HUPMOBILE leads discussion on Intelligent Transport Solutions piloting

The latest UBC TALKS webinar “Intelligent transport solutions piloting” was organized on 9 June 2020 together with the HUPMOBILE project. HUPMOBILE is an INTERREG Baltic Sea Region funded project dealing with holistic urban and peri-urban mobility. HUPMOBILE's objective is to provide a coprehensive approach to the planning, implementation, optimisation and management of integrated, sustainable mobility solutions in Baltic Sea port cities.

In the webinar Ralf-Martin Soe, ITL Digital Lab Estonia, presented the project and introduced the concept of Intelligent Transport Systems – ITS mini-pilots to be applied for the purposes of testing their policy-making potential. In HUPMOBILE Ralf-Martin and his team work on developing the policy roadmap for the Baltic Sea Region cities on implementing ITS solutions and facilitating the ITS competence network in the region.

The key-note presentation from Janne Rinne, Forum Virium Helsinki, provided an interesting insight into the agile piloting programme run at the Jätkäsaari Mobility Lab. The programme aims at co-creating value services that fulfil the market references, utilize existing and form new networks, actively engage residents and result in future use cases. According to Janne,

Agile piloting begins with defining a clear focus and opening an innovation call, proceeds to selection of the solutions and culminates in experimentative co-creation with the whole ecosystem in a “city urban lab”. The end result of a pilot can be scaled up for utilization of acquired learnings, developed models and services, as well as established partnerships.

And many of the previously implemented pilots did receive positive feedback and even firmly established themselves as continuous services available for the Jätkäsaari residents.

Inspired cities share their plans

The HUPMOBILE partner cities of Tallinn, Hamburg, Turku and Riga have much to learn from and gain inspiration for their own planned piloting. According to the jointly developed framework, the project’s mini-pilots should be based on present city-challenges, promote selection of innovative ideas, develop a concept or prototype with small project funding and conduct a trial period with real time monitoring and engagement of relevant stakeholders.

In case of Tallinn, as presented by Liivar Luts, Tallinn Transport Department, a pre-feasibility study and a procurement plan will be developed for adaptive traffic lights, and a list of hot spots identified for their further validation in the day-to-day traffic situations.

As the next case, Heike Bunte, Department of Transport Projects, introduced Hamburg’s work on building up a network of mobility micro-hubs in the Altona district, first of which is located by the main station and consists of bundling increasing number of goods deliveries with cargo bikes.

In its turn Turku, according to Juha Jokela, Urban Environment Division, plans to support decision making on developing traffic arrangements in city centre, and move as much as possible the through traffic from the centre to other routes by implementing a registration plate study on through traffic with possible subsequent restrictions and monitoring their effect.

Lastly, Inga Pelša, Riga Energy Agency, provided insights on Riga’s mini-pilot plans for the Freeport of Riga, intending to select an innovative smart mobility solution aimed to improve logistics in and around the port for improved management of cargo road transport flow, better passenger mobility management and increased efficiency of data flow

Find out more interesting details from the webinar recording and the presentations available.

Jätkäsaari district.