Source information for its Road Sense Traffic service includes real-time data from Australia’s road authorities and independent sources of road incident data. Sentinel’s journalistic traffic editors and data entry staff based in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, also check and collate information for accuracy and quality as incidents occur on the road network. The service also provides information about planned and scheduled events that affect traffic flow.
The service is available online from www.maps.ovi.com at no cost. To receive the service on a Nokia mobile phone a consumer can subscribe directly from their handset for AUD$6.99 per month or AUD$35.99 for a yearly subscription. At launch, the service will cover the major population areas of Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane. In the future, the service will expand to other capital cities and the major interstate highways in between cities.
In addition to Australia, Sentinel plans to extend coverage of its Road Sense Traffic service to New Zealand and South East Asia, in order to offer a consistent regional service.