The second major phase of the New York City wayfinding system (also called WalkNYC) has rolled out, locating totems with real-time bus information at SBS (Select Bus Service) stations along a new route of this bus rapid transit system.
Select Bus Service is New York City Transit’s new, innovative bus service designed to reduce travel time and increase the level of comfort for customers. The new B44 route running along Nostrand, Rogers and Bedford Avenues in Brooklyn was launched November 2013 and the route will serve 40,000 passengers each day. The improved passenger information provided by the wayfinding totems will be key to providing a user-friendly customer experience and is another step in the ambition to provide a fully joined-up wayfinding solution to pedestrians, cyclists and mass transit users in New York City.
The cartographic map production was lead by T-Kartor, together with a design team including wayfinding specialists CityID and industrial designers Billings Jackson. Graphic designers Pentagram and engineers and project managers RBA Group complete this team. The map production has been trialed at two stops during the fall 2013, with the rest of the route and two further routes (M34 in Midtown Manhattan and M60 out towards the New York LaGuardia airport) to be rolled out during 2014, with graphic artwork produced by T-Kartor.
The DGI Conference brings together heads of geospatial intelligence, remote sensing, GIS data & mapping, satellite imagery and analysis within the military, governmental, and intelligence sectors.
See link here.
In a talk entitled Realising Today’s Foundation GEOINT Requirements, John Fitzgerald, Business Development for T-Kartor, will present how we create maps and charts for U.S. defence and other NATO countries, utilising our CPS technology.
John has worked for T-Kartor since leaving the army two years ago. A former British Army Officer, he has 30 years experience in all aspects of military geography including extensive involvement in operations, intelligence, ISR, systems, and international cooperation. John will be joined by Karen Thomas, former NGA senior as the Director for the Foundation GEOINT Group. Karen currently works for Harris Corporation as their Chief GIS Strategist.
Image: Tony Pearce presents at Mapping Showcase 2013
Image: T-Kartor’s stand at Mainstreaming Smarter Travel (courtesy of Landor Links)
T-Kartor’s City Wayfinding and Transport team have had a busy period on the events circuit of late. During November we gave a talk at the Mapping Showcase event in London – Business Development Manager Tony Pearce spoke to a full house about the benefits of the Legible London mapping database and how it has helped to facilitate modal shift in parallel with TfL’s information strategies. The free event was very well patronised and it was just as well we had three people manning our stand as the flow of attendees was almost continuous.
Then, in early December we headed to the magnificent Manchester Town Hall for the Mainstreaming Smarter Travel event which was attended by over 400 delegates. The conference and exhibition focussed on LSTF and what could be delivered by utilising funding streams for smarter travel. The event included discussions on mapping and information as well as providing ample opportunity to discuss projects and network with those attending including some of our existing customers.
The New York City Wayfinding System has won a 2013 GOOD DESIGN™ Award by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.
GOOD DESIGN is the oldest and world’s most recognised program for design excellence worldwide.
T-Kartor will be appearing at the London Mapping Showcase 2013 at ILEC conference centre, Earls Court, on Thursday 28th November. The event is an all encompassing showcase for technological innovation across the mapping industry.
If you are attending, do come to the T-Kartor stand and say hello.
We will also be exhibiting at the Mainstreaming Smarter Travel event at Manchester Town Hall 3 & 4th December. This event focuses on various applications of LSTF funding in order to bring about sustainable mobility.
Since New York City’s bike share program launched in late May, its popularity has skyrocketed – Read the studies here.
The maps built in to the New York Citi Bike scheme come from the same system as the New York pedestrian wayfinding signage launched earlier this year. The mapping information system feeds multiple product types from a single core basemap, a system built and maintained by T-Kartor.
It is the end of a superb Swedish summer and time for T-Kartor’s yearly conference at the nearby beach resort of Åhus.
We are pleased to host a visit from the USA – Vincent Smith, Intergraph’s product manager for GeoMedia. Vincent will be presenting product news and technology trends, and using the opportunity to gather user feedback. Specialist sessions will be available to share tips and tricks, and Erdas Imagine expert Timo Ikola will be here from T-Kartor Finland to present news from the world of geospatial imagery.
T-Kartor will be launching a new modular extension of the CPS cartographic production system, a system which has been at the core of T-Kartor production methods for the past 20 years. We will also be highlighting exciting new web portal and cloud solutions based on CPS and Erdas Apollo, and sharing case studies showing all of the above currently in operation with our customers.