20 juil 23

Brussels Mobility and Vianova enable connected data for micro-mobility

Once one of the world’s most congested cities, Brussels has witnessed a boom in shared mobility solutions, particularly micro-mobility, over the past few years. Today, Vianova announced that it had been selected by Brussels Mobility to provide its data mobility platform to shared mobility companies to manage their fleets.

The news comes just hours after the Brussels government announced a cull of micro-mobility operators in the capital from 7 to 2, reducing the number of vehicles (eScooters and eBikes) from 20,000 to 8,000.

Vianova has entered into an extended agreement with Brussels as part of the city’s commitment to sustainable urban transport. After winning a public procurement competition, Vianova will continue to provide its mobility analytics platform to Brussels Mobility, the transport agency of the Brussels-Capital region, enabling shared mobility operators to manage fleets better, improve road safety and overcome challenges in the shift towards sustainable city transport.

The new agreement builds on an existing relationship whereby Vianova has been providing its services to Brussels Mobility since 2020 as part of the city’s Good Move Mobility plan and extends the platform to all modes of micro-mobility: e-scooters, cars, bikes, and car-hailing services, from supporting the deployment of mobility hubs and performance to managing implementation of new regulatory frameworks. 

Making space for micro-mobility 

Urban spaces worldwide are turning to new forms of mobility, from polluting modes of transport to eco-friendly solutions. For city planners, repurposing streets, parking spots and city layouts is critical to reaching net-zero targets, reducing congestion and making cities more liveable for the modern era. A range of operators have sprung up to meet this growing appetite for various options, and the shared mobility market is booming, despite the controversy in certain cities. 

As the city’s fleet increased from around 5,000 vehicles to over 20,000, Vianova’s mobility platform was instrumental in helping create 120 new geofenced slow-speed zones, no-go rules and incentivised parking hubs for riders across the city. This infrastructure reduced pavement clutter and street patrols by 30%, saving resources and improving public opinion of shared mobility.  Additionally, fleet operators could use the platform to ensure the correct distribution of their vehicles throughout the city, from an initial device rotation of 1.14 to 1.69, to ensure they were accessible to more customers. 

Brussels is now home to significant mobility players, including Dott, Bolt, and Lime, with recent data showing that 9% of journeys are made by bike and 1% by e-scooters, with car journeys falling from 38% in 2010 to 27% in 2022. After building on the work achieved so far, the new partnership will enable the city to continue making safe micro-mobility a liveable reality and ensure operators have the tools they need to operate for the good of everyone. 

Leveraging data to manage micro-mobility better

Founded in 2019 by Thibault Castagne, Thibaud Febvre, and Frédéric Robinet, Vianova optimises urban transport to make it safer and more sustainable. The cloud-based mobility analytics platform leverages IoT and data from over one million connected vehicles daily to provide public and private organisations, including mobility providers, cities and infrastructure managers, to enable them to collaborate and build solutions that turn complex data into intelligence for solving the most pressing mobility challenges.  

Over 60 cities use the company’s connected platform, with around 75% using it exclusively for managing micro-mobility fleets, including Abu Dhabi, Paris, and Berlin. The Brussels-Capital region will also leverage Vianova’s platform to include insight into car sharing and e-scooter data, making it the first city to leverage the platform for all major modes of shared mobility (e-scooters, cars, bikes, and ride-hailing). 

Thibault Castagne, co-founder and CEO at Vianova, said: “Brussels is one of Europe’s growing city hubs and the people that live there want a way to move around that is safe, sustainable and accessible. We’re delighted to reaffirm our partnership with Brussels Mobility and support the region to lead the way in the shared mobility transition by providing data-led insights that will reduce pavement clutter, make the streets safer, and encourage even more people to use shared mobility options.”

Martin Lefrancq, New mobility policy advisor at Brussels Mobility, said: “We are looking forward to continue collaborating with Vianova to enhance shared mobility in the Brussels-Capital region. Shared modes of mobility, such as scooters, bikes and cars, are the future of transport, they are helping us reach key Net Zero targets and create healthier, more livable cities for all.”

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Authored by: Alison Pittaway