We want to be as vibrant and multi-faceted a community as possible.
You may be a data owner, looking to improve the quality and reliability of your services as perceived by travellers. For instance by leveraging a trip planner app for your region to provide up-to-date departure and route information on public transport. Ultimately you want to retain them, increase their loyalty and be a viable alternative to more travellers for more of their kilometers travelled.
The open availability and continuous improvement of your actual source data is highly relevant to parties in the chain behind you, for the innovation and functional improvement of travel information products and services.
Perhaps you’re a content broker, such as the providers of the NDOV (national database public transport information) who participate in Plannerstack already, the BAG (Key Registers for Addresses and Buildings) or the Handelsregister (register of Chamber of Commerce), looking for ways for your data provide added value to travellers, consumers, organisations and society.
You could be a content aggregator who has come up with a way to aggregate, validate and process different data sources, delivered in their own standards, into standardised feeds (now available already. e.g. are GTFS, GTFS-RT and KV78turbo, IF+ARNU) that offer added value as input for application integrators on the next layer.
Or you yourself might be one of these application integrators, who’s come up with a smart service that other (application) service or app providers are keen to use for their solutions.
And last, but not least, you may be a service or app provider, who’s created a solution and/or found a market that could result in tens of thousands of travellers receiving better, more personalised information, making smarter choices, being more mobile or spending their time more efficiently.
All member are considered and eligible for projects for which funds are utilised by or through Plannerstack for the realisation of its objectives;
Bliksem Integration is a new open source transit data integration platform for timetables and real-time data. The toolkit consists of an ETL layer capable of extracting data from national standards into a normalised, versioned database. This database can be transformed into virtually any transmodel-based concept such as GTFS or a NeTEx profile of choice. Using the stored schedules and punctuality information we also provide a GTFS Real-Time (GTFS-RT) feed.
In this article Bliksem Labs provides you with the insights to set-up the system for the geographic region of The Netherlands. Future articles will cover, among other things, setting up a GTFS-RT producer and a quick tutorial on how timetables can be built quickly by hand for situations in which open data isn't available, and crowd sourcing is.
Another example: static trip planning engines have been available for quite some time, where dynamic trip planning is a completely different cup of tea. Together with the international community and the core team behind OpenTripPlanner, leveraging dynamic timetable algorithms, we took the leap into dynamic trip planning by modifying this open source solution. And in the process we were able to incorporate extensive features and tools for analysis and urban planning.
Dynamic trip planning is awesome for the specific moment in time when a trip is requested. However the world is always on the move, and therefor trips change. Also, most trips are made by commuters, who typically do not request their trip information before they leave but are deeply frustrated when delays occur. For this, within Plannerstack, we developed trip monitoring technology: tools to not only request a specific trip in time, but also to enable you to subscribe to all the relevant data feeds in order to receive automated last minute updates about relevant changes in your trips.
We have no doubt you can think of many more examples. Perhaps you represent a few yourself and offer additional solutions. No matter who you are and who might be an ideal partner in the chain for you to collaborate with, you can find them and we want them to find you through Plannerstack. We are always looking for additional existing and potential members and partners to combine strengths and help raise the bar. Will you come and join us and make us stronger, together?
We love Google, what’s not to love! Serving the web, and our geocoders, for quite a few years. Especially Google’s generic geocoding results fit the bill. However, for more detailed requests, we found it was often better to be able to integrate open, high quality, official data sources. Just think of publicly availably building and address registrations straight from the Dutch Land Registry Office, already bought and paid for by tax payers. Or address information of local businesses directly connected to the chamber of commerce. The combination of these, enhanced with data on stops and stations, is now offered through the BAG42 service. The ultimate goal of BAG42 is to be a Linked Open Data Geocoding service for (public) transport data, chamber of commerce data and building and address data.
Members have the opportunity, on a case by case basis, to execute consultancy activities for Plannerstack. These activities are focused on strategy and implementation services for governments, transport providers, and non-governmental organizations interested in building the next generation of open transport technology, with a particular emphasis on sustainable transport modes and the smarter use of existing transport and data infrastructure.
