Celebrating the launch of Urban Connect’s new software

In August 2017 we, at Urban Connect, met a decision to cooperate with Liip in order to develop a unique system that could help employers and employees manage their commutes in a very efficient way.

5 month later concordantly we are thrilled to present to the world the ultimate solution for the fleet management that consists of a mobile application for employees and a fleet management system for employers.

Our journey to the final product was rocky and has started at the very beginning of 2017 when the mockup of our current system was developed. Ever since we were tirelessly analysing the needs of our users, their preferences and requests to build an easy-to-use, practical tool with maximum functionality.

We are happy to see the harvest of our mutual efforts with Liip now. Liip - an agile digital company - has a great work ethic, holocratic approach to hierarchy at work place and outgoing attitude. We greatly appreciate the fact that even our small concerns and seemingly insignificant requests, in comparison to the main workload, were properly addressed.

Our cooperation goal was to develop a mobile application (available on Android & iOS) and fleet management system (FMS). The functionality is simple. With the Urban Connect app our users may reserve and unlock bikes of the corporate fleet within a span of just three clicks. We use Bluetooth technology to enable connection between our app and our electronic locks that we additional supply our clients with.

While the mobile application is a hands-on tool serving to simplify and accelerate the process of bike sharing among the end users (employees), our other must-have development tool is the FMS. A web platform with real time bike reservation record, defect management interface, statistics dashboard and a range of administrative functions to monitor and modify the fleet. We realise how strategically important it is for a company to get insights into the ‘work’ of the corporate bike fleet. Therefore, our FMS enables us to supply our clients with monthly reports on the amount of CO2 saved, number of kilometres ridden and their equivalent to the distance between the cities around the world, count of trees preserved as well as a detailed insight into the frequency of the fleet usage, top users of the month and other relevant data points that boost employee engagement, reinforce sustainability campaign and benefit company’s human resources.

As a company with the business emphasis on mobility as a service (MaaS), we utilised the need for the smart mobility management and are happy with the current solution we are delivering to our clients on the day to day basis.

The interface of both of our developments is simple and sleek. We tried to use app design that would mirror the simplicity of the service together with the fun component and bright color spectrum which would invigorate more people to pursue cycle-friendly lifestyle. Liip, in its turn, provided us with the range of professional advisory services on the user experience design and allowed us to tailor the application from scratch guiding and advising on each component and its relevance.

The final product has arrived and we are excited to spread its impact around Switzerland and beyond. Our software development doesn’t stop at this point, though. We intend to invest into the improvement and functionality spectrum as we move further as a company and expand our business horizons.

To sum up and give you a more practical explanation of our software offering, take a quick look at our mini-video tutorial on how to use the Urban Connect App. Subscribe to our social media channels to keep up with our updates and stay tuned for more exciting news to come. If you are interested in our software solution for your company’s fleet and would like to get more information on the topic or if you simply have feedback for us, do not hesitate to contact us via info{at}urban-connect.ch .

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