EIT AI Challenge: Braga & HaydenAI win Transatlantic AI Award

  • The prestigious Transatlantic AI Award has crowned the city of Braga and HaydenAI as this year’s accolade co-winners. The announcement, made during a ceremony held in Silicon Valley, marks a significant milestone in the topic of artificial intelligence (AI) innovation.
  • This endeavour between the EIT Silicon Valley Hub and the EIT AI Community celebrates collaborations in AI technologies that address critical challenges and contribute to advancing digital transformation globally.

The Transatlantic AI Award, known for its rigorous selection process and an esteemed panel of judges comprising experts from both sides of the Atlantic, aims to foster collaboration and recognise excellence in artificial intelligence. This year’s joint winners, Braga and HaydenAI, epitomise the spirit of innovation and international cooperation, setting a high standard for the global AI community to aspire to.

  • Challenge addressed: Automated bus Stop – Enforcement pilot
  • Achievement: Braga & Hayden AI have been recognised for pioneering work in developing an automated enforcement system that enhances the efficiency and safety of bus operations. Their solution significantly contributes to improving urban mobility and public transportation systems.

The Transatlantic AI Award underscores the importance of international collaboration in fostering innovation and driving technological progress. Braga & Hayden AI’s collaboration exemplifies the impact of combining expertise and resources to tackle complex challenges in the public transportation sector. The EIT Community will continue its efforts to bridge ecosystems towards trustworthy and robust AI development & implementation in Europe.

Click here to learn more about the AI Challenge 2023

IESE and EIT Urban Mobility: Empowering change through strategic partnerships 

On December 1, 2023, IESE Business School and EIT Urban Mobility embarked on their first joint endeavour at an Incubation Workshop hosted by IESE’s PPP for Cities (Public-Private Partnerships) research centre in Barcelona. Under the guiding theme of “A Vision for Barcelona’s Future,” the event served as an open forum to address Barcelona’s multifaceted urban challenges collaboratively, emphasising the kind of innovative partnerships and capacity building initiatives that underscore the core objectives of EIT Urban Mobility’s Academy.

The workshop convened more than 60 representatives from 30 institutions, including Barcelona GlobalClúster Catalonia LogisticsEURECAT and Institut Cerdà, with the support of Ajuntament de Barcelona and Familia Torras. This collaborative event signified more than a partnership milestone; it epitomised the spirit of collective action and shared responsibility in addressing the complex challenges faced by modern urban landscapes.  

Several interactive debates were held by the research advisory groups (RAG) on Mobilitty, Logistics, Energy & Resources, Innovation and Urban Studies. In the first of these, EIT Urban Mobility’s Stakeholders and Partnerships Manager, Marta Álvarez, joined IESE Strategic Management Professor and PPP Cities Academic Director, Joan Enric Ricart, to discuss the Mobility RAG’s proposal, which emphasised the indispensable role of data-centric approaches and robust governance structures to address urban mobility challenges. The Mobility RAG also includes: 

Two key proposals discussed at the event involved last-mile logistics: first, the creation of a ‘green label’ that categorises shipments into three levels (A/B/C) to inform consumers about the sustainability of their purchases; and second, the expansion of nighttime distribution to ease congestion in Barcelona. The event concluded with a presentation by Ramon Gras Alomà, researcher and Urban designer at Aretian and author of the new book City Science: Performance Follows Form, which uses artificial intelligence to analyse cities’ spatial design and quality of life.  

Click here to learn more about this strategic partnership. 

EIT Community’s AI Challenge: Transformative Triumphs Unveiled

  • The EIT AI Community hosted the AI Challenge closing event in December 2023, where several start-ups pitched their solutions to the business challenges handed in by organisations during the year.
  • EIT Urban Mobility’s partners Braga and MOVEN were the winners of the “Urban mobility mode prediction challenge”, presenting a solution that implies a significant impact on urban planning and sustainability.
  • The EIT Community’s AI challenge is a call to action for developers, data scientists, and AI enthusiasts to tackle real-world problems through innovative AI solutions.
  • EIT AI Community is made up of EIT Climate-KIC. EIT Food, EIT Manufacturing, EIT Digital, EIT Health and EIT Urban Mobility.

