Jeff McMahon. With the ever-increasing volumes of collected data, many are now wondering whether this data can be helpful in understanding and mitigating the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. We’ve updated our mobility index https://t.co/Xn9yDsPIfU further, now with more historical details per city, also available in our app pic.twitter.com/4uvvVxKPFV. I have chased electrons and pollutants for dailies in Arizona and California, for alternative weeklies including New Times and Newcity, for online innovators such as The Weather Channel's Forecast Earth project, The New York Times Company's LifeWire syndicate, and True/Slant—the prototype for the modern Forbes. I've wandered far afield—to cover the counterrevolutionary war in Nicaragua, the World Series Earthquake in San Francisco, the UN Climate Change Conferences in Copenhagen and Paris.

We are comparing trips planned in the Citymapper app to a recent typical usage period. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.

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It also captures three cities in the United Kingdom lagging behind. The United States may trail some cities in Europe, but it’s well ahead of its neighboring states: Canada and Mexico are beginning to restrict travel, but remain well behind major metropolitan areas ... [+] in the U.S.

$download_content = get_field('download_content'); Mobile phone data (including network, bluetooth beacons and Wifi tracking), Facebook Data for Good Mobility Dashboard, points to the use of mobile phone data, a form of mobility data, being useful to government and public health authorities. Italy had already entered lockdown when Citymapper began publishing its index, so the index captures other European capitals following suit.

The data in these charts depict weekly averages for the weeks ending March 15 and March 22 (so daily variations do not appear), but culminate in daily figures for March 23 and 24. We use the power of open data, mobile and payment technology to make transport sustainable and hassle free. Italy had already entered lockdown before Citymapper began indexing data.

The data from the Apple and CItymapper mobility reports is generated when the user requests directions.

Italy had already entered lockdown before Citymapper began indexing data.

All Rights Reserved, This is a BETA experience. Other cities moving at less than 10pc normal capacity included Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, Washington DC and San Francisco. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. Citymapper, the public transport and journey-planning app, last week launched a Citymapper Mobility Index, a data feed comparing how many journeys are being planned across cities against a normal day. Mobile phone data can be used in the coronavirus pandemic to understand the volume of the population moving, to answer cause-and-effect questions on different control mechanisms such as lockdowns, to predict future needs, risks and opportunities and to overall assess the effectiveness of different types of intervention. Some are now returning to normal. This remains ahead of some cities which have endured an even stricter lockdown. Code, chiffres, politiques publiques (et transparence).