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5 Ways Automating Processes will Change Your Scheme

Across all kinds of industries, businesses are automating their operations and finding new ways to create efficiencies with artificial intelligence (AI). Micro-mobility is no different, especially bike sharing.

The challenge for many operators is to understand the value of automation and how it can influence the future of their operations. The immediate response to AI-based automation is that it will simply replace humans and it will be a driver for job losses.

In fact, Gartner reports that automation related to AI will lead to 1.8 million in job losses but it will create 2.3 million new jobs. AI will drive a net gain of 500,000 new jobs, according to the research firm. Automation isn’t as simple as a swapping out humans for software.     

In micro-mobility automation is about creating new efficiency, scalability and speed. Here are five ways automating processes will change your Bike Share Scheme:

  • Reduced Costs – Data has shown that despite tripling the size of the scheme, one Bike Share operator reduced the required rebalancing fleet by 50% whilst achieving their SLA of 97% usability through automating their processes. Automating the decision making within a Bike Share Scheme enables operators to scale back on the need for trucks, drivers, and management staff. While resources are reduced, the management platform will continue to achieve the desired outcomes set out by the scheme.
  • Increased Profitability – Automation supported with AI enables precise redistribution of fleets across a cityscape in real-time. That means users can get the bikes they want where they want them. Planning and decision making can be made as situations change in a city and that will have a direct impact on the experience for users. When users have an optimised experience, they are more likely to use a scheme and ridership increases. That drives long-term profitability and creates loyal users. 
  • Gain New Scalability – When you automate processes, your scheme can grow seamlessly. You don’t need to add new team members or look at increasing fleet size. You can simply replicate the same processes in new locations and manage resources efficiently across a larger area. It makes it easy to grow efficiently. You are able to make data-driven decisions furthering the automation and optimisation of your current fleet to reduce wasted journeys. At the same time, if you’re looking at adding new vehicles to your scheme like e-bikes, scooters or e-scooters, they’re simple to add to the existing platform.
  • Deliver Consistency and Reliability – Automation removes the risk of human error and enables schemes to move faster. With any manual processes that requires human intervention, there’s a risk that something can go wrong. When a scheme removes the manual processes, they gain consistency and reliability that translates into a predictable cost base and a stable user experience. 
  • Benefit from Transparency and Data Mining – Automationenables data to be capture end-to-end across a scheme and processed immediately. That means meeting SLAs and KPIs becomes simpler and services can be tracked for performance. The more online and connected a scheme is, the easier it is to gain insights and make long-term decisions about investments and opportunities. There’s less reliance on a human’s gut instinct and more on intelligence gathered across a scheme.      

Bike Share Schemes that automate their processes move away from a reactive model and increase their agility and adaptability. The benefits cascade across an organisation and enable it to grow efficiently.

We’re experts in automating micro-mobility schemes and if you’d like to learn more about how a your scheme can benefit from automation, get in touch: info@stageintelligence.co.uk

Artificial Intelligence Makes Greener Bike Share Schemes

Since the first coin operated Bike Share Scheme was introduced in Copenhagen in 1995, the health and environmental benefits of Bike Sharing have been widely recognised. If people choose to ride a bike, they aren’t driving a car, riding in a taxi or using mass transit systems. They’re exercising and reducing congestion across a city.

 

That’s all true but we’re seeing that Artificial Intelligence (AI) is able to maximise the positive environmental impact of Bike Share Schemes and make them even more sustainable. Bike Share Schemes that implement an AI platform can push their schemes towards carbon neutrality and demonstrate that they are taking climate change seriously.

 

We have seen it in the schemes that our BICO AI optimisation platform is deployed in. The data shows that AI can directly impact how a Bike Share functions within a city and optimise its operations, reducing CO2 emissions.

 

The biggest impact AI can have is simply getting more people to use a scheme. As mentioned, that means they aren’t using another mode of transport and a city and its citizens are healthier. BICO ensures that users can get the bikes they want where they want them and docks are available at the end of their journey. That makes it convenient to use a Bike Share Scheme and incorporate it into their daily routine.

