[The Business Times] Pandemic challenges help accelerate growth

Published on:
Nov 24, 2020
Mr Ong says when cities grow and urbanise, they may be paralysed by congestion and SWAT plans to impact these cities in a bigger way than solving employee transportation logistics issues. Image credit: BT PHOTO - YEN MENG JIIN
SWAT Mobility, which specialises in mobility software, now has operations in seven countries including Australia, Japan and the Philippines.

"DYNAMIC and efficient" are two words rarely used to describe employee transport. Fixed routes and pick-up times are the norm, and unexpected changes in passenger volumes can result in overcrowding or near-empty vehicles plying the roads.

The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed such inefficiencies in traditional transport scheduling as companies shift to split-teams and work-from-home arrangements.

In addition to adjusting for the lower passenger numbers, transport providers now need to keep track of individual passengers, as well as monitor capacity limits to avoid overcrowding.

SWAT Mobility, a startup specialising in mobility software, has the tools to solve these problems - namely, a series of workflows that aggregate demand and bookings so that a proprietary algorithm can optimise and plan transport routes.

Digitising the process also makes it possible to easily produce a manifest of a vehicles's passengers for contact tracing.

SWAT aims to not only solve these logistical issues, but also help companies analyse their employee transport spending.