So what can be said about the implementation of this approach today?
EASY ACCESSThe data is free and easy to access via JCDecaux Developer.
Two types of data are available:
- Static data: by bike-share system, stations with their GPS location, their number of bike stands, payment terminal availability, etc. The data can be downloaded in file format or accessed through the API*.
- Dynamic data: by bike-share system and station, the number of available bikes, number of free spaces, etc. The data is refreshed every minute and can be accessed through the dedicated API*. The user must simply enter their e-mail address to obtain the data.
(Photo) The Developer portal interface
MILLIONS OF POSSIBILITIESMore than three years since the launch of the JCDecaux Developer portal, there are over 4,000 active accounts and more than one million data requests per day. The platform, initially launched in Paris with the Vélib’ scheme, now covers all of the bike-share systems operated by JCDecaux, opening the way for numerous projects to develop.
In terms of possible applications, there are two different ways the data can be used:
Use of data in real timeWhere's the nearest station? How many bikes are currently available? Where can I drop off my bike? Real-time data processing can answer these questions, and can be used to develop bike location and availability services, which usually take the form of websites or mobile apps.
Use of historical data setsWhat are the peak times for bike rentals? Which stations generate the most traffic? What is the ideal time to pick up a bike? You need a large database in order to study user behaviour and build models for developing ever more precise and effective mobility services.
All of the stakeholders in urban service development, be they developers, users, local authorities or businesses, can therefore contribute on a daily basis to defining and optimising the city of tomorrow.
(Photo) A user of VélôToulouse, the bike-share system in Toulouse, France