Industry leadership

Innovation and expertise drive our success. To maintain our industry leadership position, GIRO devotes 30% of its resources annually to research and development.

To find solutions to tomorrow’s challenges, we benefit from close ties with acclaimed research institutes and universities, including:

  • Consortium Bus Électrique – Québec (Canada)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA)
  • McGill University (Canada)
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (Canada)
  • Polytechnique (Canada)
  • Université de Montréal (Canada)

GIRO values exchanging information to help improve public transport and postal operations. We achieve this by hosting yearly User Group workshops and through active participation in industry associations as well as in trade shows and conferences. Visit our Exhibitions page for details of the next events that we will be attending.

Associations of which GIRO is a member include:

  • AGIR – Association pour la Gestion Indépendante des Réseaux de transport public
  • ALAMYS – Asociación Latinoamericana de Metros y Subterráneos
  • APTA – American Public Transportation Association
  • BIC – Bus Industry Confederation
  • CUTA – Canadian Urban Transit Association
  • ITxPT – Information Technology for Public Transport
  • SIMUS  – Asociación Latinoamericana de Sistemas Integrados para la Movilidad Urbana Sustentable
  • UITP – International Association of Public Transport

Our experts regularly speak at conferences and contribute to publications. Recent contributions include:

  • November 2017 – Alexandre Savard joined a panel discussion on leveraging data to transform transit at the ITS World Congress in Montréal
  • November 2017 – Alexandre Savard published an article on the mobility revolution in the magazine “Routes et transport”
  • October 2017 – Simon Fortier spoke on meeting the special planning, scheduling and operations challenges of electric-bus fleets at the UITP-Busworld International Bus Conference in Kortrijk
  • October 2017 – Arjan van Andel presented in a “Learning Zone” at APTA EXPO in Atlanta, addressing how public transit as mobility manager can cover the first and last mile
  • October 2017 – Vicente Romero delivered a presentation on multimodal integration from the perspective of IT at the SIMUS conference in La Paz
  • September 2017 – Pierre Cossette took part in a panel discussion in the session on Last-Mile Operations at POST EXPO in Geneva, on the subject of future technologies and trends
  • June 2017 – At the ANTP conference in São Paulo, Jefferson Arrivabene delivered a presentation on the relevance of advanced planning and scheduling tools for public transport in Brazil
  • June 2017 – Alexandre Savard addressed the APTA Rail Conference in Baltimore on how to use data and optimization tools to plan high-quality service that factors in vehicle/network maintenance
  • May 2017 – At the TransitData International Workshop and Symposium in Santiago, Vicente Romero presented a software tool for public transport run-time analysis and optimization
  • May 2017 – GIRO delivered three presentations at the UITP Global Public Transport Summit in Montréal. Arjan van Andel shared insights into reducing the costs of special-needs transport. Stefan Gemperli spoke on planning, scheduling and operating electric-bus fleets. And Paul Hamelin addressed the need to embrace disruption in the industry in order to put public transport at the core of door-to-door mobility
  • May 2017 – Frédéric Bean took part in the APTA Bus & Paratransit conference in Reno, speaking on how to increase paratransit service quality and on new technologies for integrated, collaborative planning and scheduling