At Stae, we’re excited to be able to help cities manage all their infrastructure more efficiently. The newly launched Stae Civic Intelligence Platform helps government do just that, by easily managing both internal and external data — including new sensor data — all in one place.
Over the past year, one of the areas in which we’ve seen the most interest from cities in terms of managing sensor data is micromobility. As shared bikes and especially e-scooters enter the city right-of-way, cities need tools to understand how to best incorporate these new forms of mobility into the city.
The most effective way to do this is by accessing the sensor data coming from individual micromobility vehicles. Originally developed by the City of Los Angeles, the Mobility Data Specification (MDS) provides a framework for vendors to share some of these data with cities through a standard set of APIs. As MDS has gained traction with cities across the US, the governance of that standard has been moved to a new organization called the Open Mobility Foundation (OMF), of which we are proud to be a founding member.
These data allow cities to proactively monitor public safety, develop an understanding of the required infrastructure needed to support new forms of mobility, and determine whether individual vendors are following the requirements of their permits — all with exponentially fewer staff resources than they would need if they didn’t have access to MDS data.
How the Civic Intelligence Platform Benefits Cities with Micromobility Programs
Because the Civic Intelligence Platform offers a uniquely flexible API-first infrastructure, Stae is uniquely positioned to help cities:
- Manage data from multiple micromobility vendors and other related data in one place
- Generate reports on vehicle counts, ridership, and the most common routes
- Leverage data to support conversations with operators regarding program compliance, neighborhood equity, and safety
- Directly communicate real-time updates, like road closures and changes in service areas to operators using the MDS Agency API standard
- Share data with research partners or other levels of government using secure APIs that require authentication, and
- Aggregate data for release to the public while protecting privacy, using models like that developed by Shared Streets.
The Stae Civic Intelligence Platform is designed to work with nearly any type of civic data, and allows users to build their own customizable dashboards rather than just use a set of stock reports. For example, cities can leverage 311 data to track resident complaints around micromobility; demographic data to track how programs are equitably deployed; or data from transit, roadways, and the curb to better understand how micromobility addresses last-mile mobility needs around transit stops.
Open APIs like those developed under the MDS can empower cities to manage all types of infrastructure across multiple vendors and technologies — including parking, drone traffic, and streetlights. Ultimately, we are excited to help cities ensure that public streets are governed by the public interest, using technology to make sense of all this new data.