Fuelling digitalisation in mobility with AI

Artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming increasingly popular for addressing various demands within the mobility industry. Nowadays, most of these challenges can be solved using artificial intelligence (AI). However, the lack of familiarity with this topic often leads to uncertainty about how to get started. The EIT Community AI Challenge is a door into AI.

The EIT Community AI Challenge looks for corporates who want to tackle their digitalisation and sustainability transformation challenges with the help of AI solutions, presenting an exciting opportunity for businesses to leverage the power of AI to improve their competitiveness.

The EIT Community AI Challenge

The EIT Community’s AI challenge has been a call to action for developers, data scientists, and AI enthusiasts to tackle real-world problems through innovative AI solutions. During the challenge, all participants addressed diverse challenges in sectors such as healthcare, climate change, education, and sustainable energy. The goal was not just to demonstrate technical expertise, but to create tangible solutions with the potential to drive positive change on a global scale.

The winning projects were selected during an event hosted last month in December 2023:

First place: WHO & Turing Biosystems

  • Challenge addressed: Interpretable hybrid AI for determinants of cancer.
  • Outcome: Their approach has significantly contributed to advancing AI applications in cancer research.

Second place: Travna & Asistobe

  • Challenge addressed: Efficient and cost-effective networks for inter-city and local bus transport.
  • Outcome: Their innovative solutions have notably improved the efficiency of transportation networks

Third place: Braga & Moven

  • Challenge addressed: Urban mobility mode prediction.
  • Outcome: Their work in urban mobility prediction stands out for its potential impact on urban planning and sustainability.

All winning projects have the potential to inspire further research, development, and implementation of AI solutions in various industries. From healthcare to climate action, education to sustainable energy, the challenge has demonstrated that AI can be a powerful force for positive change when harnessed responsibly and creatively, highlighting the potential of AI to reshape industries and improve lives.

Furthermore, the challenge has also catalysed the development of a global network of AI experts committed to addressing pressing societal challenges. We are on the brink of a new era where AI-driven innovations will play a pivotal role in shaping a better and more sustainable future!

For those eager to delve deeper into this groundbreaking initiative, there’s more to discover at EIT AI Community – AI Challenge 2023

About the EIT Community

The EIT Community is a collaborative network comprising the European Institute of Innovation and Technology’s (EIT) long-term partnerships, known as Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs). These KICs drive systemic change in Europe and beyond, focusing on key areas such as climate change, health, energy, food, manufacturing, digitalisation, raw materials, urban mobility, culture and creativity. By harnessing the collective expertise of the KICs, the EIT Community initiatives power innovation, entrepreneurship, and creativity in Europe. We believe we can foster a competitive, inclusive, and sustainable European economy for generations to come.

The EIT AI Community unites diverse stakeholders in the AI domain, including startups, scale-ups, established companies, research institutions, and universities. Its primary objective is to promote collaboration, knowledge sharing, and innovation in AI-related fields.

The EIT AI Community aims to foster collaboration and innovation in Artificial Intelligence (AI) across Europe. It provides ample support for AI-driven projects and ventures through diverse resources, training programmes, and events.

 

Heraklion launches project pilots to boost sustainable mobility in the city

  • Implemented by EIT Urban Mobility, the aim of the project is the pilot operation for six months (until Easter 2024) of 13 automated and secure parking stations (two different types)
  • The initiative promises to redefine the urban landscape and improve the quality of life for Heraklion residents
  • The kick-off event of the project was held last 3 December in an open event to present the solution to the citizenship

The Greek city of Heraklion launched the project pilot of #ChallengeMyCity looking to improve the accessibility and sustainability of its urban mobility ecosystem by creating micromobility hubs through secure bicycle parking and controlling parking spaces for persons with reduced mobility (PRM) and logistics.

 

The Department of Traffic & Communications of the Directorate of Technical Projects & Meleton decided to implement the project that is part of its wider policy (safe bike racks, bike paths, etc.) to strengthen the use of the bicycles as a means of movement and to reduce traffic in the context of Heraklion’s Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan.

