Veolia Transdev and IBM are collaborating on the development of a mobility solution for coordinating and connecting services across city transportation networks.
The solution - illustrated with some artistic licence in this video - is being piloted in Lyon, the second largest city in France, as part of the its Optimod project. Optimod'Lyon will test and validate new services to improve passenger mobility, optimise and combine of transport infrastructures.
Veolia Transdev’s is the result of the recent merger of Veolia Transport and Transdev, a subsidiary of Veolia Environment and Caisse des Dépôts, that operates 60,000 vehicles and 25 tram systems. IBM’s expertise is in managing big data projects and advanced analytics, and it has experience of over 2,000 Smarter Cities projects with cities around the world.
The aim is to simplify management of complicated public transit networks, reduce operational costs and apply predictive operations management to minimise service interruptions. The solution will also allow the city to more efficiently use existing transportation infrastructures while, at the same time, maximising public transport usage.
IBM’s Intelligent Operations Center (IOC) is designed to give cities a holistic view of city operations - such as water, transportation and public safety - through one central point of command, for faster and more efficient decision-making. The new solution is intended to allow a city to predict traffic road speed and arrival times and coordinate city responses across multiples modes of transportation within a city.
It's hoped that the system will offer the ability for cities to build intelligence into its existing transport infrastructure to help anticipate and plan for future transit issues. This can help reduce pollution linked to road congestion, increase public transit revenue that can be invested in new projects to improve quality of life for citizens and reduce costs associated with the creation of new transport infrastructures by optimising usage of those already in existence.
For the traveller, smartphone and tablet apps will be made available that include real-time information on traffic for a more seamless, multi-modal transportation experience - such as combining bicycle, vehicle and public transit. The service will use predictive analytics to avoid traffic jams, and provide details about transportation options.
Integrated transit information, such as the ability to scan ticket barcode for your journey like with air travel and the ability to plan and travel across different public and private transport networks, will be provided.