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Monday, July 14, 2008

Traffic Cams Go Mobile

I'm completely fascinated by the idea of traffic webcams.

There's something about sitting at home and watching the roads that I enjoy. And when I'm running late -- like I oftentimes am -- it's nice to pull up a cam to see whether I need to call ahead or not.

There are several services -- TrafficLand, for one -- that let you check out traffic in major cities. And more and more communities are looking for innovative ways to keep their citizens up-to-date on hot spots.

Of course, the real value of a traffic cam doesn't come when you're sitting at home. It comes when you're on the road.

NBC4 has partnered with 3rd Dimension to make its traffic cams available on mobile devices (which comes with its own set of issues) in the Washington, D.C. area. The idea is to push the real-time video out to the people who need it most: commuters.

The idea of geo-located traffic isn't anything new. GPS firms have created national grids the use real-time data and estimated traffic to create very good traffic pattern maps.

Increasingly, though, cities and states are looking for ways to push this information out to mobile devices.

By Brad at 10:34 AM | Comments (2)

(2) Thoughts on Traffic Cams Go Mobile

3rd Dimension has developed the Mobileyes platform, which allows traffic cameras from various state transportation authorities to be seen on mobile devices. Our application is currently available in New York, Houston, LA, Detroit, Knoxville, Indianapolis, Kansas City and Hartford. For more information, go to - from there you'll be able to access this free application (data charges may apply depending on your plan) in any of the markets listed above, with many more to come.

Comments by Eric Joseph : Monday, July 14, 2008 at 03:07 PM

Hey Eric:

Thanks. I'm increasingly interested in what organizations are going to do with mobile gps and cams.

Comments by Brad King : Monday, July 14, 2008 at 03:09 PM

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