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Soon OC Transpo users will be able to accurately track their bus in real time with their smartphones.

Soon OC Transpo users will be able to accurately track their bus in real time with their smartphones.

The City of Ottawa has started a pilot project with Open Data Ottawa to gather bus location information using GPS technology and to upload it to the web.

“We also get information on when the bus is supposed to arrive and how many seconds early or late it is,” said Edward Ocampo-Gooding.

As a lead organizer for Open Data Ottawa, Ocampo-Gooding works with a variety of software developers who build applications with public data.

He said he wants to eliminate the “inefficiencies and bureaucracy” in accessing public information, but added that the city has been very co-operative so far.

“People are building stuff now for iPhones and Android devices,” he said.

“The open data initiative is very exciting,” said Mark Faul, program manager for the City of Ottawa’s corporate communications.

Faul said the city is always looking for ways for people to access information in new ways.

 
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