Swiftly, Inc. welcomes Michael Smith to its executive team as it looks to bring Transitime – a next-generation real-time passenger information system – to cities around the world.
Michael Smith is the former General Manager and Chief Technology Officer of NextBus, the current market leader in real-time passenger information systems for transit agencies. He originally built Transitime from the ground up to enable transit agencies to provide more accurate real-time information to their riders. Now, as Co-Founder and Chief Information Officer at Swiftly, Michael is driving the company’s data-driven real-time passenger information system and Mobility as a Service platform.
Transitime leverages state-of-the-art algorithms to predict when public transit vehicles will arrive with unprecedented accuracy. The system has been benchmarked to accurately predict arrival estimates up to 20% more often than current industry-wide services.
Additionally, Transitime is used to visualize and understand how cities move – where transit systems perform as expected and where they don’t. This information is being leveraged to improve the Swiftly Platform, which combines public and private transportation services into a single unified service in real-time. By connecting both private and public transportation modes together into one mobile app experience, Swiftly hopes to reduce private car ownership, congestion, and greenhouse gas emissions across the world.
“We have been working closely with Mike for several months now and are thrilled to have him join our team full time,” said Jonny Simkin, CEO and Co-Founder of Swiftly, Inc. “Mike knows transit systems and cities in and out. We want our next generation Mobility as a Service platform to have global reach, and Mike is uniquely qualified to get us there!”
“I am thrilled to join the Swiftly team,” said Michael Smith.“The Swiftly team has large ambitions to drastically improve urban transportation as we know it. I am excited to take this vision to the next level.”