Ontario Road Information Exchange (ORIE)

Ontario Road Information Exchange (ORIE)

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Overview

The Ontario Road Information Exchange (ORIE) is an electronic, authoritative, road information service that receives and aggregates road information from its clients, and makes the aggregated collection of authoritative road information available to its clients, and selected stakeholders.

ORIE is based on the Transnomis Municipal511 web service that serves more than one third of Ontario municipalities. ORIE extends the distribution features of the Transnomis Municipal511 web service to municipalities that may have developed or procured their road information management system, and that are looking to share and consume authoritative road information more efficiently and effectively.

ORIE is governed by the Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA) ORIE Governance Committee.

Key Outcomes

  1. Reduce road information distribution costs
  2. Reduce emergency response times
  3. Reduce infrastructure damage
  4. Reduce project and event conflicts
  5. Reduce detours into projects and events
  6. Reduce permit requests, and approval times
  7. Influence navigation algorithms, e.g. avoid roads for through travellers

Vision

Owners, managers and travellers of Ontario public roads, be they human or machines (e.g., connected / autonomous vehicles), may quickly, efficiently, and effectively view and use Authoritative Road Information for all Ontario public roads.

The vision supports the following desired outcomes:

  1. Reduced road information communication costs for municipalities.
  2. Reduced road infrastructure damage for municipalities, railways and others.
  3. Reduced emergency response call times for emergency responders.
  4. Reduced delivery times for industry.
  5. Reduced vehicle damage for all travellers, and especially truckers and recreation vehicle owners.
  6. The advancement of connected and autonomous vehicles.

Mission

The mission of the Ontario Road Information Exchange (ORIE) is to facilitate the efficient electronic distribution of Authoritative Road Information, in near real-time, from and between the electronic systems of authoritative sources of such information, with the electronic systems of distributors and redistributors of such information, to the direct benefit of Ontario’s municipalities, and all travellers of Ontario Public Roads.

Goals

The following goals have been identified for ORIE:

  1. Reliable, respected, valued service.
  2. Good governance, by the owners/custodians of Ontario Public Roads.
  3. Emergency responder community participation in governance.
  4. Voice for key stakeholders, including the trucking industry.
  5. Influence with navigation companies, e.g. routing algorithm practices, using the information shared with them.

Objectives

The following objectives have been identified for ORIE:

  1. Most complete collection of authoritative road closures, obstructions, and recommended detour routes for Ontario Public Roads.
  2. Most complete collection of authoritative road condition and caution statements for Ontario Public Roads.
  3. Most complete collection of authoritative truck and hazardous material routes for Ontario Public Roads.
  4. Most complete collection of authoritative load restrictions, low overheads, clearance issues, and poor approaches for Ontario Public Roads.
  5. Most complete collection of authoritative road condition statements for Ontario Public Roads.

Pricing

The Exchange is priced by population to municipalities. Other pricing models are used with other stakeholders, e.g. railways.

Technical

The Exchange can consume a variety of data formats, including the Transnomis API. This advanced API goes beyond many data formats, supporting issue type, impact indicator (e.g. Road Closed – No Emergency Access), detour route, and sections of road open to local traffic only.

The data is shared in the Transnomis XML feed format, navigation vendor formats, and can be shared in custom formats.