Bentley acquires transport simulation firm, INRO

By on 20 April, 2021

Image produced using INRO’s Emme software and data from the Oregon Metro. Image courtesy Bentley Systems.

Bentley Systems has acquired Canadian firm INRO Software, a specialist in multimodal transportation planning, simulation and mobility visualisation.

The acquisition is intended to better position Bentley in the mobility and transportation digital twin sectors as cities prepare for the introduction of autonomous vehicles and other technologies.

Montreal-based INRO has provided mobility simulation and modelling services for transport operators and government agencies for more than 40 years.

It offers multimodal transportation planning systems for traffic forecasting, a vehicle-based simulation platform for traffic planning, and visualisation solutions that use analytics and geospatial datasets.

INRO’s client list includes Transport for New South Wales, Transport for London and the Washington State Department of Transportation.

“My colleagues and I are very excited to join Bentley and to help realise the vision shared by thousands of cities and urban regions throughout the world to improve their sustainability and quality of life,” said Professor Michael Florian, founder of INRO.

“We are very pleased to welcome INRO to Bentley Systems,” said Robert Mankowski, Bentley’s senior vice president for digital cities.

“Professor Michael Florian and his team led the research of advanced multimodal network modelling methods which helped establish state-of-the-art mobility simulation, and in this next generation his son Dan is leading its software future in our mobility digital twin advancement.”

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