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24 October 2019

Bentley buys up Citilabs and Orbit


Direct from ITS World Congress 2019

Infrastructure software specialist Bentley Systems is continuing to expand its portfolio with its just-announced acquisition of Citilabs and Orbit Geospatial Technologies.

Citilabs provides the global mobility solution CUBE and analytics package Streetlytics, while Orbit offers the Orbit GT software. Bentley CEO Greg Bentley did not reveal the size of the deal.

The move will allow Streetlytics traffic data to become available through Bentley’s cloud services, to improve the quality of digital twin models that bridge the physical and virtual world.

According to Robert Mankowski, Bentley’s vice president, digital cities, mobility is a priority opportunity for digital twins, because too often existing planning and simulation efforts are disconnected from the infrastructure’s engineering reality.

‘With these acquisitions we can now bring together traffic simulations with automated mobile mapping workflows for reality modelling of roadways,” he says.

Citilab’s CUBE simulation software is a predictive transportation technology that allows engineers and planners to design and optimise safe, efficient and sustainable mobility systems. Streetlytics provides mobility data and analytics for planners, engineers and infrastructure asset managers, allowing them to make informed decisions on transportation requirements.

Citilabs CEO Michael Clarke says the company’s mission has been to enable its customers to leverage location-based data, behavioural models, and machine learning through its products to understand and forecast movement in cities, regions and nations.

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