 

We’ve seen ridership growth across these schemes after they’ve deployed BICO:

 

  • Divvy Bikes, Chicago: Ridership increased by 0.75 Rides Per Day
  • MIBICI, Guadalajara: Ridership increased by 1.5 Rides Per Day
  • City Bikes, Helsinki: Ridership increased by 5 Rides Per Day

 

These numbers are per bike, per day. That’s a huge jump in places like Helsinki, which has a big impact on the benefit the scheme is delivering. This is also combined with more efficient redistribution of bikes across a scheme that translates into a reduced carbon footprint for the schemes operations.

 

Our platform enables the redistribution of bikes to be optimised so that fewer trucks take fewer trips to achieve the best possible results for users.  Over the last year, Bike Share Schemes that use BICO have reduced the amount of time redistribution trucks spend on the road while also cutting the distance they travel by 10,000 miles. That means less CO2 generated by the trucks and a lower carbon footprint for the scheme.

 

BICO is also responsible for 100,000 less bikes needing to be moved, due to the precise and optimal decision making of AI. By streamlining the processes of multiple Bike Share Schemes, we have seen the reduction of up to 10 metric tonnes of CO2 emissions as a direct result of less redistribution trucks being on the road. This has enabled these Bike Share Schemes to take one step closer to their goal of delivering a carbon neutral operation.

 

It all adds up to a clean mode of transport being even cleaner with the use of AI.

 

Let us know if you’d like to learn more about how we support Bike Share Schemes with AI: info@stageintelligence.co.uk

The Positive and Powerful Story Building Around AI

Over the last 12 months or so, questions or concerns about Artificial Intelligence (AI) have largely faded away. It isn’t that the general public has got all the answers they need about AI but more that AI is becoming a reality in more and more of our homes and places of work.

 

In our business, we’ve seen skepticism turn to excitement when we talk about the potential of AI to optimise how they operate. There’s a comfort level that is growing and we believe acceptance of AI will only accelerate over the next 12 months.

 

AI is often in action behind-the-scenes making user experiences more enjoyable and easing the workload for businesses. We’ve seen it implemented in our homes in smart home-hubs or news stories about AI helping to identify cancer or potential heart attacks. AI has a positive story and real-world applications that are putting fears to rest.

 

At the same time, research firm Gartner has confirmed that AI is creating more jobs, rather than taking them. By 2025, the amount of jobs generated by AI will have reached 2 million, according to the firm. That’s a big change from the common idea that AI kills jobs and makes people redundant.

 

Gartner shares our view that AI frees workers to focus on other tasks and enables them to go beyond routine tasks. Instead of seeing AI as a competitor, workers can see AI as a companion and a way to excel at a given task. AI becomes a critical tool in problem solving not a substitute for a human.

 

Gartner notes that in 2021, AI augmentation will generate $2.9 trillion in business value and recover 6.2 billion hours of worker productivity. We see this directly in the Bike Share Schemes that have deployed our BICO AI optimisation platform. They augment their operations with AI, which in turn drives revenue growth through increased ridership while maximising the potential of the workforce.

 

As worries about AI fade, businesses across different industries are starting to realise that AI can be extremely beneficial to them if applied correctly. Global technology research company ISG, discovered that although at present only 16% of businesses utilise AI, in 2019 that figure will rise to 51%.

 

There are a lot of different drivers for that but part of it is that the potential of AI is becoming widely understood and it is delivering real competitive advantages. Businesses that don’t explore the potential in AI potentially will miss out or see their competitors move faster and with more precision than them.

 

In the increasingly competitive micro-mobility market, we believe AI will be a clear differentiator and be a driver for user and revenue growth. AI isn’t an idea anymore, it is having a direct impact on how citizens enjoy and move across a city. The skepticism is gone and now adoption is only going to accelerate.

 

Get in touch if you’d like to learn more about how we’re using AI to optimise micro-mobility: info@stageintelligence.co.uk  

Simplifying and Accelerating Micro-Mobility in 2019

In 2018, we took our business to a new level and put a foundation in place to continue our growth globally whilst utilising our technology to solve new challenges. It was also the most exciting and successful year Stage Intelligence has had to date. We executed our vision for AI-optimised mobility and our partners are seeing the results every day.

