Reducing carbon emissions through sustainable urban mobility solutions based on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) - this is the major objective of the STREETLIFE project.
To reach this ambitious goal, STREETLIFE develops multimodal mobility information systems for urban areas. Personalised information on their smartphone will motivate citizens to select sustainable transport means for their travel. Traffic management centres and city administrations will benefit from sophisticated STREETLIFE solutions for monitoring and control of urban traffic. The combination of these measures will reduce traffic and related emissions in cities.
11 partners from 3 European countries, representing ICT and transport research, industry and cities, will work together closely in the 3 year project. The European Commission supports STREETLIFE with € 4,3M from the 7th EU Framework Programme.
Citizens will be equipped with mobile apps that provide multimodal personalised routing. Realtime data will be integrated and all kinds of available transportation modes will be considered. The appeal of the solutions will be essential in engaging people towards carbon-reducing mobility. Therefore, engaging user interfaces based on 3D virtual environments and Augmented Reality techniques as well as gamification approaches will be applied.
Traffic managers will be able to analyse the traffic situation in realtime on the basis of a comprehensive database. In addition, they will have available simulation techniques for the evaluation of different management strategies. Appropriate measures that will be taken as result of these analyses will improve the actual traffic control.
City administrations will also benefit from the STREETLIFE solutions, which can support their planning processes, e.g. by improving their urban mobility plans and by predicting the impact of their mobility strategies.
The effectiveness of the STREETLIFE solutions will be proven through an in-depth evaluation on three city pilots, in Berlin (Germany), Tampere (Finland), and Rovereto (Italy). The selected cities are quite different in size and number of citizens as well as the specific characteristics of their transport system. The impact assessment on traffic situation, end-user behaviour, reduction of carbon emissions and further environmental parameters from these diverse contexts will provide widely transferable results.
Local experts will support the STREETLIFE project by giving feedback in technical workshops at the pilot sites. Their feedback will be used to adapt the system components to the real needs of the cities and to implement two incremental releases of the STREETLIFE prototype system at the sites. A final test and evaluation phase will conclude the development activities.
Exploitation of Results
The project partners will elaborate joint technology exploitation activities which not only define the principal roles but also identify the best position for each partner in the value chain. Concrete business scenarios will be assessed with respect to a possible commercial follow-up.
At the end of the project, an international symposium and local dissemination workshops will be organized to present the achievements to a wider public.