Galway AI scale-up CitySwift to create 50 new jobs

CitySwift is an Irish-founded scale-up that is continuing to grow at a rapid rate, capitalising in the drive to AI for transport.

Galway-based transport data company CitySwift is to create 50 new roles for the city over the next two years. 15 of the roles are to be filled immediately.

The company, which uses artificial intelligence (AI) to transform the operations and passenger experiences of public transport, works with global players like Go Ahead and National Express.

“We are incredibly proud to be one of the homegrown companies in Galway”

The announcement of 50 additional jobs comes shortly after CitySwift secured €2m in funding from existing investors Enterprise Ireland, Western Development Commission, ACT Venture Capital, Irelandia Investment, and Mike McGearty. The roles being hired for will be across software, data science, and commercial roles including customer success, sales, and marketing. As part of the rapid growth, CitySwift will also be moving to a bigger headquarters in Galway City Centre.

Founded in 2016 by Alan Farrelly and Brian O’Rourke, CitySwift is one of the homegrown companies in Galway.

“We are incredibly proud to be one of the homegrown companies in Galway,” O’Rourke said.

“CitySwift is an Irish-founded scale-up that is continuing to grow at a rapid rate. Unblocking cities through public transport is a vital component of a city’s infrastructure, and it is critically important that the industry continues to innovate.

“We are excited to continue to invest in the best talent to fuel our expansion with the hiring of 50 new roles for our Galway headquarters and look forward to finding some of the most talented software, transport and commercial professionals in Galway and Ireland to come on board our journey.

Created and supported by industry experts, CitySwift’s industry-leading data engine uses big data and machine learning to increase public transport network performance, service reliability and passenger satisfaction.

According to TomTom’s Traffic Index*, traffic congestion in Dublin has already returned to 90% of 2019 levels and this is set to increase further and possibly well-beyond pre-Covid congestion. 

Dynamic predictions

The latest addition to the platform, a passenger-facing bus capacity checker using AI predictions, works like Google Maps but with the added feature that passengers are able to see how busy their bus is going to be up to two weeks in advance of travelling.

It generates dynamic predictions of bus loadings to inform passengers’ journey choices whilst capacities are restricted and as new travel patterns emerge. Already rolled out by major public transport operators across the UK, CitySwift is ramping up for expansion, with successful pilots already taking place in Europe and North America, bringing this technology to the public as cities begin to recover post-lock-down 

“We are very proud to have assisted CitySwift’s growth and are delighted at the positive news for the company, and for Galway, announced today,” said Jenny Melia, divisional manager for High Potential Start-ups at Enterprise Ireland.

“CitySwift is proof positive that Irish based start-up companies can scale rapidly and win important contracts throughout Europe. CitySwift’s technology will help deliver better public transport services to citizens across Europe, enhancing the public realm of cities and towns. It’s a great example of how cutting-edge Irish technology is making a real difference to our quality of life.”

Speaking on the expansion of CitySwift, Hildegarde Naughton, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, stated, “I welcome the announcement of over 50 jobs in Galway today. Growth of this scale for a local company, especially during these times, is remarkable. Informing and enhancing connectivity across the nation through CitySwift’s platform will do a great deal in optimising public transportation for operators and passengers alike.”

Pictured at top (from left): Hildegarde Naughton with Alan Farrelly and Brian O’Rourke from CitySwift. Image: Boyd

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Published: 29 September, 2020