Today, Laurent Kocher, Executive Director, Marketing, Innovation and Services for Keolis, and Gilles Savard, CEO of the Institute for Data Valorisation (IVADO) - one of the largest scientific community on Big Data created by HEC Montréal, Polytechnique Montréal and the Université de Montréal (around 1,000 scientists, 40 academic programs) - signed a strategic partnership for the sharing and analysis of Big Data to support the development of innovative mobility solutions.
The signature took place at the ITS World Congress 2017, taking place in Montreal, from 30 October to 2 November. Both parties will collaborate over a period of five years. Joint research and development projects will focus initially on Quebec, Canada, followed by other countries and regions where Keolis is present, including France, the USA and Continental Europe.
Big Data now provides precise and accurate information by enabling the implementation of mass data analysis techniques which were previously non-existent. Within the global digital revolution, the mobility sector is undergoing a profound transformation and passengers increasingly consider mobility as a service. Keolis is forming strategic partnerships with experts and leaders in their respective fields to address the mobility needs of the future and accompany the Public Transport Authorities (PTAs) in this transformation.
IVADO is an industrial and academic initiative that is working to develop a new economy around Big Data analysis to support decision-makers. As a result of the partnership, Keolis aims to develop innovative mobility solutions that create value for both passengers and PTAs alike. Particularly, more personalised journey more suited to their needs and better real-time information into how the network functions (state of the rolling stocks, vehicle movement, operations,
maintenance, etc.) will optimise the performance of the mobility system and support it where the need is the greatest.
Artificial intelligence is the backbone of the mobility transformation and 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 the digital mobility to better meet the demands of tomorrow’s cities.
The public transport sector is now at an important turning point. We wish to accompany operators like Keolis in the use of Big Data which benefits Canadians. Our common goal is to use our research, artificial intelligence, operation research and data science to generate innovative solutions that improve the daily lives of public transport passengers.
Keolis is an industry reference in connected mobility, and listens to its passengers to develop personalised and efficient mobility solutions. For this, Keolis uses a combination of Neolis methodology, an approach to network design based on marketing and sociological surveys, and information gained from consultation with key stakeholders and local communities.
In order to develop its personalised passenger solutions, the Group also uses Keoscopie research, consisting of studies of lifestyle trends and the mobility needs of a particular community. Keolis is also associated with NetExplo, an observatory founded in 2007, to co-create the Observatory of Digital Mobility, which focuses on studying the use of digital technology in public transport. An initial study was undertaken in October 2016 to establish digitial trends in France. This research was then expanded globally with the production of the World Mobility Report, an international study of best practice and significant innovations in digital mobility across 13 major cities.
Founded by Université de Montréal, HEC Montréal and Polytechnique Montréal, IVADO aims to bring together industry professionals and academic researchers to develop cutting-edge expertise in data science, operational research and artificial intelligence. In essence, IVADO creates opportunities for knowledge exchange and collaborations between the specialists, partners, researchers and students in its network.
The objective of IVADO is to be the link between academic expertise and the business needs of organizations, from international corporations to start-ups. With over 1000 affiliated scientists (researchers, post-docs, PhD candidates and
research associates), IVADO is an advanced multidisciplinary centre for knowledge in sectors including statistics, business intelligence, deep learning, applied mathematics, data-mining and cybersecurity.