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A lot of small and medium-sized cities around the world, like Ghent, want to get a grip on traffic and mobility. Building separate, traditional traffic management centres for all these cities is probably not the most feasible solution. The TMaaS project will build a platform that offers citizens and local governments an efficient view of what is happening in their city in terms of multimodal mobility.
Traffic Management as a Service (TMaaS) envisages to enable cities to see what’s happening 24/7 in their cities, to show and tell citizens what’s going right and wrong in the streets, listen to their responses and act upon them.

Over the course of three years, the TMaaS team’s ultimate goal is to build an on demand modular solution, where users can build a customised tool by subscribing services according  to their needs. In 2018 and 2019, thorough end-user research will be carried out into what information citizens need and how they prefer to view it. Citizens will have access to a dashboard that they can adapt to their preferences and where they can follow-up the mobility items of interest to them.

Citizens can subscribe to alerts. When a specific mobility event or disruption matches the user’s preferences or routes they will be informed and alternatives will be suggested.
Two-way communication between TMaaS operators and citizens will be powered by integrating social media messaging tools and chat bots. Traffic Management as a Service will be built on an open, modular data platform that facilitates the adaptation to new technological trends and innovations and creates opportunities for new partnerships.

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Be-Mobile is a traffic information service provider operating in 14 countries, including BeNelux, Portugal, Greece, Turkey and different countries in Central Europe. […]

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As an independent communications consultant from Ghent, De Staatse Ruiter is responsible for the project’s communication activities. […]

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EPF is an international NGO and has 35 member associations covering 20 European countries. It’s mission is to campaign for comprehensive passenger rights throughout Europe, to improve multi-modal transport and travelers’ experience. […]

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KU Leuven is a research-intensive, internationally oriented university that carries out both fundamental and applied research at excellence levels. The research group Mintlab, part of the Institute for Media Studies at the faculty of Social Sciences, will participate in this project. […]

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World’s leading supplier of in-car location & navigation products & services. Headquartered in Amsterdam, 4,000 employees, TomTom’s products include portable navigation devices, in-dash infotainment systems, fleet management solutions, maps and real-time services. The work will mainly be executed as a joint undertaking of the development and research teams of the  Travel Department located in Berlin. […]

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Associated departments working on the project within Ghent University are: i-Know i-KNOW develops state-of-art processing chains for processing & fusion of smart city data sources. This has led to the multiple solutions related to business intelligence platform for real-time processing & analysis for smart city applications. Developed solutions have been deployed in living lab projects […]

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Waylay is a Ghent-based B2B software company that brings to market a SW platform that allows orchestration between SW applications, APIs and devices. Waylay is active in various Internet-of-Things related market segments including mobility, energy and logistics. […]

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For over 40 years, the City of Ghent has been managing mobility through sustainable urban mobility policies. This resulted amongst other things in further expanding the large pedestrian area in the historic centre. Furthermore, in April 2017 all cross-City traffic arteries were cut to prevent car traffic from passing through the City centre. The City […]

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Webdesign by De Blauwe Peer

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Social media videos and short film (expexted 2020) by Chase Creative

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Designer duo Roman Kochlov and Anna Heuninck created an original animation video that explains the concept of TMaaS for Ghent. Watch the video

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Animatie video about TMaaS concept by StoryMe.

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Photography by Rob Mitchell

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For over 40 years, the City of Ghent has been managing mobility through sustainable urban mobility policies. This resulted amongst other things in further expanding the large pedestrian area in the historic centre. Furthermore, in April 2017 all cross-City traffic arteries were cut to prevent car traffic from passing through the City centre. The City now plans to intensify its focus on multimodal journeys. The realisation of a multimodal traffic centre to inform citizens is a key element of the City of Ghent’s latest mobility plan (Strategic Mobility Vision 2030). A lot of small- to medium-sized cities around the world, like Ghent, want to get a grip on traffic and mobility. Building separate, traditional traffic management centres for all these cities is most likely not the answer. They require huge investments and people watching screens 24/7. On top of that, the majority of trips are not undertaken by car and cities want to encourage walking and cycling in their mobility plans. How can this be achieved when the main focus of traffic management is on cars? And how can cities prepare for disruptive technologies when their traffic Control centres haven’t changed a lot since the seventies?

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Jens De Valck

Casper Van Gheluwe

Tom Evens

Oliver Kannenberg

Monika Pepikj

Robin Tenhagen

Jeroen Rogier

Marlies Vanderwee

Stephanie Leonard

Timo Latruwe

Tim Claeys

Kevin Sanders

Suzanne Hendrikse

Sophie Gillaerts

Bart Monten

Dominique Gillis

David Chambaere

Philippe De Bock

Sidharta Gautama

David Geerts

Delphine Grandsart

Peter Mechant

Sofie Verbrugge

Angel Javier Lopez Aguirre

Evert Gellynck

Isaak Yperman

Jan Parasote

Evelien Marlier

Ivana Semanjski

Frank Vanden Bulcke

Hajo Beeckman

Koen Christiaen

Otto Blom

Pieter Colpaert

Tiffany Vlemmings

Vincent Meerschaert

Bart Rosseau

Kris Peeters

Bart Volckaert

20%

Communication

20%

Project Management

18%

Research

16%

Data planning and storage

15%

Personalisation

10%

Visualisation