The SIMPLE project - StrumentI and Models for Sustainable Mobility - is a project of technological transfer carried out by the University of Cagliari to companies and other subjects interested in the theme of sustainable mobility. The departments involved in the project are DIEE and CIREM. The project was created to address the problems related to the current limited diffusion of the sustainable transports, with particular reference to: urban and extra-urban public transport on road and rail, carpooling, carsharing, bicycle and bike sharing. The main limiting factors are the lack of diffusion and the difficult accessibility to information on mobility services, the difficulty in using sustainable transport in integrated mode and the propensity of people to use private cars. The project will deal with the scouting of new technologies to create two prototypes with the partner companies. During the experiments the results obtained will be published.
Scouting of the technologies that are interesting for the stakeholders
We will proceed with the study of technologies (with technologies we mean: systems, processes, best practices, business models) of interest in the sustainable mobility sector. This study will also lead to a SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) focused on the context of the companies that are participating in the cluster project.
Selection of the most interesting technologies in order to develop two prototypes
In order to face the identified problems, the cluster will also focus on technologies for:
- monitoring the status of the system: in order to allow public and private agencies to monitor the area in which they operate (intermodal system);
- the management of vehicles: to allow transport service providers to have a continuous and updated view and monitoring of the status of their fleet of vehicles for a more efficient use of resources.
Experimentation of the two prototypes with the partner companies
Based on the interest of the companies, two prototypes about the objectives of the project will be developed. The selection of prototypes will always be carried out in a participatory way in order to involve the largest number of companies but safeguarding the achievement of precise performance targets.
Publication of the results
The main goal is not just to publish the results internally to the cluster, but also outside it. We intend to pursue the innovation of the transport sector in Sardinia and at the same time attract the interest of other stakeholders outside the region (national and European panorama) that can then start collaborative activities locally with the cluster companies.
- Critical analysis: we will proceed with a detailed analysis of the specific problems of companies.
- Technology Scouting: based on the analysis of critical issues, we will study the identified technologies and make a SWOT analysis.
- Development of two prototypes: the selection of prototypes will take place in a participatory way in order to involve the largest number of companies.
- Experimentation of the two prototypes: evaluation of the benefit given by the two technological solutions.
- Animation: creation of a community that will be active both during the project duration and even later.
- Publication of results: dissemination will take place both inside and outside the cluster.
- Report on the criticalities of the sector: meetings and communications will be focused on local transport and cluster companies.
- Case history: analysis of all the solutions that at national and international level are adopted for the identified criticalities.
An important fact that is highlighted by the Audimob Report (Observatory on the mobility behaviours of Italians) is the desire of the citizens to choose sustainable transport modes. However, citizens need to be encouraged and this can happen through more information about collective transport offer on the territory. In recent years, in fact, important technologies, that are easy to understand and in real time, have been developed. Among the expected results we expect to monitor user's habits to provide them travel solutions that are tailored to individual specific needs and that are advantageous in terms of travel and costs. Furthermore, the adoption of systems that allow public and private operators to have an updated and continuous monitoring of the status of their fleet is important. These systems will be supported by IoT technologies.