EENA, the European Emergency Number Association, announces a data-sharing partnership with Waze, the free, real-time crowdsourced traffic and navigation app powered by the world’s largest community of drivers. EENA and Waze launch a Europe-wide pilot project on emergency response.
About the project
Waze users who drive with the app turned on, passively contribute traffic and other road data to other Waze users. They can also actively share road reports on incidents that could affect others. The project aims to evaluate how this crowd-sourced anonymous data can be used in emergency management to improve response operations.
“Waze has always been about connecting people with each other to improve the quality of their driving experience,” said Adam Fried, Global Partnerships at Waze. “We are excited to expand this community to emergency first-responders and see how Waze data can help them optimize their route planning and contribute to public safety.”
How can Waze contribute to public safety?
The project will test three different scenarios:
When citizens notify Waze about an incident, emergency services can receive a notification in their system and retrieve this data; Emergency services can provide data directly to citizens about real-time/planned incidents via Waze, helping them to avoid delays or being affected by an incident;
Emergency vehicles can use traffic data from Waze to optimize their route planning and decrease response times.
“Waze data could improve the work of first-responders dramatically. What we hope to see is a decrease in response times and an effective two-way communication channel between citizens and authorities,” said Alexis Gizikis from EENA.