Transoft acquires Brisk to leverage machine learning in cities

  • January 23, 2020
  • imc

Transoft has acquired fellow Canadian company Brisk Synergies to leverage machine learning and vision analytics for safer cities.
Transoft, a specialist in transportation engineering design and analysis software, has taken over automated road safety analysis company Brisk Synergies, headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario.
Brisk Synergies’ BriskVantage and BriskLumina software platforms apply continuous deep learning analytics on traffic video to assist transportation professionals in preventing vehicle, pedestrian and cyclist collisions, and improving road safety.
“We are impressed with the advanced technologies Brisk has developed and its highly skilled team of researchers and developers,” said Milton Carrasco (pictured centre), Transoft president and CEO. “Through our continuous investments in talent, and technology and innovation, we can help engineers, city planners and transportation departments design and plan safer cities driven by machine learning and video analytics.”
The secure, cloud-based Brisk dashboard reports on actionable, predictive data on near-miss collisions and traffic flow in near real time from video-monitored intersections on roadways. Brisk’s platforms are already being used worldwide in cities including New York, Atlanta, Toronto, Bellevue, Montreal, Denver, Bogota, Zurich, The Hague, Nantes, Karlsruhe and Mumbai.
“We are very excited to be part of Transoft,” said Charles Chung (pictured left), CEO of Brisk Synergies who will join Transoft as vice president for transportation safety. “By teaming with the highly seasoned team at Transoft, I strongly believe Brisk will strengthen its product line and deliver higher-value innovative road safety to our existing and new clients.”
Transoft aims to bring the best of both companies together to accelerate its strategy as a specialised software provider in the transportation sector. The combined organisation should help it deliver technologies to address complex planning and design difficulties and create safer and more efficient transportation infrastructure.
Also pictured, far right, is Luis Miranda-Moreno, chief scientist at Brisk and associate professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at McGill University in Montreal.
Transoft develops software for aviation, civil infrastructure and transportation professionals. Since 1991, it has remained focused on safety-oriented technology that enables transportation professionals to work effectively and confidently. Its portfolio of planning, simulation, modelling and design offerings are used in over 130 countries serving more than 50,000 users across local and federal agencies, consulting firms, airport authorities and ports. Its headquarters are in Canada, and it has offices in Sweden, UK, Netherlands, Australia, Germany, India, Belgium and China.
Applying surrogate safety analysis on traffic video cameras, Brisk helps transportation engineers and planners better understand their road safety problems and identify solutions without waiting for collisions to occur. Its software platform provides automated video analysis of traffic flow for effective and immediate road safety diagnosis and evaluation of interventions. This enables urban transportation engineers and planners to make better, more knowledgeable decisions on how to improve traffic flow and reduce collisions.