GeoSpock, the spatial big data company, has been selected as a semi- finalist among 16 others for the City Architecture for Tomorrow Challenge (CATCH), organized by Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF). This is the first time GeoSpock participated in CATCH and is the only shortlisted company that represents the United Kingdom.
Over 90 teams of innovators from more than 20 countries worldwide submitted innovative data-driven solutions to improve mobility and city planning in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the host country of this year’s challenge. Other semi-finalists include teams from Australia, Brazil, Germany, India, Malaysia, Netherlands, Singapore, and United States. All semi-finalists will each receive up to USD$5,000 grant to develop Proofs of Concept of their solutions.
Richard Baker, CEO at GeoSpock mentioned in the press release that, they are extremely honored to be selected amongst 15 other innovative companies from across the world. Ultimately, they are all working towards a common goal, which is to unlock city planning and mobility analytics applications for governments, city planners and commuters alike. He added that he truly believes that by harnessing the power of connected data and technology, they are able to drive innovation to improve quality of life, economic competitiveness and sustainability.
Addressing the problem statement of CATCH, GeoSpock plans to build a hyperlocal data fusion platform that is not only capable of handling extreme scale data, but can also connect data from public open datasets, closed datasets from public agencies, private sources and APIs. This approach would allow for scenario planning based on geo and demographics conditions, as well as optimal allocation of mobility and infrastructure resources, such as office areas, schools and health services.
CATCH was launched in February 2020 with a global call for dynamic, intelligent and data-driven solutions to address mobility and city planning challenges globally. This is the region’s first global challenge that attracted entries from participants all around the globe.