Projects

CityFlows

The quality of life in European metropolitan areas is under pressure. A steady increase of the population in combination with the rapid expansion of city tourism frequently causes crowd-related issues.

Project Description

  • Innovation
  • 01 January 2021
  • 12 months
  • Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS)
  • € 1.4 mil

The quality of life in European metropolitan areas is under pressure. A steady increase of the population in combination with the rapid expansion of city tourism frequently causes crowd-related issues. In recent years, universities, research institutes and municipalities have developed techniques to A) monitor crowd movements by means of the state-of-the-art crowd sensing systems, and B) pro-actively manage crowded spaces using real-time decision support systems. These ad hoc and specialist pilots have shown that the liveability of the inner cities can be improved substantially by means of pro-active crowd management, but are currently not ready for large scale deployment. 

The objective of CityFlows is twofold, namely to i) improve liveability in urban environments by deploying a crowd monitoring decision support system (CM-DSS) on a city-scale and ii) to make a CM-DSS ready for the international market. The main goal is to improve the liveability of crowded pedestrian spaces through the provision of decision-support for the management of pedestrian flows. The first objective is to operate the CityFlows CM-DSS in four living labs across Europe, which will demonstrate that any professional, whose ambition is to improve the service, throughput or safety, can use the CM-DSS to re-design and manage crowded pedestrian spaces. Large pilots are organized in the City of Amsterdam (ArenA Boulevard & COVID-19 living lab), Milan (Milano Centrale) and Barcelona (Parc Guell), which all feature state-of-the-art crowd monitoring systems and analysis techniques. 

CityFlows’ secondary objective is to create an active and involved user-base for CM-DSSs through the education of city officials, security officers and crowd management organisations regarding the benefits of this type of decision-support system in the process. CityFlows aims to accelerate the market opportunities of the CityFlows CM-DSS, and innovative pro-active pedestrian management systems in general through education, hands-on experience/direct involvement and communication. 

Challenge


The capacity of pedestrian infrastructures is met more and more often as a result of rising pedestrian demand. As a result, the safety of pedestrians and walking experiences are declining. Sustainable cities need active mode mobility, of which pedestrian infrastructures for an important element. This project aims to improve the safety and increase the capacity of pedestrian infrastructures in order to improve their level of service. Moreover, the CM-DSS will allow cities to monitor active mode movements, as the developed tooling can be used for both pedestrian and cycling traffic.

Main Objective


The objective of CityFlows is twofold, namely to i) improve liveability in urban environments by deploying a crowd monitoring decision support system (CM-DSS) on a city-scale and ii) to make a CM-DSS ready for the international market. The main goal is to improve the liveability of crowded pedestrian spaces through the provision of decision-support for the management of pedestrian flows

Output


CityFlows produces three main products while working towards the main goal of CityFlows, namely the qualitative improvement of the liveability of the crowded spaces. In 2020, CM-DSSs are deployed in the City of Amsterdam to support the management of public spaces during COVID-19 pandemic and to safely re-open the ArenA boulevard. In 2021, the CM-DSS is deployed in the remaining two living labs. While performing this action, three products will be matured, being 1) an assessment of the impact that the CityFlows CM-DSS has on the quality of the crowded pedestrian spaces, 2) the formation of a start-up featuring the CityFlows CM-DSS named City Analytics and 3) an educational package featuring pro-active objective management of crowded pedestrian spaces.

Partners


Project lead


Sander Oudbier Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS) sander.oudbier@ams-institute.org
Dorine Duives Delft University of Technology d.c.duives@tudelft.nl