Cities Today – Connecting the world's urban leaders

Cubic and MasterCard launch Urbanomics Mobility Project

The initiative leverages Urban Insights’ big data analytics and visualisation technology

Cubic Transportation Systems, a business unit of Cubic Corporation, and its subsidiary Urban Insights have announced the development of the Urbanomics Mobility Project, a new data analysis platform to fuel smarter, more inclusive cities.

Built in collaboration with MasterCard, the tool will help urban planners and commercial developers better understand the relationship between how people travel and what they buy to inform growth strategies and improve the quality of life for citizens of the world’s premier cities.

“This is a very deliberate smart city initiative between two industry leaders – combining their unique resources and knowledge to create a new data analysis platform for planning smart cities, growing their economies and putting in place critical transportation infrastructure and services,” said Dan Collins, general manager of Cubic’s Urban Insights.

The initiative leverages Urban Insights’ big data analytics and visualisation technology; Cubic’s expertise in processing more than US$24 billion per year in public transport revenue; and powerful spending trends and insights derived from 43 billion transactions processed over the MasterCard network each year.

The Urbanomics Mobility Project targets transit, urban planning and public service agencies; land-use authorities; city and regional governments; real estate developers; and merchants and other commercial businesses involved in site selection and development.

“An essential step in enabling smarter cities is to step-up the use of data available from multiple sources in order to help city leaders and planners make smarter decisions,” said Hany Fam, Executive Vice President, Enterprise Partnerships, MasterCard. “By combining our respective analytics and insights, we’ll be able to deliver a more holistic, up-to-date picture of how well an urban transport network enables access to services, retailers and attractions, making life better for residents and visitors.”

For urban planners, the prototype shows how the platform brings together public and private data in a way that, until now, was not readily available in a useable way for planning purposes. Urban Insights, Cubic and MasterCard will be working closely with city stakeholders to understand their needs as they develop, enhance and commercialise the joint solution.