Mobility Beyond Individualism: an Integrated Platform for Intelligent Transportation Systems of Tomorrow


Project’s identification number: 21579

Project partners:

Romania, BEIA Consult International, Polytechnic University from Bucharest

Contract number:  16/2014

The total value of the budget: 924.925,00 RON

The total value of the contract: 785.000,00 RON

The total value of the co-founding: 139.925,00  RON

Contract duration –  24 months

Coordinator: Polytechnic University from Bucharest

Partner: BEIA Consult International SRL

Project Director (coordinator): Ciprian Dobre | Spl. Independentei 313 | | Tel. 0745.174.359 | Fax: 0318.163.028

ProjectDirector (partner): Dr. Ing. George Suciu | Peroni 16 Bucharest, Romania | | Tel: +40374104901 | Fax: +40213323006

Projectfinanced by UEFISCDI through the European and International Cooperation Program

Mobility Beyond Individualism: an Integrated Platform for Intelligent Transportation Systems of Tomorrow

Traffic congestions are realities of urban environments, partly because road infrastructure capacities cannot cope anymore with the increase rate in the number of cars. This, coupled with traffic incidents, work zones, weather conditions, makes traffic congestions a major concern for municipalities. Advanced traffic control technologies may lead to more efficient use of existing road network systems, resulting in reduced traffic congestion, delays, local pollutant emissions, energy consumption and improved safety. The communication capabilities provided by modern mobile devices offer opportunities for the development of traffic control applications, where cars and devices within the road infrastructure collaborate to solve traffic problems that directly influence the quality of life. Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), such as advanced traveller information systems, travel advisories, and others, attempt to relieve congestion and decrease travel time by assisting drivers on making informed decisions while driving, by selecting better routes, departure times, and even various modes of travel. The main drawback of current ITS platforms is their focused or limited set of solutions, and the inadequacy to support collaborative features. Due to such features it is often difficult or even impossible to introduce a new service from the scratch, since the required quantity of data hinders the quality of the service itself. We already experienced similar issues developing at UPB the Traffic Collector application. This is an experimental ITS application designed to support advanced ITS congestion and pollution control features. Unfortunately, the amount of data required to construct accurate traffic models acted as a barrier to a prototype implementation of the concept on city-level scales.

Hence, together with the BEIA’s experience as an ITS integrator, MobiWay proposes the development of a collaborative platform designed to support ITS applications by acting as a middleware connection hub, offering an optimal support to different ITS partners and municipalities through and a data sharing and ITS support service integration platform.

MobiWay UPB

Our goal is to provide a platform of ecosystems, which allows engaging communities in exploiting the shared value of mobility and collaborative cultures that can be leveraged beyond the classical views of social networks, respectively the current trends of service creation. The project sets out a new vision for using mobile computing capacities for provisioning and support of ubiquitous connectivity and real-time applications and services for smart cities’ needs. Data procured from highly distributed, heterogeneous, real and virtual devices (sensors, actuators, smart devices), in the range of millions, will be automatically managed, analysed and controlled by distributed services. The consortium will develop and demonstrate automatic procurement and management of ITS big data as a real-time cloud-based service in a scalable distributed cloud platform. A demonstration testbed will validate smart city scenarios for (a) business context and (b) societal context.

The project will generate new possibilities of extra value and improvement for already existing ITS solution providers by allowing them to share information and services with each other, besides their standard user base. As an example, daily mobility is better supported by choosing suitable traveling routes, given the data shared between multiple ITS platforms. Also it brings support for novel service ideas and initial development efforts by boosting up collaboration with mobility users and fostering participation in the ecosystem of services. Informing the user on energy and environmental impacts, and on eventual cost/price impacts to the user and to communities, may also lead to more sustainable decisions regarding the transport mode choice in the direction of a low carbon society.