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Thundermaps - Staying safe from hazards around you

Screen image from Thundermaps showing car accident details.

ThunderMaps aims to make workplaces safer.

Individuals can see any dangers that are near their workplaces and surrounding environments, so they can be prepared and keep themselves safe.

Launched in 2012, Thundermaps has helped make millions of open data incidents available to members of the public, including police call-out locations, fire alerts, earthquakes, weather hazards and traffic accidents.


How it works

ThunderMaps is mobile hazard and incident reporting application.

Users automatically receive alerts for hazards and incidents using a combination of real-time open data, private data and crowdsourced data. They can see these events relative to their location, and can also investigate those reports.

Hazard and incident reporting is a key productivity driver within businesses, but when using traditional methods the processes involved are usually slow and time-consuming, and incur substantial costs. ThunderMaps offers offline mobile reporting, where users can report the location of incidents and events without reception. The report is then uploaded to other users and selected businesses when the user is back within mobile coverage. This has been especially valuable in the forestry, mining and energy sectors.

Who: ThunderMaps
What: A mobile hazard reporting application
Why: Providing real-time risk awareness to ensure the right information gets to the right people
When: From 2012


Screenshot from Thundermaps showing safety report maked on a location map.


Data: Multiple traffic APIs
Source: NZ Transport Agency
Formats: API
Licence: © NZ Transport Agency

Data: GeoNet data
Source: GeoNet
Formats: CSV, XML, JSON, KML
Licence: Creative Commons Attribution 3.0

Data: Rainfall
Source: Environment Canterbury
Formats: CSV, XML, JSON, KML
Licence: Creative Commons Attribution 3.0



The impacts of ThunderMaps include ‘real-time’ reporting, which reduces the occurrence of related incidents, brings immediate safety improvements, and provides the opportunity for quick analysis and elimination of hazards. Time and cost savings are made as mobile hazard reporting can easily be integrated into business processes.