Cloud service to connect urban traffic

June 20, 2014 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Siemens is developing an integrated, cloud-based mobility platform that enables users to mix-and-match the suitable means of transportation for any destination and at any time of the day. Interconnecting different types of mobility providers such as car sharing, municipal transport services, taxis or even bike bicycle rentals, the platform provides custom solutions to users who can access the service through a smartphone app.

The bigger the urban agglomeration, the bigger the challenge. Traffic congestion and the search for a parking lot can be quite annoying to the user, plus they cause environmental pollution and consume time and money. For this reason, urban traffic planners and carmakers alike are searching for ways to increase the mobility in cities without building new, expensive roads and railroad tracks. Intermodal travelling therefore has become a much-discussed topic lately. However, organising such intermodal mobility hitherto came to grief thanks to its complexity.

This is where Siemens plans to attack: In an integrated mobility platform, data from diverse mobility providers are aggregated, homogenised and offered for access in a uniform format. The platform collects customers inquires and assumes the billing for all providers connected. In order to protect privacy relevant data, information that identifies person and route are combined only at the time of calculating the bill.

In a pilot project, Siemens has launched such an integrated mobility platform for Berlin and its surroundings. The implementation as a cloud-based service offers the advantage that the processing power is widely independent from the computing power demand; during rush hours it is possible to quickly add more computing resources.