Global consultancy Atkins have signed a world-wide agreement with Moovit, the world’s largest transit data and analytics company, that they say will help cities improve their transport systems and become more efficient smart cities.
The companies say the Atkins-Moovit partnership brings together the extensive infrastructure experience of Atkins’ designers, engineers and project managers and Moovit’s data-driven analytics that 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.
The say that 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 Urban mobility analytics (a capability that combines multiple aggregated data sources with advanced algorithms assessing population movements around a city to support transport modelling and network operations), Transit surveys (an online system which creates, distributes and analyses transport related surveys in real time with anonymised results to better understand users views on transit operations and proposed changes), Transit data studio (a data management capability with an easy-to-use web interface that enables you to create, edit and manage public transit information enabling the quick and easy development and deployment of transit services), and Mobility as a Service.
Global product director for Intelligent Mobility at Atkins, Lee Woodcock, who’s also a Smart Highways Editorial Board member, commented on the new partnership, “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. 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 has collaborated previously with Moovit on projects to explore how people’s movement can support crowd management at large events in Asia, develop early demonstrators for MaaS to support people movement across transit modes in North America and use movement and analytics fused with traditional approaches of transport modelling to better understand the impact of infrastructure changes in North America.