Mapping Manchester, from the street up

In a bid to improve our knowledge of the built environment, Ordnance Survey mapping experts have spent the past couple of months out and about collecting more and more location data in the CityVerve area.

We’ve already gathered up plenty of top-level data about the area – did you know that there are 14,759 addresses within the corridor’s 3,164,149.22 square metres?

But to be able to provide benefits to citizens on an individual basis, you need to get down to ground level and start building a picture of the things that occupy our streets.

Keen-eyed observers will have no doubt seen members of our team out and about in Manchester, mapping ‘street furniture’ throughout the corridor area.

This geospatial approach to data gathering consists of collecting information and assigning unique identifiers and rich attribution to features as well as accurate positioning information.

‘Street furniture’ or ‘street-side assets’ can be anything from benches to bus stops, postboxes and road signs – any objects placed or fixed in the street for public use, essentially.

Finding out more about where these objects are along the corridor will build on what we already know about the area, and inform reference architecture for the spatial infrastructure for the CityVerve project.

The more detail we have about the space we’re operating in, the more accurate the IoT services can be.

For example, detailed information about the location, height and geometry of street lighting could aid the deployment of air quality or other sensors. Additionally, knowing where every bollard is will aid cycling routes or the visually impaired, and understanding the accurate locations of bus stops and other areas where citizens congregate can aid the creation of community solutions.

Further down the line, we’ll be able to make some of this information available to other innovators in the area who want to develop new services and solutions to be used by the people living and working in the corridor.

Ultimately, as with everything we’re doing for CityVerve, this is about contributing to the creation of a smarter, more innovative and inspiring Manchester – from the ground up.

December 20, 2016 in News

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