A new dimension
Targeted data analysis enables us to advise customers even better
Our project on the flat root situation in Germany showed how informative, exciting and important data analysis can be. Four members of our Data Analytics team were involved in a Deutsche Bahn hackathon to find out which railway lines are threatened by falling trees in hurricanes. With the help of a series of geodata evaluations, they approached the problem and visualised the findings in valuable graphics. Based on this analysis, vulnerable routes throughout Germany can be worked out, but also the weak points within individual cities can be made visible.
We have always built up our own data bases. However, we are also aware that much of the data from companies and institutions will remain unused if we are not in a better position to exploit this technically. That is why we set up our own Data Analytics team at an early stage. Now, a quarter of our employees work in this area. Our data specialists are involved in all of our projects from the very start. Using raw and customer data, the colleagues generate results and insights that can serve as a basis for developing future strategies.
There is not just much more data and more data sources than in the past, there are also entirely new ways to analyse data. This leads to new insights, different questions and new approaches in consulting. For example, the traffic behaviour of certain individuals can be analysed much more precisely and, of course, a more attractive service for citizens can then be developed.
The data analysts ensure that we can enter a new dimension in terms of quality. Using the latest methods, for example, these specialists are able to break down findings precisely to individual blocks of houses and thus examine assumptions very closely. And in the meantime, the data is also prepared in such a way it can be understood quickly and easily, for example, through web-based presentation.
civity data strategy
The increasing digitalization and the associated permanent and more extensive availability of data of the past years are not only felt by our customers, but also by us in our company. civity is also subject to change processes, is more specialized in its personnel in some areas and pursues a digitization and data strategy that we would like to present here.
Railway infrastructures are susceptible to storm events, as the major autumn storms of recent years have impressively shown. Our Proof of Concept, which won an award at the ITS Hackathon 2017, shows which railway lines are endangered by hurricanes in detail.
Digitisation is transforming almost all sectors of the economy, but it can easily happen that charitable institutions and organisations are overlooked in the digitisation process and thus lose the connection. For the DB Challenge "Location based services 2018", our data team has therefore approached the topic of transfer aids at railway stations.
How do you keep track of your data while at the same time identifying the data that can add value to your business? This is a question that we are exploring in data innovation workshops.
Last Friday and Saturday, our colleagues Johannes Kröger, Andreas Wolf and Achim Tack from the data team took part in this year's ITS Hackathon that was organised as a preparatory event for the ITS World Congress in 2021. The team created a unique new survey of public transport networks that focuses on identifying strategically important network sections.
On the 14th of November, the 9th GeoIT Wherecamp was held at the TU Berlin. The conference focuses on the latest research and insights around GeoIoT, GNSS, digital mapping, (autonomous) mobility and spatial intelligence of the GeoIT domain including industry and academic institutions. Jesse Hinrichsen presented an approach on how to predict movements with geostatic data.
For a month now, stand-up electric scooters have been the talk of the town. Convenient mobility, an addition to public transport or an alternative to the car? Using our evaluations from June, we have analysed supply and demand and have come across even more exciting findings.
The summer's over, but the electric scooters are still here. It’s been around four months since the first e-scooters conquered the cities of Germany. No other means of transport has triggered as much controversial discussion as electric scooters. For some, they were seen as the beginning of a new urban era, for others, an overrated new mobility hype. But the fact is that they are still there, and their numbers have grown.