Help to use the Mobiliscope

1) Preliminary notes

Initial data come from French and Canadian Origin-Destination surveys (from 2009 to 2019).

Only trips occurring weekdays (Monday-Friday) have been considered. Number and proportion of present population aggregated by district and hour have been estimated from survey data. They are therefore subject to a statistical margin of error.

55 city regions are included in the actual version of the Mobiliscope (v4.0).
To access city region, use magnify tool . You can also select city region in the drop-down menu .

2) Select a map

In the left-hand menu, you can choose one indicator and the map representation, eitheir as aof the total population, or in number or in flows.
To get informations about indicators, click button on the right side.


With flows maps you get number of non-resident people at district level. With links (on mouseover), you can know their main district of residence. This mode is not available on touch screens.


3) Change hours

At the top of the screen, click play button in the timeline to scroll through the hours.


4) Explore a specific district

Select one district by clicking on the map and have a look on the chart at the top right corner of your screen.


With this chart, you can follow daily evolution in the selected district (for the selected indicator).


By clicking on 'stacked' mode, you can see all groups of the selected indicator.


Colors on maps and charts have the same color code than the left-hand indicator menu. In the above picture, public transportation are in blue, private motor vehicule are in pink and soft mobility in green.

5) Explore spatial segregation

At the lower right corner, the chart give information about segregation level in the whole region for the selected indicator.


To get informations about the two available indexes (Duncan et Moran), click button on the right side.

6) Change map background

Two OpenStreetMap layers can be displayed: a simple information layer and a more detailed one (by clicking in the ) :


In French city regions, you can also display the layer of 'Poverty Areas' via the layers menu .


7) Download data

By clicking on the button above the central map, you can download data agregated data by district and by hour. By clicking on the button next to the bottom graph, you can also download segregation data (Duncan's or Moran's index) in the whole region over the 24 hours period.

To go further

To get more information about geovisualition platform, indicators and data which are currently used and displayed in the Mobiliscope, you can read Data, Indicators or Geovizualisation pages.


A planning tool

The Mobiliscope is designed to help public and municipal actors who want to know how their whole city region (or only one specified district) changes around the clock. The Mobiliscope is thus a open and free alternative to paid and proprietary services that are currently developing about the quantification of the present population over time.

Quantifying and qualifying the present population present is a major issue for the public action. This can be helpful to set up services in the right place and plan their opening hours to make them accessible at the right time. These issues echo the time policies that a number of local actors are seeking to put in place.

As a spatial-temporal projection of the constraints affecting unequally people's timetable and locations, the Mobiliscope helps for measuring the inequalities that weigh on people's everyday geography, but also for monitoring the effectiveness of public policies working for a more inclusive city.

It provides elements of answers to questions about...

  • space (where? in which area?)
  • time (when? what time?)
  • population subgroups (who?)
  • activity (what?)
  • mode of transportation (how?).