This year we met partners across the globe, had more productive conversations, and listened to a growing number of operators as they look to innovate their operations. At every event I attend, I’m reminded of how young, fresh and exciting the Micro-Mobility market is. Everyone is looking at ways to deliver for end users, improve and expand their operations across urban areas or with new modes of transport.

It really feels like 2018 was a landmark year for Micro-Mobility in terms of growth and recognition. The pace of change has been amazing, and the ups and downs throughout the year have shown how important it is to have simple and powerful solutions for managing an increasingly complex mobility landscape.

That’s where we are creating real long-term value for our partners no matter how their organisations evolve in the future. From start-up operators through to the largest Bike Share Schemes in the world, our platform is simplifying and accelerating how they operate.

I’m extremely proud of all that our team has achieved in 2018 and we saw what we are capable of. I know we can continue to build on our success and not only enable more partners to benefit from our platform, but also enable more users to experience the best Micro-Mobility service possible. I believe we can play a critical role in creating sustainable mobility options, businesses and urban environments and that is an exciting prospect in 2019 and beyond.

We’re Moving Fast

At the beginning of the year, our BICO AI optimisation platform was live in two Bike Share Schemes, and by December 2018 it had been deployed in 15 schemes across three continents. Our growth has been transformational for our business. We’re operating in a range of unique environments and have shown that we can scale to serve some of the world’s largest and most dynamic schemes. Smaller schemes that have adopted BICO have also seen the benefits of adopting AI within their schemes, making them more cost efficient enabling them to grow and scale efficiently. There really aren’t any limits on where we can deploy our platform and have positive impacts on operational performance.

In July, we announced our deployment in Helsinki with CityBike Finland OY from which it has grown to be our most successful scheme in terms of ridership. After deploying BICO, CityBike Finland saw ridership grow by five riders per bike per day. That means more citizens are using the available bikes and the scheme is growing its profitability, shown by another expansion planned for the coming season – It’s a win-win for the city, operator and the users.

In Latin America, we partnered with Tembici to deploy BICO in cities across Brazil including Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Recife, Salvador, Port Alegre and Vila Velha. Our phase two deployments include Santiago, Chile, and Buenos Aires, Argentina. This is a major leap forward for our presence in South America and a vote of confidence in our platform. Tembici believes in BICO and will utilise the platform to scale their operations across Latin America and beyond.

In Europe, we’re working with Smovengo and have deployed BICO across the Velib in Paris, France. We’re extremely proud to see BICO live in the largest Bike Share Scheme in the Western world, and increasing the usability of more than 21,000 bikes of which 7000 will be electric. It’s a major milestone for our business and really shows that no matter the size of scheme, season, vehicle type or weather, BICO can drive efficiencies for our partners.

Each of these BICO deployments shows the potential of our business to directly influence the future of Micro-Mobility globally, and enable the success and growth of more operators across the world. With every scheme we add we’re evolving, refining and improving our platform. Each scheme adds something new and drives our platforms features and functionalities forward.

Priorities in 2019

Since becoming CEO of Stage Intelligence in 2018, I’ve been focused on continually pushing our business forward and building on and adding to our successes. The biggest challenge in AI and Micro-Mobility is remaining focused on where we add value and not try to chase every opportunity. We have to stay aligned with our original purpose. We make solving complex challenges simple for our partners.

In 2019, we’re going to build on our core strengths and use all we’ve learned to expand into some new areas. I see 2019 as a year where we add some new dimensions to BICO and find some interesting ways to add value for our partners.

