Autonomous Knight is a Belgian based technology company developing patented multi-spectral camera systems to fasttrack automation levels in time critical processes in the autonomous mobility, aerospace, industrial automation, security & defense
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.
Innomotion aims to create an Urban Mobility Scale-up Program in Istanbul and will provide support for innovative mobility solutions from all the cities of Turkey. By integrating the program with other EIT Urban Mobility accelerator programs, business creation services and Urban Mobility Living Lab in Istanbul, Innomotion will provide scaling up services for startups. The consortium will run a competion program for mobility startups, especially addressing the challenges defined by the city club members of EIT Urban Mobility. This competion program will enable the consortium to reach to the best mobility startups with high potential of scalability in the region, increase the visibility of EIT Urban Mobility and in the long run support the sustainability of EIT Urban Mobility.
MeHUB helps to organise public space within the urban environment as well as lower operational costs for service providers and create a better MaaS(Mobility as a Service) experience for users with a connected and universal micro-mobility charging infrastructure.
- creates alternative solutions for efficient and electric personal mobility.
- integrates last-kilometre solutions with existing public transportation hubs.
- ensures vehicles are supported by smart and connected locking against vandalism.
- measures the scalable benefits of the infrastructure.
- minimises operational needs and supports reducing and measuring carbon emissions.
SUMBooST2 develops universally applicable data science methodology which extracts key urban mobility parameters and origin/destination matrix from the anonymised big data set gathered from telecom operator.
The algorithms which separate relevant mobility data from the overall dataset are the unique part of the toolbox. The algorithms to identify passenger car trips are developed in 2020 project SUMBooST, and they are being upgraded in the 2021 to detect trips made by active mobility modes and public transport.
SUMBooST2 is a follow up of SUMBooST 2020 project where the methodology of the toolbox was based on the identification of passenger car trips only. The project plans to further improve the methodology and will mainly be focused on identifying sustainable transport modes and their strengthening, but personal car trips will also be analyzed as an additional validation of the first version of toolbox.
For the methodology to be valid, it must be implemented in representative number of cities. SUMBooST included implementation and validation in the City of Rijeka, and SUMBooST2 continues with two other cities, Zagreb and Dubrovnik.
Innovative methodology (toolbox) is based on big data science further enhanced and validated through traditional traffic research. The most creative and innovative part is the extraction of the mobility parameters from the big data set gathered from telecom operators.
Urban MoVators is a dedicated RIS entrepreneurship program, that will scale the process of mobilizing the innovation and entrepreneurial potential of the urban mobility eco-system in Bulgaria through a specialized service and access provision to EIT Urban Mobility expertise, programs and opportunities.
The Programme will source and nourish the most promising start-ups able to bring transformative and innovative mobility solutions, impactng the local ecosystem, enriching the RIS network and contributing to EU recognized mobility city challenges.
It will provide a unique combination of features and resources that will deliver high value and impact, by blending the needs, entrepreneurial and industrial experse on a national level with EIT Urban Mobility Business Creation Programs and will prepare Bulgarian innovators for market immersion and deployment of successful mobility solutions.
The project urbanDRONEscheduler aims to deliver a real-time digital platform for drone operation in urban areas based on an approved predefined flight route strategy. The platform consists of a Drone Flight Control Centre (DFCC) supervised by the city authorities on the server-side and an app/https-based application on the client side.
Through the client app, a drone user requests a ride defining the time, start & final destination and the cargo. DFCCapproves corridor routes in real-time based on risk analysis, cargo and drone performance as well as external factors such as weather conditions. During the flight, the DFCC monitors the drone ride with the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) involving continuous flight auditing and management on a possible enforcement interface.
This pan-EU project is being realized by a team of higher education institutions and four business partners from three different RIS countries and two different EIT Urban Mobility hubs, and by testing in three living lab RIS cities.
InnovaCity is a 2-day Design-Thinking Workshops, where participants will be working in cross-sector teams to tackle prevailing challenges, prototyping viable solutions and finally pitching their results in front of a panel of experts. The winning teams will receive coaching sessions and a pitch-training to be able to participate in a final event, where they pitch their developed ideas once more.
