SYNCHROMODE is a three-year Horizon Europe (2023-2026) project that will deliver a suite of services for improving the overall transport network management, fostering the coordination of different agents involved in the provision and control of the transport services. These services are: 1) Transport network-wide data exchange and integration system; 2) Cooperative dashboard for real-time monitoring and prediction of network-wide multimodal transport and traffic; 3) Resilient multimodal transport network and traffic management support tool.
The project aims to develop data driven ICT tools for improving the management of transport operations from a multimodal perspective and managing the overall transport network as a whole. SYNCHROMODE will provide to transport managers new predictive and network optimization capabilities for balancing the transport supply and demand, and capable of reacting to different types of events.
Arriva is a leading provider of passenger transport across Europe, employing around 35,500 people and delivering around 1.5 billion passenger journeys across 10 European countries.
We are part of Deutsche Bahn (DB), one of the world’s leading passenger and logistics companies. With buses, trains, coaches, trams, waterbuses, bike-sharing systems, and on-demand transport solutions, Arriva proudly connects people and communities safely, reliably and sustainably, delivering these services in a better way, every day.
The activities of Arriva are divided into four lines of business: UK Bus, UK Trains, The Netherlands and Mainland Europe. We operate in the Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and the UK.
Aimsun is an international leader in mobility planning and transportation management technology. The company’s global team of transport engineers, data scientists and software developers is behind some of the world’s largest, most complex transportation models: from Paris to London, Sydney to New York City, Abu Dhabi to Singapore.
Aimsun supports consultancies, transportation agencies, and research institutions seeking to optimize smart, sustainable mobility. Whether the team is setting up cloud-based regional planning frameworks, helping cities deploy real-time traffic management, or simulating the impact of driverless cars, they’re always working at the frontier of new technology.
Be-Mobile is a smart mobility service provider, headquartered in Ghent, Belgium. The company was founded in 2006, and started as a pioneer in obtaining real-time traffic information based on GPS location positions from connected vehicles (Floating Car Data). Be-Mobile currently develops high-tech solutions in the areas of smart mobility, traffic management, connected vehicle technologies, traffic information, mobile payment and toll collection to pave the way to smoother daily mobility. Be-Mobile’s traffic information is used today by road authorities (e.g., Flemish traffic centre, Dutch NDW, …) for monitoring roads and controlling roadside equipment (traffic light, VMS boards…), but also for calculating routes in vehicle navigation systems and apps for motorists. With the Be-Mobile ‘Flowcontrol platform’ and the ‘in-car traffic management module’, we can offer a software solution that provides services via hardware on the road as well as in-app/in-car. For the latter, Be-Mobile has its own navigation companion app Flitsmeister – with a user base of more than 2.8 million monthly users in the Benelux – which brings traffic information and traffic management services into the car.
In SYNCHROMODE, Be-Mobile will provide and extend its expertise in data gathering and analyses, traffic predictions and traffic management. Be-Mobile will be involved as service provider in the Dutch case study, where we will further develop and implement our interactive traffic management service, inspired by the collaboration framework of Socrates 2.0, together with the partners Provincie Zuid-Holland, MAPtm and Arriva, improving traffic efficiency through public-private cooperation.
The Hellenic Institute of Transport (HIT) is part of the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH), which is a non-profit legal entity, organised under private law, founded in March 2000, under the auspices of the General Secretariat of Research and Innovation (GSRI) of the Greek Ministry of Development. CERTH-HIT’s mission is to conduct comprehensive transport research and provide valuable support for policy- and decision-making across all transport modes. CERTH-HIT specializes in advanced transport modelling and optimization, with a strong focus on multimodal networks and traffic management. CERTH-HIT possess extensive expertise in traffic management, Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) and Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS). Other research areas in which CERTH-HIT specializes include transport data analytics, traffic simulation, freight transport and logistics, public transport and sustainable urban mobility.
CITYlogin is a logistic and last mile distribution company which offers micro-logistic services, B2B (with a customized fleet) and B2C, with an ecofriendly solution for urban distribution, adapting itself to the different mobility and pollution restrictions from the urban centers.
With a low emission vehicle fleet, the innovative nature of CITYlogin guarantees the optimization of the last mile supply chain.
The University of Deusto has over 125 years history and is currently offering 39 degrees on the domains of Engineering, Business Administration, Social Sciences, Law and Health, and 50 masters and 22 Executive programmes.
In SYNCHROMODE, DEUSTO participates through DeustoTech, a multidisciplinary institute of more than 50 researchers and technicians, part of the Faculty of Engineering. The research at DeustoTech is focused on artificial intelligence, ubiquitous computing and computation systems, applied to Energy & Environment, Mobility & Transport, Societal Challenges and Industry.
Their researchers are experts in artificial intelligence, particularly in optimization techniques (e.g. metaheuristics) and machine learning (e.g. deep learning, fuzzy systems), which are applied to a wide variety of areas in transportation for passenger and freight.
