Amid the highly-charged public and political debate over congestion, Australian innovator Staybil has today announced a partnership with the UNSW Research Centre for Integrated Transport Innovation (rCITI) to test their bold traffic reduction targets with some of the world’s most state-of-the-art dynamic congestion models.
Staybil’s announcement comes just days after the traffic-busting startup received national recognition for its development of world-first Machine Learning-powered workforce geo-optimisation software.
“Workforce geo-optimisation has the potential to reduce the number of vehicle kilometers travelled which can help in improving traffic congestion, especially during commuting periods,” said rCITI Senior Lecturer David Rey, a respected researcher that advises on transport policy and infrastructure. “This is a critical challenge in large metropolitan areas and rCITI is thrilled to participate in this initiative with Staybil.”
The partnership comes at a time when congestion is a hot topic – and political sticking point – for the government and public alike. The latest federal budget points out the economic and environmental poisons of congestion and contains a $24 billion infrastructure package aimed at busting country-wide traffic. Meanwhile, politicians like Queensland Senator Fraser Anning are fanning the flames of discord by singling out population growth, specifically due to immigration, as the source of our congestion woes.
The collaboration aims to provide key insights as to how workforce geo-optimisation could reduce congestion when applied systematically by private and public organisations with large workforces. Staybil’s software finds the optimal allocation of workers to jobs using constraints such as their location, job type, wage, and experience. It then opens up “curated job swaps”, flexible “geo-rostering”, the ability for easier local hiring, and optimised job routings for field force style work. The result: Ensuring every worker has the shortest commute possible.
It’s been a wild few weeks for Staybil. Last Tuesday (28 September) saw them named #2 on the Anthill Smart100 list out of 700 applicants this year. On Thursday (30 September), they won the prestigious National AIIA iAward for Big Data Innovation of the Year. Staybil’s optimisation engine, a new technology developed over the last 10 months while based at the Sydney Startup Hub, is early days but already seems to be inspiring imaginations all over the country. After all, it’s hard not to get behind their vision of congestion relief and decreased commuting time for millions of Australians.
“Congestion is a plague upon cities and we can no longer simply throw more lanes and tunnels at it,” said founder and CEO of Staybil, Richard Savoie. “This landmark partnership with the rCITI team will allow us to show that by addressing the root causes for commuting, we can make a measurable and substantial improvement. This will inspire our policy makers to join with industry on solving one of the trickiest problems facing urban growth.”