Snips interview by Ericsson: "Big data: predicting future city solutions"


Sometimes, a seemingly simple problem...

We believe the world is not random. We believe there are patterns to be discovered and used to improve everything about our daily lives. We believe big data is the key.

can actually hide a complex structure...

We created Snips, a big data innovation firm specialized in predictive modelling for smart cities. We thrive in finding innovative solutions that can positively impact society.

which, when looked at in the right way, will unlock its inner beauty

We work with large corporations and governments to turn their existing data into actionable insights and useful products addressing key urban challenges.


Our algorithms combine big data technologies with graph theory to identify hidden factors underlying urban behaviors. This approach, called "contextual modelling", allows us to understand how people and cities interact, leading to innovative solutions to urban challenges.


Data from more than 100 public sources is included in our contextual algorithms.


Private company data is mined and used to calibrate our predictive models.


Real-time anonymous user data is captured by our various user facing apps.


Insights and predictions are provided in real-time via a cloud-based dashboard.


Predictions are integrated into existing tools and products using a simple API.


Mobile apps capture field data and provide new services to end users.



Predicting passenger load in the Paris region public transportation network

Our technology has been used to create an algorithm that can successfully predict how many people will be boarding and unboarding trains at each station, throughout the day, and up to a week in advance. This was then integrated in a mobile app allowing commuters to see in advance in which train they can find a seat, thereby contributing in spreading peak hours.

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  • 2.5K tweets on the first week
  • 120 press articles
  • 9 radio interviews
  • 3 TV coverages
  • 1 national award


  • Snips meets with French President to discuss the impact of data in our society

    Paris, 25 April 2014

    Snips' CEO Rand Hindi was invited alongside 4 other open data thought leaders to have lunch with the French President Francois Hollande, to discuss the impact of data in our society. The lunch, held at the presidential palace, included representative from Open Street Maps, Etalab, Five by Five, as well as government officials and ministers.

  • Snips talks about predictive road safety

    Paris, 24 April 2014

    Rand Hindi talks at the Conference de Paris about how contextual modelling can help predict and prevent car accidents in London and San Francisco.

  • Snips wins the Concours Mondial d'Innovation

    Paris, 20 March 2014

    Snips won a grant from the French Government in the Concours Mondial d'Innovation. The grant, which was awarded to 15 big data companies, will help Snips accelerate the development of its context awareness technologies, and make living in cities more personal.

  • Snips showcases SafeSignal at the Mobile World Congress

    Barcelona, 23 February 2014

    Snips partnered with Sprint, INRIX and the GSMA to showcase how big data and location data can be used to assess to the risk of car accident in San Francisco and London. The product, called SafeSignal, was showcased on the Connected Cities stand at the Mobile World Congress and was shown in a smart cities dashboard and in consumer telematics iPad and iPhone apps.

  • Snips talks about the importance of big data for the French government's Concours Mondial d'Innovation

    Paris, 24 January 2014

    On 18 April 2013, the President of the French Republic launched the Innovation 2030 Commission, chaired by Anne Lauvergeon and under the aegis of the Minister for Industrial Renewal and the Minister Delegate with responsibility for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, Innovation and the Digital Economy. As a proud supporter of the initiative, Snips CEO Rand Hindi has been interviewed to talk how big data will change society and bring tremendous opportunities along the way.

  • The Tranquilien poster campaign is now live!

    Paris, 2 January 2014

    SNCF and Snips started a poster campaign onboard 10,000 trains in the Paris region to promote the v2 of Tranquilien, the first app that combines big data and crowdsourcing to predict passenger flow in trains, allowing commuters to find one where they can sit. The campaign will run throughout the month of January, and can be seen in RER and Transilien trains.

  • Ericsson launches the 2013 City Index at the NEST Summit

    Miami, 19 November 2013

    Snips participated in the elaboration of the City Index, an initiative led by Ericsson. The findings were presented during the NEST Summit in Miami, where senior executives from telecom operators gathered to discuss the impact of ICT on the future development of cities. Snips' CEO, Rand Hindi, was amongst the panelists demonstrating why big data and open data will play a central role in redefining the way we live in cities.

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  • Snips meets with Minister Fleur Pellerin in Bordeaux. Announces partnership with French national postal service La Poste.

    Bordeaux, 16 September 2013

    Snips co-founder Alexandre Vallette met with French digital minister Fleur Pellerin during her visit at the Cité Numérique in Bordeaux, a place dedicated to startups, artists and designers gravitating around digital technologies. As a local pioneer, Snips has been one of the first startups to open an office there, aiming at bringing its big data culture to the place. French postal service La Poste, who owns the place, officially announced a partnership with Snips to predict customer affluence in post offices.

  • Snips meets with former Minister Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet to talk about big urban data

    Paris, 26 August 2013

    Snips co-founder Maël Primet met with Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, former French Minister and current candidate mayor for Paris, to talk about how big data and predictive models can help cities work at scale and accomodate the soon doubling urban population.

  • Snips and SNCF launch Tranquilien

    Paris, 24 June 2013

    Snips CEO Rand Hindi and SNCF Transilien CEO Benedicte Tilloy held a press conference in Paris to announce the release of the Tranquilien app. The launch was covered in more than 100 articles, online, in the press, on TV and on the radio.

    Press release (French)
  • Snips talks about Algorithmic Urbanism at the New Cities Summit in Sao Paulo

    Sao Paulo, 10 June 2013

    Snips CEO Rand Hindi gave at talk at one of the most prestigious smart city conference held in Sao Paulo. There, he talked about how big data can help cities scale to millions of additional citizens.

    New Cities Summit website
  • Snips wins French government open data award in presence of tourism minister Sylvia Pinel

    Paris, 24 June 2013

    Snips CEO Rand Hindi presented Tranquilien and the mathematical models behind it in front of French tourism minister Sylvia Pinel. The French governement open data initiative awarded Snips first place for "best tourism app using open data".

    Dataconnexions website