Bristol City Council awarded the contract to develop and maintain the Bristol API to UrbanThings after a successful 12-month demonstrator period.
The Bristol API is a transit data platform that allows developers access to live public transport times, journey planning, car park occupancy and more. With SDKs for Android and iOS, developers of all skill levels can quickly build solutions ranging from mobile apps to IoT and Smart Home projects. The platform is also scalable to meet the needs of individual developers, all the way to enterprises.
UrbanThings trialled the service over the past year and has seen significant interest from local developers. The Bristol API receives over 300,000 calls per month from the hundreds of users who signed up to the preview. The creators of the API have also partnered with the Council to host quarterly developer engagement events, where local independent and professional developers are invited to a day-long hackathon. These events focus on using public data to improve the transport experience in the Bristol and Bath area.
The public release of the Bristol API will feature live bus and train times, stop and station locations, route maps and journey planning for the South West of England. It also brings increased integration with other Smart City projects.
In addition to the Bristol API, UrbanThings develop a range of mobile applications, including the globally popular Bus Checker apps with more than three million downloads to date. Over the past few years they have worked with notable public and private bodies, including Traveline and Ticketer. Their aim is to overcome the limitations of traditional journey planning and make the process both smart and accessible. UrbanThings were selected as one of the UK’s #smallbiz100 in 2015 and went on to be named winners in an official Transport for London hackathon.
To find out more about the Bristol API and how you can get involved, check out its website here.