Co-Cities

Cooperative Cities extend and validate mobility services

www.co-cities.eu
Co-Cities on EC Information Society portal

The systematic collection and integration of information from all traffic and transport modes in urban areas has started more than 20 years ago. Today the most advanced cities have traffic management centres providing a real time traffic picture of the main traffic flows and a detailed monitoring for detection of incidents and disruptions. Policy strategies for the handling of still growing traffic flows are formulated by Local Authorities and are implemented through various ITS services.

Despite such advances, the capability to communicate quickly and reliably to the travellers traffic changes and transport service disruptions and the applied control measures is still an open challenge. While travellers and professional users are able to access on-line pre trip information on their destinations and routes, they are seldom informed dynamically about changes when on the move. Dynamic traffic information from cities, together with other real-time information about e.g. public transport services or parking availability, is needed to be able to deliver high quality dynamic navigation and rerouting services through in-vehicle navigation devices, as well as for dynamic multimodal navigation services on smart phones for travellers.

Cooperative Cities (Co-Cities, for short) is a Pilot B project part-funded under the EC ICT-PSP program, addressing cooperative services in the area of multimodal mobility information. Cooperative mobility means, in the project context, the provision and management of feedback information from travellers (i.e. transport users, vehicle drivers) to the traffic information infrastructure, with the aim of enhancing the information available about traffic and related events and sharing this information with all connected travellers.

Building on results achieved in the previous In-Time ICT-PSP pilot project, two main innovative aspects are tested and validated in Co-Cities:

  1. a harmonised access to all traffic information services available in a site via a multi-standard B2B data and service interface - based on the approach validated in the In-Time project - enabling the implementation and delivery of multimodal travel and traffic information services; 
  2. the validation and enhancement of travel and traffic information services through the collection and processing of users' feedbacks generated via Co-Cities enabled mobile Apps and checked by a reference platform for data and information service processes quality.

Co-Cities has deployed and has started piloting the above approach  in six European areasBilbao (ES), Munich (DE), Prague (CZ), Reading (UK), Tuscany Region (IT, Florence and other urban areas) and Vienna (AT).  

Further to this, in the last year of the project the Co-Cities PRIME partnership initiative has been launched, aimed at stimulating other sites in Europe to adopt, implement and validate Co-cities concepts and technologies. The PRIME initiative has involved additional test areas - Madrid (ES), the whole provincial area of Treviso (IT) and the mid-size town of Bolzano (IT) - significantly enlarging the group of sites piloting and validating Co-Cities approach.

The Co-Cities Forum provides a collaboration framework enabling interested organisations - i.e. European cities and regions, transport and mobility stakeholders, ITS and mobility service/solutions providers, research organisations - to promote and continue developing the Co-Cities approach, technologies and methodology after the end of the pilot project phase. Founded by Co-Cities partners, the Co-Cities Forum will be launched in June 2014 and it is open to any interested organisation willing to join and implement Co-Cities or Co-Cities enabled applications and solutions.  

Many European cities have invested in traffic information and integrated traffic management solutions starting 15 years ago, the most advanced since the early nineties in the different modes of transport PT with rail, busses and trams and for vehicles and private cars in traffic control and management systems. They have adapted their sensor networks in the cities and connected them to the traffic management and control centres, integrated the various information sources to be able to manage the steadily growing traffic flows.

At the same time the overall requirements for the city and urban transport domain have changed in terms of policy goals and transport needs to become safer and more energy efficient. Specifically energy efficiency has a direct impact to reducing polluting emissions (e.g like NOx, CO2, and particles) and other adverse effects of growing transport volumes. The cities have reacted with traffic control and management plans, with reducing the accessibility of city centres to private cars and delivery vehicles and with the revision and adaptation of traffic management plans to dynamically changing conditions and control measures.

The currently existing bottleneck for the dynamic adaptation of traffic management measures according to policy goals is the information distribution to end users in urban areas and the adaptation of the information provided to the needs of the single user group. These two aspects are addressed by Cooperative Cities by providing one standard interface between city traffic management information and the Transport Information Service Providers, the In-Time common interface .

Secondly the full availability of data enables an end to end testing and validation process for the single traffic information service in the cities and elaborates the future expansion steps for cities and service providers.

Co-Cities objectives include:

  • to extend the numbers of cities which install the In-Time common interface and connect it to the traffic management centre with a regular feed of data and information
  • to add new service providers as users of these data and allow them to adapt their traffic information services to the available data and information in the participating cities
  • to develop a fast and reliable validation process for cooperative traffic information services with the use of a "reference platform" with a feedback loop to the cities on data quality and the respective user acceptance of the traffic information services
  • to extend the number of traffic information services and provide them in a more integrated and coherent way to the end user
  • to make these services more attractive and appealing to users, which is the basis for the future strength and viability of the business case for transport related personal information services

The transport information services of Cooperative Cities are developed in a partnership between cities, public authorities, transport operators and regions on one side which deliver high quality traffic information and the Traffic Information Service Providers on the other side which bring in their relations to the end users, customers and the capacity to extend the service concepts and user acceptance. As a useful tool to describe the complex interactions between all the partners involved in the service delivery chain the following value chain model for the activities involved in the service generation is used in this project.

AustriaTech Geselschaft des Bundes für technologiepolitische Maßnahmen GmbH (AT)

Softeco Sismat (IT)

Telematix Software, a.s. (CZ)

Fluidtime Data Services GmbH (AT)

Brimatech Services GmbH (AT)

Tom Tom B.V (NL)

The Regional Organiser of Prague Integrated Transport (CZ)

POLIS-Promotion of Operational Links with Integrated Services (BE)

Atos SA (ES)

PTV Planung Transport Verkehr AG. (DE)

Asociacion Cluster Del Transporte Y La Logistica De EUSKADI (ES)

Regione Toscana (IT)

Reading Borough Council (GB)

Mobilità di Marca (IT)

MemEx S.R.L. (IT)

Reference platform configuration

In vehicle car PC with CALM based communication gateway, accessing GSM based networks and short and medium communication technology (5.9 GHz - M5) in parallel. Software platform with map based navigator, data input channel and HMI output, Extended data logging facilities.

