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SMASH - Sustainable Mobility Analysis as Service Hub

Piergiorgio Cipriano and Luca Giovannini

(Submission #21)


One of the major challenge in climate change mitigation is the timely access, integration and interpretation of robust transport-related data that can underpin public sustainable environmental policies as well as private investments for reducing Green House Gas (GHG) emissions by the transport sector. Currently, transport represents almost 25% of Europe's GHG emissions and is the main cause of air pollution in cities. Local authorities and public transport companies play a crucial role in delivering a mitigation strategy, implementing incentives for low-emission vehicles, encouraging active travel (cycling and walking), public transport and sharing /pooling schemes for bicycles and cars to reduce congestion and pollution. To achieve these objectives, the role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) is strategic for an “optimal use of road, traffic and travel data”, as defined by the Directive 2010/40/EU on ITS. Even though many data sources about mobility are already potentially available, actual data about the real usage of public transport, cycling and car-sharing are scattered among different sources, often not easily accessible (due to i.e. privacy, confidentiality, security and commercial issues) and in most cases not put in relation one with the other and with their informative content left untapped; additionally, such data usually vary in scope, formats and quality and might be not geo-referenced. Indeed, urban mobility data should be considered the “raw ingredients” feeding the urban transition of the 21st century, where the tangible added value is represented firstly by the integration of heterogeneous data managed by different organizations and secondly by the extraction of clear, meaningful and quantitative insights from them. SMASH is a project co-funded by Climate KIC ( providing a standards-compliant open-source platform: thanks to harmonization, visualization and analytical services, SMASH will allow to exploit the value of already available (and otherwise under-used) data, transforming complex data about sustainable mobility into actionable and shareable insights for municipalities, public transport companies, freight transport companies, car and bike-sharing companies and in general for organizations owning or managing mobility data. The emphasis of SMASH is therefore on extracting value from data about urban mobility and making them available to all the relevant stakeholders via interoperable web services based on open standards, involving data providers, analysts and users in a common effort to define what data are available, what analytic scenarios are possible and how to use and possibly share the results.


Topic Area:  [1.10] Transport - Mobility
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

Additional Fields

Academic:   No
Data Provider:   Yes
Data User:   No
INSPIRE Implementer (IT):   Yes
INSPIRE newbies:   No
Policy Officers:   No
Public Administration (MS/Regional/Local):   Yes
Thematic specialists:   Yes
Comments:   climate, mobility, behavioural change, analytics, insights

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