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Toyota Mobility Foundation Unveils Sixteen Semi-Finalists  for City Architecture for Tomorrow Challenge

Toyota Mobility Foundation Unveils Sixteen Semi-Finalists for City Architecture for Tomorrow Challenge

  • Over 90 teams of innovators from more than 20 countries submitted innovative data-driven solutions to improve mobility and city planning in Kuala Lumpur
  • Selected semi-finalists include teams from Australia, Brazil, Germany, India, Malaysia, Netherlands, Singapore, United Kingdom, United States and will receive up to $5,000 grant each to develop Proofs of Concept of their solutions 

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – Media OutReach – 14 August 2020 – Sixteen cutting-edge solution ideas were unveiled as semi-finalists for the City Architecture for Tomorrow Challenge (CATCH). The Toyota Mobility foundation (TMF) launched CATCH in February 2020 with a global call for dynamic, intelligent and data-driven solutions to address mobility and city planning challenges in Kuala Lumpur.


During the application period which ended 30th June 2020, more than 90 global teams submitted their innovative, deep tech ideas to reimagine city planning through the effective usage of data. After careful consideration, TMF has identified the following sixteen teams as semi-finalists, best suited to CATCH’s problem statement and the five assessment criteria of creativity, desirability, feasibility, sustainability and technicality. These teams will be asked to further develop their ideas into proofs of concept (POC) and at this stage will each receive a grant of up to $5,000 for financial support. Furthermore, they will have access to datasets from public and private agency partners to CATCH which will help them identify daily mobility challenges in Kuala Lumpur.


Pras Ganesh, Program Director of TMF commented: “We are thrilled to announce 16 world-class ideas that represent the data-driven future of sustainable and efficient city planning and mobility. We look forward to working with these semi-finalists to advance their ideas towards realistic and beneficial proofs of concept.”


The sixteen semi-finalists are as follows:

Company Name


Solution Description


India / The Netherlands

Traffic data warehousing solution using machine learning technology enabling inclusive transport network management for all

Asia Mobiliti


On-demand microtransit & mobility analytics for first-mile/last-mile connectivity



Unique analytics database technology enabling smart city data fusion to power advanced multimodal transport optimization

Hayden AI Technologies


Artificial Intelligence powered mobile data collection platform for enhancing safety and efficiency in Smarter Cities



Infrastructure data acquisition from 3rd party data and sensors for machine learning and AI-based analytics



Peer-to-peer (P2P) parking marketplace and B2B “contactless” + “mobile-first” parking management platform



Demand-responsive scheduling and routing optimization for urban and regional transit

Milênio Bus


Real time ridership analytics for efficient public transport operations



Smart city platform with traffic signal optimization utilizing live video stream



Multimodal traffic flow measurement and analytics, using privacy-first computer vision



Peer-to-peer (P2P) parking sharing platform

Rapid Flow Technologies, Inc.


AI-based traffic signal optimization with two-way communication with vehicles and pedestrians

RUNWITHIT Synthetics


Live, geospatial, AI-based synthetic data modelling for mobility, electrification and human movement



AI-based real-time computer vision and analytics for traffic optimization and safety

Spot Parking


Digital mapping technology for curbside rules and parking finder algorithm for improved urban mobility



A smart addressing platform for navigation and location-based services

Conceptualizing Data-Driven Innovations to Reality

TMF will continue to work together with strategic partners including Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) and its data partners to support the semi-finalists to enhance their ideas until the selection of finalists in October, through financial grant support, mobility data, and mentorship provided by experts and judges supporting this program.


Through CATCH, TMF hopes to unlock human-centric, data-driven innovations to further ‘Mobility for All’ for residents of Kuala Lumpur.


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About Toyota Mobility Foundation

The Toyota Mobility Foundation was established in August 2014 to support the development of a more mobile society. The Foundation aims to support strong and equitable mobility systems. It utilizes Toyota’s expertise in technology, safety, and the environment, working in partnership with universities, government, non-profit organizations, research institutions and other organizations to address mobility issues around the world. Solutions till date have aimed at resolving urban transportation problems, expanding the utilization of multi-modal mobility, and developing solutions for future generations.

Aruba: Network as a Service Adoption to Accelerate by 38% within the Next Two Years as Businesses Adapt to Covid-19

Aruba: Network as a Service Adoption to Accelerate by 38% within the Next Two Years as Businesses Adapt to Covid-19

  • 74% of
    organizations reported moderate to significant impact to their employees due to
    the pandemic
  • In
    response to COVID-19, 38% of IT leaders plan to increase their investment in
    cloud-based networking, and 35% in AI-based networking, as they seek more agile,
    automated infrastructures for hybrid work environments

 – 14 August 2020 –
Businesses will
experience profound changes as employees’ transition to hybrid work environments
following COVID-19, in turn changing the way IT teams procure and consume networking
solutions. In response to the pandemic, IT leaders are now investing more in
cloud-based and AI-powered networking technologies as business recovery plans
take shape. That’s according to a global survey of 2,400 IT decision-makers (ITDMs)
commissioned by Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company.

