The Optibus Blog
Thoughts about scheduling, planning, mass transit, technology, algorithms and more
Separating fact from fiction: what you need to know about cloud-based transportation applications
For public transportation software, what is the difference between cloud-native applications and cloud-hosted applications?
UK Transport Leaders at Intelligent Transport: Making Mass Transport Better
We had a great time at the Intelligent Transport Conference with Leon Daniels, who has recently joined Optibus. Leon interviewed some of the UK’s leading mass transport thought leaders. Here’s what they had to say: Matthew Hudson, TfL Hudson said: “It’s interesting to see how the market is trying to work out the congestion problem…
Evaluating Next-generation Planning and Scheduling Platforms: 6 Questions to Ask
New mobility alternatives, applications and software are changing the world of transport in unprecedented ways. In the public transport sector, older methods of planning and scheduling are making way for newer platforms; these new platforms carry enormous transformational potential. Whether you’re looking to plan better routes, timetables, ensure on-time performance, create better vehicle/crew schedules or rosters…
Optibus named a Cool Vendor by Gartner
Leading Analyst Firm Selects Innovative Companies in the Automotive and Smart Mobility Market San Francisco, US, October 17th, 2018, Optibus, a leading provider of next generation planning and scheduling for the mass transit space, announced today it has been named a Cool Vendor in the October 2018 Cool Vendors in Automotive and Smart Mobility report…
The Trillion Dollar Market That Everyone Is Ignoring
Which market is larger than the taxi, ride-hailing, and shared-ride markets, combined? The answer is clearly visible on the streets of any city in the world: the mass transit market. Every city on the globe runs a multi-million to multi-billion bus service. Leon Daniels, who recently joined Optibus as an investor and advisor, was in…
How we use FaaS to optimize mass transit: running distributed algorithms at “infinite” scale
Optibus creates a continuous plan for mass transit: city-wide planning and scheduling - determining where every vehicle and driver should go, while ensuring that the service will be both cost-effective and on-time.
The Four Ps of Great Technology Workplaces: Why Optibus is my Favorite Place in a 20-year Career
Think of it, if you were looking for a new job in technology right now, which criteria would be on top of your list? My 20-year career in high-tech taught me a lot about great and not-so-great places to work and about the huge impact they have on my quality of life.
Mass Transit Optimization for Buses: The Depot Problem
One of the great things about working for Optibus is the ability to apply math to the solution of real world problems. Bus scheduling is a NP-hard problem and as we were developing the Optibus platform in its early days, we encountered many cases that forced us to put our thinking hats on.
How to Manage Overtime with Transportation Scheduling Software
The overtime crew scheduling (or runcutting) challenge Everyone has opinions about overtime. Some think it’s an opportunity to earn more money, others are concerned about the resulting safety implications (or regulatory problems), as drivers drive long shifts and become fatigued.
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