Three Waterloo Companies Partner to Create Real-time Traffic Visualizations of Cities

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Miovision, which specializes in traffic systems technology, today announced a partnership with Ecopia Technologies and Brisk Synergies.

The Kitcher startup says the partnership “will pioneer real-time visualizations of cities and transportation networks.”

Today, cities have very little data on the performance of their transportation infrastructure, which makes it difficult to base sound investment decisions on it, the Canadian company explains. When cities start new projects, they often map and model the traffic for that particular area, but after the project is completed, the data model is thrown out or becomes obsolete. Even if the city keeps the map and model, the data on which they were based quickly becomes outdated.

“Urban planners and transportation leaders need living, breathing visualizations of their cities to be able to plan for the future and adjust for short-term problems,” said Kurtis McBride, CEO of Miovision. “This new partnership combines Miovision’s devices, Ecopia’s urban visualization technology and Brisk’s data analytics into a solution for any city that wants to have a real-time image of itself.”

Transportation Infrastructure Becoming the Backbone for Smart Cities

Instead of continuing to tear up roads and build big capital projects, transportation officials are increasingly looking for better data, monitoring and management of the infrastructure they already have. Miovision’s Spectrum devices plug into traffic cabinets at intersections to connect intersections to the cloud. The Spectrum devices use wifi pinging between different locations to create unique anonymous identifiers for different vehicles, which Miovision feeds into Brisk’s analytics engine to determine the real-time flow of traffic. Then Ecopia generates highly detailed maps from satellite imagery to aid in the simulation of those traffic flow visualizations.

“This is truly a case where the sum is greater than the individual parts,” said Charles Chung, CEO of Brisk Synergies. “When we started to see the big picture of what we could accomplish together, it made sense to jump in and make it reality. The fact that all three of us are based in the same area and went through the Accelerator Centre makes it that much sweeter.”

“It’s one thing to talk about how our different technologies could work together in theory,” said Yuanming Shu, CEO of Ecopia. “It’s quite another to create it for a real city, knowing that what we build will provide a useful tool for transportation planners and ultimately improve the lives of residents.”

All three companies are based in the Waterloo region of Ontario.

“Miovision always looks for innovative partners to complement our technology, and we’re especially proud to collaborate with other UW alums and teams who have gone through the Accelerator Centre,” McBride said.

“The best talent in the world is here taking on some of the most complex challenges and developing unique, creative solutions,” said Paul Salvini, CEO of the Accelerator Centre.

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