Belfast Mobility: Extracting Route Information from GPS Tracks

Gemma Davies, Jonathan Huck, Duncan Whyatt, John Dixon, Bree Hocking, Neil Jarman, Brendan Sturgeon, Dominic Bryan

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Within highly segregated North Belfast 233 volunteers were recruited and using an app installed on their GPS enabled smart phones were asked to record their movements for a two week period. This created a unique and valuable dataset. Processing these data is however non-trivial with over 25 million track points recorded across a wide variety of devices. This paper presents how these recorded track points were subsequently cleaned, separated into tracks and assigned travel mode. Once prepared these data can be used investigate the impact of segregation on individual’s movements and use of space, and be useful for informing local policy aimed at opening up more shared spaces.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2017


  • GPS
  • Mobility
  • Segregation


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