The project aims to elevate active mobility, focusing on micromobility and bike mobility. The objective is to deploy secure and sustainable bike and kick-scooter parking infrastructure at strategically selected points throughout the city. These hubs, featuring a flexible modular design accommodating 4 to 10 bicycles and e-bikes, cater to both spontaneous parking and charging requirements for registered users. These infrastructure enhancements are envisioned to enhance the overall quality of life for Heraklion’s residents, contribute meaningfully to climate change mitigation efforts, and foster a more robust and dependable urban mobility sector. Two innovative solution providers have been selected for funding in this project:

  • Rastel.io will deliver 10 units to be installed outside the old town. These smart and secure bike parking hubs come equipped with e-bike charging capabilities and can be accessed through the Rastel.io mobile app.

  • DonCicleto will provide 3 units to be installed in the old town. The Bikehangar, their modular and scalable bike and scooter parking solution, offers protection against vandalism, inclement weather, and theft.

Read the press release here

 

 

 

TACTIC, the last mile logistic solution, takes flight with pilot launch at Métropole du Grand Paris

  • EIT Urban Mobility’s co-funded innovation project, TACTIC (Transformative, Adaptive, and Collaborative Traffic Management for Improved Capacity), has officially initiated its pilot phase at the Métropole du Grand Paris.
  • The TACTIC project focuses on environmentally friendly last-mile delivery solutions that enable professionals to benefit from a system for sharing light commercial vehicles and cargo bikes for their goods deliveries and journeys. The town of Rueil-Malmaison will be trialling the solution until mid-2024.
  • Martine Vazquez, Cheffe de service Dev économique durable Métropole du Grand Paris and Sophie Bénet-Jouhaud, Chargée de mission Logistique urbaine durable chez Métropole du Grand Paris; attended to the launch of the project

TACTIC addresses the ever-growing challenges of urban traffic management by leveraging innovative technologies and adaptive strategies. The project aims to develop innovative solutions for optimising urban traffic flow, reducing congestion, and enhancing overall transportation efficiency. The Métropole du Grand Paris, known for its dynamic urban landscape and diverse transportation needs, was the perfect testing ground for the TACTIC project, providing real insights for refining and fine-tuning the developed technologies.

   

During the test period and in conjunction with the Greater Paris Metropolitan Area, the town of Rueil-Malmaison is working with Clem’ to test and launch the platform for sharing commercial vehicles. The vehicle and cargo bike, located respectively in Rueil town centre and on the outskirts of Suresnes, will be accessible via the Clem Mobi application.

The project’s success at the Métropole du Grand Paris could pave the way for wider implementation across European urban centres, offering a blueprint for intelligent and adaptive traffic management systems. As cities grapple with the complexities of urban mobility, TACTIC demonstrates how collaborative efforts and transformative technologies can shape the future of transportation in metropolitan areas. The outcomes of the pilot phase will contribute to the ongoing discourse on sustainable and efficient urban mobility solutions.


Car-sharing service for professionals to be extended to Rueil-Malmaison (Clem’) (Les Echos)


About the TACTIC project  

TACTIC creates an innovative solution that brings economic, environmental, and social value to the last-mile logistics business, involving different stakeholders in the local commerce logistics chain. The solution consists of connecting local commerce, green logistics services and the end user through the development and integration of the following services and products:

  • e-vehicle sharing app: app that connects local commerce (B2B) and citizens (B2C) with zero-emission vehicles for logistics purposes.
  • green logistics operation: use of cargo bikes and e-vans for last-mile delivery.
  • marketplace for local commerce: technology integration between an e-commerce marketplace platform and sustainable delivery service providers to offer local market users access to delivery services in sustainable vehicles.

TACTIC is led by Factual, developed by Hermeneus World, Vanapedal and Clem’, and two living labs: Barcelona City Council and the Métropole du Grand Paris.

