Roadworks information company Elgin has demonstrated how public event organisers can now provide minute-by-minute updates of road closures and road reopenings to sat-nav services such as Google Maps, by doing a real time demo at the London Marathon.
Using Elgin’s Traffic Management App operating in “Real-Time” mode, traffic management professionals and control room operators are able to signal the precise moment when road closures come into force and when roads are reopened. Elgin says within minutes anyone using Google Maps and other consumer services can see the change reflected on their device, reaching tens of thousands more affected citizens than is often reached by official websites.
The technology was successfully trialled last weekend with over 100 road closures being managed in real-time through Elgin’s technology across a large part of central London.
Elgin adds that the ability to provide real-time updates to consumer services such as Google can greatly reduce the impact of traffic management interventions on the travelling public, commercial road users and local residents.
Along with public events organisers, Elgin plans to roll out its latest real-time technology to Highway Authority streetworks teams and transport authorities over the coming months. Specially trained users will be authorised to manage and publish road closures and other disruptions so that they are updated live on mainstream consumer map services.