deployEMDS: Open opportunities to create a common European mobility data space

Co-funded by the EU Digital Europe Programme, the deployEMDS project aims to create a common European mobility data space and foster a broad ecosystem of data providers and users. This initiative will make it easier to adopt common building blocks and contribute to the development of innovative services and applications. Sixteen use cases from nine EU countries will support this project. The European mobility data space (EMDS) will provide a framework for interlinking and federating ecosystems, and deployEMDS will support this initiative. EIT Urban Mobility is one of the proud partners of this initiative.

The deployEMDS project implements 9 local pilots across Barcelona, Budapest, Flanders, Île-de-France, Lisbon, Milan, Sofia, Stockholm, and Tampere, featuring 16 use cases focusing on data for mobility planning, public transport operation, multimodality, and specialty travel information.

New opportunities for EIT Urban Mobility partners

There are new opportunities for EIT Urban Mobility partners to become part of the initiative: The Innovation and Scaling Group and the deployEMDS Network of Follower Cities and Regions:

The Innovation and Scaling Group

develop new innovative use cases in mobility data sharing, promote knowledge exchange and peer learning on mobility data spaces

The project has started working on establishing the Innovation and Scaling Group (ISG).  The ISG aims to bring private stakeholders together with partner cities to develop new innovative use cases in mobility data sharing, promote knowledge exchange and peer learning on mobility data spaces. It also offers a platform for private actors to contribute their perspectives to shaping standards and developments of a common European mobility data space.

All EIT Urban Mobility partners interested in joining the ISG are welcome to attend the introductory webinar on 23 April, 13:30-14:30 CEST, and submit their application form here.

Additionally, they can find more information in the following link

deployEMDS Network of Follower Cities and Regions

The deployEMDS Network of Follower Cities and Regions is a group designed to engage with external local and regional public entities interested in shaping the future of the common European mobility data space by supporting the development of the deployEMDS project. Targeted at local and regional public authorities & PTOs, members have the opportunity to contribute to the development of better mobility data policies and standards within the EU, learn from leading cities about the implementation of tailor-made mobility data solutions, participate in targeted capacity-building activities focused on data spaces and governance, and collaborate with established industry players and platforms to address real-world mobility challenges.


Sign up for the introductory webinar on 22 April, 14:00-15:00 CEST and submit your application form to join the deployEMDS Network of Follower Cities and Regions.

You can find more information here.

The potential of Mobility Data Spaces

  • EIT Urban Mobility’s latest study about Mobility Data Spaces in the Spanish ecosystem was presented during the Tomorrow.Mobility World Congress organised last week in Barcelona.
  • The study has been developed by Fundació i2CAT, Factual Consulting and EIT Urban Mobility.
  • The presentation of the study was followed by a Workshop of the Mobility Working Group of Gaia-X España and a High-level session, ‘The Future of Mobility Data Spaces’ with experts from across Europe.

The city of Barcelona hosted, last week, the Tomorrow.Mobility World Congress event. Focused on promoting the design and adoption of new sustainable urban mobility models and jointly organised with the Smart City Expo World Congress, the event presents itself as the world’s most significant meeting point for urban innovation. More than 40000 delegates from around the globe attended this year’s edition.

In this edition, EIT Urban Mobility’s latest study on Mobility Data Spaces was unveiled during a session hosted at the Innovation Stage, where the study’s co-authors presented its main conclusions.

The study explores the incentives and barriers of key actors of future data spaces, including transport authorities, operators, urban planners, MaaS providers, logistics providers, OEMs, and infrastructure operators. The study also examines levers and replicable use cases that can unlock public-private investment and inspire the accelerated development and uptake of mobility data spaces.

These are some of the main takeaways we learnt from the high-level panel of experts we brought together in the Innovation Stage:

“Data Spaces present a fresh value proposition for mobility data and its value chains, creating secure datasharing ecosystems that provide greatly improved usage control over one’s data, allowing new models and services across more interconnected environments. At this regard, research institutions play a key role in lowering the barriers to entry: tech demonstrations, pilots, experimentation, deployment, and operation.” Jim Ahtes, Fundació i2Cat

“Organisations – both private and public – need incentives and help to join forces and overcome obstacles and barriers (data sharing concerns, viable business models, governance issues, etc.)” Carme Fàbregas, ATM.