There are six areas that we are going to prioritise in the 2019:

  • Nurturing Our Core – We will continue to grow the number of Bike Share Schemes we’re deployed in and support more operators globally. There are more than 1,600 Bike Share Schemes globally and we know that we can help them to operate efficiently and deliver an optimised experience for users. I see huge potential in North America, and we’ll be making a big push in the market in 2019.
  • Adding New Capabilities – We’re expanding what our platform can do for our partners. We’re adding new support for managing broken bikes, electric bikes and optimised battery management. Operators need a more efficient way to deal with maintenance and we see an opportunity for BICO to help them solve these challenges.
  • Supporting Hybrid Models – We’re looking at ways to support Hybrid Bike Share models where docked and dockless systems are integrated. Depending on the exact model, bikes can be docked at physical docking stations, “virtual docking stations” or remain free-floating. It adds new complexity to scheme management but ultimately offers a flexible user experience. The challenge is to help operators manage their bikes and ensure they are available when and where they’re needed.
  • Deliver Micro-Mobility Through a Single Pane – As the number of modes of transport grow across a city, we’re developing ways to visualise the entire Micro-Mobility landscape in an urban area. Operators want to see and understand their entire operating environment through a simple, optimised dashboard. They want to gain insights from data and make faster decisions. Micro-Mobility will only grow in complexity and we’re finding ways to make it simpler to manage.
  • Growing Our Team – In 2019, we’re going to continue to grow our team and bring on board new skills and talent. We added Alex Churchill to the team at the end of 2018 to expand our AI expertise, and he brings new perspective and insights to our operation. Our AI platform is delivering amazing results and we want to continue to refine and optimise it. The tech team will grow as well as we expand our platform, while sales and marketing will also see new additions.
  • Continued Execution for Partners – The most important thing is that we continue to execute for partners and deliver the results we’re capable of. The numbers show precisely the kind of impact we can have on a scheme within months. Each scheme we work with sees cost-savings and new growth in their ridership. It is that simple. We just need to keep delivering for partners.

This Time Next Year

This time next year I think the Micro-Mobility market will have had another year of huge growth and disruption. Personally, we will have double digit growth in the number of schemes we’re deployed in and our platform will support more diverse needs of our partners.

There will be more modes of transport deployed in cities across the globe and the need for a simpler, faster and easier way to manage schemes will only grow. We’re going to work closely with partners to collaborate and co-create features or solutions that solve their challenges. If we keep listening to their needs, the potential in our business is limitless.

Part of this is about getting out in the market and to even more events. We’re going to be sharing our ideas, data and results. I want to evangelise AI in Micro-Mobility and share our partners’ success stories. I see an opportunity for us to offer consultancy to new partners and really act as a trusted advisor for new schemes that are launching, or existing schemes that want to go to a new level.

There has never been a more exciting time in our business and our industry and I’m looking forward to a huge 2019.

Five Bike Share Trends to Watch in 2018

When I talk to people at events, I see how business models have changed over the last year. Bike Share operators are constantly challenged to keep up with the rapidly changing industry and offer better rider experiences to its users.

 

A big opportunity for operators in 2018 is in how Bike Share Schemes are managed. It will not be enough to just supply the bikes, questions will be asked about how operators cater to the local market needs.

 

Intelligent operations will be at the heart of Bike Share Schemes in 2018 with operators focused on delivering the best experience to compete in the highly saturated market.

 

As Bike Share continues to grow across the globe, I see the following trends changing the marketplace:

 

  1. Rise in App-Based & Dockless Bike Share Models

App-based Bike Share Schemes are being deployed in more markets globally. In many urban cities, you now have access to free-floating bikes that can be picked up and dropped off virtually anywhere. In 2018, we will see an increase in cities adopting these schemes in an effort to reduce the strain on existing transport infrastructure and facilitate the move from personal vehicles.

 

  1. Growth of Multi-Operator Environments

Multi-operator environments are not new. We are already seeing many cities where more than one operator is running a scheme. Throughout 2018, this is likely to grow to more cities around the world and operators will be asked to deliver an optimised Bike Share Scheme to keep up with the competition. Cities will also need assuring that resources will be better managed to avoid bikes being damaged or left in unsuitable places.

 

  1. Optimised Redistribution with New Technology & Incentives

The growth in Bike Share Schemes and multi-operator environments will be the driving force for better redistribution. Operators will be challenged to offer schemes that work well and is not a nuisance to cities or its citizens. Fortunately, new technology such as geo-fencing and incentives including financial rewards will drive better rebalancing processes. From the events I’ve been to, it’s clear that operators are looking to do more to improve their redistribution efforts.