Women in Urban Mobility aims to raise awareness of female perspectives and gender equality in the urban mobility sector. The project strives to empower women to take entrepreneurial action; encourage companies, cities, and governments to foster gender equality; and enrich the innovation process in urban mobility with female perspectives to increase social inclusion and shape the future of urban mobility for everyone.
The three European cities – Barcelona, Sofia and Munich – come together to contribute their knowledge about urban mobility and passion for empowering women to:
- build a thriving community and fostering creative exchange on innovative urban mobility concepts and perspectives.
- contribute a more gender diverse perspective to urban mobility.
- enable rich and immersive collaboration between cities, research fields, corporates, and start-ups.
The WalkCycData project addresses the need to make cities increasingly safe for pedestrians and cyclists. According to the European Transport Safety Council, while the statistics for fatal accidents in vehicles decreased by 24%, those of pedestrian accidents have only decreased by 19% and the deaths of people on bicycles remain the same. Increasing the uptake of green and active transport, such as cycling and walking, is a priority for many governments and transport authorities because of their positive impact on public health, air quality and the reduction of traffic congestion in cities.
WalCycData aims to increase the safety and experience of vulnerable road users, namely cyclists and pedestrians, by integrating and analysing bicycle and pedestrian data. The goal of this international consortium is to develop and test in pilot cities the URBAN-i Box – a special bicycle sensor that monitors the interaction of cyclists, pedestrians, and cars in a dynamic urban environment through video, GPS, and other sensors. An important part of the project is the creation of a platform, based on UPC’s CIGO! system for data evaluation and analysis of crisis situations and accidents. Škoda Auto is focusing its efforts on creating a communication platform between the car, pedestrian, cyclist, and other infrastructures.
The outputs of the project will be tested directly in the urban traffic in Munich and Ostrava.
SmartHubs is an EIT Urban Mobility Project working on increasing the implementation and use of shared mobility hubs in metropolitan areas.
Worldwide the pressure on urban areas and climate is increasing. Cities need to implement new and effective mobility solutions, such as shared mobility, to deal with this pressure. The adoption rate of shared mobility is already rising, however not yet at a rate that it is actually changing the way people move around in the city. This means that the reduction of pressure on transport networks and public space is still limited. Previous research shows the potential of shared mobility, but there is a need for actual planning or piloting tools. Smarthubs will bridge this gap by testing, developing and validating hub concepts and by developing a decision-support planning tool to enhance the implementation of Smarthubs.
To realise these outputs a diverse consortium of cities, companies and universities who are all working on shared mobility to increase sustainable transport, have joined hands. As part of the project pilots will be run at diverse mobility hubs in six cities. These pilots will provide information about the hubs needs, location, context, users, etc. The partners will translate this information into a decision-support planning tool for cities to help them decide on the type, location, and offered mobility services of the smart mobility hubs at the street, district and city levels. The project will also deliver a validated list of criteria and a process for the public procurement of smart mobility hubs in public space. With the creation of these tools Smarthubs aims to accelerate the successful implementation of the hubs, maximizing citizens’ accessibility and inclusion, as well as reducing emission.
The public bench represents a practical and emotional link between the city and its citizens. It is a key element for the success of active mobility, public modes of transport and the well-being of citizens. With a user-centric approach, the Citizen Bench project helps cities to understand better the different needs of citizens, their restrictions and their expectations in terms of seating in the public realm. Feedback from the general public allows cities to verify and adapt the seating it offers in order to encourage active mobility and to increase the quality of urban spaces.
Citizens are encouraged to describe and share their needs from public seating through a user-friendly tool and structured process that empowers citizens. The project strengthens environmental awareness, connects stakeholders and promotes exchange; it allows involvement in the ideation process and promotes emotional ownership and advocacy. The city, in turn, gets feedback on citizen’s needs, obstacles and preferences concerning the form, material, location, orientation and use of benches.
Citizen Bench has tested the tool and methodology in Munich and the results will be part of a toolbox, including training programmes, that will support other cities to transform their public seating decisions. The online-web-app hogga.me can easily be tailored to different cities and regions.