It is undeniable that every city is going to be a smart city. According to the latest reports by the year 2030, roughly 60% of the world’s population will be living in urban areas. It could be very challenging. Our whole lives are changing to be not only eco but also how to move to the city area more comfortably and quickly. Transportation is one of the biggest challenges in the whole of processing. Based on the report prepared by LGI, there are two major things if we are talking about mobility services:
- Technology (namely the widespread penetration of smartphones on 3G/4G networks, but also Big data, cashless payment systems, and connected vehicle services and infrastructure)
- Societal changes (as ownership is being redefined with the emergence of the sharing economy and peer-to-peer networking)
It is confirmed that thanks to IT, traveling is transformed and everything is easier for travelers. Road planning, finding the shortest way (by car or by foot), collecting fares or tolls, or just traffic management. The Internet of Things helps with transforming automobiles. Automakers are focused on connecting cars to existing voice and data networks. There is a technology based not only on popular GPS tracking but also on Bluetooth, WiFi, or UWB. And thanks to that moving around the city could be faster, cheaper and the most important - much safer.
We do not have to look far away from home to see how transportation, private or public, has changed. Everything is focused on people and the environment. For people public transport became better, faster, cheaper and modern. And carsharing became a good thing for green areas in the city. What is more important, people are now focused on being eco-friendly and conscious.
If we are thinking about IoT expansion the good example is the Nordics. They are investing in smart public transportation. Sharing vehicles became very popular so the infrastructure is connected. Roadside sensors and positioning technologies have increased the amount of traffic information that is gathered. Everything is based on software services such as cloud and analytics tools. Thanks to 4G and modern smartphones transportation services are on a high level. We can predict the traffic or the crowd inside the bus. Counting people has helped with more efficient route planning. One all of that helped to lower fuel costs and the ride is smoother for passengers. Authorities of the biggest Nordic cities want to increase the share of public transport. They assumed that only the digitalization of the system could help to improve it. More and more contracts also include specific clauses regarding customer satisfaction and safety, such as Wi-Fi and surveillance cameras onboard. In Norway, most buses or trains in the city are focused on decreased environmental impact and cost efficiency. Following successful examples from the Swedish market, the Danish Public Transport Authorities formalized new goals, predominantly focused on increased connectivity, availability and eco driving. Finally, the city of Helsinki has set a goal, to provide a mobility-as-a-service concept by 2025, which makes it quite unnecessary to own a car.
Source: Telia A. S.
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Look at DSDi from Cracow. Poland is a good example of innovations that are not visible for users but help to predict traffic or choose the best route. They are using the system DSDi Flow which thanks to beacons counts people who come in and out of the bus. DSDi Flow terminals work in a way that is completely invisible to passengers. The system can provide information about the number of passengers at stations, stops and in individual vehicles, as well as average travel time, how long passengers are waiting for vehicle utilization, and infrastructure at different times and on different days of the week. DSDi Flow can also be used to measure passenger flows between specific locations. It is a comprehensive tool for analyzing and optimizing routes, stops, and timetables.