– Personal multimodal mobility


Personal Mobility is closely related to energy efficiency, emissions reduction, resources optimization, bussiness sales increasing, better experience of visitors and quality of life of citizens.
Personal multimodal mobility (PMM) is a term related and very close to the Smart City concept. Personal multimodal mobility could be described as the interconnection of citizens (through the use of mobile devices), vehicles, transport systems and infrastructure enabling the creation and sharing of new kinds of information, which leads to further cooperation through the development of new and smarter personal mobility services. Personal Multimodal Mobility includes all transport modes and all public transport options.

The increasing relevance of personal multimodal mobility is in connection to the population growth in urban areas. On the one hand, the systematic increase in the choice of private cars as the main transportation mode has produced an incremental rise on traffic volumes resulting in more frequent and severe traffic problems and a substantial increase in congestion that makes impossible to public transport to achieve its optimal impact in terms of speed and frequency. On the other hand, the increasing traffic issues and congestion enhances pollution (both air and noise) in urban areas, CO2 and GHG emissions growth and fuel consumption rise.

The consequence is a reduction of the use of public transport due to its longer journey durations and a reduction in the quality of life in metropolitan areas.

Our expertise

We have developed several projects in the field of PMM in urban areas. Our expertise covers:

  • Urban mobility and emissions reductions research and studies.
  • Specification and design of Intelligent Transport System (ITS) architectures.
  • Data collection methodologies and heterogeneous data filtering&fusion procedures as the basis for on-line smart mobility services and decision support systems.
  • Development of smart services for personal mobility and mobile apps for mobile devices for multimodal mobility planning.
  • Decision support systems based on the design and implementation of optimizations algorithms of soft computing and filtered and fused data.
  • Research works on traffic demand and routing and validation using transport simulation models and tools.
  • Vehicles pooling and sharing (cars, bicycles) studies and scheduling issues.
  • Traffic forecasting and management (ITS) and v2v services.

We are currently developing PMM services and products for specific environments in which personal mobility is becoming increasingly important. Our expertise covers from “indoor” environments (such as smart malls or hospitals) to “outdoor” ones (such as mountain areas or ski resorts). These mobility services and products aim at optimizing the routes and available resources (elevators, escalators, access) and being able to distribute people all around the space following different criteria.

Who can benefit from our experience?

 Different stakeholders can benefit from our experience in PMM:

  • Local authorities and road operators who need PMM services to enable their roads to be used safely and efficiently. It also includes public transport operators and freight operators where ITS can enable them to improve the efficiency with which they move people and goods.
  • National or regional governments who provide regulations and public tenders.
  • End users, (travellers on a multi-modal journey as well as all classes of vehicle driver; freight shippers; public transport mangers and specialist system operators) who make use of PMM services and/or operate the equipment.
  • Smart malls or commercial surfaces which need to provide new mobility experience and services to the consumers.
  • Equipment and system manufacturers, communications providers and system integrators.