T-Kartor have been credited with the design of the Bus Spider Map, cited among TfL’s top 100 design icons. (Click link and see item 58).
While we cannot possibly take all the credit, we have contributed much to the design since the maps were first conceived and have supplied TfL with more than 350 ’Bus Spiders’ in the past 15 years.
The concept of the Bus Spider map is unbeatable in its simplicity. Rather than show all the complex bus routes in a given area, the routes available from a small hub of stops are displayed in a schematic diagram allowing graphic simplicity and balance. The popularity of the Bus Spider map has since spread to many other cities around the world, see some of our example designs below.
At T-Kartor we are always looking for ways to save money for our customers while at the same time improving quality. As part of a suite of software creating automated transport information for South Yorkshire PTE, we developed a semi-automated Bus Spider module. Automated processes reduced production times from 3 days to 3 hours!
Stockholm Spider Map
Stavanger, Norway Spider Map
Southern Railway Spider Map
South Yorkshire PTE (semi-automated) Spider Map
T-Kartor are delivering public transport and pedestrian wayfinding information in Birmingham. This phased delivery includes the production of new mapping and indexing for an expansion of the Interconnect pedestrian wayfinding project as well as updates to the existing totems.
In parallel to this we are working with Centro to refresh information at interchange bus stops in the city and have also created information for three brand new stops at New Street Station. The new and updated artworks communicate recent alterations to bus services and a number of projects that have changed the face of the urban environment. The new stops have helped fans navigate to the recent Rugby World Cup games held at Villa Park and in the longer term will assist passengers traveling by bus from the busiest station outside of London.
Birmingham has recently undergone many physical changes, from the opening of the extensively re-modeled New Street Station and the new Grand Central shopping centre to the Metro tram extension that is due to open shortly.
T-Kartor were recently invited to give a presentation at an event called ‘Intelligent Mobility in the West Midlands’. The conference, now in it’s second year, was organised by Centro and held in Birmingham on 6th July and saw the coming together of industry experts describing and discussing their visions for making the West Midlands a leader in developing and delivering intelligent and sustainable mobility. Our talk focussed on a Smart City solution for customer facing mapping and information and we introduced our new content management tool for tracking and managing information assets. The solution can be used as a platform for serving a variety of data sources onto a web portal – from public transport maps and wayfinding information to municipal GIS and asset data. These can be integrated into the system as dynamic layers and used to support intelligent mobility by interfacing shared information resources into a mapping background that is used across all customer facing information outputs. Moving forward we will be working closely with Centro and their partners to develop options for using this system across the West Midlands region
T-Kartor have produced maps for Transport for London (TfL) for 15 years now and we also created and manage the Legible London mapping database. We have worked on their cycle hire project since it began and have outputted maps from our system for each of TfL’s 700 ‘Boris Bike’ stations across the city.
The cycle hire scheme continues to expand year on year and recent figures from TfL show that 2014 recorded a figure of over 10 million cycle hire journeys taken by customers that year. This is an estimated 12% increase and the 5th quarter in a row numbers have continued to rise – it is also the highest number of instances of bikes being hired since their records began.
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T-Kartor USA Corporation, located in St. Louis, Missouri (MO) is hiring a Manager: Finance & Administration. See here for more information.
This week the Defence Geospatial Intelligence Conference is being held at QEII Conference Centre in London. T-Kartor were there with a presentation entitled:
Innovative Foundation GEOINT Services for efficiency, rapid and flexible response, and empowered users
T-Kartor together with the Harris Team has recently been awarded the world’s largest geospatial services contract for production and maintenance of a significant part of the US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s GEOINT information– termed “Foundation GEOINT Content Management (FGCM)” – imaginatively applying and integrating Harris’ and T-Kartor’s innovation in advanced geospatial exploitation capabilities and data centric approach.
The joint presentation will describe our strength and approach to FGCM, and outline how our innovative, well developed and constantly evolving services have been and will be successfully applied to transform the GEOINT tradecraft in a cost efficient manner.
T-Kartor is a small business with core expertise in content management, seamless database driven cartography, multiple outputs on demand and online services. Harris is a company with a presence worldwide and 14,000 employees with core expertise in geospatial exploitation, systems engineering, mission-critical networks and communications.
To help us manage rapid expansion of our business in USA, T-Kartor USA has a full-time employment opportunity for a Graphic Designer to join the Smart Cities team in our Brooklyn studio. For more information click here.