Data-driven solutions for mobility

  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 20 Feb 2020

Pras (second from left) briefing Surina on CATCH.

TRAFFIC congestion on city roads, especially in Kuala Lumpur, are a fact of life. More than anything, residents want solutions to improve the situation.

In view of this, Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF) has launched the inaugural City Architecture for Tomorrow Challenge (CATCH) to improve urban planning efficiency and drive forward mobility.

The challenge, an eight-month global call for innovation, aims to enhance mobility solutions and quality of life in Kuala Lumpur through the use of data, technology and city planning.

In a sharing session during the launch at Intercontinental Kuala Lumpur, TMF programme director Pras Ganesh shared that data and city planning were critical components for resolving complex mobility issues in urban areas.

“Data is able to generate a predictive analysis of traffic incidents and planning, analyse public transportation demand and characteristics as well as allow us to understand public transportation routes and timing.

“For example, data-driven solutions can visually demonstrate any impact due to congestion or accidents in multiple scenarios and this would contribute towards intelligent city planning.

“Data also allows city governments to test potential infrastructure changes or mobility solutions to resolve existing issues,” he explained.

Participants of the challenge will be provided with data selected in accordance with the Personal Data Protection Act 2010 to empower them to develop game-changing solutions.

Data partners of CATCH from both the public and private sectors include Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), police, Land Public Transport Agency, Grab, MapIT MSC, Mass Rapid Transit Corporation and Prasarana Malaysia.

On top of that, TMF will also be providing grants up to US$1.5mil (RM6.2mil) in total at every stage of the challenge to support participants towards the development and trial-testing of the solutions in Kuala Lumpur. Winner announcement will be in September.

Additionally, participants will also have access to expert mentors and incubation programme.

CATCH will also be conducting roadshows in seven cities in search of innovation solutions, namely Bangalore, Mumbai, Jakarta, Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok, Singapore and culminating in Kuala Lumour this month.

CATCH is organised by TMF and co-developed by Deloitte Future of Mobility Solution Centre with Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) and DBKL as strategic partners.

MDEC chief executive officer Surina Shukri said CATCH was in line with its efforts to drive forward the country’s digital economy, catalyse next-gen innovation through Malaysia’s Global Testbed initiative and reinforce the country’s position as the Heart of Digital Asean.

“When you think about digitalisation, data is the core.

“Through CATCH, the global pool of talented start-ups, academics and the world’s brightest minds can develop their next-gen urban digitalisation ideas and accelerate Kuala Lumpur’s evolution into a city of the future,” she added.

Also present was city mayor Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan.

“Kuala Lumpur is a dynamic and diverse metropolis that is undergoing rapid expansion and urbanisation.

“Acting as the zone of study and the test-bed for CATCH is timely as Malaysia’s capital needs to deal with the various challenges of city expansion and growth head on.

“In working with TMF, MDEC, and the respective data providers, we want to transform Kuala Lumpur into a city that is powered via next-gen urban development and mobility management,” he said.

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