Incident data from the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office’s dispatching system is being provided directly to Waze, the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app, in hopes of reducing traffic congestion.
Loudoun is among the first Virginia jurisdictions to participate in the Waze Connected Citizens Program.
“Traffic is a significant concern in the county,” stated Sheriff Mike Chapman in announcing the program Tuesday. “Partnering with Waze will not only provide motorists traffic incident information in real-time, but also the ability to find alternate routes for their daily commutes.”
The dispatching data will be displayed in the Waze app and the service’s online live map as “Reported by LoudounCoSO.” The information will provide motorists who use Waze with real-time traffic incident information and help them circumvent road closures and traffic jams. In addition, Waze will provide traffic data to the county that can be used for mapping and analysis.
Loudoun’s participation was made possible through the county government’s Geographical Information System that provides the ability to share data and web applications securely with external agencies and organizations such as Waze. To learn more about how the system works and for links to the app, view the Waze story map.
The county’s GIS team has been pushing to find new and helpful uses for the data collected in the mapping system and additional applications are expected to roll out in the coming months. To see the currently available applications, go to loudoun.gov/GeoHub.