Meet Vianova, a French startup building a data platform for shared mobility companies as well as local governments. The company acts as both a data warehouse and a data visualization dashboard.
It has raised a $6.4 million (€6 million) Series A funding round led by Baloise VC with XAnge as well as existing investors RATP Capital Innovation and Ponooc also participating.
Many cities have changed drastically with the rise of free-floating bicycles, electric scooters, mopeds and cars that you can unlock with your phone. Cities have also changed their rules over time and are embracing micromobility in different ways.
The good news is that these mobility fleets all have some form of connectivity with a GPS chip and a cellular modem. In other words, companies and local governments can use data to make these services more efficient and safer for the people who use them and everyone else who lives in those cities.
Vianova currently monitors one million connected vehicles on its platform. Some companies use the platform to manage their fleet and make sure vehicles are in the right places at the right time.
Policymakers and data scientists can also leverage this platform to discover certain trends. It can be used to improve infrastructure, create low speed zones or geofence parking lots and more.
All of this can be done through a SimCity-style dashboard with map overlays and real-time data. The idea is that you can use Vianova as a real-time dashboard and analytics tool to generate historical reports and see how well you’re doing — whether you’re a mobility company or a local government.
But an analytics tool without data would be a bit useless. That’s why you can combine your own data with different sources of mobility data. This can be especially interesting for cities that want to access data from private companies to better understand what’s going on.
For example, the city of Stockholm and Voi use Vianova to improve shared mobility services in the city. Mobility companies decide with whom they want to share their data.
Vianova uses APIs to retrieve data from mobility carriers so you can see live data on the platform. Data may be aggregated and anonymized.
Some of Vianova’s clients include the cities of Zurich, Amsterdam, Stockholm and Marseille, as well as mobility operators such as Bolt and Voi. A number of major infrastructure companies also use the platform, such as RATP, Aéroports de Paris and KTH University.