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LTA, SMRT tie up with IBM and StarHub to improve public transport

LTA and SMRT will collaborate with IBM and StarHub to improve Singapore's public transportation network through the use of data.

SINGAPORE: The Land Transport Authority (LTA) and SMRT will collaborate with StarHub and IBM in a bid to improve the public transportation network through the use of data.

The collaboration, announced on Monday (June 2), has been named Fusion AnalyticS for public Transport Emergency Response, or FASTER. It will use data-driven analytical models for better crowd management and public transport incident management.

As part of the FASTER agreement, LTA and IBM will work together to combine farecard information from industry partners. SMRT will provide video data from selected MRT stations, and StarHub will provide anonymised telecommunications data for aggregate-level mobility analysis.

A joint statement from all four parties said that with the use of data to extract insights into crowd movements, "transport operators and authorities will be able to provide better information services to their employees and passengers".

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