Louisville Metro Government

Developing cloud-first infrastructure to process & interpret complex, raw Waze data.

The Story

Waze is a well known GPS navigation app owned by Google. Waze enters into agreements with cities across the world to exchange Waze traffic-pattern data for city street closures and other traffic-related events. The data cities receive is delivered in a raw format that is not easily digested or utilized. This data is incredibly powerful, but hard to work with. The City of Louisville had a vision to make this data usable and actionable but also wanted to make the solution open-source and shareable to cities across the world.

Technology: AWS: Lambda, SQS, Cloud Watch, S3, RDS PostgreSQL; Python, Terraform

Taking Aim

Louisville’s Office of Improvement & Innovation Team made the daring move to spearhead the management of this project and brought Slingshot, Waze, and other cities on board. Utilizing our partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS), we looked to the Cloud to make something that was easily shareable, scalable, and accessible.

Objectives

  • Create a shareable open source cloud based solution
  • Translate raw Waze data to be readily queryable
  • Create an API to access the data
  • Automate deployment to make it easy for cities to launch the solution
  • Collaborate with other cities to develop a long term product roadmap

Hitting The Target

Thanks to a sponsorship by Amazon, our connection as an AWS Certified Partner, and our Louisville roots, we were able to develop the initial solution. Currently, a city interested in interpreting their Waze data can download the open source solution on GitHub and deploy a solution in less than one hour. From there, they can query the data through a relational database and immediately start analyzing traffic patterns to improve their city. This is just the beginning; currently, there are now 80+ collaborators across the globe who are continuing to add and improve the solution.

13

Cities have deployed the solution

80

Collaborators contributing code or funding

177

Commits to the open source solution
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“We were really looking for somebody with experience in AWS. These guys were easy to work with from the start and they knew their stuff. They went above and beyond, pitched in extra hours to help the initiative, and are more than just a contributor: they are a partner in this effort.”

Michael SchnuerleData Officer, Office of Civic Innovation and Technology (CIT)

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