The City of Omaha initially leveraged FME to integrate and automate asset management through Cityworks. Their Parking and Mobility Department, which provides residents, commuters and tourists with more convenient travel options was next. Jacob Larson, an Applications Analyst in the Parking and Mobility Division, is championing FME at the City of Omaha. When Jacob heard about another department’s success with FME, he immediately began exploring how he might leverage FME to innovate his own projects. Omaha has now expanded their FME use to support their scooter and bike tracking/ridesharing programs and meter hooding and curb data specification projects. They are also working toward creating a real-time parking availability map for public use.
Biking and scootering: The most efficient ways to get around town
Alongside their parking and scooter programs, Omaha works with bike-share partners to encourage quick travel primarily in midtown, downtown, and on city trails. Omaha soon plans to collect the number of bikes and type (electric or regular) from each station and will push that information to their parking information website every five minutes.
For scooters, Vehicle ID, location, and duration data are captured every minute and posted to ArcGIS. When scooters are left outside of the approved service areas, Slack and email notifications are sent to the violating party to move the vehicle within the Service Level Agreement or be charged a fee. This entire process is automated through FME. The convenience of personal public transit has increased exponentially, all while maximizing efficiency through automation.