New York media is showing signs of being in anticipation of its coming bike share and city wayfinding system. T-Kartor is well underway with the rollout of map information products:
We are pleased to announce that in the last 6 months T-Kartor have further expanded their operations in both the UK and USA.
During March 2013, staff who were based at the existing London office in Chiswick moved into a larger studio space near to Kennington Park, SW9. At the new accommodation they are enjoying an expanded working environment including a breakout area for meetings and are looking forward to increasing the team in the near future. This compliments T-Kartor’s second UK office that was opened in Sheffield at the end of 2012 to serve customers in the Midlands, north of England and beyond.
At the same time our New York office has moved to larger premises in Brooklyn as the team expands and the first large production phase begins.
During March T-Kartor were in Mechelen, Belgium for a workshop on Social Media in Public Transport. The event, run by the UITP (International Association of Public Transport) was held at the Lamot Congres Center in the city and featured a number of presentations from, amongst others Transport for London, Translink, DeLijn and RATP. There was also plenty of opportunity for debate with round table discussions and breakout sessions.
With a distinctly European flavour, delegates from 18 countries attended talks on subjects including:
- what social media can add to marketing
- creating relevance
- keeping transport systems moving using social media
- best practice examples
It was interesting to hear how public transport companies and authorities use social media channels for a variety of purposes, mainly:
- directly engaging with individual users for customer experience purposes
- engaging with followers and groups for marketing and communication purposes
- utilising the channels for service information
The last point here was especially relevant for T-Kartor who work with the integration of information systems. For example, having the ability to report vandalism at a bus stop via twitter from an existing product such as an online map positively exploits the immediacy of social media.
Transport for London has a good approach to social media use, with twitter feeds available for individual lines and also particular aspects of traveling such as Oyster Cards. Their main rule is to ‘tweet by exception‘ whereby communication is kept to a minimum unless there is an issue with a service. Users have also been canvassed through Twitter to respond to surveys, one result being that 50% of customers check these channels prior to their journey.
It was an enlightening and educational event and a good opportunity to meet with others working in the industry. In keeping with the public transport theme our representative travelled all the way there and back by train; from Sheffield to Mechelen via London St Pancras and Brussels… which was quicker than flying!
T-Kartor Group have social media accounts with:
LinkedIn // se.linkedin.com/pub/t-kartor-group/66/687/157/
Twitter // @TKartorGroup
Kartdagarna, Elmia, Sweden 19 March 16:00-16:40
T-Kartor will be at ‘Kartdagarna’ map conference in Elmia, Sweden to describe our solution for Södertörn’s municipal GIS needs. This will be achieved using a web hosted system based on newly developed GeoBas 2013 (desktop GIS) and Apollo (geospatial catalogue server).
In addition we will show real time laser processing (integrated 2D and 3D) in IMAGINE. In relation to these will compare our GIS solution for Falun municipality.
Presentation by: Andreas Oxenstierna
Exhibitors: T-Kartor, local B6
During the past year, T-Kartor and its partners within the PentaCityGroup have developed system specifications and a detailed digital cartographic landscape for the City of New York. The purpose-designed system of signage and mapping will soon be hitting the New York streets in both the CityBike bike sharing system (http://www.citibikenyc.com/) and a new pedestrian Wayfinding System to be rolled out during 2013.
A unified approach to wayfinding signage and mapping, coordinated with public transport information, has proven enormously effective in London, and New York is looking forward to similar success with its system. (http://www.planetizen.com/node/60245).
The Future Defence & Security Exhibition focuses on products and services produced for homeland defence and world peacekeeping. Seminars and debates will link businesses within the trade.
Erik Körling from T-Kartor is to present ‘Readiness and rapid response in an interoperable situation’. He will show examples of T-Kartor’s work with NATO countries using the T-Kartor Cartographic Production System. CPS applies the concept of a one-feature/one-time database that is maintained consistently, source agnostic, and with the ability to render a multitude of outputs (products) on demand and at various scales.
FDS Exhibition, 27-29 Nov 2012, Stockholmsmässan, Sweden
Among ten nominees, Transport for London (TfL) and T-Kartor were named the winners of the 2012 UK National Transport Award for Excellence in Technology at the prestigious awards ceremony in London on 11 October. The event is a showcase for best practice in the UK transport industry and celebrates success.
In London, around 27 million journeys are made each day on the vast network of buses, subways, trams and ferries. Together with the Legible London pedestrian wayfinding system and Barclays Cycle Hire, all public transport is now sewn together by a consistent information strategy anchored by the Legible London mapping database. This encourages shorter journeys to be taken by foot or bike, assists better decisions at stations and stops and empowers residents and visitors alike to better understand how to navigate London.
T-Kartor focus on the power of maps in creating innovative, world-class information solutions based on designed digital cartographic landscapes. These data assets are scalable, support a wide range of print and digital products and are built to seamlessly integrate with other data services. The Legible London mapping database covers 1,600 km2, contains over 50 million data objects and serves around 30,000 transport nodes with up-to-date maps at several different scales.