Telia has teamed up with Nobina Technology to test how mobile network data can be used to analyse travel patterns in Sweden.
The two companies are working together on a pilot project in Södertörn, south of Stockholm, under the auspices of Drive Sweden, a government-backed project set up in 2015.
Public transport provider Nobina operates bus services in Södertörn.
Alongside the operator’s Division X unit, it analysed aggregated and anonymised mobile network data to assess where people travelled, the routes they used to get there and the time of travel.
The two partners said the data revealed a potential new bus route and identified where passengers need to be able to take their bikes on the bus.
Henrik Dagnäs, Vice President of Nobina, said: “The cooperation with Telia is aimed at helping us gain better insight into how passengers move, and not only when they travel on our buses.
“This gives us insight into how we can adapt to people’s actual mobility needs.
“By using this method, we also hope to gain information more quickly regarding new travel needs to be able to offer better solutions that meet the requirements of society.”
Currently, bus operators plan their services based on the likes of ticket sales and user surveys.
Magnus Leonhardt, Head of Strategy and Business Development at Telia Sweden, said: “The results show that new technical solutions combined with data can contribute to a large number of different improvements in society, such as improving mobility and communications in this instance.”