 

  1. Increased Bike Share Regulations

Bike Share operators have welcomed the prospect of more regulations. While some may hinder current operations, most regulations will help Bike Share Schemes to thrive. It will guide operators as to what is required and enable them to grow into new markets much easier.

 

  1. Driving Intelligent Bike Share Scheme Operations

In 2018, operators will look towards better ways to manage their schemes and to grow their ridership. We see growth in technology such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) simplifying the management process. It enables operators to sort through vast amounts of data to gain actionable insights that has a direct impact on their operation. That kind of information makes management of Bike Share Schemes simple and efficient.

 

In 2018, we will continue to see disruption in all parts of Bike Share and the wider transportation industry. It will impact how operators do business. How these schemes are managed will still be the main focus for many cities and its citizens.

 

Users expect transportation to be as simple and efficient as the other services they consume on a day-to-day basis. That puts the pressure on operators to deliver a well-run Bike Share Scheme.

 

An optimised scheme enables users to rely on its services and use it regularly. It reduces unnecessary costs and complications for operators while driving profits to their business.

 

Fortunately, I see new technology, incentives and processes enabling operators to transform their current business model.

 

At Stage Intelligence, we combine citywide data with AI technology to deliver real value to Bike Share Scheme operators. Our BICO platform makes it easy for operators to simplify their operations and deliver Bike Share Schemes that works for both cities and the users.

 

To find out more about how Stage Intelligence is transforming Bike Share Schemes around the world with AI technology, please contact  tom.nutley@stageintelligence.co.uk

 

2018: A Tipping Point for Artificial Intelligence in Transportation

2018 will be the tipping point for Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the transportation industry. It will be a year where AI becomes an essential tool with new understanding and recognition that it is critical to success. In our business and beyond, we’ve seen how influential this technology can be in changing business models and creating better transport solutions.

 

At Stage Intelligence, we’re seeing this become a reality. In 2017, we’ve seen tremendous momentum behind our business and growing demand for real AI solutions in transportation. We’re rolling out our AI-based Bike Share management solution in cities across the globe and changing the perception that Bike Share isn’t a viable, reliable transport option.

 

We are helping to accelerate transformation in transportation and utilising self-organising algorithms and elements of machine learning to simplify and empower Bike Share management.

 

2018: Challenges in AI

The future of transportation will be defined by AI. Research firm Gartner predicts that by 2020 almost every new software product will have AI technologies. In transportation, we are starting to see widespread application and development of AI technology that is being powered by the collection of data and use of algorithms.

 

That said, it is still a very young market with challenges ahead. I see three big challenges for AI in transportation:

 

  1. Not All “AI” is the Same – Many businesses that say they use AI don’t actually have it deployed. It is a buzzword and many businesses are doing data visualisations or pretty interfaces but when you look under the hood there’s nothing there. Operators eager to benefit from AI don’t get what they paid for and won’t see the best of it.

 

  1. Transportation Expertise and Focus – AI solutions need to address specific challenges. They need to be purpose built for transportation and developed by both experts in transportation and AI. Otherwise, you get generic solutions that solve generic problems rather than enabling real innovation and agility in transportation.

 

  1. Nurturing AI – AI isn’t just about building solutions. It is about training it and nurturing it to deliver the results you want. It requires people, time, effort and a lot of data to continuously maintain and develop the technology. You don’t just flip a switch. It requires an expert experienced in developing and growing successful solutions.

 

As we see more AI-based solutions adopted, there will be a move towards quality and performance. Solutions that are based more on buzzwords than results will fade away.

 

In 2018, more people will understand the basics of AI and make better decisions about the solutions they deploy. That’s good for transportation and will accelerate its growth.

 

Building Better Bike Share Schemes

We’ve seen tremendous growth in our business over the past year. In 2017, we deployed our solutions in new corners of the world.

 

Our business development team led by Tom Nutley was out and about at events and meetings almost on a monthly basis. We’ve been successful in sharing our belief in automated rebalancing and using self-organising algorithms to build better Bike Share Schemes and that has led to trials and deployments around the world.

 

Our flagship BICO Bike Share Scheme management platform has been adopted and is supporting ridership growth in unique markets in the Americas and Europe. In 2017, We added greater functionality to BICO including a successful internationalisation process that helped us to better serve our partners abroad and dynamic replenishment values for greater predictive management of a scheme. Both have made it easier for operators to deploy and benefit from our solution.