Braga’s move towards future-forward urban mobility: a city in motion

  • In a launch session, the city of Braga presented the three urban mobility solutions that will be tested in the city thanks to EIT Urban Mobility’s innovation initiative. 
  • The kick-off event was presented by Ricardo Rio, City of Braga’s Mayor, Olga Pereira, Councillor for Mobility of the Municipality of Braga and María Paula Caycedo, Head of EIT Urban Mobility Innovation Hub South, at the Town Hall premises. 
  • The project is financed with €180,000 of European investment to the city for the three pilot projects that will be implemented for 6 months to tackle active mobility, cycling and parking spaces.

Braga, 25 November 2023 – Braga City Council will test three innovative solutions in the area of sustainable mobility in a stride towards sustainable and efficient urban living. The projects, presented this Monday in an event hosted at the city town hall, were selected by EIT Urban Mobility as part of one of our major innovation programmes.  Our RAPTOR project – previously called #ChallengeMyCity – aims to test innovative solutions from start-ups and SMEs with a six-month pilot project to evaluate its social, economic, and environmental impact in the city and estimate long-term integration into Braga’s mobility strategy.

Bicycle safety and monitoring the flow of cyclists, promoting active mobility in the city centre and improving the monitoring and use of loading and unloading bays are the three projects that, according to the Mayor of Braga, Ricardo Rio, “will help us to know the reality more accurately”. “Based on the results achieved, we’ll be able to develop mobility policies better suited to our municipality,” said the Mayor.

 
Mrs Olga Pereira, President of the board of directors of Transportes Urbanos de Braga; María Paula Caycedo, Head of EIT Urban Mobility Innovation Hub South and Mr Ricardo Rio, Mayor of Braga during the launch event hosted at the city’s town hall.  (Credit – CM Braga)

About the implemented solutions

The first project (“Telraam”) for bicycle safety and cyclist flow monitoring will install 15 sensors in the city centre to count and categorise metrics, namely road user count, means of transport, and estimated speed.

The “Walkflow” project is a solution for analysing pedestrian movement patterns in the city centre using anonymous mobile location data and application aggregator data. This initiative will make it possible to characterise the type of user, the origin/destination, the purpose of the activity or the frequency of journeys.

Finally, “Parkunload” aims to test 25 smart parking zones for more efficient use of loading and unloading areas, reducing congestion in the city centre. Using a mobile application and Bluetooth sensors, this system will enable managing, regulating, and analysing car parks in loading and unloading zones.

Read the news at Braga’s city town website: Câmara Municipal de Braga | Notícias | Braga testa soluções de mobilidade sustentável (cm-braga.pt)

Microsoft and EIT Urban Mobility: an alliance to boost innovation in urban mobility

Barcelona, Nov 2023 – In a significant move towards advancing the future of urban mobility, EIT Urban Mobility Innovation Hub South has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Microsoft, marking the beginning of a strategic collaboration between the two entities.

Under the agreement, EIT Urban Mobility and Microsoft will leverage their expertise to accelerate innovation in urban mobility solutions, addressing the evolving challenges cities face in Europe.

The MoU outlines several areas of collaboration by combining EIT Urban Mobility’s deep knowledge of urban mobility challenges with Microsoft’s technological prowess, aiming to create sustainable, efficient, and inclusive mobility solutions for urban environments. The agreement means a massive step towards fostering collaboration and its potential impact on urban mobility, highlighting the importance of harnessing technology to address the complexities of urban transportation, improve sustainability, and enhance city residents’ overall quality of life.

The EIT Urban Mobility and Microsoft association is a testament to the power of collaboration between academia, industry, and technology leaders. The MoU sets the stage for a new era of innovation in urban mobility, where data-driven solutions and advanced technologies pave the way for more innovative, more sustainable cities.

Study “Bikesharing in Spain: opportunities and challenges for a more sustainable urban mobility”

  • Carried out by Fifteen and Ipsos, the study presents all the keys to building a cycling policy linked to the mobility habits of Spaniards and their preferences regarding cycling and bike-sharing systems.
  • The study presents the views of current and potential users, analyses the challenges local councils face to increase the modal share of cycling, and offers the views of experts in the sector.
  • EIT Urban Mobility collaborates with the study, that was officially launched last month in October.

