Helping Cities Across the US to Understand Their Streets: Unveiling our Partnership with IWorQ
We rolled out an extension of our partnerships program earlier this year to help local governments and others to speed up their asset management processes and cut costs by using computer vision technology. This is particularly pressing for small GIS shops. GIS departments in smaller local governments often consist of just one person who is tasked with everything from undertaking inventories to staying on top of street asset management. Time and money are usually scarce, so cutting costs and streamlining processes can have a big impact on a small organization.
That’s why we’re so happy to announce our latest partnership. By partnering with IWorQ, the cloud-based software provider that helps more than 1300 US municipalities to manage their assets, we will together help municipalities across the US to capture street-level imagery and understand it through Mapillary’s computer vision technology. The partnership will help the municipalities that are already tied to IWorQ to build a comprehensive asset inventory at a fast turn-around time and at a low cost.
IWorQ has already helped numerous of their city customers to capture imagery, but introducing Mapillary as part of their workflow means that the municipalities get more data out of the imagery, the imagery is anonymized, and they can integrate the Mapillary viewer directly into their asset management system. And, of course, the imagery and the data is available and viewable to everyone in the organization and beyond.
Garyn Perett is the CEO of IWorQ and oversees the services provided to IWorQ’s city customers: “Imagery is an important asset for cities who need to know what their streets physically look like. Having access to a catalogue of street-level imagery allows cities to spend less time on field visits and asset management, and adding computer vision brings even more intelligence to the imagery. Partnering with Mapillary allows us to provide an even better service to our customers.”
As part of the partnership, IWorQ will capture high-quality and geotagged 360-degree, panoramic images of streets across many parts of the US. They will capture imagery using the Trimble MX7 system, and the imagery and the data will be available on the Mapillary platform within 24 hours of uploading. All faces and license plates are anonymized, while map features ranging from traffic signs and line markings to lamp and utility poles are detected and positioned on the map.
The municipalities can analyze the imagery through the Mapillary viewer integration while accessing the comprehensive asset inventory through IWorQ’s Public Works Management System. This will help the city or county to manage and visualize asset conditions, conduct maintenance work, and monitor all costs and activities associated with public street assets.
Our partnership with IWorQ will help more cities than ever before to understand their streets, and allow them to improve decision-making as a result. If you want to know more, send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
/Muthu, GIS Technical Sales Manager