Keolis signs a strategic partnership to enhance its mobility solutions using Big Data

By signing a strategic partnership with IVADO, Keolis will benefit from the expertise of one of the most important global excellence centres dedicated to mass data analysis, to develop innovative urban mobility solutions.

R&D projects linking mobility and data in countries where Keolis is present

On 31 October, as part of the 2017 Intelligent Transport Systems Congress held in Montreal, Canada, Keolis signed a strategic agreement with the Institute for Data Valorisation (IVADO). 

IVADO was created by HEC Montréal, Polytechnique Montréal and Université de Montréal, and is one of the largest scientific communities dedicated to Big Data on a global scale. The institute, which brings together close to 1,000 affiliated scientists and around 40 academic programmes, is working to develop a new economy based on the analysis of mass data for the benefit of key stakeholders and decision makers. IVADO serves as an important link between academic expertise and the needs of businesses, and develops cutting-edge knowledge in data science, operational research and artificial intelligence. 

The five-year research and development partnership will see Keolis and IVADO work on projects together first in Quebec, Canada, before extending them to other regions where Keolis is present, including France, Europe and the United States.

Smarter mobility tomorrow thanks to mass data

Keolis’ strategic agreement with IVADO is consistent with its innovation policy that aims to address the mobility challenges of tomorrow, and passenger expectations for increasingly personalised services. These challenges have been highlighted by the Group as part of its Keoscopie research and the World Mobility Report. Big Data provides very promising new opportunities for meeting these objectives.

Applied to the public transport sector, Big Data allows an operator to go back in time and process important information generated by a network that was until now incomplete, such as the status of rolling stock, vehicle movements and maintenance activities.

Relevant analysis of this data will give Keolis the ability to better understand the movements of passengers and to optimise its transport services based on demand. The key objective is to develop innovative mobility solutions that create value for passengers and that enable the Group to support cities of the future in their digital transformation of public transport.

Artificial intelligence is the backbone of the mobility transformation. We are very pleased to be collaborating with IVADO and its team of researchers to support the development of innovative urban mobility solutions through the use of Big Data.  This new partnership demonstrates once again Keolis strategy and investment to stay at the forefront of digital mobility to better meet the demands of tomorrow’s cities.


Laurent Kocher, Executive Director Marketing, Innovation and Services for the Keolis Group