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Eindhoven and Tilburg first Dutch cities to sign “The Charter for Walking”
On Wednesday September 13, 2017 the two Brabant cities of Eindhoven and Tilburg were the first local governments in the Netherlands to commit themselves to the principles of the ‘Charter for Walking’, when Mary-Ann Schreurs, Alderman of the city of Eindhoven, and Mario Jacobs, Alderman of the city of Tilburg, signed the Charter.
This Dutch Charter is a translation of the International Charter for Walking: a declaration in which local governments and other organizations declare to commit themselves to the human being as a pedestrian or hiker. The International Charter identifies the needs of people on foot and provides a common framework to help authorities refocus their existing policies, activities and relationships to create a culture where people choose to walk and to give the pedestrian more attention.
By the sharing of knowledge , the importance of walking (healthy, efficient and sustainable) will be spread and the conditions for choosing the mode of walking could be improved.The approach was immediately embraced by both Aldermen. They mentioned the fact that worldwide in the year 2050 two out of three human beings are living ina city, meaning that there will be an enormous amount of people living on a small piece of land. By planning the environment in such a way that human beings feel their environment is attractive, people will be stimulated to walk instead of using their car. By walking in an attractive environment, people can move in a healthy way. Walking is very interesting transport mode in cities, as distances are relatively small.
The charter for walking invites organizations to collect and share inspiring initiatives to give more attention to the pedestrian. The charter also supports a new vision on mobility and the planning of the public space. In this new vision the mode of walking plays an important role: safe and attractive streets stimulate healthy, active mobility of people, in which the human being is the human size.
R4E Project Introduced at TRB (Transportation Research Board) 95th Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. & INRIX ITS Innovation Event
TRB 95th Annual Meeting was held at Walter E. Washington Convention Center, in Washington, D.C between January 10-14th, 2016. The information-packed program reached more than 12,000 transportation professionals from the world.
IMM’s Director of Traffic joined the meetings and informed exhibition visitors about R4E Project and IMM’s activities carried out within the first two years of the project. He also gave out project brochures to participants so that they could get information about R4E Project goals, activities and partners.
Inrix is a global Software as a Service (SaaS) and Desktop as a Service (DaaS) Company which provides a variety of Internet services and mobile applications pertaining to road traffic and driver services. It organized a meeting in Madrid, Spain in May 2017. Local and foreign exhibitors presented their new products, projects and services about smart and sustainable cities from all over the world.
“Mobile Accident Report” app launched in Turkey for the first time in the world
“Mobile Accident Report” application is now available on smartphones. Drivers who install the mobile app no longer need to carry an up-to-date accident report form and pen in their cars. They just need their smart phones with them to create reports after having accidents.
Drivers will be able to fill the accident assessment report much more quickly and easily with the new “Mobile Accident Report” application.
“Mobile Accident Report” application brings great advantages to drivers summarized as follows:
- No need to have the accident assessment form
- Do not lose time by sending accident assessment form to the insurance companies instantly
- Accident assessment form can be completed with less information
- Accident assessment form can be filled very fast
- Decrease the writing mistake rate of while filling accident assessment form thanks to app guidance
- Quick access to policy information with QR-code
- Ability to follow online defect results
- Access to the nearest insurance agencies, auto mechanics and hospitals with just one click in the event of an accident.
For detailed information about “Mobile Accident Report” application, please visit http://tkm.ibb.gov.tr/corporate/news-and-announcements/mobile-accident-report-service-started
Smart Taxi Management in İstanbul with “iTaksi”
iTaksi project, which brought a new vision to IMM’s Smart City concept and developed by Turkish engineers with national resources, was introduced at World Cities Expo in May 2017.
“iTaksi” project aims to utilize taxis efficiently which have a considerable share in transport of İstanbul. It will help taxis avoid wasting time and fuel consumption while looking for passengers in streets. It will enable passengers to find closest taxis and help save energy. All taxis in İstanbul will be managed remotely by Transportation Management Center of IMM and the communication between taxi drivers and passengers will be recorded to improve service quality and passengers’ satisfaction.
“iTaksi” will not only help save energy, time and resources, it will also help reduce traffic congestion in İstanbul which are caused by taxis circulating on the roads to find passengers. All taxis will be equipped with in-car surveillance cameras which will help passengers and drivers feel themselves safer.
“iTaksi” provides alternative payment options to passengers including İstanbulCard which is the default payment option in all public transport vehicles in İstanbul. Passengers of iTaksi will be able to select and view their routes offered by “İBB Navi” app which provides the optimal routes based on traffic conditions. “iTaksi” will facilitate the management of taxis by IMM and will ease find nearest taxis available.
New Road Guide in Istanbul and Marmara Región: “iBB Navi”
Navigation in Marmara Region is Easier for Everyone with “İBB Navi”
IMM’s Department of Transportation deployed a new mobile navigation application called “İBB Navi” for a sustainable and effective traffic management in Marmara Region. “IBB Navi” navigation app which is developed by the cooperation of IMM’s local and international partners was put into service at the end of April 2017.
