CUTRIC and Innovate Cities partner to improve smart mobility by maximizing the power and value of data

The Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC) is proud to announce that it is partnering with Innovate Cities. Recognizing the important role that transit plays in any smart city, this partnership creates a data-trust collaboration that supports the adoption of innovative low-carbon and smart mobility technologies.

“At CUTRIC, we believe a national transit data trust is required to accelerate the adoption of zero-emission transit. Canadian transit systems can be empowered with the smart use of zero-emission technology data. As agencies from west to east and north to south electrify their fleets, data collected from vehicle and infrastructure assets can and should be analyzed to allow agencies to monitor asset performance, hold manufacturers accountable, and ultimately save taxpayer dollars. Collaborating with Innovate Cities allows CUTRIC to share best practices when it comes to national transit and mobility data sharing,” says Josipa Petrunic, President & CEO of CUTRIC.

While Innovate Cities’ mandate includes a broad umbrella of smart city applications, CUTRIC’s mandate is specific to the needs of public transit agencies in Canada. Under this partnership, CUTRIC and Innovate Cities are eager to collaborate on a shared vision to leverage data for a better tomorrow.

“I am excited about this partnership and its potential to move both of our organizations forward.  CUTRIC’s participation in CityShield is evidence of the importance of a Canadian, not-for-profit data trust”, says Hugh O’Reilly, Executive Director of Innovate Cities.

Both organizations are looking forward to what this ground-breaking partnership will accomplish.


About Innovative Cities

Innovate Cities is committed to creating more inclusive, livable and sustainable cities which uses data to improve citizens’ quality of life, while protecting their privacy and earning their trust.  Innovate Cities is a platform that is used for the promotion of Canadian innovators as well as the means to connect those innovators to one another, to potential customers, and to established tech companies. We are an action-oriented, not-for-profit organization that believes in the power and value of data. To fulfill our mission and vision, we are building CityShield – the Innovate Cities Data Trust, a platform which allows producers of data to share their data, in an accessible and useable form, while delegating the responsibilities of strict governance to a trusted third party data fiduciary.  Innovate Cities will act as this data fiduciary.



CUTRIC is a non-profit innovation consortium with a vision to make Canada a global leader in low-carbon smart mobility. Through industry-led collaborative research and large-scale technology integration trials, CUTRIC is working to achieve this goal by focusing on technology development, integration and standardization of low-carbon propulsion systems and smart vehicle systems, data-driven analytics in mobility, and cybersecurity in transportation.


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