Cary Marks Open Data Day by Joining Waze Connected Citizens Program
Two-way data share aims to help drivers in and around Cary while supporting the Town’s commitment to open data
- The Town of Cary is marking Open Data Day by entering into a two-way data exchange program with popular traffic app, Waze.
- Town street closure information will be pushed to Waze and continue to be posted online and on the Town’s social media accounts.
- Partnership improves on the Town’s open data program, in its second year, which includes an open data portal with dozens of datasets available for public consumption.
CARY, NC – With Open Data Day just days away, the Town of Cary is showcasing the latest way it is using open data to solve real-world problems for its citizens: a partnership with popular community-based traffic and navigation app Waze via its Connected Citizens Program. As one of over 100 municipalities worldwide participating in the Connected Citizens Program, the Town of Cary provides real-time government-reported construction, crash and street closure data to Waze. In return, Waze provides the Town of Cary will real-time, anonymous, Waze-generated incident and slow-down information directly from the source—drivers themselves—to create one of the most succinct, thorough overviews of current street conditions. The Waze app is available for free download on Apple and Android devices; citizens can also visit www.townofcary.org for a real-time Waze-generated map of current street conditions.
“Based on results from the most recent Biennial Citizen Satisfaction Survey, we know Cary citizens feel like traffic is one of the top issues facing our community,” said Chief Information Officer Nicole Raimundo. “We saw a meaningful way to connect government data to a consumer-friendly application and believe it will help us all better navigate to our ultimate destination.” Raimundo added that the Waze partnership will start with data feeding from a small number of departments responsible for street closures and gradually ramp up later this year to generate closures from all Town departments.
"No one knows more about what is happening on the roads than Wazers, and the Town of Cary can now harness the power of these insights to improve congestion and make better informed planning decisions,” said Adam Fried, Waze’s new business development manager. “For Wazers, the Town of Cary will provide critical road closure and construction information, helping citizens drive safely and save time on their daily commute."
Exchanging street data with Waze is just one of the many ways the Town of Cary continually strives for transparency through available open data. Launched about a year ago, the Town’s Open Data Portal, found at data.townofcary.org, lists more than two dozen commonly requested datasets to view, map and analyze within the portal, or download for off-site analysis. Datasets available for public consumption focus on topics like crime and safety, development, permits and inspection, and winter weather preparation. Additional datasets are added throughout the year; citizens may request specific datasets via the “Contact Us” tab on the portal.
The Town will continue to celebrate the spirit of open government later this month when it joins municipalities across the country to mark Sunshine Week. For more about the Waze Connected Citizens Program, visit www.waze.com/ccp. Download the free Waze app for iOS or Android at www.waze.com/get. For more on Cary’s open data program, visit data.townofcary.org. For alerts and closures in Cary, visit the Projects and Initiatives section at www.townofcary.org.
Nicole Raimundo, Chief Information Officer, (919) 469-4027
Carrie Roman, Public Information Specialist, (919) 481-5091
Deanna Hawkes, Deputy Public Information Officer, (919) 380-4240