DOWNLOAD THE REPORT HERE (available in Spanish only)

Barcelona, November 2023 – Spain passed the Climate Change and Energy Transition Law in 2021, which sets out measures to facilitate active mobility in municipalities with more than 50,000 inhabitants. Cycling, particularly bike-sharing services, can accelerate the transition and change mobility patterns. But what do Spaniards say?

77% of Spaniards support public bike-sharing service in their city to encourage its use as a sustainable means of transport, according to the monographic study ‘Bicicleta compartida en España: oportunidades y retos para una movilidad urbana más sostenible’ (Bicycle sharing in Spain: opportunities and challenges for a more sustainable urban mobility), carried out by Fifteen and Ipsos.

The report describes that cycling is the preferred means of transport for 19% of citizens, with men being the most frequent users (59%), and explores the perception of cycling as a sustainable and healthy mobility model, with 89% believing it plays an essential role in reducing carbon emissions and 82% believing it plays a vital role in reducing traffic. 1,900 cases were analysed to write the study, concluding that cycling has become a standard means of transport for 19% of the Spanish population, while 51% say they use a bicycle on occasion and 33% cite not owning a bicycle as one of the reasons for not cycling.

Following on from the studies carried out by ConBici and Red de Ciudades por la Bicicleta (RCxB), this study is an essential tool to inform the decisions of policymakers and enable technicians and associations to convince them of the potential of bike sharing in their cities.

The deployEMDS project kicks-off at TMWC 2023

  • The project aims to contribute to the development of the European Mobility Data Space (EMDS) and it is built upon the groundwork laid by the preparatory action PrepDSpace4Mobility and will run for 36 months.
  • The project is led by ACATECH. EIT Urban Mobility is one of the partners of the project, together with more than 40 European entities.
  • The project will kick off during TMWC in the session “Data Revolution in Motion: deployEMDS Transforming Mobility”.

Barcelona, 30 October 2023 – In an era where digitalisation is reshaping industries and societies at an unprecedented pace, the European Union (EU) continues to champion initiatives that drive innovation, competitiveness, and digital transformation. Among its latest endeavours is the deployEMDS project, an ambitious and forward-looking venture that propels Europe to the forefront of the global digital landscape. Funded by the EU, this project holds immense potential to revolutionise how we engage with technology and harness its benefits. The deployEMDS project wants to develop innovative services and applications and support policymaking by making data available, shareable, and reusable for sustainable urban mobility indicators (SUMI) and traffic and travel information in urban and regional areas.

The project aims to contribute to the development of the European Mobility Data Space (EMDS), as outlined in the Data Strategy and the Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy of the European Union. EMDS will be designed and operated in full compliance with existing EU legislation related to mobility and transport. Building upon the groundwork laid by the preparatory action PrepDSpace4Mobility, funded under the Digital Europe Programme, the deployEMDS project’s primary objective is to facilitate creating and deploying an operational Data Space. This Data Space will enable participants to provide data in machine-readable formats and facilitate secure and controlled data sharing. The project will run for 36 months.

The project will actively support real-life implementation projects across nine cities and regions, including Barcelona (ES), Île-de-France (FR), Milan (IT), Lisbon (PT), Flanders (VLO), Sofia (BG), Stockholm (SE), Tampere (FI), and Hamburg (DE). These initiatives will focus on developing innovative services and applications while assisting in policymaking by sharing and reusing data. This will be accomplished using a shared technical infrastructure and governance mechanisms.

Within the deployEMDS project, EIT Urban Mobility will work with other partners to implement common governance mechanisms and develop tools for legal compliance. The project supports policymaking by contributing to the availability, sharing, and re-use of data for Sustainable Urban Mobility Indicators (SUMI) and traffic and travel information in urban and regional areas.

