SmartPath

hand holding mobile phone, showing path with street lights.  Background is a street at night time
Team Name: 
SmartPath

SmartPath - take a walk on the smart side with SmartPath, the smarter way to get from A to B

Project Description:​​​​​​​

To create an app for the people of Geelong that encourages them to walk more often by specifically finding walking paths that eliminate factors that are barriers to making the decision to walk.

Data story

SmartPath takes a user’s local data, such as location, time of day and the ambient light detected by their device, and combines it weather data from the Bureau of Meteorology in order to determine situations that could affect ideal walking conditions.

SmartPath then utilises a variety of datasets from the City of Greater Geelong such as location, time of day and the ambient light detected by their device, and combines it weather data from the Bureau of Meteorology creating a dense understanding of the local environment to make smart decisions about how to get from A to B that minimises situations that could affect ideal walking conditions.

  • the path with the most shade on a hot day, influenced by predicted shadows based on nearby building heights, and
  • the number and type of nearby trees or
  • a path at night with the most street lights, influenced by the number, type and lamp angle of Powercor street lights

People in smart cities deserve to walk smarter paths, and with the City of Greater Geelong boasting over 118 open datasets, Geelong is clearly the smartest city in Australia and deserves: SmartPath. With more datasets and Siri integration coming in iOS 10, the future of smart cities with SmartPath are endless.

Why this app is needed

  1. Walking has health benefits
  2. Walking is fun
  3. Walking relieves the pressure on more expensive infrastructure
  4. Walking results in people interacting with their environment and with other people, increasing social cohesion and connection to place

Why this app will be used

  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics data from 2012 shows that walking for exercise was the most popular physical recreational activity, with females almost twice as likely to walk for exercise than males.
  2. In the City of Greater Geelong in 2011, over 2800 people walked to work with trends indicating a steady increase.
  3. Existing mapping applications get you from A to B taking the fastest or shortest path, but when you’re walking around a city, that’s not always ideal.
  4. Increasingly people want to reduce their environmental impact and will seek simple ways to do this
Region: 
Team Prize Details: 
Deakin University and RMIT
Used Datasets: 
Dataset Name: 
Water, Power and Electricity Usage - City of Greater GeelongWater, Power and Electricity Usage - City of Greater Geelong
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
City of Greater Geelong
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Local Government
Dataset Name: 
Footpath Accessibility - Central Geelong
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
City of Greater Geelong
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Local Government
Dataset Name: 
Trees - City of Greater Geelong
Dataset Name: 
Water, Power and Electricity Usage - City of Greater Geelong
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
City of Greater Geelong
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Local Government
Dataset Name: 
People who walked to work
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
Atlas id
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
Evidence of walking as a routine activity of Geelong residents Indication of who would use SmartPath. Suburbs where SmartPath could be promoted to increase walking
Dataset Name: 
Car Nation
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
ABS
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Australian Government
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
THE SOCIAL COSTS OF OWNING AND USING A PASSENGER VEHICLE Despite the benefits which owning and using passenger vehicles can bring to Australians, such as the ability to gain employment further afield, to see family and friends, and engage in social and cultural activities, there are implications to wide-spread passenger vehicle use in Australia. It has the potential for social and environmental impacts such as road safety issues, environmental degradation, and social disorder.(Endnote 5)
Dataset Name: 
Participation in sport and physical recreation
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
ABS
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Australian Government
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
Identify age groups that often walk for recreation and might use the app Identify groups who don't often walk for recreation in order to inform marketing strategies to make walking more attractive and fun INFO: Walking for exercise was the most popular physical recreational activity, with 24% of the population walking for exercise at least once in the 12 months prior to interview. Females were almost twice as likely to walk for exercise than males (30% and 17% respectively). Participation rates for walking for exercise were highest for persons aged 55–64 years (36%), and lowest for persons aged 15–17 years (6.3%).
Dataset Name: 
Active transport - walking and cycling
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
Dept Infrastructure and Regional Development
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Australian Government
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
Evidence as to why this app will add value to the community generally, even if it doesn't get a specific individual to walk more Many people walk to local destinations such as shops, cafes, parks or the post office. Others walk on a daily basis to their school or workplace. Most public transport journeys start and end with a walk from the bus stop or train station to the final destination. Riding a bicycle is becoming increasingly popular as a form of transport. These modes of travel are sometimes referred to as ‘active travel’, or ‘active transport’. While, for some people, these terms imply an aspect of healthy living, active forms of transport offer a broad range of benefits. Getting more people walking and riding results in: increased capacity, and reduced congestion, in the overall transport network reduced environmental impacts improved public health and reduced healthcare costs improved community wellbeing and social cohesion. The Australian Government supports measures to increase all aspects of active transport in Australian communities. It plays a key role in supporting strategic initiatives that enable delivery of physical activity policies, safety measures and infrastructure initiatives that support walking and cycling. Even a relatively small increase in the mode share of active travel can lead to positive outcomes for the transport system, the environment, health and liveability.
Dataset Name: 
Walking to work in Sydney: analysis of journey-to-work Census data from 2001 to 2011
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
Sydney University
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
Cites research that shows that the built environment is particularly important for walking. Suggests that if app able to leverage the benefits of the built environment (lights, buildings etc) then will be able to have a positive impact on walking behaviours.
Event Location: 
Geelong