After 300+ retweets, Topi put together a list of categories, one for every day of the month. The event attracted over 400 participants from more than 130 countries who posted a total of over 4000 times using the hashtag. Positium was among the 24 participants who posted a map on all 30 days and we all learned something from each of the maps one of our colleagues created (it was a team effort!).
All of that is possible thanks to the mobile phones in our pockets.
Positium was recognised as an Affiliate Member of the UN World Tourism Organisation this year, which is why it seems more appropriate than ever to bring to you 10 reasons why MPD is the upgrade tourism statistics needs.
Positium, a leader in the use of mobile phone data for tourism statistics, is officially one of the new Affiliate Members of the UNWTO, confirmed on September 10, 2019 at the 23rd General Assembly in St Petersburg, Russia. Positium commits to support UNWTO in its goal to develop tourism leaders as “data-driven” public tech decision-makers.
This year’s ISI World Statistics Congress brought 2,500 statistics enthusiasts from around the globe to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This year’s congress, more than any before, focused on utilising big data for official statistics and on how statistics can help achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
You can never be too competent with such a complex thing as public transport, says our Mobility Product Manager, Marek Rannala. That’s why in May this year he ended up in Amsterdam at the one-week course “Planning Public Transport Services” hosted by the Smart Public Transport Lab, TU Delft. One of the lecturers at the course was renowned mobility and transport planning expert Professor Graham Currie from Monash University. Graham is Australia’s first Chair in Public Transport and an internationally recognised public transport service planner and researcher. Marek discussed with him the changes in demand forecasting, travel modelling and, of course, the role of mobile data in these processes.
The International Statistics Institute (ISI) will be hosting the World Statistics Congress 2019 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The congress is the biggest statistics event of the year.
Public transport is the backbone of sustainable mobility. We recently launched a new bus route network in Tartu using mobile phone data and several other sources. Our Tartu public transport planning use case proved several points: the combination of mobile positioning data and traditional data sources is necessary for estimating population travel demand; proper network modeling is crucial for getting the strategic level of PT right; communication with all public transport stakeholders is as important as the previous two points.
Remix is a platform that addresses all these points with impressive results. After seeing a hands-on real-life data demo at the Estonian Road Administration, our Mobility Product Manager, Marek Rannala, asked Mariano Maján and Keita Hill from Remix to shed some light onto how their platform has transformed public transport planning around the world.
What brings thousands of Estonians together in one place? And why are they singing? Foreigners often wonder about the mystical tradition of song celebrations, about how it is possible that every 10th Estonian will meet at festival grounds to sing under a giant arch every 4–5 years. Estonia has a long-standing tradition of music, dance and folklore. This year we are celebrating the 150-year anniversary of the first song celebration. To commemorate this great occasion, we wanted to look back at this event from a statistical point of view.
On 1 July 2019, a new data-driven bus route network will be launched in Tartu. This city in South Estonia has made it its mission to create a smart city for the citizens through harnessing the benefits of big data analytics. To make this vision a reality, the city government partnered with Positium and WSP Finland to create a brand-new bus route network that would satisfy the real needs of people living in Tartu.
Mobile phone data offers unique opportunities for national statistical offices in Africa. Without the necessary knowledge or skills, however, it is difficult for them to use this innovative data source for the benefit of their countries.
To help the national
statistical offices in Africa, the United Nations Statistics Division hosted a Workshop
on the Use of Mobile Phone Data alongside the 5th International Conference on
Big Data for Official Statistics. We spoke to Karoly Kovacs from the UN
Statistics Division about what knowledge was unlocked at the workshops and what
the future holds for African statistics in regard to the use of new data
With a vast number of mobile connections, Nigeria is ready to tap into big data analytics to support decision-making. Signifying their dedication, the Nigerian National Technical Working Group was inaugurated on 8 May, 2019 to explore the applicability of big data solutions to overcome the country's societal challenges.
Bernard Ewah is the President of Keoun Technologies Limited and the Programme Consultant for the National Technical Working Group in Nigeria. We had an interesting discussion with him about the current state of big data in Nigeria.
Could mobile positioning data offer the unique opportunity Nigeria needs?
The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) hosted the 5th International Conference held in Kigali, Rwanda. At the event, the potential for using innovative mobile positioning data sources in Africa was showcased, reflecting on projects that are currently going on around the world and on how businesses and governments can benefit from it.
Today marks a big milestone for both Positium and the global statistics community. On January 30, 2019 we have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with BPS - Statistics Indonesia, launching a cooperation to use mobile positioning data (MPD) in the official statistics production in Indonesia.
The Asian Games is a multi-sport event held every four years among athletes all over Asia. This is the biggest sports event in Asia, comparable to the Olympics. This year, the event took place in Indonesia from August 18 - September 2 in several locations in Jakarta, Palembang and Bandung. The 18th Asian Games attracted visitors both locally and abroad. Mobile positioning data was used for the first time to analyse the impact Asian Games had on tourism.
The biennial Mobile Tartu conference took place from June 27–June 29 in Tartu, Estonia. The international conference brought together participants from all over the world. The three-day event kicked off with an activity-packed PhD seminar at Mooste Manor where the participants got to know one another and enjoy the first sessions of the conference. The second day took us back to Tartu, to the open space of Omicum, where the sessions continued on the wide range of smart ways to use mobile data to learn more about people and their mobility. The third and final day wrapped the event up with mobile positioning data (MPD) use cases from Positium LBS and explored using this type of data for tourism statistics.