 

We are also proud to have partnered with industry bodies to accelerate transformation in Bike Share Schemes. We are a member of the platform for European Bicycle Sharing & Systems (PEBSS), created by European Cyclist’s Federation (ECF). Our work with ECF and PEBSS highlights our commitment to growing a healthier cycling market for all.

 

In November, our usability data was shared around the world and is influencing conversation about how to create Bike Share Schemes that give riders an optimised experience. We are sharing our data and analytics to show what is possible in Bike Share when you take a new approach.

 

This Time Next Year

Throughout 2018, we will develop our AI technology for the shared mobility market, innovate for Bike Share operators and continue to roll our solutions around the world. It is an exciting time for our industry and we are ready to help our partners benefit from our solution and encourage the continued growth of Bike Share.

 

As cities around the globe continue to push towards cleaner and more sustainable transportation, we will see increased demand for user-friendly Biker Share. How cities and operators manage their schemes and support riders will define their success.

 

The tipping point in Bike Share will be seen when automated rebalancing becomes a critical part of any Bike Share operator’s conversations about growth. AI will at least be considered when discussing a path forward for schemes looking to grow. That’s a big step forward in an industry that is constantly changing.

 

There are a few things that I believe will define the Bike Share in 2018:

 

  • Growing Bike Share Schemes

As more Bike Shares use AI-based management solutions, riders will get a better experience and schemes will grow. It will enable faster decision making for bike distribution, ensuring that riders get bikes and docks where and when they need them. That drives growth and creates new efficiencies.

 

  • Move Towards Electric

We will see a greater push in electric cars, bikes and scooters in an effort to reduce emissions and drive down costs. We will see more Bike Share offering e-bikes and even further introduction of e-scooter sharing in cities around the world. With greater range and a larger, more diverse user base, schemes will need better management solutions to drive efficiency.

 

  • Mobility as a Service

We will see mobile phones play a greater role in traditional transportation. Mobility as Service (MaaS) showed its potential in 2017 and now MaaS will begin being rolled out in cities around the globe. It will streamline how we travel and deliver even more data about how we commute.

 

  • The End of the Free-For-All in Free Floating

The free-for-all in Free Floating Bike Share has to come to an end. Healthy markets do not tolerate massive oversupply and as we’ve seen in some cities in China it leads to failing schemes. Free Floating Bike Share Schemes need to be managed and follow policies set out by local governments to be successful. In 2018, we hope to see less mistakes made and a lesson to be learned.

 

All of these things will drive demand for AI-based solutions and the evolution of Bike Share Scheme management. Bike Share operations should be simpler to manage with better experiences for riders. In 2018, we will solve some of the challenges in transportation and deliver solutions that benefit cities, citizens and the environment. I see tremendous potential in our business and our industry. 2018 will be a phenomenal year for AI in transportation.

 

Big Data Innovation in Bike Share Schemes

Big data is changing how we experience cities and enabling us to live healthier, happier and more productive lives. As cities become smarter, big data is being used to reimagine transportation and how we get from A to B.

Every city is producing vast amounts of data every hour and every day. Increasingly this data is being captured and put to work creating new solutions, processes and experiences that improve how a city functions and is enjoyed by citizens.

Data can be used to improve, urban planning, health care, sustainability, transportation and just about every aspect of a city. The “smart” in Smart Cities is about taking this data and rapidly turning it into actionable insights.

According to IBM, a Smart City “makes optimal use of all the interconnected information available today to better understand and control its operations and optimise the use of limited resources”. It makes cities better places to live and enables the best use of what a city’s budgets, space, people and technologies.

By 2021, open and shared data has the potential to add $2.83 billion (10.4 Billion AED) to Dubai’s economy every year, according to a report produced by KPMG. That is a lasting and long-term impact on the city of Dubai and results from using data in a Smart City environment.

While Smart City deployments continue to grow, transportation is an area where we are already seeing the direct impact of data on how citizens live day-to-day. In modern cities, Bike Share Schemes have emerged as a healthy and efficient means of commuting and navigating a city.