Service providers platform

A: In vehicle navigation device connected to traffic information service centre via GSM/UMTS, Applications for the single user described above

B: Smartphone connected to traffic information service centre via GSM/UMTS, with navigation software and application layer interaction with travellers.

 

Co-Cities has validated, through real-life pilots in a significant number of European sites, a general approach, base technologies and solutions enabling the deployment of standard-based, open B2B access to local ITS and different mobility information services and supporting the integration of user feedbacks and user-generated information in the operational cycle of Multimodal Real-time Travel and Traffic Information service provision.

Overall, concrete project results include:

  • the Co-Cities Commonly Agreed B2B Interface (CAI), available as an open specification and providing (1) a (multi-)standard B2B access layer to local ITS and multimodal mobility information services and (2) a base data and service model enabling  the collection and processing of user feedbacks and user generated information that can be exploited to improve the quality of provided RTTI services; 
  • the deployment and validation of Co-Cities B2B CAI in nine Europan sites in a variety of different operational conditions, including large and mid-/small-size cities, regional and provincial areas: Vienna, Munich, Prague, Madrid, Tuscany Region, Bilbao, Reading, Treviso Province (Marca Trevigiana), Bolzano/Bozen;
  • a number of Co-Cities enabled mobile user applications (Apps), released for public use on Android (Google Play) and Apple (iTunes) App stores, providing access to multimodal RTTI services and enabling base user feedbacks services in the cities and regions implementing the standardised Co-Cities CAI;
  • a validated methodology for implementation and deployment of base cooperative Real-time Travel and Traffic Information services involving user feedbacks and user generated information in urban and regional areas;
  • the organisation and launch of the Co-Cities Forum, providing a collaboration platform for cities, regions and RTTI service providers to continue development, deployment and exploitation of Co-Cities approach and technologies after the end of the pilot phase.

We played a key role in supporting this. Our contributions to the project include: the technical coordination of Co-Cities open specifications, the coordination of the deployment process in the various pilot sites, the implementation of the Co-Cities B2B interface and services in two pilot sites (Tuscany Region and Treviso) as well as support to the implementation in Bilbao and Bolzano, the development and delivery of Co-Cities enabled end-user mobile Apps (for Android and iOS) based on our e-miXer™ technology.

Co-Cities B2B Commonly Agreed Interface

The Co-Cities B2B CAI is based on the CAI concept and specifications validated and delivered in the predecessor In-Time Pilot B project. Co-Cities has taken on from this and extended the specifications to cover user feedbacks and user generated content aspects, and has finally deployed and validated the extended CAI in the pilot sites.

The open specifications of Co-Cities B2B CAI are freely available for download and use by interested cities and regions. Please have a look at the dedicated page on Co-Cities project website,

Co-Cities B2B CAI deployment

The Co-Cities B2B CAI has been implemented and deployed in the nine sites by Co-Cities ICT providers, in cooperation with the local mobility stakeholders and, in some cases, with the local ICT suppliers.  The various deployed CAIs use different implementation technologies and provide harmonised on-line access to a number of multimodal travel information and services (e.g. journey planning services) available in the sites.

The web application below - based on our e-miXer™ platform - shows which data and services are made accessible by Co-Cities in the various sites.

Co-Cities enabled mobile Apps

Co-Cities services, including the open access to mobility information and services provided by any pilot city and user feedback services, can be tested through any of the mobile applications released during the project by Softeco, Fluidtime and Telematix.

Here below, we provide the links to the Apps we have delivered on Google Play and iTunes app stores. Fully Co-Cities compliant, all have been developed on top of our e-miXer Mobile™ technology and include both the general App working on all Co-Cities pilot sites as well as specific Apps developed for local mobility service providers in Treviso (TreviMove App, for MOM tramsport provider) and Florence metropolitan area (ATAF 2.0 App, for ATAF).  The extent and quality of the data and services  accessible via the Apps depend on the information and services made available through the local Co-Cities CAI by the relevant site authorities and mobility service providers.

       

  
 

            Android Co-Cities App  
 

Android TreviMove™ App
(MOM and 
Treviso Municipality)

 

iOS Co-Cities App

iOS ATAF 2.0™ App (ATAF, Florence)

 

Newsletters

Events

  • Co-Cities Forum launching event (to appear ...)
  • Co-Cities Experts Round table at Intertraffic 2014, Amsterdam, 27 March 2014; leaflet 
  • Co-Cities pilot launching event in Spain, Bilbao, 7 May 2013; video (in Spanish

 

  • Co-Cities End User Forum, Brussels, 11 October 2011;

Conferences

  • ITS World Congress 2012, Vienna, 22-26 October 2012; presentation   
  • Intertraffic 2012, Amsterdam, 27-30 March 2012; demo presentation  
  • eChallenges 2011, Florence, 26 October 2011; Co-Cities presentation (G.Lamprecht, Austriatech) 
  • ITS Europe 2011, "ITS and the Cities", Lyon, 6 June 2011; Co-Cities presentation

Press release

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Marco Boero


Michele Masnata

Know how - Mobility

Synopsis

EC Programme
CIP-ICT PSP

Grant agreement
270926

Start date
January 2011

Duration
40 months

Coordinator
AustriaTech GmbH (AT)

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