IT leaders respond to the challenges associated with enabling a highly
distributed workforce and the emergence of the hybrid workplace — with people
needing to move seamlessly between working on campus, at home and on the road —
they are looking to evolve their network infrastructure and shift away from
CapEx investments towards solutions consumed ‘as a service’. The average proportion
of IT services consumed via subscription will accelerate by 38% in the next two
years, from 34% of the total today to 46% in 2022, and the share of
organizations that consume a majority (over 50%) of their IT solutions ‘as a
service’ will increase by approximately 72% in that time.

the emergence of the hybrid workplace, IT leaders are being asked to deliver a delicate
balance between flexibility, security and affordability at the edge,” said Partha
Narasimhan, CTO and HPE Senior Fellow for Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise
company. “Every part of the workplace needs to evolve: the campus must be
embedded with technology to support social distancing and contactless
experiences, and the home office must offer enterprise-level connectivity,
security and support. It’s increasingly clear that, to support these new needs
in a financially challenging environment, IT decision-makers are attracted to
the reduced risk and cost advantages offered by a subscription model.”

report, which surveyed ITDMs in over 20 countries and eight key industries,
looked at how they have responded to IT and business demands in the wake of COVID-19,
what investment decisions are being made as a result, and the consumption
models now being considered. A number of key findings stood out:


report that the impact of COVID-19 has been significant both on their employees
and short-term network investments:

  • 22%
    describing the impact on their employees as ‘significant’ (widespread furlough
    or layoffs), while 52% considered it ‘moderate’ (temporary reductions in some
    functions), and 19% ‘low’ (very few jobs impacted).
  • ITDMs
    in India (57%) and Brazil (34%) were most likely to cite a significant impact
    on their employees, while those in Hong Kong (12%) and Mexico (10%) reported the
    least, highlighting a massive swing in experiences between regions.
  • 77%
    said that investments in networking projects had been postponed or delayed since
    the onset of COVID-19, and 28% indicated that projects had been cancelled
  • Project
    cancellations were highest in Sweden (59%) and lowest in Italy (11%), showing there
    are also significant disparities between countries within the same region,
    while 37% of ITDMs in education and 35% in hotels and hospitality globally said
    they have had to cancel network investments.


contrast, future plans are aggressive, with the vast majority of ITDMs planning
to maintain or increase their networking investments in light of COVID-19, as
they work to support the new needs of employees and customers.

  • An
    astounding 38% globally will increase their investment in cloud-based
    networking, with 45% maintaining the same level and 15% scaling back. The APAC
    region was the global leader with 45% stating increased investment in
    cloud-based networking, rising to 59% among ITDMs in India. With cloud
    solutions allowing for remote network management at large scale, these
    capabilities are particularly enticing for IT teams when being on-premises is
    not possible or challenging.
  • ITDMs
    are also seeking improved tools for network monitoring and insight, with 34%
    globally planning to increase their investment in analytics and assurance, 48% indicating
    that they will maintain their level of investment and 15% reducing it. This
    allows IT organizations to troubleshoot and fine-tune the network more
    efficiently, as demands on it are augmented by a distributed workforce. 
  • There
    is also an emphasis on innovative technologies that simplify the lives of IT
    teams by automating repetitive tasks. We found 35% of ITDMs globally are
    planning to increase their investment in AI-based networking technologies, with
    the APAC region leading the charge at 44% (including 60% of ITDMs in India and
    54% in Hong Kong).


ITDMs shape their investment plans, they are looking at alternative modes of
consumption to achieve the best balance of value and flexibility.

  • 55%
    globally say they will explore new subscription models for hardware and/or
    software, 53% managed services for turnkey hardware/software and 30% financial
    leasing — all as a result of the impact of COVID-19. This reflects the
    increased need for more financially flexible models in a challenging
  • Networking
    subscription models are more popular in APAC (61%) than in the Americas (52%)
    or EMEA (50%), and at a country level the highest demands are in Turkey (73%),
    India (70%) and China (65%).
  • The
    industries most likely to be considering the subscription model are
    hotels/hospitality (66%), technology and telecom (58%) and education (57%). The
    impact of COVID-19 on IT behavior has made the desire for flexibility and predictability
    in spending, while reducing risk from initial capital costs, greater than
  • In
    stark contrast, just 8% globally plan to continue with only CapEx investments,
    though the proportion is higher in the Netherlands (20%), US (17%), Spain (16%)
    and France (15%). Across industries, 15% in retail, distribution and transport
    will continue to focus solely on CapEx investments, versus just 5% in IT, tech,
    education and telecoms, and 2% in hotels and hospitality.

