The MED Urban Transports Community organized a one-day TechCamp for its members, an occasion for presenting and testing the ICT tools developed in the framework of its project activities and around the Mediterranean basin.

(Nicosia, 27 March 2019) “There are 6.2 billion private trips by cars every day. If everyone continues to use his own car, this will lead to problems, not only congestion but also environmental problems. There should be solutions and ICT is one of them. The more information you share, the more collective awareness you raise” stated Mr Kalogeras as an introduction to the discussions of the Tech Camp on ICT Tools for Sustainable Urban Mobility organized by CODATU and MedCities in the framework of the MED Urban Transports Community.

Representatives of Modular Projects from the Community, partners of the GO SUMP horizontal project as well as associated partners took part in this Tech Camp.

The SUMPORT project was presented by Mr Miltiadou of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and more specifically the parking and public transport application developed in Koper, Slovenia, as well as the carpooling application for port workers developed in Valencia, Spain. The example of the Slovene municipality of Koper was given, for which a parking and public transport application was developed, aimed at managing the traffic, disconnect the city from private cars and change urban habits. Cars are banned in the historical center and a lot of young people are using the bike-sharing system. For the future, “the aim is to go regional, to integrate Koper and its hinterland: there is a need of a functional and integrated area” explained Mr Miltiadou. You can access his presentation on Koper here

Besides, the example of the port of Valencia was provided, as it has rightly pointed out that “ports are the hearts of cities”. The car-pooling pilot system put in place in Valencia is addressed to the workers of the port. It allows the 6 000 ones of them to share their cars and reduce emissions and noise disturbance. The importance to transfer the solutions found during those experiences to countries which are not familiar with planning has been highlighted. You can access his presentation on Valencia here

The iCiTy strategy for mobility challenges in Palma was then presented by Mr Rivera and de Victoria, from the bus operator of the Municipality of Palma. They focused on the future of their activities which will involve new bus fleet, on-demand transport service, data-driven governance to engage citizens in policy making, and additional links between satellites, buses and traffic lights. The overall aim as stated is to “move people, not cars” and develop more links between the four islands (Mallorca, Menorca, Formentera and Eivissa). You can access their presentation here.

The Sfax Tramway project and its related ICT challenges were then presented by Dr Haj Taieb, from the Sfax City Council. He explained the different ICT measures such as the use of new technologies for ticketing through QR codes, validators and control laptops, automatic ticket dispensers, as well as information through dynamic displays in the different stations. There will be 20 trains and a traveler information system. You can access his presentation here.

The main results of the Interreg Europe SMART-MR project regarding ICT were then presented by Dr Nared. He stated that it was essential to “use ICT for improving public transport management”, and to “share the economy, the solutions and get real time data”. He presented ICT as a low cost and short term win to face mobility challenges. He mentioned the superblocks and the public consultations in Budapest through a web system as well as a similar website to suggest solutions to the government in Slovenia. He also tackled the issues of climate change challenges, that call for immediate action, and oblige to envisage a shift towards climate friendly low carbon future, and begin a transition towards an overall low carbon mobility. Your can access his presentation here.

Some informations were also given by Mrs Chaumier from CODATU, partner of the GOSUMP horizontal project of the MED Urban Transports Community, on the Mobilitas and the CampSump projects, such as the application developed for cycling routes in the French Riviera and ICT model for communication between different actors and planning instruments. You can access her presentation here.

The afternoon of the event was more practical and featured the REMEDIO and MOTIVATE projects and the testing of their ICT tools. The participants took part in a workshop to test achieved ICT tools.

The Integrated Modelling Tool to evaluate the transport, energy and environmental-related performance of low-carbon actions was presented by Mrs Poupkou and Mr Kontos from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and Mrs Liguori and Mr Bressan, from the Regional Agency for Environment Protection in Veneto Region. They explained the three pillars on which the REMEDIO project relies: firstly, on low carbon mobility solutions (such as SUMPs and small scale investments; secondly, on integrated modelling tools (such as noise reduction, energy efficiency, carbon footprint; and thirdly, on horizontal condominium (such as participatory governance). You can access their presentation here.

“The MOTIVATE application is a cloud based services providing tool for cities that collects data from citizens on a voluntary basis and provides 1st level overview to the cities of daily trips and citizens opinions” defined Mr Karakatsanis from the Municipality of Larnaca. He presented this crowdsourcing application to promote citizens’ engagement in urban sustainable mobility planning, through a participatory approach of the mobility planning in cities. You can access his presentation here.

The Tech Camp was concluded by a capitalization session during which a special focus was given to transferability and replication of good practices. Participants were invited to write down feedbacks on the user friendliness, the usefulness, the applicability and transferability of the tools tested, as well as to share some possible actions needed to transfer the projects to their own fields and areas.

The tech camp took place in the framework of the event CIRCLE2019 / SMILE2019 (“Challenges for the Islands in the era of the Circular Economy” & “6th Sustainable Mobility & Intelligent Transport Conference”), on 28th & 29th March 2019 in Nicosia (Cyprus).

You can access the photo gallery of the TechCamp here.

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