Travel tech giant Amadeus has joined Mastercard’s City Possible network to co-create, pilot, and scale solutions to the most pressing urban challenges around the world.
City Possible was launched by Mastercard in 2018 as a first-of-its-kind partnership and co-creation initiative to provide city leaders with a platform to harness the insights and solutions with academia and the private sector to make cities safer, healthier, sustainable, and more inclusive.
Amadeus joins a diverse set of academic and industry partners from around the world including the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard University (TECH), the United Nations Global Compact, IDEMIA, Here Technologies, and Willis Towers Watson, in addition to the community of over 40 global cities.
Miguel Gamino, executive vice president and head of global cities at Mastercard, said: “We recognise that meaningful change will require a fundamental shift in the way city and business leaders work together, so we established City Possible to enable public-private collaboration.
“With Amadeus’ heritage in travel and tourism technology, and their ongoing focus on innovation, they will help our network of cities tackle one of the biggest pressing challenges – urban mobility.”
The partnership follows Amadeus’ launch of a new Smart Cities initiative and dedicated task force in Asia Pacific in 2018 to help integrate new technology with existing infrastructure to improve mobility for residents, commuters and tourists.
Simon Akeroyd, vice president of corporate strategy and business development for the Asia Pacific at Amadeus, said: “Inclusive mobility should be the cornerstone of any city’s plans for the future to ensure that existing transport systems continue to work for everyone.
“We’re passionate about using our expertise in travel technology to help cities modernise their infrastructure and becoming a City Possible partner now allows us to do this on a bigger scale.”
Featured image: iStock/Wenjie Dong