Today, 54% of the world's population lives in cities, and this number is expected to rise to 66% by 2050. With this expected population growth, it is important to have better-planned cities and resources to manage them while making people's lives easier. Smart cities can help solve this population explosion by helping citizens and local government authorities work together and use innovative technologies to efficiently manage assets and resources.
LocoMobi World Inc. is a Smart City technology company that specializes in parking, tolling, transit, storage, asset tracking, and threat management solutions. With its customized solutions, it has an infinite number of possibilities tailored to your specific Smart City needs. Its solutions integrate with a wide range of systems, with both equipment and patent-pending software to ensure the perfect fit for your business model. We interviewed Grant Furlane, the CEO of Locomobi World Inc., to understand more about the company and its vision. Here are a few excerpts of the interview:
Q. What is Locomobi Worlds Vision and Goal (s)?
Our goal is to make every person's daily journey stress-free. From the minute you leave your home, how can we have a positive impact. Whether it be via transit or car, we want a platform supported by a suite of applications that enhance the experience. It's not just one thing, as one thing simply does not address a real need.
Q. How do you cater to the smart city needs?
First, you have to define what a smart city is. Many think it's 5g or smart traffic lights or EV infrastructure etc. And its is many of these things. But one does not make you a smart city. There is no need for smart buildings if you can't get there. There is no need for EVs if there is no support for them. You cannot have shared mobility if there is no way to share it, and parking lots are useless if you cannot use them efficiently. It all starts with congestion. A congested city is not a smart city. It all starts with moving people around freely and frictionlessly.
Q. Elaborate more about your products and their usefulness.
Our products and services are designed from the top down. What I mean by that is so many solutions are legacy systems piled on top of each other— kind of like the Windows operating system that, after 10 front-end designs, became 360. You are essentially reinventing and stacking new solutions on old technology, what I call the "Boat Anchor" effect—continually dragging you down to the point of being obsolete. When the vision started, we developed the very first 'Cloud Portal' in the industry. We decided to make it new, innovative, and drive from the top down so that each application was new and innovative and part of the whole infrastructure. We call this Worldstream. We have created a very well-planned, organized set of interactive solutions that link each mode of your daily life. These applications are enterprise solutions on their own or form any portion of your business strategy to move your customers and provide the very best controls and security while delivering the best experience. We start with the macro designs like lining transit with merchants, vehicle and parking, mobility with payments. Then we drill down to drive through and cut side assistance, car sharing, enforcement and towing, and logistics.
Q. Do you have any expansion plans or upcoming products which you would like to discuss?
Our success in Canada, more focused in the GTA, is a model that we plan to roll out in every city, large and small. The model has been so successful that we feel we can now follow this same process in any city. Because Worldstream can handle thousands of locations or can be one location, it has so much value. Probably the biggest upcoming product is our release of the Worldstream Mirror application that allows a partner, dealer, or customer to set up its own Worldstream portal in less than an hour. Hence our rollout plan is less costly and offers immediate support as we take on new partners who want to have the same success we have. All products are essentially plug-and-play.
Q. What is LocoMobi's latest news?
Well, I guess we have so much it's hard to say. Completing Tridels Bayside community in the East Toronto Waterfront where we have Condo park, Call When Here, Arrival Alarm, Added Awareness, Spot Informant, to name a few. We can now link users and tenants throughout the community and even link them to merchants as they make their journey through the city and beyond. It is further enhanced as we have systems being implemented with so many other developments with Tridel (throughout the GTA) and other major developments with Aspen Ridge, ADI, SherCorp, Edenshaw, and Skale, to name a few. Adding Hotels has been our next focus as they too are experience orientated, and we have already started with our first few new Hotel developments in Quebec.
Q. How proud do you feel after being awarded the whole infrastructure program at Central Parc in Laval, Quebec?
This is a Mini City, so it truly challenges our reach as we control the roads, towers, residential and commercial parking, EV charging, shared mobility, enforcement and ticketing, reservations, and security. The developer Saroukian Group looked at us and kept adding our expertise that allowed us to truly shine.
Meet the CEO
Grant Furlane is the CEO of Locomobi World Inc. He brings over 40 years of technology experience specializing in Smart City Transportation, Network Security, Cloud Computing, Loyalty programs, and Parking, Transit, and Tolling industries. Mr. Furlane has been involved in over 600 million dollars in Technology investments and was contracted to lead the initiatives of several large public IT companies. He aggressively built three transportation technology companies that established the vanguard for tracking and monitoring vehicle movement. Mr. Furlane has strong business ties and investments in China and opens up market opportunities both for import and export. He is considered to be an expert in Threat Prevention Automation using Artificial Intelligence architecture with Machine Vision.