Project Info

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Team Name

Urban Threshold

Team Members

Luke , Owen :D , Joe , Charlie , Kelvin , Ryan :) and 1 other member with an unpublished profile.

Project Description


Commuting to work sustainably is hard. Currently there is no app or service within Australia that allows commuters to discover and plan sustainable commutes and with the impending deadline of net zero by-2050, we must all play a part in ensuring that we make the most sustainable decisions.

We beleive that this app and help cut carbon emissions in Australia as well as helping Australian citizens with getting around with the easiest, cost efficent and eco-freindly way.

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About the App

It is a purpose-built application allowing citizens to plan their travel with sustainability in mind. Citizens can enter their destination and they are presented with a list of sustainable travel options ranging from renting a bike to catching public transport, each with a corresponding star rating on how carbon efficient the route is. These ratings are calculated in real time based on all available data sources. (Please read data story for more info)

In-app Features

The app also features tag on/off functionality when using public transport, meaning that users don’t need to bring their transport pass. QR codes can also be placed on transport options allowing users to scan them and learn more about the environmental impact of the transport option.

Users can then view their carbon summary report every few weeks allowing them to quantify how much carbon they have saved.

App Preview

Goverment Data Portal

Our project also has a goverment portal which lets staff and govermental staff see live data from customers, sustainability ratings, live running services, revenue, carbon ratings, live graphs and much more. (Please read data story for more info)

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Data Story

The application is a map/GIS application which incorporates open data from various data sources:
- Static open government data provides location information regarding bus, train, tram, and ferry stops/routes and eBike data such as charging and hiring stations. (Brisbane bus locations, NZ bus routes)
- Real time information from various state tag on/off systems allowing the application to dynamically generate ratings based on the current transport network patronage. This is useful in scenarios where a bus service or route is underutilized, the app will redirect patrons to the underutilized service, therefore increasing the carbon efficiency of the route. (NZ bus patronage, also could include custom JSON live-stream from ticketing services.)
- Internal data sources such as people tagging on/off using the app and users that are scanning the QR codes to find out more information, can be used to determine loading of services and further improve recommendation accuracy.
- Roadworks/infrastructure maintenance and construction can also be included to ensure commuters make it safely to their destination while remaining carbon efficient.

All data sources in the user application are GeoJSON based and rendered on a Mapbox map.

The application also has a government interface that allows the monitoring of:
- Public transport route efficiency. Less efficient routes are flagged, and automated recommendations are generated depending on the frequency and patronage, allowing government organisations to further optimise their public transport systems.
- Provides a succinct overview of all forms of transport, usage statistics for each, carbon footprints and most importantly automatic improvement recommendations which can be implemented.

The government portal also is a useful tool in evaluating community response to transport projects, large and small.

Other potential ideas include:
- Gamification, “by using this route the efficiency increases by 1 star”. The user can then collect stars to form a star collection which can be spent to fund sustainability initiatives or purchase sustainable products.

Evidence of Work



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Team DataSets

Electric Vehicles Public Charging kWh

Description of Use Used for determining sustainability of electric charging options when suggesting routes to users.

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Bus stop locations

Description of Use We will use this data in our app to work out where the closest bus stop is where you can get onto a bus to reach your location. This data also includes road gradient information which we could use to further determine the efficiency of the bus routes.

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RRC Bus Stops

Description of Use We will use this data in our app to work out where the closest bus stop is, where you can get onto a bus to reach your location.

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Bike Direct Network

Description of Use We will use this data to find different ways that people could travel to their desired location.

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City Plan 2014 — LGIP — PFTI — Active and Public Transport — Existing — Ferry terminal

Description of Use Locations of terminals so we can determine the best roues available for users to be transported. This data is also weighted based on the environmental footprint of the transport method.

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Bus heat map

Description of Use Used to determine the most carbon efficient roues for a particular user, as more full buses results in a smaller per capita emission for the trip.

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Bus Patronage Data 2019

Description of Use We can use this data to optimize the route matching algorithm to favor routes that have less commuters. This reduces the load on other bus routes and increases the carbon efficiency of the system overall.

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Bus routing

Description of Use Used to locate and suggest viable routes for the user to take as there will be multiple routes available to them and this will help them choose the most carbon efficient mode of transport.

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Challenge Entries

Integrate Disparate Data Sources like a Palantir Engineer

When working with our customers worldwide, our most successful outcomes come from our ability to make sense out of high degrees of complexity. We think that leveraging our existing toolkits and performing data fusion in your projects will help you better solve the problems of GovHack 2022.

Go to Challenge | 9 teams have entered this challenge.

Pricing public transport

How might we price public transport to balance capacity supply and patronage demand?

Go to Challenge | 10 teams have entered this challenge.

Alternate transport

How can we make NSW a cycling-friendly state?

Go to Challenge | 12 teams have entered this challenge.

Most outstanding benefit to the residents of Fremantle 2022

How can we use Open Data to most benefit residents of Fremantle?

Go to Challenge | 4 teams have entered this challenge.

Helping Australia reach net zero emissions by 2050

Australia has a goal to reach net zero emissions by 2050. How can Australians use public spaces, including city landscapes to achieve these goals?

Go to Challenge | 18 teams have entered this challenge.