Use Case: Collaborative Planning

Collaboration in Polaron

Polaron allows multiple concurrent users to participate in the simulation and planning process. You can think of us as the “Miro of Mapping & Planning” and can offer a “Google Docs type Experience” – removing technical barriers to allow your whole team’s experience to be brought to bear.

Bridging the gap between expertise & data science

Bristol is a great example of a planning challenge as it was forced to close a number of bridges. What that decision involved – requires knowledge from engineers, local authorities, transport specialists, and affects everything from the school drop-off, to disabled access and journey times, local commerce, CO2 output, Energy and fuel consumption, as well as affecting response times for Fire, Ambulance, and Police and many more primary and secondary effects.

How do you eat the elephant?

Polaron offers a common environment to test and evaluate different changes – both in simulation and then validated against real data. To measure the effects and the proposal, consider input from the public and consider alternatives. Planning is iterative and collaborative by its nature – by providing the tool and platform to articulate the real-world effects – Polaron offers an intuitive, collaborative and empirical means to estimate the costs, benefits and impacts of change in the real world and making the end-to-end process more efficient, quicker and more transparent to all concerned.

A tool for collaboration

City & Town Planning

Urban areas are incredibly complex and interconnected – often requiring a deep understanding in specific domains as well as a broader shallower knowledge to produce effective policies that not only benefit the community, commercial interests but also consider everything from environmental impact to the changing demand on services and infrastructure. With increasing demands on budgets from all fronts – simulation provides a qualitative and participatory means to quickly demonstrate proposals and allow them to be scrutinized. Decide more in the workshop and then export that into your business workflows – or measure and justify the decision. Using our tools you can choose who sees what – giving you the ability to factor in sensitive information or choose what to make public – whilst still providing an effective and realistic simulated environment.

For everything a cost

Polaron allows users to produce cost maps and can even ingest them too. Whether the cost of a journey, the cost of fuel, the cost to the environment, the crime in a certain area, how well illuminated an area is or where the best sites are for development. Polaron allows data and human inputs to be layered into the simulation allowing lots of different considerations to be weighed and modeled. You can even annotate and paint into a scene – permitting custom data or change to be modeled – and “what if scenarios” to be played out. Whether that’s upgrading a road and factoring in noise or pollution models, or delays to logistics and transport.

Different scales & Perspectives

Urban Hawk has merged the 2D and 3D presentations – allowing a 3D building or site to be displayed inside of a city-scale map. You can zoom into a station and see the passenger data, or switch back to the city-scale model to see how that train or flow of people will then impact other services (such as buses or local businesses). This allows us to map not just individual buildings, but patterns of life and Polaron can ingest large statistical datasets at speed to allow you to model changes and monitor changes in expected behavior. By empowering these different views and perspectives to run within the same simulation we can provide situational awareness from the man on the ground to the 10,000ft perspective of a boardroom and beyond.

Customer participation & Governance

Share your plans and consider alternatives, solicit the wisdom of the crowd to unlock insight and see what they would do – or would prefer – when given multiple options. By using Polaron to empower your customers – as simple as providing a web link – Polaron lets you consider the end customer and user to provide feedback against your plans in a tool they can use. Going further you can invite them to tag and update maps using Polaron inside their phone – or pull in geotagged data such as images to better solicit feedback and drive better operational planning – be it indoors or outdoors. We can offer a simple and unparalleled means to contextualize events – whether for safety and insurance or for maintenance and change management. Participation and engagement of end-users and their feedback are paramount for all successful businesses – Urban Hawk included!

Key Collaboration Capabilities

  • Share & save plans

Share & Save your work – allowing easy access to your simulations by the whole team.

  • Your data done your way

Import or add your own data and maps, customize & iterate to your needs.

  • Works where you work

Browser-based access for multiple users, you can work where you work (WFH!).

  • Customer feedback

Provide access to your customers and clients to solicit feedback and facilitate change.

  • Real-time & Live Data

Means making decisions faster, and getting quick responses and answers to your questions.

  • Connect to external services

Direct connect or Tunnel into external data stores & services via Web Tech & REST APIs

Collaborate cross-platform

Polaron runs on an edge-based, en prem or managed hosting service (cloud too) – which allows you to run the simulation in a secure and safe manner. We use the same technology that underpins live video streaming services to deliver a real-time interface into the simulation, data, and services of Polaron. This gives you control over how you want to interface, update, mine, and interrogate your simulations. If you want to dig into the specifics we can expose the HLA and Settings. We are currently developing a secure API gateway service – that we can embed or run remotely to allow reports to be automatically generated and sent to other services, bundled into a PDF or pushed to other tools to conduct further analysis or decisions.