The city in analysis

The city in analysis

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Portland is set to try out a simulated city tool to boost its transport capabilities. The US metro will use Sidewalk Labs’ Replica smart city solution so that public agencies can get a better understanding of urban movement patterns.

Three Portland agencies will pilot the project for a year for around $500k. Then they can choose to buy a 12-month Replica subscription for 12 cents per resident.

The tool uses de-identified mobile location data to give planning agencies insight into how, when, and why people travel in urban areas.

“Replica provides a full set of baseline travel measures that are very difficult to gather and maintain today, including the total number of people on a highway or local street network, what mode they’re using (car, transit, bike, or foot), and their trip purpose (commuting to work, going shopping, heading to school),” says Sidewalk Labs.

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