The DeployEMDS project represents a significant step forward in Europe’s quest for digital transformation, innovation, and competitiveness. As the EU continues to invest in this ambitious initiative, the digital future of Europe is poised to be brighter, more secure, and more resilient than ever before. By fostering technological advancements, nurturing digital sovereignty, and promoting economic growth, deployEMDS sets the stage for a more prosperous and technologically advanced Europe in the years to come. The future of mobility demands fresh and innovative solutions that enhance our urban experiences. But these solutions are only possible with secure, transparent, and efficient data sharing. In a world where information is king, data sharing is the catalyst for groundbreaking innovations that will shape the way we move in cities.

Data Revolution in Motion: deployEMDS Transforming Mobility
The kick-off session of the project will take place during the Tomorrow. Mobility World Congress in Barcelona
(07 November, 12:30 – 13:15, Tomorrow Mobility room)

Supported by EU legislation and the Digital Europe Programme, deployEMDS will pioneer data spaces in 9 regions. With 20+ use cases, this initiative will enhance secure data sharing for a trusted European data ecosystem. deployEMDS Open Session will kick off the initiative and will invite the audience to explore the future of mobility data. Experts from across the public and private domains will provide insights from real-life projects using transformative concepts. A key discussion topic will be how data reshapes sustainable mobility and what the data space concept means for urban data management.

https://www.smartcityexpo.com/agenda/data-revolution-in-motion-deployemds-transforming-mobility/

A vision for Barcelona’s future: EIT Urban Mobility in partnership with IESE to find solutions to Barcelona’s mobility challenges

  • A vision for Barcelona’s future”, aims to promote the generation and exchange of knowledge in the fields of innovation, urban studies, mobility, logistics, and energy.
  • The project has been designed by PPP for Cities Research Center at IESE Business School, in collaboration with the Barcelona City Council.
  • EIT Urban Mobility is part of their Steering committee and the Research Advisory Group.

Barcelona, October 2023 – Economic reactivation and innovation promotion are critical drivers to boost the Barcelona Metropolitan Area and attract world-class investment and talent. Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) can play a decisive role in achieving these goals, as they can combine public and private resources and know-how to transform Barcelona into a thriving metropolis where prosperity and quality of life go hand in hand.

Part of the mission of the PPP for Cities Research Center at IESE Business School, in collaboration with the Barcelona City Council, is to contribute to this innovation-driven urban transformation of Barcelona with its expertise in Public-Private Partnerships. To this end, PPP for Cities has launched “A vision for Barcelona’s future”, which aims to promote the generation and exchange of knowledge in the fields of innovation, urban studies, mobility, logistics, and energy.

The project consists of creating five Research Advisory groups focusing on key areas of future development: mobility, logistics, innovation, energy and resources, and urban studies. In each area, the groups have identified the main current problems and urgent areas for intervention, all of which share a common factor: the need for data-driven solutions, clear governance, and commitment.

Objectives

  • To find data-driven solutions to the main challenges faced by the latest innovations in urban ecosystems across the Barcelona Metropolitan Area.
  • To channel and guide these solutions through Research Advisory Groups (RAG) formed by key stakeholders and subject-matter experts.
  • To design actionable solutions that may be implemented in the RMB and generate a real impact in each project’s key areas.

Coordinating entities of the project together with PPP for Cities: Barcelona Global, Catalonia Logistics, EIT Urban Mobility, Eurecat, Institut Cerdà

With the support of: Barcelona City council and Familia Torras

How EIT Urban Mobility supports cities in delivering their sustainable urban mobility strategies?

  • Jordi Casas Juan, City Development Manager at the Innovation Hub South, explains how EIT Urban Mobility supports cities in delivering their sustainable urban mobility strategies in an interview with Hub Cities.
  • EIT Urban Mobility collaborates with more than 60 cities across Europe in developing and implementing their sustainable mobility plans
  • Developed by EIT Urban Mobility, City Club is a platform for cities to collaborate, sharing best practices, upscaling ideas, and putting them to work. The club also serves as a sounding board for citizens and a means of outreach.
  • Watch the full interview HERE

 

EIT Urban Mobility supports cities in delivering their sustainable urban mobility strategies by providing resources, expertise, funding, and collaboration opportunities. By leveraging innovation and knowledge-sharing, we help cities progress toward more sustainable, efficient, and accessible urban transportation systems.  But, how do we develop and implement our support?

