The history of our company began when Michael Kieslinger wrote a master thesis on the concept of fluid time at the Royal College of Art in London in 2000. Based on his thesis he started a research project at the Institute for Interaction Design in Ivrea, Italy. Specifically, it was about the need for a flexible and dynamic time management for modern society, especially when it comes to the coordination between individual and organizational time processes. Be it waiting for a bus, the craftsman, collecting parcels or dealing with the local authorities – the aim was to improve personal time management. In order to increase people’s control over their time interacting with services, during the project a mobile phone-based information system was developed that provides users with continuous and real-time environmental information straight from the services requested.
Fluid time became Fluidtime
… and out of the research project real mobility services emerged. With qando, a route planner for public transport, the first real app as we know it today was created in 2009. A total of around 15 million information requests are counted each month in all participating cities. This makes qando one of the most successful apps in Austria and was the cornerstone for several follow-up projects in German-speaking countries.