French public transport operator - RATP Dev - highlights the need for mobility innovation to meet region's smart city ambitions
Source: WPR for RATP Dev Middle East , Author: Posted by BI-ME staff
Posted: Sun March 11, 2018 7:39 pm

UAE. RATP Dev, the French public transport operator and one of the largest public transport operators in the world, is supporting Middle East Rail 2018 as a Gold sponsor and the company’s Chairwoman is a keynote speaker at the conference.

RATP Dev operates across the Middle East working on large-scale public transport systems and operations. The company will highlight the need for constant innovation in urban mobility to match the smart city ambitions of the region and especially Dubai – the emerging global smart city ranked 14th most innovative city in the world.
 
RATP Dev’s expertise covers bus, tramway, metro, rail and ancillary services and the Group is acknowledged as a world leader in passenger transport, operating the Paris metro, tram and bus system.

In 2016, RATP Dev launched its new regional headquarters in the UAE, targeting the leading transport projects in the country. The company has over 6,000 employees working in the Asia, Middle East and North Africa region.
 
RATP Dev – keynote address to the Middle East Rail conference:
Date:  Monday 12th March 2018
Title: Shaping now and together the future of urban mobility
Speaker: Mrs Laurence Batlle, Chairwoman of the Executive Board, RATP Dev
 
According to RATP Dev, we are living in remarkable times when technology offers new potential for the future of the world’s cities and urban communities and mobility lies at the heart of this urban transformation.

Urban mobility companies are now facing the twin challenges of optimising existing transport infrastructure and delivering on the promise of the potential of new smart technologies and associated mobility solutions. The response by the mobility sector must be to harness innovation in four key areas:
 
Firstly: integrating innovation with technology to pioneer new ‘smart’ urban transportation solutions, including automation and driverless mobility systems, and autonomous electric vehicles. It is predicted that by 2020, 75% of all new metro systems will be driverless.
 
Secondly, innovating for a sustainable and smart future includes the transition to zero emission vehicles such as electric buses, while a long-term strategy for AI and Big Data will guide operators to adopting a passenger/data-centric approach, such as Mobility as a Service and DRT (Demand Responsive transport – On demand) which is the current state of the art in AI.
 
Thirdly, no one has a monopoly on innovation today and partnering with the start-up eco-system in a new collaborative approach to innovation will help develop genuine technological breakthrough projects. The company’s dedicated fund, RATP Capital Innovation, focuses on investing in start-ups, specifically new services and forms of mobility for the benefit of passengers and transport authorities.
 
Finally, building tomorrow’s cities and communities means that mobility companies should measure performance not only in terms of kilometres, passenger numbers and travel times but also on the much broader impact they make on a community.

RATP Dev also considers three other key areas - skills transfer and employment opportunities, inclusion for staff and passengers and the empowerment of women, and social responsibility. RATP’s School of Mobility in Casablanca and the community initiatives undertaken through the RATP Group Foundation to create access to employment, education and culture are examples.
 
Commenting on Middle East Rail 2018, Mrs Laurence Batlle, Chairwoman of the executive board of RATP Dev, said: “‘Mobility for all’ is one of our credos and we are passionately committed to reducing distances, opening doors to opportunities and bringing people together. Constant innovation including mobility lies at the heart of sustainable smart cities and Dubai and the UAE continue to lead the way. Dubai is the perfect host for Middle East Rail as the leading regional smart city pioneer seeding, incubating and accelerating innovation including mobility solutions.”

Photo Captions:
1. (above)  Laurence Batlle, Chairwoman of the RATP Dev Executive Board
2. (inset)  RATP Dev logoy (File photo)
  
About Laurence Batlle
Laurence Batlle is Chairwoman of the RATP Dev Executive Board, and has sat on the RATP Group Executive Board since 1st January 2017. She joined RATP Dev in 2007 as CFO, and since then has played a major role in defining its strategy and supervising its international growth.

She became a member of the Executive Board in 2011, and was in charge of its Americas-Africa and Sightseeing Business Units from 2014 to 2016. She has also been an independent Board member of Elior Group since 2014.

Prior to joining RATP Dev, Laurence Batlle spent 14 years driving sales growth in major consulting firms, first for PricewaterhouseCoopers and then as VP Global Finance Support at Atos Origin. She is a graduate of Harvard Business School and Institut Commercial de Nancy, and is a Knight of the French National Order of Merit. 
 
About RATP Dev
RATP Dev operates and maintains urban transportation systems in 14 countries on four continents (United Kingdom, France, Italy, Switzerland, Algeria, Morocco, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, India, China, South Korea, the Philippines, and the United States of America).

With more than 1.5 billion passengers travelling on its networks every year, RATP Dev demonstrates every day its extensive and renowned expertise in a wide range of mobility services, ranging from rail, regional express rail, tramway, to bus, cable car and sightseeing activities.
 
RATP Dev leverages in France, outside of Paris, and across international markets the technical expertise and experience of RATP Group, the leader in driverless metro and tramway operations and operator of the Paris network.

With nearly 16 million daily passengers worldwide, RATP Group is one of the largest urban transportation operators in the world with about 60,000 employees. With its 14 metro lines (including two driverless lines), 2 regional express rail lines, 7 tramway lines and 350 bus lines, the multimodal network operated by RATP in the Paris region is the largest in the world to be managed by a single company.

 

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