Keolis and IVADO sign strategic partnership agreement
Keolis and the Institute for Data Valorisation (IVADO) have signed at the ITS World Congress 2017 a strategic partnership to support the development of innovative urban mobility solutions through the use of Big Data. Keolis says the partnership will give it a better understanding of the way passengers move around and how best to plan transport networks to maximize efficiency.
The 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 U.S., and Continental Europe.
IVADO is described as 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.
Laurent Kocher, Executive Director, Marketing, Innovation, and Services for Keolis said, "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."
Gilles Savard, CEO of IVADO, said, "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."