Keolis Presents its Innovations at ITS World Congress 2017 in Montreal, Canada


MONTREAL, Oct.27, 2017 /CNW Telbec/- As the global digital revolution continues apace, the mobility sector is undergoing a profound transformation. Intelligent Transport Systems are fundamental to smart and sustainable cities of the future.

In this context, Keolis is constantly innovating to offer solutions that are Connected, Autonomous, Shared and Electric.

From October 30th to November 2nd, 2017, Keolis invites media representatives to meet at the ITS World Congress 2017 in Montreal, which brings together the global leaders in intelligent transportation. Keolis will be showcasing four innovations at booth #301 as well as its new brand identity.

With the digital revolution, the mobility sector is transforming and more and more passengers are considering mobility as a service. To address the mobility needs of the future, accompany the Public Transport Authorities (PTAs) in this transformation and enhance passenger experience, Keolis is constantly innovating to offer a mobility solution that is more Connected, Autonomous, Shared and Electric.

1. Plan-Book-Ticket, the all-in-one digital app that simplifies mobility

Keolis has launched in summer 2017 its “Plan Book Ticket” solution, a “3-in-1” digital app enabling passengers to plan, book, buy and validate their journeys using their smartphones. It is designed to offer a more fluid, flexible and personalised mobility as well as a significant reduction in operational costs. This solution is being used in French cities and similar digital apps have been developed by Keolis for Boston (US), Montreal (Canada), and the Netherlands.

Sofia Ecamilla, Keolis Innovation and Digital Director, Simon Hupont, Product Manager at Kisio Digital 

2. Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) and connected buses

‘Internet of Things’ is an area that Keolis is investing in to optimize operations and maintenance and improve performance for better customer service. Several projects are now underway like in Rennes (France), where Keolis is testing a solution that indicates free parking spots for people with reduced mobility, or in Bordeaux where Keolis has implemented a solution that monitors the washing of the buses to meet the required cleanliness standards.

Keolis also connects buses and coaches to an IoT platform, getting data from the vehicles and analysing driver behaviour in order to optimize the operations, the maintenance and the energy costs. To achieve this, Keolis has rolled-out a new embedded and connected architecture into the

Vehicles, based on European standards, it makes the integration of ITS easier and decreases the operation costs.

IoT and connected buses will be presented by Rémy Couanon, Keolis Head of ITS department on Tuesday October 31stat 2:30 p.m.

3. Navya, Keolis Autonomous Electric Vehicle

In the smart and sustainable cities of the future, mobility will be shared, personalised, connected, and green. Autonomous electric vehicles can be used to supplement traditional transport modes and solve the issue of the first and last mile connection. As a world leader in multimodal public transport solutions, Keolis invested in the start-up NAVYA in 2016 to enlarge its mobility offer and include the Autonomous Electric Shuttle in its portfolio. Today, more than a dozen trials have been conducted, or are currently underway: France (LyonParis and its area), UK, Las Vegas (U.S.), DenmarkAustralia.

A presentation will be given by Clément Aubourg, Manager, Kisio Consulting on Wednesday November 1st at 11:30 a.m.

A shuttle will be demonstrated from Monday, October 30th to Thursday, November 2nd and will be available to both public and ITS delegates. To ride the shuttle, meet Keolis at the shuttle starting point at the Esplanade of the Palais des Congrès de Montreal.

4. Navitia, open transport solution

Navitia, an open source software developed by Kisio Digital, Keolis’ digital subsidiary, is an open transport Application Programming Interface (API) based on 380 transportation open data sets from all around the world. Navitia is supported by a community of more than 9,000 developers coming from start-ups, industrials and researchers all around the world. By opening the software to different actors, more data and pertinent information such as web services (next departure, geolocalisation / around me, schedules, realtime information/disruptions, multimodal and door-to-door journey planning or isochrons) are accessible. Through Navitia, the transport network is not only smarter but is better integrated into a whole eco-system benefiting PTAs and passenger alike.

Betrand Billoud, Communication Director at Kisio Digital, Keolis’ digital subsidiary, will be presenting Navitia onWednesday November 1st at 2:30 p.m.

5. A new visual identity

Keolis has changed its visual identity to reaffirm its position as an expert in multimodality. A pioneer in the development of public transport, Keolis is pursuing its development in new forms of mobility as illustrated during ITS World Congress. In order to better embody its strategic ambitions and its evolution from a challenger to a leader in everyday mobility, Keolis has renewed itself and unveiled its new logo and new corporate signature: “more ways, more life”.

Leading the way in public transport, Keolis partners with public decision makers to make shared mobility an asset for cities and their communities. Internationally recognised as the leading operator of trams and automated metros, Keolis adopts a determined innovation approach with all its partners and subsidiaries (Kisio, LeCab, Effia, Keolis Santé and Cykleo) to develop new forms of shared and customised mobility, and reinforce its core business across a range of transport modes including trains, buses, cars, trolleybuses, shared private hire vehicles, river shuttles, ferries, cycles, car sharing services, electric autonomous vehicles and urban cable cars.  In France, Keolis is now the leader in medical transport services through the creation of Keolis Santé in July 2017 and positioned as the number two car park operator, through its subsidiary EFFIA.

The company is 70% owned by SNCF and 30% by the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ). Keolis employs 58,300 people in 16 countries and recorded a turnover of 5.1 billion euros in 2016. Today, over 3 billion passengers worldwide have used one of the shared mobility services offered by Keolis.

*Historically based in France, Keolis has expanded its operations in GermanyAustraliaBelgiumCanadaChinaDenmark, the United Arab Emirates, the USAIndiaLuxembourgNorwaythe NetherlandsPortugal, the UK and Sweden.