Initial projects will use urban mobility analytics that combine data sources to assess population movements around cities
Design, engineering and project management consultancy, Atkins, part of the SNC-Lavalin group, and Moovit, the world’s largest transit data and analytics company, have signed a global agreement that will help cities improve their transit systems and become more efficient smart cities.
The agreement sees Atkins become a sales partner for Moovit, exponentially increasing Moovit’s ability to reach potential customers, while Moovit is training Atkins consultants on its smart transit suite of products. The two companies believe there is an “urgency” for cities to improve their urban mobility.
The partnership brings together the extensive infrastructure experience of Atkins’ designers, engineers and project managers and Moovit’s data-driven analytics. The latter are gleaned from up to 500 million data points a day on the world’s number one Moovit transit app which is available in more than 1,500 cities in 78 countries and 43 languages.
Together, Atkins’ and Moovit’s services will aid the design and delivery of people’s movement in cities across all transport systems, along with the ability to meet the demands of new intelligent mobility opportunities. These services include:
One of its first projects will be a real-time bus locator. The cloud-based system will monitor, display and analyse the real-time location of city buses and will be implemented in areas that struggle with real time.
“Leaders of cities are under more pressure than ever to develop easy-to-access transport systems, creative hubs and liveable places for residents and visitors,” said Lee Woodcock, global product director for intelligent mobility at Atkins.
“Through the Atkins-Moovit partnership, we will be able to provide real-time, value-driven insights that will allow civic leaders, transport agencies and national governments to discover and explore in more depth the mobility and movement of people throughout their public spaces and on transport networks.
“These new evidence-based insights can then be used to support financial investment decision making and ensure each city is applying a user centred design approach to future infrastructure.
“Moovit believes the future of urban mobility lies in the quality of data provided to cities and municipalities so they can plan and implement smart, efficient transit systems that meet the demands of ever-increasing populations,” said Josh Wine, Moovit’s chief revenue officer.
“Moovit was an early pioneer in developing mobility-as-a-service and is now ensuring cities around the world have the right transit data and analytics to achieve truly smart city status.”
Atkins is the first partner to be announced by Moovit but there will be more in the near future, it said. Atkins and Moovit have already collaborated on several projects: exploring how people’s movement can support crowd management at large events in Asia; developing early demonstrators for mobility-as-a-service to support people movement across transit modes in North America; using movement and analytics fused with traditional approaches of transport modelling to better understand the impact of infrastructure changes in North America.
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