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Jätkäsaari street view
Photo: Aamos Kantola

Open data

Jätkäsaari pilot data

 

Traffic situational picture

Traffic situational picture solution developed by Infotripla integrates data from several sources, including vehicle calculation sensors, to provide tools and increased awareness for traffic management to address traffic peaks resulting from the arriving ferries. Related open data and APIs are available at https://helsinki.liikennenyt.fi/opendata/.

Data includes:

•   Incident and roadwork information
•   Route suggestions out from the harbour
•   Port vehicle data

 

Jätkäsaari Smart Junction

Jätkäsaari Smart Junction project produces data on traffic fluency through cameras and radars installed at the bottleneck intersection of Mechelininkatu/Hietalahdenkatu and Jätkäsaarenlaituri. This data feeds to further research on possibilities to improve traffic fluency with the help of traffic signal optimization based on the application of AI.

(API to be added)

Data from the junctions includes:

•   Lane-specific vehicle counts
•   Travel times
•   Stops

 

Data in the Jätkäsaari area (West Harbour)

You can find a detailed report done in the NSB CoRe project in 2017 regarding the Helsinki West Harbour Data and Interfaces here. The inventoried data and APIs cover both static and dynamic sources.

Mobility related data in Helsinki and beyond

Traffic research and statistics in Helsinki

The Transport and Traffic Planning Division monitors the development of traffic in Helsinki. The division calculates vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic numbers annually to be utilized in planning.  Information on the monitored data and statistics can be found here (in Finnish).

Pedestrian and cyclist counter
Pedestrian and cyclist counters (link to view)

Helsinki Region Infoshare (regional)

Helsinki Region Infoshare aims to make regional information easily accessible to all. It is a web service providing access to open data sources in the Helsinki Region (Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen). Much of the data is statistical in nature, covering topics such as transport, housing, constructed environment, maps, economy, population and much more. The data can be used by citizens, businesses, universities, academies, research facilities or municipal administration. The data is available for free at: https://hri.fi/en_gb/

Examples of mobility-related data sources;

Public transportation
•    Schedules, routes, real-time information,…
Parking
•    Parking payment zones
•    Residential and corporate parking zones in Helsinki
•    Tourist traffic stops and parking places in Helsinki
•    Real-time parking usage data (from parking ticket machines and mobile payment operators)
•    Parking violations issued
Safety
•    Pedestrian slip warnings
•    Statistics on traffic accidents
Emissions
•    Traffic and industry noise zones
Urban environment
•    3D city model, 3D buildings and lidar datasets of the city
•    Road map (roads, sidewalks, pedestrian crossings, paths etc)
•    Crossings with traffic lights
•    Prioritised winter maintenance network for pedestrians and cyclists
Activities
•    Nature trails and nature information (e.g. conservation areas)
Traffic volume
•    Statistics on e.g. traffic volumes, number of cyclists

 

Digiroad (national)

Digiroad (https://vayla.fi/web/en/open-data/digiroad) is a database that provides comprehensive and up-to-date information of the Finnish road and street network. It includes the road geometry and road attribute data. The data is available free of charge and can be used for development and commercialization of transport and mobility services.

Digitraffic (national)

Digitraffic (https://www.digitraffic.fi/en/) provides REST/JSON and WebSocket APIs for road, rail and marine traffic information.

The open data APIs include, for example:

Road traffic (https://www.digitraffic.fi/en/road-traffic/):

•   Traffic Measurement System data (450+ measuring stations)
•   Current free flow speeds
•   Traffic disorders
•    Weight restrictions
•    Roadworks
•    Road weather stations, cameras and forecasts

 

Rail traffic (https://www.digitraffic.fi/en/railway-traffic/):

•    Routes and schedules
•    Timeliness (real-time and historical)
•    Train locations
•    Train composition (wagons, locomotives)
•    Services on time

 

Marine traffic (https://www.digitraffic.fi/en/marine-traffic/):

•    Warnings
•    Schedules
•    Vessel location AIS
•    Vessel and harbour metadata

 

Digitransit (regional and national)

Digitransit (https://digitransit.fi/en/) is a journey planning platform available regionally, nationally and as open source code. All interested parties are welcome to contribute in the development of the service.

National Access Point (national)

The Finnish national open transport services catalogue (National Access Point, https://finap.fi/#/), is where transport service providers are obliged to submit essential information on their services via machine-readable interfaces. The catalogue is intended for service developers to find transport service information and interfaces. Using the NAP information does not require registration.

Essential information for transport services (e.g. passenger transport services, stations, ports and terminals, vehicle-for-hire services, shared mobility services) includes, for example:

•    Routes
•    Timetables
•    Opening areas
•    Accessibility information
•    Services times
•    Prices
•    Information about tickets
•    Booking and sales channels, payment methods

 

Air Quality data (local and national)

The Finnish Meteorological Institute offers open data (https://en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi/open-data) on weather and air quality.

University of Helsinki’s MegaSense program enables solutions by gathering and fusing spatially variable gas and particulate measurements from high-end scientific instruments, commercial air quality transmitters, dense low-cost sensor arrays, and consumer wearables. You can find further information about the specific data sets and APIs here.

Helsinki West Harbour
Helsinki West Harbour. Photo: Forum Virium Helsinki