Government Technology’s January/February 2016 issue includes an inaugural “GovTech 100” list of the top 100 companies who provide services for the government as strategic vendors and partners, with Metropia Inc. joining the impressive line-up. Metropia’s urban mobility management solution connects government agencies, local businesses, and end users in a one-of-a-kind ecosystem designed to get cities less congested and communities more connected.
GovTech 100 companies are recognized for providing new and innovative products or service delivery methods that streamline or support government operations.
In response to Metropia’s position on the GovTech 100, Dr. Chiu said,"Government Technology is one of the most influential magazines in the industry, and we are proud to be selected as one of the smart infrastructure companies that helps governments manage urban traffic congestion and future mobility.”
Metropia app users choose their travel time, and can also activate the DUO carpooling option, after being presented with the most and least congested times of departure. Choices are highlighted by a smart reward-based system. Government agencies look to Metropia to provide a variety of traffic demand solutions via deeper engagement with commuters. The system-wide benefit is data-driven insights, lightened traffic, and more CO2 savings.
“We found the solution to predicting commuter behavior,” Chiu says of the Metropia team and their patented solution, “the combination of contextually relevant information and rewards, engages users to make decisions that help reduce traffic in their city and improve the overall commuting experience for everyone.”
Since 2015, Metropia has established working relationships with a number of agencies such as City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT), Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA), Pima Association of Governments (PAG), New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT), Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), and University of Arizona to use Metropia platform to effectively engage and influence commuters or sports event attendees to make smarter travel decisions when commuting or attending sports events.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently chose Metropia as a partner to develop an architecture for incentivizing drivers to improve their commuting behavior through more energy-efficient choices. This effort was funded by the TRANSNET program, a national initiative of the DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), which only selected five high-potential technologies to reshape the energy efficiency of the transportation sector.