These schemes are taking the Smart City concept and applying it to local challenges and succeeding in growing ridership and providing more citizens with healthy and efficient transportation.

It’s this citywide data that is at the heart of the three pillars of smarter public bike sharing system as set out in the Policy Framework for Smart Public-Use Bike Share by the Platform for European Bicycle Sharing & Systems (PEBSS). Data influences how rider priorities are met and how cities offer suitable conditions with sustainable technologies and innovation. Smart Cities support Bike Share Schemes by considering the people, infrastructure and technology elements.

To make data work for Bike Share Scheme operators, it needs to be collected, managed and analysed effectively. This is where Artificial Intelligence (AI) plays a crucial role. AI-based platform manages all available data to deliver valuable insights to operators. The illustration below highlights this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Solving Distribution Challenges in Bike Share Schemes

Effective distribution, in some of the best Bike Share Schemes, require immense amounts of citywide data to be captured, processed and used. Increasingly, schemes around the world are using city data to not only optimise its redistribution but to also show complete visibility to its users as to where the bikes are on its system map.

It’s how Bike Share Schemes use this data that drives value for operators, riders and cities. Bike Share Scheme operators are often familiar with rider statistics and patterns but the challenge is to use this data to accelerate growth within a scheme.

Tracking growth and stimulating growth are often two very different things. At the heart of new growth is rider experience. Bike Share Schemes are challenged to offer a consistent rider experience across a city while ensuring that using a Bike Share Scheme is easy, convenient and enjoyable for the rider. A positive and consistent Bike Share Scheme begins and ends with two questions:

 

  1. “Can I get a bike where I want one?”
  2. “Can I dock my bike at the end of my journey?”

 

If a Bike Share Scheme can guarantee these two things, it is likely that a rider will have a positive riding experience. When a rider can borrow a bike and dock it, they are more likely to use the scheme again and make it part of their routine.

That’s good for the Bike Share Scheme as it will help to grow overall ridership and new people will experience the city using shared bikes. A Bike Share Scheme with an active and growing ridership is able to invest and expand its schemes.

The data available in a city can be used to ensure that riders can access bikes and docks where and when they want them. Different days of the week, weather, events, seasons, local conditions and scenarios, and a whole range of criteria can shape how a Bike Share Scheme is used.

On a rare rainy day in Los Angeles, people may not cycle at all. In Amsterdam, there may only be a slight variance in usage patterns. At the same time, different events can be connected like a sunny day in a city, matched with a train drivers strike and major sporting event being held in one area of the city. All of these factors can influence how a scheme is functioning and where more or less bikes are needed.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) can be an excellent tool for simplifying Bike Share Scheme operations while using the power of data to drive decision making. AI can process a variety of data both historically and in real-time
to deliver actionable insights for Bike Share Scheme operators. Operators gain visibility into all of the criteria shaping a cityscape and benefit from useful insights to optimise bike distribution to match changing conditions.

AI accelerates how decisions are made by operators while taking the guess work out of bike distribution. The AI technology can predict peak times up to 12 hours in advance, enabling operators to manage supply and meet requirements in those areas. This ultimately leads to bikes and docks being available and riders getting a better Bike Share experience.

 

To find out more about the role data and AI has on a Bike Share Scheme, read our full whitepaper on ‘How to Grow a Smart City Bike Share Scheme’

 

7 Benefits of an AI-Optimised Bike Share Scheme for Smart Cities

Smart Cities that have active and growing Bike Share Schemes create urban environments that are healthier, with less congestion and better placed to manage growing populations.

In 2016, 1.7 billion people or 23% of the world’s population lived in a city with at least 1 million inhabitants, according to the United Nations. By 2030, that will grow to 27%. Urbanisation is continuing to grow and that puts strain on transportation networks.

Public Transport in its current state is already stretched and cities are often challenged to fund new projects. With optimised Bike Share Schemes, cities can encourage citizens to cycle and avoid crowded transport systems.

As more Smart City initiatives are deployed, cities become data-rich environments that can benefit Bike Share Schemes. The emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) and a growing number of connected devices deployed across a city will only expand the potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Bike Share Schemes and transportation overall.

