Use Cases

The below table presents, chronologically, the field data collection projects that have used Flocktracker, from its initial early prototype build to the current complete tool.



Research question





First Bus Map of Dhaka Dhaka, Bangladesh Can an informal bus map be created with smartphone data collection tools? 2013 Urban Launchpad, Kewkradong Volunteer team tracked vehicles operating informal bus routes in the city.
Safety perception on bus routes Mexico City, Mexico How is safety perception related to the transportation routes of northern Mexico City? 2013 UTL, MISTI Mexico On-board survey of bus users’ security perceptions, matched with vehicle location and speed. ~1500 people surveyed
Poverty assessment Mexico City, Mexico What is the distribution of poverty in informal developments? 2014 UNAM Household survey using poverty measurement tool (200+ questions with branching logic structure). ~130 households surveyed and their conditions observed
Bus route security St. Louis, Missouri, United States How does perception of security change over the North-South extent of a bus route? 2014 MIT On-board survey of bus users’ security perceptions, matched with vehicle location and speed. ~236 people surveyed
Safe walking routes for women

Mexico City

Mexico City, Mexico What are the main factors that determine security for women at informal settlements? 2014 Urban Planning -UNAM, ACCART Survey and tracker to collect specific elements of a route and  women’s reported safety perceptions ~71 people surveyed
Analyzing elementary school´s surroundings Mexico City, Mexico What are the specific elements that affect safety at school? 2014 Planeación y Desarrollo Survey and tracker, used by principals and students, to map safe routes for women inside an informal development. ~1,551 people surveyed
Surveying gentrification Mexico City & Leipzig, Germany What are the main housing types related to gentrification in Mexico City? 2014 UNAM, Universidad Católica de Chile Household survey to collect key variables to measure gentrification.


~613 houses observed
Participatory design in public space Andalucia, Spain How to create an inclusive urban design through crowdsourced data collection? 2014 ACCART21 Survey of public space users on perceptions of conditions of space.


~40 people surveyed
Public bus survey Surakarta, Indonesia Who are the users of public transportation? 2014 Solo Kota Kita On board origin-destination survey. ~2036 people surveyed
Informal Commerce Index Mexico City, Mexico What is the impact of informal commerce on a college’s urban environment in Mexico City? 2015 Planeación y Desarrollo, UNAM Observations recorded on informal commerce near university, including data on customers, product typology, risk assessment. ~160 informal commerce places observed
Public transport analysis of Mexico State Toluca, Mexico What are the occupancy rates of vehicles operating on two transport routes covering the same street segment? 2015 Secretaría de Movilidad, Estado de México Tracker and counter used to map bus routes and vehicle occupancy. ~1,256 people surveyed
NGOs impact in a District from Mexico City


Coyoacán, Mexico City, Mexico What is the impact and knowledge of the work performed by NGOs in a district? 2015 Prope-dregales Survey of people from different profiles to measure impact and knowledge of the work performed by local NGOs. ~150 people surveyed
Social Housing Data Collection


12 cities through Mexico What are the living conditions in social housing settlements in Mexico? 2014 -2015 Fundación Hogares Household survey of living conditions at social (i.e., public) housing projects on outskirts of major urban centers. ~23,450 households surveyed and observed


 Singapore Can a walkability audit be improved by using smartphones and their sensors to gather data? 2015 – SUTD Field observations to develop geo-referenced walkability assessment of housing development.
Warehouse retailer behavior survey Singapore; Santiago de Chile, Chile What are the supply patterns for retailers? 2014 -2015 Universidad de Andres Bello On site survey of retailers.
Stated preference motorcycle ownership survey


Surakarta, Indonesia What attributes might influence consumers’ willingness to choose electric- versus gasoline-powered motorcycles? 2015 Solo Kota Kita, University of Pennsylvania Survey featured randomized possible answers based on a full factorial design, representing variations in vehicle price, performance, operating costs.
Mapping gated communities


Michoacán, Mexico What are the characteristics of gated communities’ entrances? 2015 Universidad MIguel HIdalgo Students observed conditions at different gated communities ~68  urban surveys
Urban borders


Mexico City, Mexico What types of urban barriers can be found within cities? 2015 Universidad Ibero-americana Students observed conditions at different large scale urban sites on the periphery of Mexico CIty ~2,350 urban typology surveys
Motorcycle taxi survey


Jakarta, Indonesia What are public opinions of new app-based motorcycle taxi services in Jakarta? 2015 Technische Universität Berlin On-site survey of users and drivers.
Vegetation landscape perception Singapore What are public perceptions of landscaping greenery in Singapore? 2016 NUS – Department of Architecture On-site survey

Oriented Development

Mexico City, Mexico How do people use the intermodal stations in Mexico City 2016 Grupo PRODI Survey of Multimodal Transport station users about their relation with the site ~35  surveys
Accessible retail Network Malaga, Spain What are business users’ and owners’ perceptions of accessibility in Malaga? 2016 Camara de Comercio de Málaga 3 types of surveys: urban furniture and commerce in the streets; disabled persons’ perceptions of accessibility in the downtown; retail owners specifications of accessibility within their stores. ~890  public urban elements surveyed
Mapping public sanitation Surakarta, Indonesia Where are public sanitation facilities in Surakarta and what are their conditions? 2016 Kota Kita Field date collection on locations of public sanitation in the city. ~600 places surveyed
Survey of public infrastructure Chennai, India What is the current state of infrastructure in Chennai? 2016 Civic Fulcrum Field data collection on public infrastructure conditions. Ongoing
Cape town informal bus route quality survey Cape Town, South Africa What is the public satisfaction with informal transportation service? 2016 University of Cape Town On-board survey of bus users Under development
Freight Survey Singapore Logistics space usage study 2017 SMART Survey of parking lot usage by freight vehicles. Ongoing research
Lurin River urban design transect Lima, Perú Qualitative surveying of inhabitants of the Lurin River Basin 2018 MIT-DUSP and La Victoria Lab Surveys of inhabitants of the Lurin River basin to design possible urban design changes related to  widespread internet access. ~20 people interviewed
Veracruz City Historic Center Master Plan Veracruz, Mexico Land use, urban equipment and mobility survey 2018 Municipality of Veracruz In depth update of the city’s database of urban space use and mobility facilities Currently underway

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