TV5, MMDA partner in Metro Traffic Navigator

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011


TV5's news website Interaksyon.com partners with Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) in giving comprehensive traffic report in the metro.

Formally launched on Monday evening, the "Metro Manila Traffic Navigator" is the first digitized information system that lets motorists and commuters view the traffic situation in Metro Manila in real-time over the Internet.

According to News5 Head Luchi Cruz-Valdez, this is their answer to President Benigno Aquino III’s call for more Public-Private Partnership projects.

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"The News and Information division of News5 has introduced a new brand of broadcast journalism that goes beyond news reporting and action. This will change how Filipinos goes with our day to day lives."

The traffic navigator provides the public an instant overview of the traffic situations along six major roads: Edsa, C5, Quezon Avenue, Espana, Roxas Boulevard and South Luzon Expressway.

It represents the major roads similar to how subway routes are presented in New York, London and Tokyo.

Interaksyon.com editor-in-chief Roby Alampay said they are currently working the routes going to Katipunan area and Commonwealth Avenue.

Alampay also presented a demo on how the website works and how the commuters and motorists can make full use of the said project.

The traffic situations can be accessed via system view, line view or through the help of Google maps. The MMDA Metro Base updates the situation for no less than five to 15 minutes in over 65 intersections 24/7.

Since the release of it's public beta version last June 29, TV5 noted at least 6,000 drivers and commuters using the said Traffic Navigator everyday.

TV5 also announced the launch of InterAksyon's iPad and iPhone applications, which will come easy and with instant access to not only their news website but also to the traffic navigator. It's easy to understand and features a macro and detailed views of the traffic situation.

Online users can also share the traffic updates via social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook with just one click of an icon.

Regardless of the operating system, the Navigator will run and is optimized for any PC-based or mobile browser. It will run on Intel computers, Macs, Linux machines, iPhones, iPads, Android phones, Windows Mobile, Opera, and any browsers installed on mobile gadgets and tablets.

Alampay is confident that in the coming months, MMDA and TV5 can also come up with comprehensive flood reports in the metro.

The Metro Manila Traffic Navigator can be accessed through http://mmdatraffic.interaksyon.com. (Sunnex)

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