Big Data Mentorship: Meet the replicator Planifica in Castellón de la Plana is supporting the city of Castellón de la Plana in Spain in the Urban Transports Community's Mentorship Programme, benefiting from the experience of the pioneer city of Koper in Slovenia on the topic of big data. The mentorship focuses on the extent, rigour and reliability of its modal split monitoring that is one of the relevant goals in its Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan.

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In this mentoring exercise, Castellón is the learning city and it joined the project by supporting the candidature of Planifica, a cooperative of architects and engineers helping the city develop and implement its Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP). The city wishes to gain knowledge to improve the extent, rigour and reliability of its modal split monitoring that is one of the relevant goals in its Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan.  However, it emerged during discussions that it is also interested in traffic monitoring for the purposes of understanding the impacts of changes to the transport network in the city.

So far, there have been five working meetings between Planifica, MedCities and the project experts from the consultancy CINESI; one introductory meeting between the municipality of Castellón, Planifica, MedCities and the project experts; and one meeting between those participants and the municipality of Koper to exchange experience specifically about Koper’s modal split monitoring system (a note of that meeting is appended).

The main aspect of the bilateral meeting between Castellón and Koper was a presentation by Koper about its integrated traffic monitoring system : origins and extent of the system and outputs monitored (traffic counts, bicycle counts, parking occupancy in some car parks, and public transport arrivals and departures, etc.). One challenging aspect of this mentoring is the fact that the actual demonstration of how the system in Koper works is difficult to make at the moment as currently it is being migrated to a new server. The Castellón participants were particularly interested in the methods used to decide on the location of traffic counters; the counter technology adopted; and the links between the counters and the geographical information system (GIS) that is intended to display the data in real time for technicians and public access.

In the rest of the project, CINESI has started drafting an outline of available technologies and evidence from the literature on the possible alternatives and methods that could help Castellón improve its modal split and traffic monitoring systems. In the next report, the experts will make recommendations for improvements to the modal split and traffic monitoring systems in Castellón.  If possible this will incorporate further information from Koper, if that is forthcoming – it is hoped to obtain access to the active monitoring system once it has been migrated to a different server, but also to the tender documentation that specified the system that was procured.