PLUG-IN: Urban Mobility Platform with Information Management from heterogeneous sources


Parties involved

Elsag Datamat, Selex Communications, Bombardier Transportation, Ansaldo STS, Unige DISI, Unige DIST, Unige DIMSET, Unige DINAEL, Unige DIBE, CNR IMATI, CNR IEIIT, CNR ISSIA, Softeco Sismat, Aitek, Abirk, Insis, Cap, On-Air, Fos, Cleis Technologies, Gruppo Sigla


Project Overview

The project, already developed, consisted in the design and implementation of a platform in the context of urban mobility for the management of information from heterogeneous sources, aimed at determining the current traffic status, reliably assessing its evolution in the short to medium term, defining possible intervention strategies in the event of congestion and provide real-time, collective or personalized indications to users.
The methodologies used for integrating information sources, traffic status forecasting and real-time management are also innovative from a scientific point of view.
Data for traffic forecasting and control were collected from multiple sources; among which professional users (Fire Brigade, Municipal Police, 118, etc.), vehicles equipped with special on-board instruments, sensors for the analysis of traffic scenes, which compensate for the lack of “traditional” sensors like spire and AVM.
Various sources have also been integrated from a semantic point of view.
The project has dealt with the issue of info-mobility by extending the scope of competence to the two different means of transport, road and rail, treating the mutual effects. An important part of the project was linked to the telecommunications aspect. The problem addressed is the interconnection of heterogeneous networks (IP networks that connect the data base of the operating rooms, wireless networks that connect vehicles, satellite networks that connect mobile systems, etc.), a need that has grown since we want to interconnect to the PLUG-IN platform, professional bodies / services, which have the role of both traffic sensors (providing information to the system) and network users who receive information on traffic congestion (in cases such as entities / services, the 118, the Municipal Police) or do not have their own connection or do not intend to use it to exchange the information in question to their mobiles. It must be the platform itself, as discussed in this project, to provide personalized interconnection to individuals.