Niels Tvilling Larsen, former CTO and Chief Visionary Officer of Denmark’s national flexible transit platform joins Chicago’s rapidly growing mobility transformation powerhouse DEMANDTRANS, Inc.
CHICAGO, IL HELSINKI, FINLAND (PRWEB) MAY 05, 2017
DEMANDTRANS, Inc of Chicago announces the hiring of Executive Niels Tvilling Larsen, developer of Denmark’s national flexible transit platform. Larsen will assume the role of Director of Transformational Technologies and Mobility Partnerships for Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Recognizing how a series of converging technological and social trends are dramatically reshaping the way people and goods move, Larsen will spearhead the global development ofKOMBO: the first Dynamic Mobility Blended Capacity Platform of its kind. As the architect of the first nation-wide mobility allocation platform in Denmark, his efforts were instrumental in building the system that organized over 500 different mobility providers, generating 20,000-plus rides a day. This integrated system not only improved mobility performance but greatly reduced costs in the area of Demand Responsive Transport (DRT).
In the U.S., DEMANDTRANS is scaling the lessons learned from Denmark to establish a fully integrated smart mobility platform capable of blending fixed transit assets as well as on-demand, dynamic shuttle, car sharing, bike sharing and more. Larsen notes “The key to developing a reliable, large-scale platform is to use a unique cost allocation model that ensures everyone pays their fair share of the costs to the transport provider–in other words, it reflects the value of receiving orders from many different sources, and supports planning with multiple optimization logics and modules.” He adds “Our system in Denmark serves as a catalyst for broad cooperation and demonstrates the value of modularizing IT structures in order to automatically blend different trips from different authorities while seamlessly synchronizing varied service needs and requirements. In effect, each trip is broken down by its needs and requirements and the transit authority simply adjusts the time or service to increase or decrease utilization.”
As the proliferation of transportation options such as ride-sharing and car-sharing have created an opportunity to deliver Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) at scale, DEMANDTRANS is expanding its focus toward leveraging large amounts of data across interconnected networks to better organize varied modalities and service types and enhance the transit customers experience. Roger Teal, President of DEMANDTRANS points out “For over two decades our team has sought more efficient solutions for transit agencies in America and what could be better than an easy-to-use, fully integrated platform to effectively organize all this capacity?” Teal adds, “With the addition of Niels Larsen to our team and our ongoing work with MIT’s Transit Labs, we have a unique opportunity to build on the success of Denmark’s transportation system model and deliver an amazing Dynamic Mobility Blended Capacity Platform to transform the public transit experience.”
The world awaits.
For over 20 years, DEMANDTRANS has been instrumental in delivering advanced technology and software applications to solve challenging problems in the transit industry. From operations management, resource scheduling, predictive modeling, transportation logistics or Smart City Solutions, the DEMANDTRANS team works with clients in the US and abroad to design and deliver intelligent transit technology to help make platforms such as Mobility-As-A Service a reality in any city of any size.
Niels Tvilling Larsen has 20 years of experience in the field of flexible transit in Denmark, both in terms of implementation, operation and the continued development of smart transportation systems. A former public servant, Larsen served 10 years on the city council in the fourth largest city of Denmark, Aalborg, making him comfortable straddling both the constraints and opportunities of the public and private sectors.