to ongoing manual data management, meaning that once established, data is automatically and instantly available to our Esri ArcGIS users across these and any future projects, as well as being deployable in other software platforms.”
Dan Hubert, chief executive and founder of AppyWay, said: “Combining AppyWay’s authoritative kerbside data with Esri’s industry-leading geospatial tools adds significant value, allowing local authorities to unlock the full development potential of the kerb.
“With 55% of UK homes not having a driveway there is increasing pressure placed upon kerbside space. AppyWay data is the ‘digital grease’ for creating new, low carbon on-street services and achieving the optimum ROI for this finite amount of real estate.
“Our partnership with Esri UK means local government can benefit from improved access to kerbside information to make better decisions in their transition to net zero.”
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