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OPTIMUM Smart Apps Travelled to Madeira

July 12, 2017

OPTIMUM project workshop on relevant data-driven topics within Intelligent Transport Systems has concluded successfully during the ICE Conference (June 27-29, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal) which is one of the premier conferences associated to the IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society (IEEE TEMS). Interesting presentations and demonstration were followed by lively discussions, key issues have been identified and debated.


With active involvement of OPTIMUM experts, new user preferences and attitudes with respect to data ownership and sharing were explored, research and innovation capacities of the European transport industries were analysed, new research opportunities were also examined.

Participants also discussed in depth what limitations of big data exploitation we must face, and which new tools and business models may improve interoperability and accessibility, inclusive mobility and equity across different geographical areas.

Furthermore, key factors for the uptake of continuous and interoperable ITS such as standardisation and regulation activities were debated. To achieve a quick deployment of the ITS in Europe, private and public stakeholders need to arrive at joint commitments on deployment of harmonised, interoperable ITS services which in the future will seamlessly cover the whole of Europe for the benefit of all users.

The workshop also aimed to address the implications of the utilisation of big data and open data in the transport field. From short-term traffic forecasting to travel behavioural research and the use of social media for efficient transport operations, the so‐called trend of big data has created a wide spectrum of challenges and opportunities in the field of transport research. The collection and possible exploitation of "big data" pose a number of questions both in methodological terms as well as in legal, institutional and social ones, which need to be addressed.

After the conclusion of OPTIMUM’s workshop partners assembled for a 2 day meeting discussing the next steps of their research activities, while certain project partners participated in other discussions during the different sessions of the ICE Conference.

Material can be downloaded from here.