Atkins and Moovit partnership to improve urban mobility in smarter cities

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Design, engineering and project management consultancy Atkins, 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 smarter and more efficient.

The Atkins-Moovit partnership brings together the extensive infrastructure experience of Atkins’s designers, engineers and project managers and Moovit’s data-driven analytics that are gathered from up to 500 million datapoints a day on the world’s leading transit app, which is available in more than 1,500 cities in 78 countries. The partnership’s combined 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.

The Atkins-Moovit services include:

• Urban mobility analytics – combining multiple aggregated data sources with advanced algorithms assessing population movements around a city to support transport modeling and network operations;

• Transit surveys – an online system that creates, distributes and analyses transport-related surveys in real time, with anonymized 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 users to create, edit and manage public transit information, enabling the quick and easy development and deployment of transit services;

• Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) – the ability to provide end-to-end user-focused mobility tailored to individual’s needs with integrated payment services.

“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,” explained Lee Woodcock, global product director for intelligent mobility at Atkins.

“These new evidence-based insights can then be used to support financial investment decision making, and ensure each city is applying a user-centered design approach to future infrastructure.”

Josh Wine, Moovit’s chief revenue officer, added, “We believe 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. We were an early pioneer in developing MaaS and are now ensuring cities around the world have the right transit data and analytics to achieve truly smart city status.”

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Tom has edited Traffic Technology International magazine and the Traffic Technology Today website since he joined the company in May 2014. Prior to this he worked on some of the UK's leading consumer magazine titles including Men's Health and Glamour, beginning his career in journalism in 1997 after graduating with a law degree from the London School of Economics (LSE).

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