The project Open Parkeerdata (Open Parking Data), initiated by the Dutch Department of Infrastructure and the Environment (Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Milieu) aims to provide a standardised platform for open public static and dynamic parking data. The objective is to offer an alternative to the growing, highly decentralised and thus inefficient current situation of huge non-transparency and differentiation in standards, licenses, contracts, and service levels.
The purpose of this data catalogue was to offer a centralised web service to request and receive parking data for app and service providers. Plannerstack was requested to carry out both a technical and a conceptual analysis of this project.
An important insight gained during the process was that, although offering a catalogue may seem relevant and is complex enough in itself, an important step was not being taken: the actual collecting of the data and standardising of licenses. Without this, service and app providers would still need to cooperate and reach individual agreements with over 300 (!) different municipalities and parking operators in order to offer relevant services, for instance with national geographic coverage.
This insight has been used to adjust the scope and further development of this project, no doubt saving all parties involved valuable time and energy.
Department of Infrastructure and the Environment
We all deal with delays every day. Roads are congested, we can’t find a parking space or we miss our connecting bus, tram, metro or train. It’s time to deploy data in a smarter way and thus make better use of our infrastructure.
Only if we organise the mobility and travel information chain in a smart and open manner, will continuous innovation be able to take place, serving travellers and society. Government and private sector need to work together on a well-functioning supply chain. In determining the rules and the playing field the government has an important role to play. By making resources and the necessary infrastructure available and accessible, but also in ensuring security and privacy.
If we work together on building this open chain, tailored travel information will soon be as common as running hot and cold water. To stimulate this approach and enable easy communication between government and the private sector, the Department of Infrastructure and the Environment’s Optimising Use programme (Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Milieu/Beter Benutten) asked Plannerstack to co-produce this illustrative animation.
Due to the increased need among travellers for reliable dynamic and real-time travel information, the RET (Public Transport Operator in the Rotterdam region) encountered issues regarding the quality of the real-time data provided to the public.
In order to improve this data at the source, instead of patching it along the way, RET asked Plannerstack to executed an analysis which we carried out as follows:
At first a quantitative analysis was executed in order to identify indicators like stop place punctuality, waiting times, etcetera. For this analysis a ‘full chain’ scan needed to be performed, starting a the source (RET), following conversion steps to standard data feeds such as GTFS, KV78Turbo and KV6, ending with actual ‘street tests’ based on the test versions of the RET applications.
Due to this analysis clear opportunities for improvements were found, which resulted in a project to improve the data by complying to standards, enriching data and switching to different conversion tools. The results of this are currently being used in the RET real time App (iOS & Android) and published under an open license via the Dutch Data Warehouse Public Transport (NDOV).
Plannerstack is a community of individuals, organisations and companies who share a common goal: to provide the traveler with high quality and open services, ultimately decreasing the threshold and increasing the accessibility of public transport and mobility in the broadest sense.
We have organised ourselves in Plannerstack Foundation, where we guard and pursue this common goal with our shared interests and views as a starting point:
Our stated goal is to bootstrap an open, multimodal and real-time trip planning and mobility ecosystem, enabling any and all interested parties to develop and offer plug & play, dynamic and multimodal travel information services and applications. This also includes other (commercial) services springing up on the different layers, e.g. multiple specialised API and data compatible trip planning engines, and their respective hosting services.
We accomplish this by starting with off the shelf components on the different layers of the stack. We optimise or adjust these for the actual situation and enrich them where required with documentation, tools, libraries, applications & showcase(s) to make them available under an open license. And building on this, we enrich the ecosystem further.
With this stack model, we at Plannerstack aim at preventing everyone from reinventing the wheel and at helping and stimulating each other to raise the bar gradually, and thereby provide increasingly effective and intuitive services to travellers.
Plannerstack is a community of individuals, organisations and companies who share a common goal: to provide the traveler with high quality and open services, ultimately decreasing the threshold and increasing the accessibility of public transport and mobility in the broadest sense. We have organised ourselves in Plannerstack Foundation, where we guard and pursue this common goal with our shared interests and views as a starting point: