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Supporting the decision-making in URBAN transformation with the use of dIsruptive TEchnologies

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - URBANITE (Supporting the decision-making in URBAN transformation with the use of dIsruptive TEchnologies)

Reporting period: 2020-04-01 to 2021-03-31

Urban mobility faces more significant long-term uncertainty and complexity generated by the demand for growth in urban environments and the pressure for more sustainable models. On the other hand, the accelerated technological development in the transport modes and business models. These new technologies, business models and trends are changing the landscape of mobility planning in cities, adding new challenges. All these challenges require new advances in the planning processes, aiming to help public administrations and policy makers to a better understanding of this new context, supporting them in making policy–related decisions. Now, the traditional technological solutions are no longer valid for this situation and therefore, disruptive technologies to support policy–makers arise. This opportunity also brings with it specific challenges to favour the acceptance by users of the results obtained by applying these technologies.

The objective of URBANITE is to analyse, by means of a co-creative approach, the impact, trust and attitude of civil servants, citizens and other stakeholders with respect to the integration of disruptive technologies such as AI, DSS, big data analytics and predictive algorithms in a data–driven decision-making process. To this end, URBANITE will provide recommendations, pathways and toolkits (both ICT-based such as data management platform and DSS, and non-ICT such as co-creation activities and social-related assets) in the field of urban transformation and validated by piloting mobility use-cases.

The target users of the URBANITE ecosystem are civil servants although the end beneficiaries of the policies derived from the use of URBANITE will be the citizens. Citizens, private sector and civil servants will be brought together, in all stages of the project, in co-creation activities to jointly develop policies that affect the mobility concerns Through the action, citizens, private sectors and civil servants will be able to share, through the innovative concept of Social Policy Labs, their trust towards URBANITE’s disruptive technologies
URBANITE will pilot its solution in 4 municipalities across Europe, namely in the Netherlands (Amsterdam), Spain (Bilbao), Finland (Helsinki) and Italy (Messina).
Work performed during the period 1st April 2020 - 31st March 2021:

WP1 Project Management
Management of the first 12 months of the project, setting up project procedures, rules, and templates, including the project management manual, the risk contingency plan and the data management plan. Definition of the innovation process and first meetings.

WP2 Social impact of disruptive technologies
An exploratory analysis of previous experiences in other industries. The set up a participatory process involving policy makers and the local stakeholders around the urban mobility. The successful execution of the first SOPO labs in all pilot cities and the development and setup of the Urbanite Forum, an online platform that seeks to support the participation and collaboration around the topics of SoPoLabs.

WP3 Data Management Platform
Identification, analysis and exploitation of the available data sources from the mobility sector that are of relevance to the URBANITE use cases. Specification of a data models based on the data source analysis and existing model standards. Conceptualization, design, and implement prototypes of the components making up the data management platform.

WP4 Algorithms and simulation techniques for decision - makers
Develop and deploy tools for big data exploration in the domain of urban mobility. Research and implementation of new mobility demand characterization and prediction algorithms, based on traffic and public bike traces. A basic prototype of the map based traffic visualizations for the evaluation of scenarios and policy proposals. Overviewed the SotA recommendation systems.

WP5 URBANITE ecosystem integration and DevOps
Definition of the strategy to identify the requirements of the URBANITE ecosystem. Identification and priorisation of requirements. Definition of the URBANITE ecosystem architecture, including the benchmarking of exiting tools. Definition of the DevOps integration strategy, support methodology and tools and single GUI . Preparation of the supporting infrastructure to carry out the deployment strategy.

WP6 Use cases
Identification of the requirements of the use cases and to the definition of the evaluation framework: establishment of a multistep approach for the definition of the use cases and for the identification of their requirements, definition of a Value Proposition Canvas for each use case, identification and definition of a set of user scenarios and requirements taking into account the results coming from the Value Proposition Canvas and the User Scenarios.

WP7 Sustainability and awareness
The dissemination, communication and exploitation strategy were defined and the first material prepared, social networks profiles, some conference papers, participation in events. Analysis of URBANITE offering and its applicability and a draft version of URBANITE business model and individual partner’s exploitation plans and IPR analysis.

WP8 Ethics requirements
Provisioning of general guidance concerning ethical issues of URBANITE project, supporting consortium an ethical and privacy approach along with the different activities.
Social Policy Lab (SoPoLab): a thoughtful space where the trust of the society and public servants in technologies can be analysed and the early outcomes of the project discussed with the main actors. The social policy lab will build upon two pillars: 1) co-creation sessions, both for the policy-related aspects and the design of the platform and 2) the empirical analysis on trust, attitude, impact, benefits and risks of the stakeholders in the use of URBANITE’s disruptive technologies.

URBANITE Impact analysis and pathways: this impact analysis will include aspects such as benefits, risks and potential of the disruptive technologies; the attitude of civil servants towards the use of these new and disruptive technologies; trust of citizens and other stakeholders such as the service providers in the decisions made by the public sector as a result of the use of such “intelligent” technologies.

URBANITE Data Management Platform: scalable platform that allows the harvesting of data from open and closed repositories as well as its curation, fusion, storage and visualization.This platform will support a common structure for domain specific data and metadata representation.

URBANITE Algorithms and simulations: These algorithms and simulations are designed to support the decision – making process, by analysing the current situation taking into account the data harvested and fused, the trends that occurred in a certain timeframe allowing to predict future situations, when changing one or more variables.

URBANITE Ecosystem: Aggregates all aspects of the project, both social and technical aspects. A DevOps methodology and the development, integration and production environments, a detailed design of the URBANITE architecture, the DevOps infrastructure and supporting procedures.

URBANITE Use cases implementation and deployment of the URBANITE Ecosystem in each of the use cases and a new evaluation methodology (framework) and the templates/questionnaires to be used for the evaluation.

A viable business model to ensure the sustainability of URBANITE.
General Approach