Research on Smart Mobility at EIGSI is organized around one main objective: develop tools and methods to optimize the mobility modes of tomorrow in medium-sized cities and areas with low population density.
This involves the mobility of passengers, people and goods.
The researchers in charge of Smart Mobility projects are working on two themes
Develop a global approach
- Model the relationships between the various stakeholders
- Propose strategies incorporating future technologies and public issues
- Design mobility projects that are coherent and scalable
- Identify the needs and behaviours of all stakeholders and include them in the process
- Develop and implement mobility projects that are in synergy with one another
- Mobilize the necessary skills and resources
Funding: INTERREG Atlantic Area
Duration: January 2014 – June 2015
Partners: International Resources and Recycling Institute, Harrison South West College, Fundación Asturiana de la Energía, Limerick Institute of Technology, Comunidade Intermunicipal do Oeste, Oxford Brookes University, South Tipperary County Council, Mid West Regional Authority
REPUTE will build on the results and knowledge regarding the use of renewable energy in public transport obtained under projects financed by INTERREG and other programs in recent years, such as BATTERIE, ENEVATE, eMobility, Duratinet and TransTourism. The objective is to confirm the results of these programs on the connections between public transport, individual modes of travel (electric, hybrid or standard cars, motorcycles or bicycles) and other components of mobility systems such as Park & Ride.
Based on the experiments and demonstrations, the REPUTE partners will develop a Best Practices Guide to help stakeholders develop the use of renewable energy in public transport.
Funding: Investissements d’Avenir – Caisse des Dépôts
Duration: February 2012 – February 2014
Partners: Imprimerie Nationale, Transports Terrestres Promotion Northern France, Marseille Gyptis International (MGI), Effysis, Fédération des Entreprises de Transport et Logistique de France, Geoloc Systems, Groupe Productique d’IMS de l’Université de Bordeaux 1, CNAM Pays de Loire, TOPOS, Ad’Missions, I-Trans, Nov@log, PICOM
The objective of the NOSCIFEL project is to create an EDI system for Intermodal Freight to optimize the last mile process by facilitating data interchange and interoperability across IT systems.
The project fits into the context of a controlled deployment of intelligent transport systems consistent with the objectives of European Directive 2010-40/UE on the framework for the deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems in the field of road transport and for interfaces with other modes of transport. This deployment is itself a huge market, given the importance of supply chains nationally and Europe-wide.
COLIS URBAIN project [urban parcel]
Duration: September 2013 – August 2015
Partners: CDA La Rochelle, Proxiway, Geoloc Systems, ATMO
More than 80% of the French population is expected to live in cities by 2020, making it more and more difficult and complicated to supply urban areas. Urban freight transport is criticised for adversely impacting the air quality in cities. At a time when AOMDs (Organizing Authorities for Sustainable Mobility) are being created, it is essential for local stakeholders to collect and analyse information in this field. COLIS URBAIN aims to explore and combine various levers to reduce the impact of the last mile on air quality and noise.
The project is part of the Urban Mobility Plan of La Rochelle. Ten years ago, La Rochelle became the first French city to be directly involved in the organization of urban freight transport via the Elcidis urban platform. Using electric vehicles and operated through a Public Service Delegation (Proxiway), Elcidis has helped improve air quality in La Rochelle and has attracted the interest of many large metro areas. Plans call for the platform to be relocated in the near future, with no decrease in performance.
The COLIS URBAIN project aims to strengthen the analytical methods of local stakeholders to define new urban logistics plans which revolve around three main components:
- Organizational – the project is in keeping with the rational use of transport resources based on a strategy of pooling (goods/goods) and mixed-use (goods/passenger) in and around the city centre,
- Technological – the project promotes electric vehicles in the city centre,
- Informational – COLIS URBAIN aims to develop a decision support tool enabling decision makers to adapt transportation resources on demand with the aim of reducing the impact on air quality.
Duration: October 2009 – October 2012
Partners: Laboratoire Intégration du Matériau au Système (IMS) de l’Université de Bordeaux 1, ISLI de la BEM, CCI de Bordeaux, Institut Polytechnique de Bordeaux, Fédération des Entreprises de Transport et de Logistique de France, Geoloc Systems, GT-Location, Inovelec
The PRODIGE project assumes that existing technologies can provide valuable assistance when it comes to the management of transport activities and the development of new practices in collaborative logistics . The project focuses on developing a new organizational approach (to achieve better flow control), using technology (GPS, 3G, WiFi, RFID ) to develop “smart products”.
