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25 November 2009

Mott MacDonald hops to it with first application for iPhone

Mott MacDonald’s transport technology experts have developed the consultancy’s first ever application for iPhone, iHop>2, which provides road users with real-time traffic and travel information in England and Scotland while on the move.

With roots in existing web-based traffic and travel information systems designed by Mott MacDonald, iHop>2 has been especially tailored for the iPhone to give users quick and easy access to both national and local information about road works, accidents and incidents that will affect their journey. It also provides a platform to view Variable Message Sign (VMS) messages and offers a live view of car parking availability.*

Mott MacDonald’s project manager, Fraser Macdonald explained, “Our experience of developing real-time traffic and travel website solutions led us to look at other ways in which this type of data could be used to benefit road-users. We’ve adapted and refined the information for easy use through iHop>2 on the iPhone and hope that commuters’ journeys will be made easier as a result.”

Traffic and travel data is presented using a full Google map of the UK, with information tailored to users’ locations using iPhone’s geographical positioning system (GPS).

Fraser continued, “The project represents a significant technological achievement for our transport technology team, and further demonstrates the diverse solutions we are able to provide to our clients.”

Mott MacDonald continues to work with a number of national organisations and local authorities around the UK to develop the application and offer more comprehensive data, including information for Wales, further local car park information and events, and local and national CCTV coverage. Train station and airport arrivals and departures information is also being developed for future use in the application.

iHop>2 uses the same concept and data as Mott MacDonald’s real-time travel information website, www.hop2.info, which is a free service available to the public. Behind both iHop>2 and hop>2 lies the UK’s first national UTMC common database, based on Mott MacDonald's Common Data Management Facility.


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