Great questions Thibault and thank you for joining us.
Yes! Our S2 devices always collect all the data and we store this for future research, even if we don’t display it for everyone at the time. The subscription makes this visible, but the data exists in the back-end.
It means that if you wanted to get the device in place but didn’t need, or couldn’t afford, the data subscription today, the data will be available to you and your community in future
The municipality could invite your device into their network, but you would have to opt-in if you wanted to become part of that network.
However, it is possible for the municipality (and others, such as research organisations, or other mobility-related organisations) to pay a subscription to view the detailed data for devices that have been gathering data without you needing to become part of their network.
This might be, for example, if a local network was created for one purpose (e.g. vehicle traffic monitoring) but then another organisation wanted access to the detailed data (e.g. on active travel modes), but did not need to ‘take over’ the existing network.
Overall the idea is that not everyone in a community has the right location for gathering data, but everyone is affected by the traffic it is counting, so every device is not just for personal benefit, but it also has a wider community and local benefit to share with others.
I assume you are happy with this idea?