FP7 MoveSmart Project Launched

Published on Monday, 14 April 2014 - 12:00

The FP7 MOVESMART project held its kick-off meeting the 13th and 14th of November 2013 in Vitoria-Gasteiz (Basque Country). Two teams of DeustoTech (under the umbrella of the University of Deusto) are taking part on it: DeustoTech Energy (led by Konstantinos Genikomsakis) and DeustoTech Internet (led by Diego López de Ipiña).

MOVESMART is funded by the European Commission, Information and Communication Technologies, Smart Cities and Communities (FP7-SMARTCITIES- 2013), under the FP7 Programme. The focus of the call was on sustainable activities on energy, transport and ICT. And the expected impact was twofold: increasing take-up of transformative European ICT in new mobility services and energy efficiency gains in personal mobility demonstrated when using new mobility services.

Against this background, MOVESMART proposes the development of an application to any user via their mobile phone can receive real-time information on what is the most efficient route to make the wanted journey. The route planner takes into account different transport modes to get the best route in terms of time, energy consumption and pollutants emissions.

In the MOVESMART approach, the user is not just an “information receiver” but also an “information provider” (i.e. a so-called "prosumer") as he/she can upload information regarding the route incidences such as sudden climate changes, traffic accidents and any other event that can influence the journey.The consortium is composed by eleven partners from five European countries, namely:

• Two local governments:

  • City of Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain), which will host one of the pilot sites, besides acting as  project coordinator in all administrative matters.
  • City of Pula (Croatia), the second pilot city that will support its public demonstration.

• Three academic research institutes:

  • Centre for Research and Technology Hellas / Information Technologies Institute (CERTH) is the technical quality manager and will lead the development of the crowd sourcing techniques and traffic prediction algorithms.
  • Computer Technology Institute & Pres “Diophantus” (CTI) will undertake the development of the urban traffic knowledge base and new algorithmic approaches for renewable personal mobility.
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute of Theoretical Informatics (KIT) will contribute in the development of innovative routing algorithms for renewable mobility based on the result of the crowd sourcing techniques.

• Two Universities/Educational Institutions:

  • University of Deusto (UD) (more accurately DeustoTech Energy and DeustoTech Internet) will provide the theoretical foundation for assessing the project outcomes from an energy-efficiency point of view and will be involved in the use case definition.
  • South West College (SWC) is responsible of the provision of benchmark datasets and the evaluation of the algorithmic approaches from a technical point of view.

• One Non-Profit Private Organisation:

  •   Asociación para la Promoción de la Innovación Denokinn (DENOKINN) will supply and develop mobility on demand methodologies.

• Three SMEs:

  • MLS Multimedia S.A. (MLS) will provide its portable navigation devices and corresponding mobile applications during the pilot deployment phase.
  • Going Green SL (GG) will develop a methodology for the appropriate deployment in the cities of electrical vehicles fleets working under mobility-on-demand conditions.
  • Flexiant Limited (FLEX) will provide its cloud computing platform for hosting and integration the services to be developed.

The project will run for 36 months and its budget amounts to 3.2 million euros, of which 2.45 million euros are funded by the European Commission.