Meet Vianova, a French startup building a data platform for shared mobility companies and local governments. The company acts as both a data store and a data visualization dashboard.
The company has raised a $6.4 million (€6 million) Series A funding round led by Baloise VC with XAnge and existing investors RATP Capital Innovation and Ponooc.
Many cities have changed drastically with the advent of free-floating bicycles, electric scooters, moped scooters, and cars that you can unlock with your phone. Cities have also changed their rules over time and embraced micromobility in different ways.
The good news is that these mobility fleets all have some form of connectivity with a GPS chip and cellular modem. In other words, businesses and local governments can use data to make these services more efficient and safer for users and everyone else living in these cities.
Vianova is currently tracking one million connected vehicles on its platform. Some companies use the platform to manage their fleet and ensure vehicles are in the right place at the right time.
Politicians and data scientists can also use this platform to discover some trends. It can be used to improve infrastructure, create slow speed zones or parking lots through geofencing and much more.
All of this can be done through a SimCity-like 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 create 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 somewhat useless. Therefore you can combine your own data with different mobility data sources. This can be particularly interesting for cities that want to access data from private companies to better understand what is happening.
For example, the city of Stockholm and Voi both 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 pull data from mobility providers so you can see live data on the platform. Data can be aggregated and made anonymous.
Vianova’s customers include the cities of Zurich, Amsterdam, Stockholm and Marseille, as well as mobility providers such as Bolt and Voi. Some large infrastructure companies also use the platform, including RATP, Aéroports de Paris and KTH University.