04/07/2015 02:47 EDT | Updated 06/07/2015 05:59 EDT

John Tory says Toronto must 'catch up' on big data

Toronto is hoping to harness the power of big data to get people moving through the city more efficiently.

Mayor John Tory announced Tuesday that the city's transportation services division is creating a so-called big data innovation team.

Speaking at Ryerson University's Digital Media Zone, the mayor said cities in other parts of the province and the world are using data to make life easier for people travelling from one place to another.

But he said Toronto has fallen behind.

"We're here today to say, it's time and this city is taking tangible steps to move us into the 21st century and do it as rapidly as possible," Tory said, when speaking with reporters on Tuesday morning.

"I am very determined for this city to catch up," he added.

The data team will be taking some time to build a strategy for the city to make use of big data "to improve travel by all modes," according to a city news release.

Tory said he has been "assured" that this team will help bring change sooner rather than later.