US: Moovit, the world’s largest urban mobility data, and analytics company announced that it will integrate its public transit information to Azure Maps to help developers build richer apps for billions of commuters around the world. As part of the collaboration, Moovit will run its public transit data and services APIs on Microsoft Azure and will gradually migrate its other products to Microsoft Azure. Microsoft can also integrate Moovit’s public transit data in its first-party applications and services.
Moovit amasses four billion anonymous data points a day to add to the world’s largest repository of transit data. The data gathering is aided by Moovit’s network of more than 450,000 local editors called “Mooviters.” These passionate users help map and maintain local transit information in cities that would otherwise be unserved.
Azure Maps is a simple and secure set of location APIs providing geospatial context to data through maps, search, routing, traffic and time zone capabilities that integrate seamlessly with other Azure tools and services. Microsoft Azure will integrate Moovit’s transit API data and services to provide Azure customers some of the most accurate public transit data in the world.
“Moovit’s top quality transit data and world-leading multi-modality services perfectly fit in to the Microsoft Azure Maps portfolio of offerings for app developers,” said Moovit Co-Founder and CEO Nir Erez. “We’re delighted to work with a world class company like Microsoft and integrate our rich transit APIs into Azure Maps so developers can build greater apps for people who ride transit everywhere,” Erez concluded.
“Developers and customers alike have been asking for a comprehensive mapping solution that brings together location awareness with public transit data to provide a full picture,” said Tara Prakriya, Group Program Management for Azure Maps and Connected Vehicles, Microsoft. “By offering location awareness with public transit data on Microsoft Azure Maps, developers not only can create more sophisticated and smarter, real-time location-based apps, but our cloud customers across a variety of industries like automotive, public sector, manufacturing and healthcare will be able to leverage this data to continue to improve how people get around and get access to services globally,” Prakriya concluded.