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Urban Mapping enhances Graphserver mass transit routing engine

SAN FRANCISCO, CA,USA–(Marketwire – January 26, 2009) – Urban Mapping, provider of location-rich content for interactive applications, announced the company has completed a series of enhancements that further extend the capabilities of Graphserver, an open-source routing engine that permits trip planning via different modes of transportation. Urban Mapping invested in the project to improve the scalability and efficiency of Graphserver, bringing it to the level of an enterprise-class routing component for mass transit, walking and driving route planning. In addition, the company has integrated Graphserver with Urban Mapping’s URBANWARE Mass Transit database to provide public transit trip planning for over 65 systems in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

“We’re proud to support Graphserver and the open source community, and confident that broad adoption of the engine will lead to a strong developer ecosystem. This will allow Urban Mapping to focus on data and the community can support software,” stated Ian White, CEO of Urban Mapping. “We’re committed to the long-term success of Graphserver. As such, we’ve improved the core algorithms and extended the engine to support Python, a popular programming language, allowing Graphserver to interoperate with a broad range of advanced scientific libraries and tools.”

Brandon Martin-Anderson, lead developer for the Graphserver project, commented, “I’m thrilled that Urban Mapping has supported this project over the past year and am confident that Graphserver will see some exciting deployments — both commercial and academic — over the next few months.”

Additionally, Urban Mapping has developed an easily extensible framework to solve novel graph routing problems. Graphserver is already used for trip planning and scheduling transportation network and social network analysis. A comprehensive test suite to ensure scalability and high performance is also integral to the project.

Urban Mapping’s mass transit database standardises transit information at the system, line, schedule, station and entrance level. The company includes a broad collection of over 100 attributes, including: egress points, station accessibility, amenities, staffed hours, exit type, sleeper cars, parking facilities and station/line transfers. Urban Mapping uses Graphserver to handle hundreds of simultaneous trip planning requests across dozens of systems in a resource efficient manner. The company has also integrated Graphserver’s trip plans with third-party street routing engines to provide multimodal routing.

In addition to the mass transit database, Urban Mapping also offers a Mass Transit Proximity API to allow application developers to quickly deploy location-based applications.