Territory analysis using cell-phone data

During the daily operations of a cellular telecommunication network, approximate location data are exchanged between the cell-phones and the network, in both directions. Those data include particular messages called signalling events. Signalling events record some very specific information required for the proper operations of the network. Among other things, a signalling event is generated every time a phone is switched on/off, every time a phone is entering a location area (i.e. a group of cells), every time a cell border is crossed while the phone is in communication, and so on. This paper elaborates on the idea that signalling events do capture a significant part of a given territory's activity. It shows, through illustrative examples, that some land-use information can be retrieved from cells' activity profiles, along with other inputs required by transportation and planning studies, such has flow maps or trip tables. Anonymized and aggregated data were provided by the Orange telecom operator.


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 10p
  • Monograph Title: Transport Research Arena (TRA) 2014 Proceedings

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  • Accession Number: 01530730
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: VTI, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 23 2014 12:54PM