Back in July, UrbanThings joined Go-Ahead’s 8-week transport innovation programme, The Billion Journey Project. Operated by Go-Ahead, the project is the UK’s largest transport accelerator hub and has been developed to help scale-ups grow into the rail and bus industry. Consequently, these innovations can then be passed down to the passengers. Under the mentorship of the Go-Ahead team, UrbanThings completed the programme in early September. We’re excited to announce that we were awarded one of the two big prizes; the Cohorts Choice Award at the accelerators prestigious event at Huckletree, White City on September 19th..
After excellent presentations from the programme’s cohort of ten innovative transport companies, Go-Ahead also announced that they had selected a small number of these companies to work with their subsidiaries. As a result of being in the programme, we’re immensely proud that we’ve been chosen to continue working with GoAhead. UrbanThings will be partnering with Brighton & Hove Buses, and Ticketer to perform the UK’s first CiBo trial integrated with a ticket machine.
UrbanThing’s CEO Carl Partridge is pleased with the programme and the end result. “The Billion Journey Project has been a massive opportunity for us to build relationships with operators, innovators, and industry experts. We’re delighted for our product Ticketless to have been recognised by our peers in this way, and similarly wish them the best of success. UrbanThings is tremendously excited about the upcoming CiBo (Check-in, be-out) trial. We are very grateful for all the support we’ve received from the team and mentors at the Billion Journey Project.”
UrbanThings’ UK government-backed product Ticketless, is an innovative mobile-ticketing platform for public transport. It enables operators to lower their costs by removing on-vehicle hardware. The System will ultimately move from a CiBo model to full BiBo (Be-in Be-out) technology using Bluetooth beacons. The CiBo trial in partnership with Brighton & Hove buses and Ticketer will begin in March 2019.