Entrepreneur Ubitransport accelerates the digitization of public transport

Ubitransport accelerates the digitization of public transport

The health crisis has not slowed down the development of Ubitransport, the start-up winner for the second year in a row of the French Tech program. Specializing in digital public transport solutions, it announces 30 to 50 new hires in 2021. “We are emerging from an extraordinary year: we were able to recruit 50 people in 2020 to reach a workforce of 100 people and commercially, it was a sustained year, with many new customers who, in the context of Covid-19, the choice not to wait to deploy digital technology ”, abstract Jean-Paul Medioni, the founding leader of this start-up, created in 2012 in Mâcon (Saône-et-Loire).

Ubitransport had carried out a 45 million euros fundraising in 2019 with the intention of structuring and developing for export. The recruitments announced were maintained despite the teleworking organization, and two external growth operations were carried out. The first at the end of 2019 with the acquisition of Ticketing Services, in Besançon (Doubs), a company created two years earlier by an expert in the sector. The second end of 2020 with Ceccli, in Saint-Laurent-du Var, “pure player” for operating assistance systems and passenger information.

140 networks equipped

“Ticketing Services allows our solutions to be better connected and Ceccli adds technological bricks by allowing us to board the tram and the train”, comments Jean-Paul Medioni. Export projects, on the other hand, have been postponed due to the health crisis. But, overall, the 2020 turnover, although it did not experience the announced increase, remained stable at 15 million euros.

Ubitransport now equips 140 fleets with public transport networks of all sizes, from school buses in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region to those in the Metropolis of Nice or even in the towns of Cholet and Vichy, three contracts recently signed.

The concept is based on communication between vehicle and cloud : the driver is equipped with a phone or tablet that exchanges data in real time with 2Cloud, its digital platform. Tailor-made, the service ranges from operating assistance to payment or dematerialized management of transport tickets, including information for travelers and management of delays.

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