  • Innovation and Research: EIT Urban Mobility fosters innovation and research in urban mobility. Our collaboration with academic institutions, startups, and established companies allows us to develop and test new mobility solutions, technologies, and business models that can help cities achieve their sustainability goals.
  • Education and Training: Through educational programmes and training opportunities for urban mobility professionals, decision-makers, and stakeholders. These programmes help cities build capacity and expertise in designing and implementing sustainable mobility solutions. – eiturbanmobility.eu/academy/
  • Living Labs: EIT Urban Mobility creates living labs in cities across Europe. These living labs serve as test beds for innovative mobility solutions, allowing cities to pilot and evaluate modern technologies and approaches in real-world urban environments. – eiturbanmobility.eu/city-club/mobility-living-labs/
  • Public-Private Partnerships: EIT Urban Mobility facilitates collaboration between public and private sector entities. Bringing together various stakeholders encourages the development of public-private partnerships that can finance and implement sustainable mobility projects.
  • Knowledge Sharing: exchanging knowledge and best practices among cities.
  • Funding and Grants: EIT Urban Mobility provides funding and grants to support innovative mobility projects in cities. This financial support can help cities implement sustainable mobility solutions and infrastructure improvements.
  • Policy Support: EIT Urban Mobility works closely with cities to align their mobility strategies with European Union policies and sustainability objectives. It provides policy guidance and recommendations to help cities develop effective and sustainable urban mobility plans.
  • Data and Analytics:  we support cities in collecting and analysing data related to urban mobility. Data-driven insights can help cities make informed decisions and optimise their transportation systems for sustainability and efficiency.
  • Advocacy and Awareness: EIT Urban Mobility advocates for sustainable urban mobility at the European level and raises awareness about the importance of transitioning to cleaner, more efficient transportation systems.

TMB public procurement of innovation: Gap of curved platforms

  • As part of the European Union’s Horizon Europe Programme InnoBuyer, TMB is undertaking its first Public Procurement of Innovation process, which is looking for an innovative solution to bridge the space between the train and the platform of nine of its metro stations.
  • TMB is the leading public transport operator of Barcelona and its metropolitan area. Thousands of citizens make daily use of its services. Apart from operating the city’s main bus and metro networks and its metropolitan area, TMB also offers various transport services for the visiting public.

Barcelona, October 2023 – Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona, TMB, responsible for managing public transportation in the metropolitan area of Barcelona, recognised the need for innovation in the face of growing urbanisation and the challenges posed by climate change. And the vision is clear: to leverage PPI as a catalyst for sustainable, efficient, and user-centric public transportation systems.

As part of the European Union’s Horizon Europe Programme InnoBuyer, TMB is undertaking its first Public Procurement of Innovation process, looking for an innovative solution to bridge the space between the train and the platform of nine of its metro stations. This gap makes access to the train difficult for all users. For people with reduced mobility, the distance may make it impossible to access the train. For other users, passengers may trip, fall or suffer injuries when getting on or off the train, which may also cause delays in the arrival and departure of trains.

Are you interested in this type of cooperation?
EIT Urban Mobility supports all stages of the PPI process, starting by identifying concrete needs and defining the scope of challenges. Additionally, we support scouting a solution and a demo host to test the solution in a real-life environment, facilitating engagement with key stakeholders in urban mobility within our European network. We provide expert advice to select the best innovative solution among all options available based on the needs of the challenger. Finally, we also guide the last stage of the public procurement process, which includes an accurate wording of the tender specifications.

If you have a solution that may fit this challenge, don’t miss the launching webinar of the TMB’s first Preliminary Market Consultation next 16 October at 12pm.

As an expert in urban mobility, EIT Urban Mobility has been supporting TMB through its first public procurement of innovation process. Given that we gather the significant European ecosystem in urban mobility, we facilitate access to potential solution providers, from public and private organizations to SMEs and start-ups.