the needs of customers and employees having changed so comprehensively in
recent months, it’s no surprise to see IT leaders seeking more flexible
solutions,” says Narasimhan. “They are having to adapt fast and ensure that
more complex, distributed networks can securely support the experiences users
demand. The need for agility and flexibility in network management is now
greater than ever.”

the pandemic has clearly negatively impacted ongoing projects, this research
suggests it will also catalyze medium-term investment into advancing networking
technologies, and a shift to more flexible models of consumption that limit
up-front capital demands. Trends that were already taking hold will now
accelerate, including the move to the Edge and the adoption of cloud-based and
AI-driven intelligent networks.

find more about Aruba’s flexible IT solutions go to:




Aruba Hybrid Workplace page:

About Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company

Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, is a leading
provider of next-generation networking solutions for enterprises of all sizes
worldwide. The company delivers IT solutions that empower organizations to
serve the latest generation of mobile-savvy users who rely on cloud-based
business apps for every aspect of their work and personal lives.

To learn more, visit Aruba at For
real-time news updates follow Aruba on Twitter and Facebook, and for the latest
technical discussions on mobility and Aruba products visit Airheads Social at

About Vanson Bourne

Vanson Bourne
is an independent specialist in market research for the technology sector.
Their reputation for robust and credible research-based analysis is founded
upon rigorous research principles and their ability to seek the opinions of
senior decision makers across technical and business functions, in all business
sectors and all major markets. For more information, visit

How Bridge Elite Education Centre in Hong Kong adapted to the Global Pandemic quickly to ensure students continuity of education and enrichment

How Bridge Elite Education Centre in Hong Kong adapted to the Global Pandemic quickly to ensure students continuity of education and enrichment

HONG KONG, CHINA – Media OutReach – 14 August 2020
– With a high number of COVID-19 confirmed cases in Hong Kong recently, a
series of anti-epidemic measures are introduced by the government to strengthen
the protection of public health.  Under
the measures from The Education Bureau, schools and tutorial centres are asked
to close for multiple times, and in early August they even announced that most
of the next academic school year would be conducted online. The goal is to
reduce physical interaction between students and teachers, and to minimise
COVID-19 spreading.

is a private tutorial centre in Hong Kong, many of their students are
applying to  attend or are currently
attending prestigious institutions such as University of Cambridge, Brown
University, The University of Hong Kong and many more. They prioritise the
safety and health of their students over the benefits of face to face lessons,
it is also because of this Bridge Elite is able to adapt quickly to the
situation at hand.

Immediately after the introduction of new
measures, Bridge Elite was able to get in-touch with students to reschedule,
but also received requests for dropout. The centre has had many meetings on how
they would be able to continue to deliver quality enrichment and education.
Bridge Elite’s Principal, Willis Tao said ” The continuity of education is
important and a pandemic happening should not be at the expense of a student’s
education”. Their tutors are keen to find an effective way to cope with the
pandemic and continue to educate students, corresponding to their centre’s
motto, “Learning Never Stops”.

Due to The Education Bureau’s new plans for
the academic year 2020/2021, many local schools need to prepare to bring
teaching to students remotely. In fact, many educational institutions across
countries have already stated that they would be carrying out hybrid courses in
the coming school year, where classes would be carried out in the combination
of the traditional classroom manner and through online activities. In fact
hybrid courses are becoming a norm across multiple international schools and
boarding schools. Some education experts anticipate that this pandemic may end
up changing the way of teaching completely, as Dr. Curtis Newbold of
Westminster College writes “hybrid education may be the breath of the future”.

Bridge Elite is currently offering online
tutoring to their students, and their transition began back in April. Their
lessons would all be conducted online using the online video communication
software, Zoom, and students and teachers will continue to interact during
lessons using the white board AwwApp. They further encouraged students to
continue to attend lessons remotely by ensuring their students have the
necessary tools to take part in the transition smoothly.

About Bridge Elite

Bridge Elite was founded in 2018 by a group of
passionate tutors wanting to help and support students’ academics. The team is
extremely experienced and processes a depth of knowledge about a range of
subjects. The centre places emphasis on the teacher’s teaching qualities and
the student’s learning objectives helping students who are driven to succeed
and supporting them on their journey to achieve their desired results. If you
would like to find out more about Bridge Elite Education you can view
or email to