Basemap’s new TRACC feature with funding from Innovate UK (Coming Soon) 

 Basemap’s new TRACC feature with funding from Innovate UK (Coming Soon) 

 Basemap’s new TRACC feature with funding from Innovate UK (Coming Soon) 

Last month Basemap put in an application for funding from Innovate UK, the UK‘s innovation agency, to help improve our market leading TRACC software in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  While we know TRACC is being utilised in the NHS, Public Health, local and central government as highlighted in a recent webinar with Ordnance Survey.  We have had feedback that specific elements around access for key workers could be streamlined in TRACC and that this would greatly help customers with their response to COVID-19.  Talking to some customers and their needs an application was submitted under the remit of key workers and public transport routes.  

We heard last week that our application has been successful, so we have now started to implement this feature, there will be a few main elements: 

Route Lines 

TRACC will have the ability to create a bus route line and replace the straight-line distance between stops with actual distances that utilise the road network.  These can then be exported out of TRACC as a Shape file to help easily visualise where the buses go on the network, also how long the route is.  This will be essential for planning of services, especially when looking at the switch to low carbon buses in the future, will also open the possibility for smarter ways to create timetables for new routes. 

Service Popularity 

A new exported report will show how many times a service has been utilised for a journey.  For example, if you load in all the addresses for staff who work at a hospital, you can then see how many times each bus service is used.  This can help when looking at what bus routes are essential to keep open, also as routes and frequencies are increased, this feature will help inform which services are needed to produce a core network for travel accessibility.  This will help to replicate the usage case we showed on a blog last month. 

Specific Origin-Destination Calculations 

This feature will allow a user to import origins and destinations and then produce the calculation just for those pairings.  TRACC will currently calculate the travel times for every origin to every destination, this new feature will allow a specific calculation between one origin and one destination, but from a list which could contain millions of rows.  For example, this feature could then be used to analyse multiple staff from different hospital/work locations but only calculate the travel time to one specific destination, linking staff to a specific worksite but done within one calculation.  This is ideal for enhancing the report output from TRACC. 

 

Work has already started on these new features; we will keep you updated on the progress.  Basemap are also about to release TRACC V1.3.4, so keep your eyes peeled for that announcement in the coming weeks. 

Keziah is the Digital Marketing Executive at Basemap Ltd. She has almost 2 years experience in the digital realm after graduating from the University of Plymouth with a BA in Illustration and a MA in Publishing.