By Andrew Somerville and Michael Stevns
Urbanization and population growth are stressing our transport systems, resulting in an increase in air pollution, congestion and accidents. There is need to reform the way we plan, use and own urban mobility systems and assets. While innovative technologies can help mitigate some of these issues, having the right policies and organisation within the transport sector is equally as important
Ramboll has long seen the advantages of solving transport and mobility challenges through an integrated approach that goes beyond just getting from A to B. And now with the acquisition of Vertix, which specialises in master planning, ITS solutions, and pedestrian modelling and simulation, we are committed to increasing smart mobility in South East Asia.
Digitalisation, electrification and connectivity will play an increasing role in creating sustainable mobility systems of the future. According to Jukka-Pekka Pitkänen, Global Division Director, Smart Mobility, with Vertix “Ramboll is acquiring world-class consultants with unique insights from Singapore which is considered among the most technically advanced cities in the world. The acquisition complements Ramboll’s Scandinavian-grounded tradition for integrated and low-carbon systems and makes it possible for us to bring the best of both worlds to our clients.”
Mobility solutions that take account of people’s needs is central in making cities liveable. This means taking a more integrated approach to solving todays mobility challenges, for example focusing on accessibility rather than just infrastructure
“We have worked together with Ramboll on multiple projects in the intersection between urban planning, buildings and mobility and know from experience that we are a good fit,” says Nick Fellows, Managing Director, Vertix. “Together we will be able to offer a full range of smart mobility services and have sufficient resources to take on very large and complex projects.”
Ramboll already has a successful track record in delivering smart mobility solutions in the Nordics and “the acquisition is an important step in our internationalization process and in realizing our strategy of becoming the leading consultant in the Smart Mobility domain,” says Peter Heymann Andersen, Managing Director Transport. “But we are not just acquiring cutting-edge know-how but also on strengthening our platform for addressing the fast-growing South East Asian market.”
The acquisition strengthens Ramboll’s footprint in the region, where we have been present for almost 20 years delivering high-end solutions within the urban planning, energy, building and transport sectors - including work on the in Singapore and the new
Vertix employs 15 Technical Consultants skilled in transportation engineering and specialised in the use of various transport modelling and simulation software. The company is based in Singapore and has designed and delivered more than 500 transport projects in South East Asia. Vertix was established in 2010 by the current owners Nick Fellows and Ray Krishna.