The Baku Transport Agency (BTA) and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology’s Lausanne Metropolitan Systems Innovative Management System (IGLUS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the establishment of a Smart Mobility Lab in Baku.
According to the report, BNA reported about it.
The document was signed by BNA Chief of Staff Gulshan Rzayeva and program director Matias Finger. The purpose of the memorandum is to establish a research laboratory under the Agency for the first time to train local specialists in the field of public transport, urban mobility and development of smart urban infrastructure systems in Baku and to improve the professional level of current specialists.
Speaking at the event, Gulshan Rzayeva stressed the importance of the development of urban mobility and public transport for humane cities, and informed about the work done by BNA in this direction and future plans. He also stressed the importance of cooperation with universities for the formation of sustainable urban mobility, the public transport system in general and the study of Baku’s experience in this field by foreign and local experts.
IGLUS Program Director Matias Finger, Professor at the European University Institute of Florence, Italy and Istanbul Technical University, said that the program brings together all stakeholders in smart urban governance to address infrastructure such as transport, energy, water, sanitation and buildings. , also covers topics such as governance, financing, private sector participation, and digitalization in Europe, America, Africa, and Asia as a whole. 13 cooperates with the university in the city. He said the establishment of the Smart Mobility Lab would contribute not only to Azerbaijan, but to the entire region.
Through the laboratory, the parties will cooperate in the development of innovative approaches to urban planning in Baku, as well as joint activities to exchange knowledge and experience in the field of urban planning, mobility and regulation of public transport. The laboratory will play an important role in training young professionals who are studying and interested in the field of transport through the BNA’s “Transport Volunteers” program, as well as to increase the capacity of employees.
Participating in international platforms, the Baku Transport Agency monitors and studies current trends in the field of sustainable urban mobility and cooperates with experienced organizations in the field of road transport. BNA continues to work to make Baku an accessible, safe and mobile city for everyone.