Oct 5, 2021

A busy summer of product updates for cities and urban planners

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Kenny Durell

Data Engineer

This summer, Coord rolled out a host of product updates and improvements to better serve all of our users, from delivery drivers to city parking managers to urban planners. In this blog post, we’ll go through a few of the highlights for our city and urban planning customers.

 

Look out for an update on our fleet and driver product enhancements in the coming weeks!

 

Adding vehicle types to occupancy data collections

The Coord Collector mobile app provides a quick and easy way to collect curb asset and occupancy/turnover data using just an iPad or an iPhone.  For urban planners and cities, it can be important to understand not just the presence and turnover rate of vehicles, but also the type of vehicle in a given space. For example, knowing whether private vehicles, commercial vehicles or some other vehicle type typically occupy loading zones in a certain part of a town at a certain time of day provides important detail to inform how to allocate and regulate curb space. To support this type of analysis, Coord has added an additional multi-select option for vehicle type, allowing users to both quickly identify the presence of a vehicle and whether it is commercial, police or other/private. 

 

Step 1 in occupancy collection:

Capture image of vehicle, with license plate visible, on a curb. 

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Step 2 in occupancy collection:

Classify the vehicle as commercial, police or other/private.

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Additional export options for occupancy data

Whether curb occupancy data have been collected using the Coord Collector mobile app or imported from another data source, they are easy to visualize and interpret in Coord’s web-based analytics tool. 

 

Occupancy data displayed in the Coord web app

 

To enable analysis of curb data outside the Coord platform (e.g., in Excel or ESRI products), Coord has long supported export of all regulations and assets, and summary occupancy data, as GeoJSON and Shapefiles.  To build upon this, and as part of providing enhanced occupancy collection capabilities and analyses, we’ve added a raw export option for occupancy data in the Coord web app, allowing urban planners to see each vehicle, and any information collected about it, as a separate row in a CSV. 

 

Occupancy data export options in the Coord web app

 

Temporary and holiday changes in Smart Zones

One of the key advantages of managing curb space using Smart Zones is flexibility.  Construction, street fairs, open streets…the list of possible reasons for a street closure or a change to curb access is long, and only increasing, as cities and businesses think of new, imaginative ways to use curb and streetspace. Recognizing this, we’ve expanded the options for Smart Zone closures and changes in the Coord web app.

 

City curb managers can now pre-plan when temporary Smart Zone closures or size reductions will go into effect. This simple change of Smart Zone hours/size, made in the Coord web app on your desktop, then flows through at the right time to the Coord Driver mobile app or an integrated third-party app.  Drivers will know any limitations on Smart Zones availability before they arrive on scene, making it easier to find an alternative.




Temporary change options in the Coord web app

 

Along with closing and adjusting the size of Smart Zones, many cities follow a holiday schedule for parking and loading zones during city holidays (e.g., Labor Day, Christmas Eve). A holiday schedule typically means shifting these zones’ rules and rates to what they would be on a Saturday or Sunday, which are typically free or discounted days. 

 

To seamlessly schedule these holidays for Smart Zones, we’ve added in a “Holidays” tab in the Coord web app, where cities can enter in dates of upcoming holidays and select the regulations they’d like to apply to Smart Zones on that date. These rate changes will then appear, as scheduled, in the Coord Driver app, allowing drivers to book and pay for Smart Zones based on the adjusted rates. 

 

Holiday date scheduling and rate selection in the Coord web app

 


 

We appreciate all of the feedback we’ve received from drivers, fleets and cities and alike. We’re always working to make our products better serve our customers, and in turn, make loading activities safer and more efficient in cities across the world.

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Kenny Durell

Data Engineer

Kenny is a data engineer at Coord. In a prior work life, Kenny was the first hire at MightyHive, an advertising consulting firm, helping build out the account management team and the company’s first bid optimization products. When not at work, Kenny enjoys discovering new bands, running in new cities and learning new languages.