The deal was signed in Montreal by Mr Laurent Kocher, executive director, marketing, innovation and services with Keolis, and Ivando CEO Mr Gilles Savard. Ivado has around 1000 scientists and 40 academic programmes, making it one of the largest Big Data scientific communities. It was set up by HEC Montreal, Montreal Polytechnique and Montreal University.

Joint research and development projects will initially focus on Quebec, Canada, followed by locations where Keolis has concessions, including France, the United States and other European countries.

Through the partnership, Keolis wants to develop innovative mobility solutions that create value for both passengers and transport authorities. In particular, it wants to be able offer passengers personalised journeys more suited to their needs and provide better real-time information covering such things as the state of rolling stock, operations, and maintenance.