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Kochi Metro Rail Limited to launch national 'Data Innovation Challenge'

Kochi: Kochi Metro Rail Limited with the technical and logistical support of World Resources Institute (WRI) India Ross Center for Sustainable Cities and Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF) will jointly launch the Station Access and Mobility Program (STAMP) Data Innovation Challenge-Kochi on Wednesday 30th of January. This is a nation wide competition to seek possible innovative solutions to improve public transit connectivity. The Data Innovation Challenge seeks to bring together ideas from technology providers, mobility entrepreneurs, NGOs, developers, city and transport planners and students to co-create solutions for bridging the gaps in multimodal integration, seamless commuting and customer experience by enabling greater data centric decision making by the transit operators and city administration.

KMRL MD Mr. A.P. M. Mohammed Hanish IAS will deliver the key note address and launch the event in the presence of KMRL directors and representatives of WRI and TMF at IBIS Hotel, MG Road, Kochi. The inaugural ceremony is at 10 am. KMRL recognizes the criticality of transport service integration in the city in accessing education and economic opportunities and are in constant pursuit of improving their services for the citizens of Kochi. KMRL also acknowledges the importance of effective communication of information in making the metro more accessible. To further this goal, the agency through its open data policy has made standardised metro information available for all. This data can be consumed by developers, entrepreneurs, academia and others to develop innovative applications on smartphones, feature phones, websites and other such platforms to assist commuters in making informed travel decisions. Data access can potentially trigger an ecosystem of innovation, which can address requirements of different commuter groups. The Data Innovation Challenge will continue to build upon the KMRL’s open data policy in a pursuit to make mobility services more accessible to commuters.

“We envision the Metro to be the cornerstone of the city transport system and the use of data is key to ensure an ecosystem for better innovation and informed interventions in public transportation systems. Through the STAMP Data Innovation Challenge in Kochi, we intent to find new and innovative ways of utilising the vast data to the advantage of the public as well as transit operators in ensuring a sustainable commuter friendly transit ecosystem in the city “said Mr. Mohammed Hanish. Toyota Mobility Foundation and WRI India have worked together over the last three years to assist Bengaluru and other cities in India in improving access and last mile connectivity to mass transit systems.

This year, WRI and TMF will work towards improving accessibility and usage of metro transit in Kochi through a process of leveraging open collaboration using mobility and non-mobility data, research and capacity building. This Data Innovation Challenge aims to help provide Kochi commuters with greater ease of movement throughout the city, while also helping transit agencies to improve their operational efficiencies. Through this data challenge, KMRL will collaborate with various stakeholders in Kochi including the state government, public agencies, and mobility enterprises. The selected applications/concepts may get an opportunity to associate with KMRL. The winners will also get cash prizes as well.