SIMON is a demonstration oriented project, started in January 2014, with three large scale pilots in Madrid, Lisbon and Parma. The project aims at promoting the independent living and societal participation of mobility impaired people in the context of public parking areas and multiple transport modes, through the adoption of specific navigation information and access-rights management solutions.
The project will tackle two main objectives:
- Reduction of fraud in the pre-ICT implementation of the European Disable Badge for public parking areas: SIMON will demonstrate the use of an ICT-enhanced European Disable Badge, both on the basis of physical –i.e. smartcards – and virtual access right tokens –i.e. e-access through mobile devices
- Proposal of specific multimodal navigation solutions for elderly and people with disabilities: the starting point for the proposal of an urban navigation system will be the use of opendata hubs and pre-existing toolsets that will be populated and exploited with specific information to address the requirements and needs of people with reduced mobility – e.g. location of elevators in subway stations.
Individuals will be able to plan their trips using seamlessly public and private transport modes. A multimodal navigation offer, including booking and e-payment services will be used. They will get real-time information about public transport and parking areas. Once on the move, they will be informed about any incident affecting its chosen trip. A common European Disable Badge will be used as access right token to specific parking lots and public transport. SIMON will experiment with two kinds of badges: a physical one, based on a contactless smartcard; and a virtual one, based on the exchange of certificates with mobile phones.
Public authorities will manage the use of the public space for parking purposes, and will get real-time information on the use of the public parking areas, reducing in this way the fraud and enabling the establishment of policies promoting the sustainable use of all modes of transports. Public Transport Operators and
Parking Facilities Managers will enhance their payment and access right gateways in order to support the adoption of a common EU disable badge. Furthermore, the open data hubs supporting the use of multimodal navigation tools will be populated with information to enhance the mobility experience of impaired users.
The project is financially supported by the European Commission under the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP).
Facts and Figures
PROJECT COORDINATION: ETRA I+D
Duration: Jan. 2014 – Dic. 2016
Kickoff: January 2014.
- ETRA Investigación y Desarrollo, S.A. (Spain)
- IBV – Institute of Biomechanics of Valencia (Spain)
- Madrid City Council (Spain)
- Locoslab GmbH (Germany)
- CRTM – Consorcio Regional de Transportes de Madrid (Spain)
- Infomobility SpA (Italy)
- EMEL – Empresa Pública Municipal de Mobilidade e Estacionamento de Lisboa (Portugal)