February 23rd, 2021

Leveraging Demand Responsive Transit to promote user-centric mobility. Announcing partnership with Shotl On-demand bus 

Public transport authorities are now called to redesign their services to meet emerging and constantly evolving mobility needs and to promptly tackle unforeseen circumstances as Covid-19 pandemic. MOVENS recently integrated with the innovative mobility platform focused on DRT management developed by Shotl On-demand Shuttles to accelerate forward a real-time mobility flow management model.

The global health emergency created by Covid-19 had a drastic impact on public transit system and has accelerated the development of a more sustainable, and user-centric transport ecosystem.

Passenger transportation patterns have become more complex due to several prevention and control measures to combat the current pandemic: restricting travelers’ load, spreading peak demand, encouraging staggered travels, reducing waiting times and shifting to digital payments to ensure social distancing and to avoid gatherings. Public transport authorities are therefore called to redesign their services to meet constantly evolving mobility needs and promptly tackle unforeseen circumstances.

In this scenario, MOVENS has enhanced its modular architecture by integrating an innovative mobility platform focused on DRT (Demand Responsive Transport) management developed by Shotl On-demand Shuttles.

The goal of this strategic partnership is to provide public transportation authorities with an advanced fleet management system to support their efforts in delivering a safe and highly efficient service.

Shotl’s long and field experience in operating flexible transport and in supporting the public transit based on the collection of users’ mobility requests enables transport authorities and municipalities to rely on customizable dashboards for real-time maps and virtual stops, monitoring of reservations and trip flows, and access to a series of user data that shall be useful for the optimization of the service.  “Thanks to our pooling dynamic routing algorithm, we can always assess and optimize waiting and traveling times for all passengers”, states Xilef Grateron, Business Development Manager, “DRT services can significantly reduce costs for the public sector and present a new profitable window of opportunities for bus operators, as they can offer comfort and convenience to all passengers in a more dynamic way, where user journeys are faster and very cost- efficient as well.”

Through integration with the DRT management module, MOVENS enriches with new features and tools able to offer public transport authorities an integrated and efficient management of the fleet through a complete end-to-end platform providing real-time data streaming and analytics, including the consultation of statistics and key parameters. “In addition to the benefits reaping from the implementation of this fleet management solution such as optimizing the fleet governance and keeping the operating costs under control” – says Claudia Damari, External Relations of Henshin Group – MOVENS allows public transport authorities to prepare themselves to adapt successfully to a rapidly changing market and then to promptly provide safe and efficient solutions tailored to the evolving customer needs and environmental challenges”.

This advanced DRT management module included in MOVENS meta-platform represents a great opportunity for public transportation authorities and operators able to ensure effective decision-making at both planned and real-time levels and allow for optimization of mobility flows.

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MOVENS is the open source mobility meta-platform which is evolving to be the IoT Hub in the Smart City and setting a new standard in the Tech Mobility Market.  

MOVENS covers all the layers involved in the Smart City ecosystem: physical devices, connectivity, services and implements an open and cutting-edge technology for each layer. Its expandable software architecture enables to connect and easily integrate all platforms provided by the global players operating in the Smart City market. 

The goal is a complete integration of all kind of entities involved in a Smart City project to increase wellbeing services, to strengthen the societal values centered around people and to contribute to a more sustainable mobility society.