MAPtm, founded in the Netherlands in 2010, is a SME and service provider in the domain of Mobility and Traffic Management operating at a national and international level. Apart from traditional Traffic Management MAPtm explores new, innovative services based on for example Data Analytics, Social Media, Mobility as a Service, C-ITS and CCAM. MAPtm operates as an independent partner and intermediary for and between road authorities, national and local governments, municipalities and private organizations like construction companies and mobility providers. MAPtm is active on the complete chain of Mobility Management, from the design phase, including the development of new smart algorithms, up to the exploitation and operation. MAPtm has implemented its own Traffic Control Centre from where Traffic Management Systems from different public and private road operators can be operated.
In SYNCHROMODE MAPtm will provide and extend its expertise in data analytics, traffic modelling and prediction and will put this into practice for the SYNCHROMODE case studies. Being the leader of the Dutch case study, MAPtm is eager to cooperate and implement the collaboration framework of Socrates 2.0 together with the partners provincie Zuid-Holland, Be-Mobile and Arriva improving traffic efficiency through public-private cooperation.
Nommon is a research-intensive technology company that develops and provides decision support tools based on big data and artificial intelligence. Nommon’s purpose is to put these technologies at the service of sustainable development, helping public and private organisations that work in the fields of transport and mobility, smart cities, urban planning, tourism, retail, geomarketing, or in other sectors where geospatial data plays a relevant role. Nommon specialises in the analysis of mobility data for the planning and management of transport and traffic systems. The Company is a pioneer in Europe in the study of mobility through anonymised records from mobile phone networks. Since 2015, Nommon has completed more than 300 projects in different countries of Europe and Latin America in which mobile phone data has been used to study urban and interurban mobility.
PNO Consultants (www.pnoconsultants.com) is Europe’s largest independent public funding and innovation consultancy, with 30 years of hands-on expertise with more than 500 funding programmes in most EU countries and presence in 9 European countries. PNO focuses on numerous industries, including the Transport and Mobility sector, in defining their innovation ambitions and in developing and financing innovation projects aimed to achieve these ambitions. PNO links innovation suppliers with adopters from a unique Europe-wide client network spanning multiple sectors, supported by advanced methodologies, ICT solutions, and proprietary on-line networking. PNO manages and participates in several EU funded research, innovation, and network projects bringing together and supporting sector organisations, governments, SMEs, large industries, universities and research organisations. Consequently, PNO helps to further innovate in specific sectors and enable market deployment by e.g. performing technology intelligence, stakeholder and market analysis, developing innovation roadmaps, developing, prototyping and evaluating business models and exploitation strategies.
POLIS is the leading network of European cities and regions working together to develop innovative technologies and policies for local transport. Its missions are to facilitate peer-to-peer exchange between cities and regions, and the private sector, on urban transport policy and innovation, help its members gain access to European initiatives and projects, and to be the transport voice of cities and regions towards the European institutions.In SYNCHROMODE, POLIS is leading the Communication, Replication and European take-up activities. The goal, amongst others, is to promote knowledge transfer, conduct capacity building activities, and communicate and disseminate SYNCHROMODE’s results.
The Province of South-Holland is one of the twelve provinces of the country, located in the western part of the Netherlands, and it is the most populous province. The organisation is located in The Hague and is responsible for various regional matters, including spatial planning, transportation infrastructure, water management, environmental protection, and cultural heritage. It plays a crucial role in coordinating and implementing policies that affect the well-being and development of the region.
With its highly urbanized areas and the presence of major transportation hubs like Rotterdam and The Hague, mobility and transportation infrastructure are crucial concerns for the region. The province has been investing in various initiatives to improve public transportation systems, encourage cycling, and reduce traffic congestion. Additionally, it has been working on integrating smart mobility solutions to optimize traffic flow and enhance connectivity between different parts of the province. By prioritizing sustainable and efficient mobility options, the Province of South Holland aims to enhance accessibility, reduce carbon emissions, and improve the overall quality of life for its residents.
The Region of Central Macedonia, one of Greece’s administrative regions, encompasses the central part of the larger Macedonia region. As a public authority operating at the regional level, it plays a significant role in governing the area. The region’s headquarters are situated in Thessaloniki, its capital city, and it is further divided into seven regional units. A particular division of the Region of Central Macedonia, known as the Department of Technical Works, assumes the responsibility for traffic management within the broader metropolitan area of Thessaloniki. This entity has actively participated in various research projects in the field of Connected, Cooperative, and Automated Mobility (CCAM) in the past. Notable projects include Compass4D, COGISTICS, and C-MobILE. In the context of the SYNCHROMODE initiative, the Region of Central Macedonia will facilitate and support the Thessaloniki case study activities. Leveraging the existing dynamic traffic management technologies, the region will extend its capabilities by incorporating additional tools and solutions provided by the project. This collaborative effort aims to enhance traffic management and contribute to the advancement of efficient and sustainable transportation systems in the region
Rupprecht Consult – Forschung & Beratung GmbH is a fully independent research and consultancy company based in Cologne, Germany. The company employs internationally experienced consultants who are working on sustainable urban development, transport, energy and environment, information technologies and innovations to society. Its main services are targeted to cities/regions and international organisations and include project development and management, evaluation and assessment of project impacts, dissemination, capacity building, strategy development, and independent project monitoring. Rupprecht Consult has been involved in many EU-funded research and development projects in the area of Urban Transport and Sustainable Development.
