Chicago, IL - HERE Technologies and City Digital today announced a new collaboration focused on creating innovative solutions to optimize urban transportation and mobility networks for the benefit of individuals, cities and businesses.
HERE will join City Digital partners to pilot and test concepts that address traffic congestion, multi-modal travel access and transportation data management.
HERE will lead the City Digital consortium's first Urban Logistics pilots aimed at traffic mitigation and facilitating last mile urban deliveries and logistics. HERE will make a range of location technologies available to support the pilots, including enterprise-grade digital maps, multi-modal navigation and routing tools, real-time and historical road traffic analytics, and developer tools.
"HERE's powerful location platform adds a unique capability to the City Digital consortium, allowing us to develop new services and tools that resonate with people's experience in space and time," said Brenna Berman, Executive Director of City Digital and the former Chief Information Officer for the City of Chicago.
In addition to leading new pilots, HERE's technology will support existing work, such as the Cubs Night Game Alerts program involving Mastercard, Microsoft and the Chicago Transit Authority.
"We are excited to join City Digital and its partners as we work together on meaningful innovation and technology deployments in Chicago," said Angel L. Mendez, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of HERE Technologies. "Through our collaborations and use of HERE location-based services, we have the unique opportunity to increase resident mobility, optimize city infrastructure and service delivery, and begin to plan the cities of tomorrow."
Future initiatives may include the use of the HERE Open Location Platform for digital infrastructure management, such as merging the location of curbs, parking and loading restrictions with real-time transport data for optimal curbside space allocation. The Open Location Platform and Reality Index(TM) provide City Digital the ability to gain new urban insights by combining precise map and real-time data from devices across the IoT ecosystem.
HERE is one of the largest tech companies in Chicago, with more than 1,100 downtown employees working on location-based products and services that are helping to advance the development of autonomous vehicles, Smart Cities and Intelligent Transportation Systems.
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