TORONTO, Oct. 1 /CNW/ - Skymeter Corp. - a client of MaRS advisory
services and tenant in the MaRS Centre - is partnering with global networking
giant Cisco Systems to demonstrate its road-use metering technology in a
Seoul, Korea pilot project.
Cisco's Tony Kim, head of Connected Urban Development Seoul, announced
the partnership at the Clinton Global Initiative conference Connectivity for
Sustainability in New York last week - a coup for the Toronto-based start-up.
"They really put us through a tough test," Skymeter's Chief Technology
Officer, Preet Khalsa, said of the tests that took place over the past six
months. "It was imperative that we generated highly consistent charges every
time we ran the same trip."
Skymeter has developed a GPS smart-metering system - housed in a small
unit that sits on a car's dashboard - which can be used for accurate
pay-as-you-go pricing in road tolling, parking, insurance and more.
"I was asked to prove that we can operate reliably anywhere, no matter
how tall the buildings - in what is called 'urban canyon'," Khalsa said.
"Cisco chose the densest architectural parts of the city to test that our
road-use metering technology always determines the correct charge - until now
GPS for road use charging has been known to work reliably only outside cities
in 'open sky'."
Cisco Systems and the Clinton Global Initiative are partners in a project
called Connected Urban Development (CUD) in seven major cities (Amsterdam,
Birmingham (UK), Hamburg, Lisbon, Madrid, San Francisco and Seoul), creating
communications infrastructure that demonstrates how network connectivity can
reduce carbon emissions in urban environments. CUD will help change the way
cities deliver services to residents, manage the flow of traffic, operate
public transportation and many other urban activities. Seoul's focus in this
CUD project is connected and sustainable mobility solutions.
Also attending the New York conference was respected transportation
economist Todd Litman, executive director of the Victoria Transport Policy
Institute, an independent research organization in Victoria, B.C. He was
encouraged by Skymeter's technology: "Judging from early test results,
Skymeter has removed critical barriers to the use of GPS for road use
charging. They appear to have addressed reliability, cost and privacy issues.
I look forward to seeing the results of a formal pilot in Seoul."
Skymeter Corporation (www.skymetercorp.com) is a Toronto-based data
services operator that enables location-based payments using financial-grade
MaRS (www.marsdd.com) is a non-profit innovation centre connecting
science, technology and social entrepreneurs with business skills and capital
to stimulate innovation, entrepreneurship and the creation of successful
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