“İBB Navi” helps users reach their destinations as soon as possible by following the routes created using live traffic information in all cities in Marmara Region, especially in İstanbul.
Thanks to İBB Navi, citizens of Istanbul and tourists can manage their time in traffic more efficiently and plan their journeys smartly considering both driving and public transport options in İstanbul. They can see alternative routes, total distance and estimated time of arrival in İBB Navi. Traveling in Marmara Region will be very easy for everyone with “İBB Navi” which supports navigation in Turkish, English, German, French, Arabic and Italian languages.
İBB Navi has many advantages compared to other navigation apps on the app markets some of which are as follows:
- Integrated with all public transport modes in Istanbul
- Access to Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality’s live camera videos
- Access to information of pharmacies on duty
- Parking lot locations and live occupancy information of parking lots in Istanbul
- Possibility to navigate without internet access (offline navigation support)
- Multi-language support
- Integrated with Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality’s Transportation Systems (traffic information, modes of transportation, etc.
For more information about “İBB Navi”, please visit: http://tkm.ibb.gov.tr/ibbNavi
Smart Mobility in Istanbul at “World Cities Expo & Intertraffic 2017 Exhibitions
R4E project presentations at “World Cities Expo & Intertraffic 2017 Exhibitions” – Istanbul
World Cities Expo Istanbul and Intertraffic 2017 Exhibitions which aim to create innovative, sustainable and green cities were held in Istanbul in May.
Istanbul, which is one of the world’s most popular metropolises, is transforming into a smart city by utilizing the emerging, cutting-edge technologies. Pioneers of this change met at World Cities Expo and Intertraffic Exhibitions organized in Istanbul. Local and foreign exhibitors presented their new products, projects and services in transportation sector with the participation of pioneering institutions and organizations from all over the world which are specialized in developing smart city solutions.
Smart city applications which are developed by different departments of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) and brand-new projects and applications were introduced to visitors at World Cities Expo Istanbul 2017. Ms. Esma Dilek, who is IMM’s Assistant Traffic Manager, Mr. Ömer Faruk Altınmakas who is institutional development representative of Directorate of Traffic and R4E Smart Mobility Expert and Ms. Ayşegül Çalışkan who is R4E Project’s Dissemination Expert provided detailed information to visitors about R4E Project and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) solutions developed and implemented by Transportation Department of IMM at the stand with the “Mobility” theme. R4E Project team informed visitors both in Turkish and English about Istanbul’s Desired Future Scenarios and sustainable, green transport technologies for 2050.
After the completion of World Cities Expo İstanbul, Intertraffic İstanbul 2017 which focuses on technological developments in transportation sector was held at Istanbul Exhibition Center. The exhibition provided sustainable and innovative transport technologies, large-scale data and urban traffic management systems, energy, transportation issues in the scope of smart cities.
On the second day of the exhibition, Ms. Esma Dilek, who is R4E Project Manager of IMM, made a presentation titled “ITS Strategy for Istanbul” at “Executive Introduction to Intelligent Transport Systems” workshop. Detailed information was presented to workshop participants about R4E Project and Istanbul’s Desired Future Scenarios for 2050 created in R4E Project.
For more information and details about exhibitions and congresses, please visit http://tkm.ibb.gov.tr/corporate/news-and-announcements/istanbul-hosted-world-cities-expo-and-intertraffic-2017-exhibitions
Smart monitoring system in public transport of Istanbul
Safer Public Transport with in-car Surveillance Cameras – Istanbul
Smart transportation systems, smart city projects, monitoring and control systems, data storage systems are some of the “Smart City Technologies” developed by IMM. IMM continues to put new projects into service which help make İstanbul the model metropolis in the world with revolutionary ideas in urban transportation. In line with its smart city vision, IMM has recently started installing surveillance cameras into taxis and minibuses serving in Istanbul.
All taxis and minibuses along with public transport vehicles will be remotely monitored and managed by “Public Transport Control and Management Center” of IMM. With this project, İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality aims to achieve below targets:
- Track public transport vehicles’ routes and locations,
- Have a “Safe Trip” which is always monitored by control operators,
- Have a public transport system which is coordinated by the control center during disasters and emergencies.
By means of those monitoring cameras, all kind of information and evidences will quickly be obtained regarding crimes. Thanks to Public Transport Control and Management Center software, it will be possible to control public transport vehicles, obtain 24/7 location and speed information of public transport vehicles, get accident and emergency information, and route information for public transportation vehicles.
IMM keeps working for the development of smart city concept and the improvement of public transport service quality and continues to support Police Department with its new projects.
More information about this project is accessible at http://tkm.ibb.gov.tr/corporate/news-and-announcements/smart-monitoring-system-in-public-transportation
Murcia: Signed Official statement R4E
The Murcia city Council signed the Official Statement of the R4E project last 6th july, 2017.
