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Big data for urban mobility: “URBANITE” project successfully completed

News from July 04, 2023

Organising urban mobility with big data platforms and algorithms: This was the topic of the URBANITE project, which was successfully completed in June 2023. The H2020 project, which was coordinated by Tecnalia Research and Innovation and implemented with 11 EU partners, aimed to create a model for sustainable urban development using the example of urban mobility. Fraunhofer FOKUS was primarily responsible for the development of the data management platform, which supports the entire data processing process from data collection to processing and utilisation.

At the end of its three-year duration, “URBANITE” has managed to successfully validate its tools and knowledge around the use of disruptive technologies for data-driven policy development in the field of urban mobility. Furthermore, the project has worked towards overcoming information silos and has encouraged decision-makers to share more data in order to make better, knowledge-based decisions.

The project achieved the following key results:

  • Social Policy Labs (SoPoLab): A digital co-design environment and a set of approaches to co-design and co-create policy guidelines with all actors involved.
  • Data management platform: A platform that supports the entire data handling process from collection to processing and utilisation of data.
  • Decision support system: Powerful analytical tools that combine multiple data sources with advanced algorithms, simulation, recommendations and advanced visual analyses.
  • Recommendations and pathways: Pathways that guide public administrations in the adoption of disruptive technologies and data in their policy-making processes.

Pilot ecosystem developed for various European cities

In order to address the different needs in the cities, the data management platform was customised as a pilot ecosystem. In Amsterdam, the objective was to improve the management of bicycle traffic and avoid bicycle congestion. In Helsinki, mobility data was incorporated into transport planning in order to be taken into account in urban and transport management. In Bilbao, one of the objectives was to analyse the displacement effects of private transport in certain areas and how to overcome insufficient data volumes. In Messina, the development of a multimodal city was on the agenda, with mobility services that meet the needs of citizens, commuters and visitors and enable them to move seamlessly in and through the city.

The project produced recommendations, decision-making aids and toolkits that public administration can deploy for future data projects in the field of urban planning.

The final event in June once again offered the opportunity to present project results and discuss use cases. All the possibilities that open source data lakes and data spaces offer for smart cities were discussed.

The project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement number 870338.