By Emily Gerson, Content Marketing Specialist

Many transportation agencies utilize data reports on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis, but there are several problems and limitations with these static reports. Key problems include,

  • usage of historical data, rather than current,
  • time spent on report creation,
  • disinterest in long reports, often leaving them unread, and
  • an inability to manipulate data visualizations easily.

Luckily, in today’s technology-filled world, there is a better alternative with all the benefits and none of the disadvantages: real-time data dashboards. These dashboards are often a feature in innovative cloud-based software, like our platform, NueGOV.

“You can really harness all the data you need and convey it in meaningful ways, without as much time maintaining it,” Justin Healey, Navjoy Project Manager, said.

Once digitized and updated in real-time, reports can then allow your agency to improve at three key things.

Travel time reliability data dashboard1. Understanding trends

As stated, with data so readily available in a cloud-based software system, it can be reviewed and analyzed in a different light. Our interactive dashboards allow users to select what data set they want to look at and combine it with other data sets to see emerging patterns. Once illuminated, problems can be seen and addressed. Then positive results can be noticed and replicated, creating more overall success.

Traffic volume year-to-year comparison chart2. Fostering an environment of innovation.

Catch up to the world of technology our travelers are in. Software with real-time data dashboards provide new data analyzation capabilities, a way to save time, and a new level of convenience that transportation agencies haven’t had before. The ability to manipulate data views and see how different data sets interact can uncover previously unseen problems and provide an opportunity for unique solutions. Additionally, because of the accessibility, data can be viewed anywhere and anytime. Software helps agencies explore and test other key problem-solving alternatives while making data-driven decisions.

Traffic volume line graph3. Forecasting and planning for the future.

Knowing the trends also provides unique forecasting capabilities. Suddenly, you know exactly how long each signal pole has before it needs replacement, and you know which corridors have the most traffic during inclement weather. That knowledge is power. Power to prioritize, power to maximize budget utility, and power to justify your decisions with concrete visual evidence.

Visit our NueGOV page to learn more about real-time dashboards and how you can utilize them in your agency.