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Staying safe from hazards around you

Who: ThunderMaps
What: A mobile hazard reporting application
Why: Providing real-time risk-awareness to ensure the right information gets to the right people
When: 2012–

The data

Data: Multiple traffic APIs
Source: NZ Transport Agency
Formats: API
Licence: © NZ Transport Agency

Data: Geonet data
Source: Geonet
Formats: CSV, XML, JSON, KML
Licence: Creative Commons Attribution 3.0

Data: Rainfall
Source: Environment Canterbury
Formats: CSV, XML, JSON, KML
Licence: Creative Commons Attribution 3.0


Keeping people safe is ThunderMaps’ priority. ThunderMaps allows people to see any risks near them, so they can be prepared.

Since launching in 2012, ThunderMaps has helped make millions of open data incidents available to members of the public, whether it’s notifying them about police call-out locations, fire alerts, earthquakes, rainfall or traffic accidents.

ThunderMaps developed a unique mobile hazard and incident reporting application, with the goal of making workplaces safer. It enables individuals to be better informed about their workplace and surrounding environments, and to know what is happening, where and when.

Users automatically receive alerts for hazards and incidents using a combination of real-time open data, private data and crowdsourced data, where they can see these events relative to their location, and can also investigate those reports.

'Our technology enables location-specific communication of open data, news and alerts from multiple authorities.'

Hazard and incident reporting is a key productivity driver within businesses, but when using traditional methods the processes involved are usually slow and time-consuming, and incur substantial costs.

ThunderMaps offers offline mobile reporting, where users can report the location of incidents & events without reception. The report is then uploaded to other users and selected businesses when the user is back within mobile coverage. This has been especially valuable in the forestry, mining and energy sectors.

Impacts of ThunderMaps apps include ‘real-time’ reporting which reduces the occurrence of related incidents, immediate safety improvement, and opportunity for quick analysis and elimination of hazards. Time and cost savings are made as mobile hazard reporting can easily be integrated into business processes.



Photo: Robert Sarkisian

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