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The Bartlett, Faculty of the Built Environment is one of the oldest but most radical faculties of its kind. It has been ranked #1 in the world in Architecture and the Built Environment, and remains #1 in the UK for the ninth year running, in the QS World University Subject Rankings 2023.
Individually, our schools and sections lead their fields. In partnership, they develop new responses to pressing world issues. As a whole, they represent a world-leading, multidisciplinary faculty, united by the radical spirit of UCL. Our vision is of a world where everything that’s built aims to add to the well-being of people and the environment. With a wealth of resources, partners and history on our doorstep in London, we are able to learn about the built environment in ways that are impossible elsewhere.
The Bartlett is unrivalled in its breadth and depth of disciplines, programmes and departments. It is made up 12 Schools, Centres and Institutes, providing teaching and research in a wide range of subject areas to over 4,000 students each year from across the world.
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Set within UCL’s Faculty of The Built Environment, The Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources (BSEER) is comprised of four world-class Institutes, providing the expert knowledge collaborative research and teaching of UCL Energy Institute, UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering, UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage and UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources. The role of the school is to facilitate the Institutes and help them establish themselves and grow, enabling them to focus on and develop their academic direction and strategies. The Bartlett School of Environment Energy and Resources serves two principal functions. It provides a framework for administrative support to the four Institutes, combining expertise in, amongst other things, management and delivery of research proposals, multi-disciplinary projects and teaching programmes. The School also provides a collaborative and flexible environment for the four Institutes to share knowledge and resources. Staff have the opportunity to move between disciplines and engage with the School’s shared problem domains of Energy, Environment, Resources and Heritage.
We generate approximately £24 million annually and employ 230 staff. Our four institutes successfully run degree programmes for around 180 Doctoral students, 420 Masters students and 180 undergraduate students. Our research project portfolio is approximately £63 million.
Our structure allows staff to participate more easily in multidisciplinary research to solve real-world problems, both at The Bartlett and in the wider UCL community.
Our aim is to help to build a globally sustainable energy system, by bringing to bear multiple disciplinary perspectives to observe, analyse, model and interpret energy use and energy systems. From data analytics to environmental economics, we equip graduates with the tools needed to succeed in a career in energy industry, academia or policy. Our research combines different approaches to develop tools, models and methods that address global energy challenges. We work in partnership with industry, government and other academic bodies, ensuring that what we do has a real-world impact.
The UCL Energy Institute’s MaaSLab (www.maaslab.org) sits within a wider transport and energy group encompassing work on aviation and surface transport. Started in 2016, MaaSLab focuses on urban transport and explores new mobility concepts, such as Mobility as a Service, and new technologies such as automated vehicles, and drones. Its expertise lies on transport and behavioural models, survey design and innovative data collection techniques, big data handling and visualization, new mobility service design and business models.
MaaSLab hosts a number of funded PhD studentships working closely alongside the research grant and enterprise activities. MaaSLab has several research projects on the aforementioned topics, while also working closely with industry and public authorities to make sure that the innovative solutions and methods are utilised in real-life and have an impact on society.
Our goal of VMZ is to make mobility sustainable, efficient and environmentally friendly. We offer answers to current questions on transport and environmental problems. To do this, we use the entire spectrum of instruments: from transport planning to digital solutions in the field of mobility services, from conception to implementation. On foot, by bike, car, bus, train or airplane: Travelers want to move safely, quickly, comfortably and efficiently. We develop concepts for traffic management, provide information solutions, and conduct research related to the future of transportation.
Yunex Traffic is a separately managed company of the Mundys group. It is a global leader in the field of intelligent traffic systems, offering the widest end-to-end portfolio of solutions for adaptive traffic control and management, highway and tunnel automation, as well as smart solutions for V2X and road user charging tolling. Yunex Traffic has 3300 employees from 58 nations and is active in over 40 countries worldwide. Its intelligent mobility solutions are currently being used in major cities across the world, including Dubai, London, Berlin, Bogota, and Miami. Yunex Traffic has successfully concentrated its efforts on mastering technologies in the three segments of hardware, software, and service, and is subsequently the only supplier who is capable of meeting all major regional standards in Europe, UK, Asia and America. Further information is available at: www.yunextraffic.com