It has been a clear sign of the Municipal commitment to the results of the project. The team in Murcia chose the “Almudí” Palace to invite the main decision makers in the Murcia City Council where our Mayor , D. José Ballesta Germán, was the person in charge to sign the statement.
Together our policy makers we invited all the stakeholders that have had any role in the 3 workshops held in Murcia within the framework of the project in order to they could be witnesses of the solid willingness of the Municipality to keep on making progress on the roadmaps of Murcia for the Smart Mobility and Smart building areas designed during the project.
The event was also very useful and inspiring for the attendees and the stakeholders of the project because they had the opportunity to explain first-hand to our Mayor how they think the Municipality must face the coming challenges in terms of mobility and the required improvement of the energy efficiency. Apart from these insights, the stakeholders underlined how important is to have a close contact and a seamless relationship with the local council in order to create synergies and can progress at a faster pace facilitating the growth and development of the local technological business.
ALEM, the Local Energy and Climate Change Agency of the City of Murcia, under the Department of Urbanism, Environment and Huerta, directed by D. Antonio Navarro Corchón, was in charge of leading the event and provide specific explanations to the Mayor and the media among others so that all the attendees could have a clear idea of the particularities of the project. ALEM focused specially in the interesting and innovative methodology used during the project and the valuable contribution received from the stakeholders.
Finally we asked to the stakeholders who could attend the event to sign toghether with the mayor in the official statement as a gesture to endorse the work done so far in the project and their willingness to keep on collaborating in the future.
Smart Traffic Management and R4E Seminar
Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM)’s Deputy Traffic Manager Esma Dilek conducted a seminar at Istanbul Technical University about the effective use of transport infrastructure, Intelligent Transportation Systems developed and deployed throughout the city and effective traffic management solutions of IMM. Detailed information was provided to graduate and doctorate students about the technologies and services used by IMM for Intelligent Traffic Management in Istanbul within the scope of “Digital Solutions for Smart Cities” course.
Students were also informed about Roadmaps for Energy (R4E) Project, which is an EU funded project under the Horizon 2020 programme that aims to develop a new type of energy strategy through visions and roadmaps for the eight partner cities, in co-creation with relevant local stakeholders. The project focuses on three areas (Smart Mobility, Smart Buildings, and Smart Urban Spaces) within the domain of sustainable energy that are closely linked to the municipalities main responsibilities and each city partner has chosen two focus areas to work on its roadmaps depending on its objectives.
Detailed information was shared with the students about the R4E Project in which partner cities’ energy productivity policies of 2050 were determined and the energy roadmaps are created. Introduction videos which summarizes the works carried out and achievements within the scope of R4E Project and Istanbul’s Smart Mobility Vision in the context of Smart Traffic Management and Smart Public Transport for 2050 created with the collaboration of industry stakeholders, academicians, traffic operators and decision makers in Istanbul were also presented to students and questions about the project were answered so that both students and academics can contribute to the project.
Achieving a part of the desired future scenario in Eindhoven
Together with Tampere (Finland) and Genova (Italy) Eindhoven succeeded to become a so-called “Front-runner” city in the Horizon 2020 call on Demonstrating innovative nature-based solutions in cities. The main subject of this call is to show how to make cities more climate resilient by using Nature Based Solutions (NBS). Nature based solutions are basically solutions or designs inspired by nature. Changing a paved area into greenis only part of NBS. Discovering what can be added, for instance, to improve biodiversity is an element in the project.
The EU project, called UnaLab, will be a collaboration of almost 30 partners, such as cities, institutes and companies. The demonstration cities (front-runners) have to realize projects to show the possibilities of the use of Nature Based Solutions. The projects don’t only aim to demonstrate innovative NBS solutions, but also aim to experiment together with stakeholders and experts. Front-runner cities will demonstrate in ‘living laboratories’ innovative, replicable and locally attuned nature-based solutions, which will be measured, both concerning technical as well social impact.
The public space of Eindhoven that will serve as ‘living laboratories’ within UnaLab, are all situated in the centre of the city and are about daylighting a stream in de centre of the city, creating a small park and making squares greener and more attractive. One challenge with these squares is that they are situated on top of parking garages. Next to these demonstration areas in public space, a few areas on buildings are added to the UnaLab project. Green roofs and green facades will be created, together with the owners of the buildings, and their effect on heath stress will be measured. A nice side effect of NBS is that it will make a city more attractive and the liveability will increase. All the projects (demonstration areas) will be designed together with stakeholders and experts.
In the desired future scenario of the Roadmap Smart urban spaces of Eindhoven within R4E, one important element is a pleasant living environment, an improved liveability of the city. The UnaLab project will help to reach the desired future scenario.
Written by Ir. Luuk POSTMES
Climate & Water expert
Municipality of Eindhoven