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Big data optimises transportation in Belfort

The proof of concept covers three scenarios based on speed, passenger flow and density providing concrete data to help optimise the bus network

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The latest transportation initiative supports Belfort's smart city strategy
The latest transportation initiative supports Belfort's smart city strategy

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and Gfi Informatique, an IT services and software vendor, has unveiled a smart city solution for optimising urban bus transportation in the city of Belfort, France.


The solution is a collaboration between the city’s Board of Public Transportation, Gfi Informatique and TCS Digital Software & Solutions Group and will make use of big data analytics. It will support Belfort’s smart city strategy, which aims to help local authorities deploy digital transformation projects, with the overall goal of driving further digital innovation across the city.


The companies are deploying TCS’ Intelligent Urban Exchange software to help city administrators and public transportation planners make better informed decisions through insights from historical and real time data.


Both companies have worked with the city to enhance the capture and treatment of large amounts of information using big data analytics solutions designed specifically to help public sector customers, with the overall goal of driving further digital innovation across the city.


Working with the city’s Board of Public Transportation, which is at the vanguard of smart city innovation, the consortium claims it has been able to establish a pioneering solution to a common challenge facing cities of all sizes.


Namely that over the past few years, the transportation environment in cities around the world has become more complex, while the need for greater integration has expanded. In the face of these changes, cities such as Belfort are embracing smart city technology with the aim of optimising transportation services with existing or diminishing resources, without significantly impacting their carbon footprint.


To develop the proof of concept, Belfort provided daily bus transportation information collected from the city’s bus lines, such as billing and ticketing data. This data was managed and analysed using the Intelligent Urban Exchange software, supported by Gfi Informatique’s public sector domain expertise and data analytics resources.


“We were eager to participate in this experiment to make Belfort more attractive to citizens and support the economy,” said Yannick Monnier, director of the Board of Public Transportation of Belfort.


“The results were very conclusive. The experiment allowed us to optimise our transportation network and realise savings. It was such a success that it could be duplicated to improve not only transportation but also other major city services such as water, waste collection and electricity.”


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