By incorporating these technologies and software, the products should be able to communicate useful information for organizing transport to the customer, or even participate in decision-making about their future.
The PRODIGE project has a set of objectives arising from the desire to develop new collaborative approaches to routing:
- Ascertain the feasibility of implementing a hardware solution based on the technologies mentioned,
- Assess the impact on the organization of transport activities, through the development of various hardware and software components,
- Test a prototype solution on a real-life situation,
- Address interoperability problems (data exchange, communication and information architecture standards).
Duration: September 2008 – December 2011
Partners: Ecole des Mines de Paris, Interface Transport SA, Communauté d’Agglomération de Poitiers
As an essential factor for urban equilibrium and development, urban transport services for people and goods are a key issue. This cost centre is a major preoccupation, especially in medium-sized cities with limited resources. Trends in recent years show that to move towards sustainable urban mobility, it is increasingly important to deal with issues related to Urban Freight Transport (UFT) and Urban Transport (UT) in an integrated and coordinated manner.
The difficulty lies in the fact that the dynamics of freight transport and passenger transport are very different. The most obvious difference is that, unlike passenger transport, freight transport requires a resource to be handled and transported even over a very short distance: the product is “passive”.
All the partners in the CGOODS project have worked to identify experiences implemented in European cities to highlight the wide range of opportunities for mixed systems. The partners identified the difficulties in implementing these solutions and enforcing the related rules. The viability of these initiatives depends on many parameters inherent to the urban context (culture, history of the city, types of flows, resources used, etc.).
The solutions were analysed to identify concepts to characterize UFT and UT which can be broken down in two main activities: transport and storage of the entity (passenger and/or freight). Based on the conceptualized solutions presented, two archetypes for mixed transport systems were defined.
Funding: INTERREG Atlantic Area
Duration: January 2009 – June 2013
Partners: Merseytravel Transport Authority of Liverpool, CDA La Rochelle, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport SPT, The Highlands and Islands Transport Partnership HiTrans, Région Haute Normandie, Région Basse Normandie, Région Bretagne, Fundaçao Museu Nacional Ferroviario FMNF, Caminhos de Ferro Portugueses, Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa ISEL, Municipalité d’Entroncamento
This European project aims to propose and implement solutions to facilitate inter-regional transport and improve the accessibility of cities.
The aim of the project is twofold: to help travellers arriving in big cities get oriented and find the best transportation modes, and to look for ways to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
START objectives were to:
- facilitate travel from other European regions to the Atlantic Area;
- promote the use of multimodal public transport for the carriage of passengers and goods;
- encourage the reduction of energy consumption and promote low-emission transportation modes.
Funding: Intelligent Energy Europe Program (IEE)
Duration: July 2010 – June 2013
Partners: Transport & Travel Research Ltd, London Borough of Sutton, Municipality of Eskilstuna, City of Zagreb, Deutsche Post AG, Municipality of Vaxjo, Municipality of Borlänge, Municipality of Vercelli, Transport Research Centre, ICLEI European Secretariat GmbH, Climate Protection Agency Sweden
The TRAILBLAZER consortium (TRansport And Innovation Logistics By Local Authorities with a Zest for Efficiency and Realisation) comprises local authorities, private sector industry leaders and communications experts. The group of experienced organisations – TRAILBLAZERs, will transfer knowledge and experience to the PATHFINDERS – a group of less experienced authorities (the cities seeking a solution). There will also be a User Group wishing to learn from the experience of others and a group of Assimilators, responsible for facilitating the dissemination of key project results and knowledge transfer between the European communities.
The objectives of the TRAILBLAZER project:
- implement Delivery and Service Plans (DSPs) in the four Pathfinders: Eskilstuna (Sweden), Växjö (Sweden), Vercelli (Italy), Zagreb (Croatia);
- 10% reduction in the use of fuel for the transportation of goods in the PATHFINDER cities following the implementation of the DSPs;
- transmission of knowledge and learning between cities, private sector businesses, freight transport operators, etc.;
- promote best practices for energy efficiency in the freight sector among local and regional authorities in Europe.
The ultimate goal is to create a generic method for developing a freight transport system tailored to each city.
Within the consortium, the EIGSI La Rochelle research teams are in charge of developing models for evaluating the projects of each city. EIGSI’s primary objective is to conduct a comprehensive review of all activities related to the TRAILBLAZER project, analyse and understand the impact of each action in terms of energy consumption and CO2 emissions and to deliver an overall assessment.