Esri adds HERE real-time traffic

July 10, 2013

Esri will be adding real-time traffic information from HERE, a Nokia business unit. Esri provides geographic information system (GIS) mapping software used by enterprise and government fleet management companies.

Esri said HERE Traffic will allow it to enhance its web and cloud location platform with more precise location data for intelligent routing. Fleet operators will be able to better manage problems as they occur in real time, re-routing fleets when traffic unexpectedly hits, and providing alerts when pickup or delivery delays occur.  

“For 10 years, Esri and HERE have had the shared common goal of enhancing safety and increasing the efficiency of fleet operations by offering the most accurate transportation information on more roads than any other provider across the world,” said Chris Cappelli, director of sales at Esri. “Launching real-time traffic from HERE on Esri’s platform for our ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS for Transportation Analytics software products will offer a deeper level of logistic and analytic capabilities for enterprise and government fleet companies.”

HERE uses both commercial and consumer probe data, a fixed proprietary sensor network, event-based data collected from government and commercial sources, and billions of historical traffic records to compile its real-time traffic data.

“Dependable real-time traffic information is crucial to improving fleet operations strategy today and for the long-term,” said Roy Kolstad, vice president for mobile, web and enterprise in North America at HERE. “Our traffic offering will complement HERE map content, which Esri has been using for a decade. Through this combination of traffic and map content, Esri will be able to offer a richer location-based analytics offering that will help businesses make more informed decisions.”

HERE said it processes 20 billion real-time GPS probe points a month, with almost half of all the data less than 1 minute old and more than three-fourths less than 5 minutes old.

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