Expanding data sets managed with AI can deliver results that directly benefit riders and influence how a city functions and grows.

All cities can benefit from an AI-driven Bike Share Scheme but as smart technologies are rolled out widely, the depth of data will grow. Operators benefit from new and increasingly precise insights while riders will see Bike Share Schemes optimised in new ways.

With AI, operators can ensure a well-run Bike Share Scheme that offers:

 

A Cleaner Transport Option:

For cities to help tackle climate change and deliver a better environment for citizens to live in

 

Healthier and Happier Riders:

Through daily exercise

 

Effective First & Last Mile Solution:

Since it can be significantly cheaper and faster than other public transport options for short distances

 

Reduced Strain on Infrastructure:

As less people are using public transport that requires continuous upkeep and maintenance

 

More Investment in Cities:

With less need for maintenance and new projects, Smart Cities can use funding on other much needed transport infrastructure such as cycling lanes and incentives

 

Manage Rising Transport Demand:

With increasing urban-dwellers, cities can offer more transport options with a Bike Share Scheme to accommodate this rise

 

City’s Brand Image:

Can be shaped by a cycling culture, supporting tourism and other thriving economic industries

 

Bike Share Schemes are like no other modes of transport. It offers a viable transportation option to many crowded cities that deliver a range of benefits to both cities and its citizens.

To find out more about the benefits of Bike Share Schemes to operators, cities and citizens, read our full white paper on ‘How to Grow a Smart City Bike Share Scheme’.

AI Technology and Big Data are Building Smarter Cities

As technology continues to advance, cities don’t want to be left behind. Cities around the world are turning to Artificial Intelligence (AI) to facilitate and support the drive towards ‘Smart Cities’.

Organisations are realising the potential of cities in collecting and using valuable data to benefit its citizens. Big Data and AI are helping to drive new innovations and disruptions, especially within the transport sector.

We give a round-up of key advancements in AI technology with city environments. These articles show a future where AI could be at the heart of how we get from A to B.

 

  • AI Traffic Lights

AI Traffic lights, set to be implemented in Milton Keynes, UK for 2018, will aim to offer a more reactive solution to managing rush hour. Traffic lights at present run in sequence. The AI fitted lights will cover a 50 square mile area around busy zones to monitor traffic and lower congestion, making it safer for cyclists, buses and other vehicles.

The AI traffic lights are the first step to improve traffic by integrating with existing road signs and management systems. In the future, the traffic lights will be able to communicate with driverless cars to ensure they work effectively.

 

  • NVIDIA’s AI Security Camera

According to NVIDIA, there are hundreds of millions of surveillance cameras around the globe, expected to reach approximately 1 billion by 2020. The amount of data that this creates is difficult to manage by human beings alone.

This is where AI technology can play a huge part. AI can be used to analyse vast amounts of data and accurately drive insights. Connected to the Cloud, AI-powered systems can track and monitor behaviour as well be a solution to a lot of city problems.

 

  • Connecting the Car Industry with AI

 AI has transformed the transportation industry with new business models and ways of operating. The car industry is not any different. AI has bought new features and increased connectivity options while promising a future of driverless cars.

The advancements in AI are making vehicles safer, smarter and cost efficient for people. From major automotive brands to start-ups, AI is proving its value in improving operations and bringing innovations.

 

  • Launching a ‘Pop-up’ Bus

Citymapper’s CMX1, dubbed the ‘pop-up bus’, aims to offer bus routes that change dynamically according to traffic and demand. It analyses vast amounts of data to find where demand is and offer a bus route to meet that demand.

Public transport has remained unchanged over the years. Citymapper’s pop-up bus is a good example of how optimising your resources can find new efficiencies and benefits to operators, even in old traditional models.

 

At Stage, we use Artificial Intelligence to remove complexity in Bike Share Schemes. Through using real-time data, we can predict demand and manage supply to increase ridership and grow Bike Share schemes.

To find out more about how Stage Intelligence’s AI solution can simplify logistics within your Bike Share Scheme, please contact tom.nutley@stageintelligence.co.uk