Origin-Destination mapping for 20th, 24th and 25th of April

A tale of 4 Councils: What trip origin data looks like across different areas of Sydney


May 4th 2020 · 5 min reading

Origin-Destination Mapping

To provide insight into such unique changes in mobility from early 2020, we have created a dynamic data visualisation that shows all origin and destination of vehicles on the network. This is updated weekly.

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Final Destination: Where is everybody going?

How has mobility changed across individual Sydney municipalities? We looked at four different councils across Greater Sydney to compare data from the 24th of April, 2020.

There is a famous proverb that has floated around even before the prevalence of the internet - life is about the journey not the destination. However, when it comes to mobility data, it's a little bit of both.

Last week we released journey origin data across Sydney, with a focus on four Councils situated across Greater Sydney and the Central Coast.This week, we thought it was only fitting to end our 8 - week exploration of mobility during a pandemic with a journey destination heat map as well.

The aspect we found quite interesting was the difference between the origin and destination heat maps:

  • Origin heat maps showed large clusters across most areas of Sydney
  • Destination heat maps showed less wide-spread clusters, most of which surrounded key transport infrastructure and interchanges
  • Although origin points spread far and wide, destination points were fewer and far between; this possibly indicates that while many journeys start in different places, they may end in similar ones. Here's a side-by-side visual comparison of the heat map for origins and destinations:

    Visualisations for the 27th of April, 1st and 2nd of May

    Origin-Destination Mapping for New South Wales, 27th of April 2020

    Origin-Destination Mapping for New South Wales, 1st of May 2020

    Origin-Destination Mapping for New South Wales, 2nd of May 2020

    Compass IOT is an analytics-focused startup that aggregates transport data to help infrastructure planning teams form more informed decisions. Our software takes complex data operations and puts it in an easy-to-understand visual platform so that teams can better interpret the analytics and form actionable plans.