Chief Technology Officer
What’s one thing you wish the public knew about the transit industry? The transit industry is going through profound and interesting transformations from a traditional model of specific hardware-centric approach to a cloud- and IoT-centric approach. The complexity will move towards the software stack to provide enhanced intelligence and insights to the operators, rather than just data. This movement will propel technologies such as cloud, mobile, IoT, and AI/machine learning to the forefront of the product strategy for transit solutions. What’s your favorite transit memory? When I was 12, I went to Beijing from Wuhan (my hometown) for the very first time on my own on an overnight train. The rhythmic humming of the wheels, the perfectly concise clicks when the cart goes over each railroad joint and the fresh country air spilling in from open windows concocted together the most perfect, intoxicating cocktail of sensations. I remember having one of the best sleeps in my life ever and fell in love with travelling by train. Because I stuck my head out of the window so much, all my pimples (yup, I had them too) were gone by the next morning. My dream job - up to the age of 14 anyway – was to become a train conductor so I could take all the train rides with pockets full of money. What do you like most about being part of the public transit industry? As much as the train conductor dream did not work out for me, I am absolutely loving that the work I do today helps deliver better experiences for commuters and agency workers alike by pushing the limits on the technology that drives public transit. This stuff really impacts the lives of millions and I am very proud of all the great work that we are doing.
Alex Ni is the CTO at Trapeze Group North America. He is a seasoned technology leader who has held many titles from developer, architect to delivery manager, innovation lead, and start-up CTO across different industries from mobile, telecom to digital media, biotech and fintech. A true tech nerd at heart, Alex is most passionate about building world-class technology companies by creating an open, transparent, and accountable engineering culture that delivers quality. Alex’s technical interests include building scalable cloud-based software systems, machine learning /AI-driven applications, web/mobile application development and blockchain. Other than his technical skill set, Alex also holds a CPA/CMA designation, and has his MBA focusing on technology management and valuation.