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Mobility Measure

Smart metering and user-generated content to improve planning and mobility services

To develop smart systems allowing local authorities to collect real-time data on traffic, mobility and environmental indicators. This is being done in order to better understand mobility patterns, anticipate the needs of residents, tourists and target groups, and allow for the adaptation of the Sustainable Regional Mobility Plan (SRMP) based on evolving mobility demand.

Implementing sustainable mobility

Low-cost environmental monitoring stations

The development of the prototype has been completed (including the calibration of all sensors), and the phase of assembling, installing and configuring the eight stations for the Municipality of Funchal has started.

A paper was presented and a demonstration given at the 5th IFIP Conference on Sustainable Internet and ICT for Sustainability, 6-7 December 2017. As part of this, the passive Wi-Fi tracking platform and the plug-in sensors for environmental monitoring and the case studies that can be developed with the platform were presented.

Car-counting smart sensors

From the analysis of different possible solutions, the Vehicle Counter from Magenta Software Lab was chosen and is currently operational in the Municipality of Funchal.

Following an evaluation of the system, and given the importance of traffic monitoring for mobility management and the decision-making process, the system will be further upgraded and expanded to other areas in the city. The Municipality of Funchal is currently drafting the technical specifications to purchase the system. 

Bus passenger counting system

Data collected from Wi-Fi sensors inside buses was analysed and compared to ticketing data in order to define a model, although early conclusions indicate that it may not be feasible/fully reliable to use this approach to count passengers.

Under other pilot project, SRETC will test a passenger counting system inside buses. A paper was presented and a demonstration given at the 5th IFIP Conference on Sustainable Internet and ICT for Sustainability, 6-7 December 2017. These described the passive Wi-Fi tracking platform and the plug-in sensors for environmental monitoring and the case studies that can be developed with the platform.

Horários do Funchal is testing CCTV cameras inside the bus that should serve as both a passenger counting and surveillance system.

Use of data collected for SUMP ARM

This phase has not yet begun. After the consolidation of all data sources, the data collected will be made available for the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP).

Implementation Status

The measure is in operation and data for evaluation is being collected.

More info

Read a short article on the demonstration carried out in Funchal.

The conference paper can be read here. Its authorial details are: Prandi C, Nunes N, Ribeiro M, Nisi V, Enhancing Sustainable Mobility Awareness by Exploiting Multi-sourced Data: the Case Study of the Madeira Islands, In proceedings of 2017 IFP Conference on Sustainable Internet and ICT 4 Sustainability, 2017.

 

What were the outcomes of the measure?

  • Implement environmental monitoring stations.
  • Implement car-counting smart sensors.
  • Implement bus passenger-counting system.