2013-08-27 20:29:39 - Internet Startup WhatsBusy Uses Advanced Data Science to Forecast Checkpoint Waits
Austin, Texas – With Labor Day approaching, millions of Americans are gearing up for a busy weekend of travel: with planning, packing and plenty of stress. But for those taking to the skies there’s a way to reduce some of that travel anxiety. WhatsBusy, a big data internet startup, is using data provided by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), airlines and proprietary sources to publicly forecast wait times at the top 100 airports across the country. Now, the public can visit WhatsBusy.com to discover how busy airport security checkpoints will be before they arrive.
WhatsBusy is able to combine external data, like weather and traffic patterns, to accurately predict visitor turnout. “This is the first time the public has had
access to advanced data science for predicting crowds,” said Avkash Kana, Vice President of Business Development for WhatsBusy. “Previously, would-be travelers had to guess how busy an airport checkpoint would be. Now travelers can use their computers or mobile devices and gain access to forecasts for each checkpoint at the top 100 airports before they even step out their door.”
WhatsBusy officials are excited to see what the TSA, airlines and airport operators can do with this data. While it’s impossible to eliminate lines completely, it’s not unrealistic to envision a more transparent wait time experience that better handles peak passenger arrivals and cuts costs. “We’ve seen clients in private industry use our forecasts to increase profits up to 40% while improving customer service during peak times,” explained Mr. Kana.
With all the hoopla around big data it’s good to finally see concrete examples positively impacting lives of everyday people. “This is just one instance of our analysis helping people. We will release more of our data in the coming years,” commented Mr. Kana. WhatsBusy has already posted National Park, DMV and museum forecasts, with parking and restaurant forecasts pending.
The world of publicly accessible big data analysis sure looks promising, but it’s not everywhere yet. For the mean time we can use WhatsBusy and get a glimpse of the future.
WhatsBusy was founded in San Francisco in 2011 and relocated to Texas in 2012. It publicly forecasts tens of thousands of venues and provides analytical solutions for business. WhatsBusy works to increase transparency so consumers and businesses can stop wasting time.