As a global industry leader of mobility analytics for businesses and government agencies, Citilabs has supported nearly 2,500 clients in more than 70 countries for more than four decades. Our team of professionals have played a major role in our continued success. Therefore, we at Citilabs engage in numerous industry-specific related conferences each year. It’s a opportunity to engage with colleagues and connect with potential and current users.
Recently, we talked with Filippo Contiero, a senior transportation engineer at Citilabs, and asked him about all things Citilabs. Filippo, who currently resides in Munich, Germany, is attending the Southern African Transport Conference (SATC) in Pretoria, South Africa, July 8-11.
Citilabs: Filippo, what would you say is a typical day or week like at Citilabs?
Filippo Contiero (FC): A typical day of work in my home-office in Munich, Germany, is split 50/50. I am either providing technical support to users and related software testing or working on projects involving Cube model’s development. Frequently, I have been traveling to conferences, for projects or for training.
Citilabs: Speaking of conferences, are you excited to be attending and exhibiting at the SATC conference?
FC: Yes, I have been working hard together with my colleagues at Citilabs, Santiago University, and the Western Cape Government modeling team on the development of the WCLUTI model. I am very excited about discussing the model with interested users at the conference, as well as sharing ideas for improvement and discussing the challenges in building models in the area.
Citilabs: Back to your role at Citilabs, what skills are essential to successfully fulfilling your role?
FC: In my role, it’s important to be well organized, have good technical skills in transportation modelling, and an analytical approach for problem solving. Also, clear communication with clients and the ability to explain technical aspects of the software is important.
Citilabs: How have the products evolved since you began working at Citilabs?
FC: Since I joined Citilabs back in 2014, Cube moved from being 32bit to 64bit, with a new undongled system. Products have improved in terms of stability and bug fixes. Improvements in algorithms have also been achieved, for example the PT crowding algorithm.
Citilabs: What would you say makes Citilabs stand out from other companies?
FC: I would say that Citilabs has great trust in employees, which makes our team very successful. Our team is very passionate about the Cube software (and other product suites). We all are working hard to contribute to the success of the company, which includes providing the best support at all times when assisting our users.
Citilabs: How do you think Citilabs will progress in the next five years?
FC: I think it will have a great geographic information system (GIS) based environment for transportation modeling and will continue to be a leading company in the big-data analytics for mobility.
Citilabs: In conclusion, what has been your biggest success story since you started working at Citilabs?
FC: Biggest accomplishment for me is when clients are pleased about the provided technical support. At the same time, I think my biggest success stories have involved appreciation from attendees and clients after training courses and on-site work sessions.
Interested in connecting with Filippo? Shoot him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org