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PoliVisu is an ambitious project aiming to help public authorities to use Big Data to improve transport policies.
In the first days of November, Issy participated all along with other partners from six EU countries to a kick-off meeting to celebrate the start of PoliVisu, a three-year long project, co-funded by the European Commission.
PoliVisu is a very ambitious research project, born as a spin-off of the previous successful initiative OpenTransportNet, coordinated by Vlaams Gewest (Belgium) involving 15 high standing partners, including Cities, such as Ghent and Pilsen, but also start-ups, like Cityzen Data (France), Innoconnect (Czech Republic), IS-Practice and Geosparc (Belgium), European Associations (Plan4All), innovative SMEs (Macq, Belgium and 21c, UK), a company specialised in traffic modelling (EDIP, Czech Republic), a prestigious university (Politecnico Milano) and a research center (Athens Technology Center, Greece).
What is the goal of PoliVisu?
Today, it is trite but true that many cities are currently under pressure and transport systems are especially affected because they must also meet the evolving social demand that is also creating new services that are emerging lately, like car-sharing.
PoliVisu has the ambition to transform local transport policies, making them more optimised, resilient and citizen-centric, as a solution to urban mobility challenges, including parking difficulties and traffic congestion. Concretely, this means to define new methods and tools, using Big Data, to public administrations, enabling them to easily explore, experiment and test innovative approaches in response to new challenges and eventual local transport problems.
Why Issy is involved?
Issy has always worked to improve services through innovative approaches and it is now moving in this direction in the field of transports, representing today one of the major strategical priorities at regional level due to a new automated metro project called Grand Paris Express.
Issy, that has lately strongly invested on data, namely on its flexible open data portal, has understood that Big Data can allow to improve citizens daily life, thanks to real-time and easy visualisations on transports and traffic.
To this end, the city has aggregated all big local transport-related players in a public-private consortium, So Mobility and it participated to various European projects, such as the above mentionned OpenTransportNet, focused on data visualisation and co-creation of data with citizens and developers.
PoliVisu represents an excellent occasion to work on use of Big Data tools and methods to improve services and policymaking, following the path traced out all along the last 20 years: anticipating innovation to provide better and better services.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 769608.