“The MobilityData Space initiative in Germany has helped us to demystify some of the more spread data sharing concerns, bring together the key stakeholders of mobility value chain to co-design & develop use cases, and quickly experiment with Data Spaces” Lucie Kirstein, ACATECH

“There is no need to reinvent the wheel, but some level of convergence is needed among the different European DataSpaces initiatives (such as IDSA, Gaia-X, FIWARE, etc.), while maintaining alternative technological solutions”, Josep Laborda, FACTUAL. 


The session was leaded and moderated by Daniel Serra, EIT Urban Mobility Ecosystem & Stakeholders Director and member of the Spanish Hub of Gaia-X.

About the study

Download the study The potential of Mobility Data Spaces DS Mobility Study 2023.03.13b

Data drives the mobility of the future and is an indispensable strategic asset to support critical needs such as improved safety and sustainability, future transport modes such as seamless multimodal travel and autonomous vehicles deployed on a large scale. This is recognised as a key component of the European Strategy for Sustainable and Intelligent Mobility. The flow of this data is critical. But to achieve this vision, the availability and accessibility of this data, the trusted environments to share it securely and to evolve the interoperability and common standards of these exchanges at technical, organisational and legal levels must be prioritised.

In Mobility, and as well as in other sectors, data spaces will enable new public and commercial models and services by ensuring widespread availability of data while respecting personal data protection and new regulations such as the Data Governance Act and Data Act. 

Some European initiatives are already in place to define the strategy for Mobility Data Spaces.  The idea is not to have a single set of solutions and tools, but a common framework that allows a choice of interoperable approaches. There are related initiatives at the national level, such as the new Gaia-X Spain. 

The study presents the building blocks for Spain’s mobility data spaces, including key technical architectures, components, and tools to contribute to the development of mobility data spaces; high-value datasets from public mobility authorities and administrations that can fuel data spaces; and proprietary data sources that are critical to enabling future use cases.

Download the study The potential of Mobility Data Spaces DS Mobility Study 2023.03.13b

 (Spanish version v1.1) here. 

EIT Urban Mobility joins the Board of Directors of the Spanish Hub of Gaia-X

EIT Urban Mobility Innovation Hub South Director, Daniel Serra, will be on the board of directors of Gaia-X Spain.

Initiated by the European Union, Gaia-X Association for Data and Cloud (AISBL) is an initiative that hopes to create a unified ecosystem of cloud and data services protected by European data laws and develop common requirements for European data infrastructure.

Last month, the Spanish city of Talavera de la Reina was the scene of the official birth of the Gaia-X Spain Association, which will operate as the Spanish HUB of the Gaia-X European initiative. The event was chaired by the First Vice-President of the Spanish Government and Minister of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation, Nadia Calviño, the President of the Junta de Comunidades de Castilla-La Mancha, Emiliano García-Page, the Mayoress of Talavera de la Reina, Tita García Élez and the Minister of Finance and Public Administrations, Juan Alfonso Ruiz Molina, and was attended by more than 150 representatives of national entities and companies.

During the constituent act, EIT Urban Mobility was chosen to be part of its board of directors, reaffirming our commitment to the European strategy for data. A position that will allow us to work together to create new data spaces that guarantee trusted environments between the different mobility actors, ensuring that they are harmonised, secure, ethical and privacy-focused. At the same time, we will support the search for solutions to the needs of the mobility ecosystem and favour the transition towards sustainable urban mobility, boosting Europe’s global competitiveness and data sovereignty. As members of the association, we will facilitate the creation of new policies that generate harmonised, secure, ethical and privacy-focused data sharing ecosystems. In this way, we will drive the transformation toward a digital economy in which data is one of the assets with the highest added value.


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