[BigDataEurope (BDE) SC4 and the Transforming Transport project have established a cooperation, as both focus on big data in the transport sector. Transforming Transport project coordinator Rodrigo Castiñeira González (INDRA) already participated in the workshop, organised by BDE SC4, in September to present their project. Now, he has kindly contributed a blog entry.]
By Rodrigo Castiñeira González (written on 10th December 2017)
As the BigDataEurope project identified in their analysis of the status of big data technologies in different sectors of society, transport and logistics is one of the main domains where big data technologies can provide a significant impact at European level. In the transport sector, big data is expected to lead to 500 billion USD in value worldwide in the form of time and fuel savings, and savings of 380 megatons of CO2. With freight transport activities projected to increase by 40% in 2030, transforming the current mobility and logistics processes to become significantly more efficient, will have a profound impact. A 10% efficiency improvement may lead to EU cost savings of 100 billion EUR.
Despite these estimations, interestingly only 19 % of EU mobility and logistics companies employ Big Data solutions as part of value creation and business processes. This fact was the underlying reason for building Transforming Transport, an innovation project that brings together 48 organisations within the transport sector that believe big data can provide a significant impact on transport efficiency.
During the final BigDataEurope workshop on the transport societal challenge, the results of a pilot in Thessaloniki related to connected vehicles were presented to show the impact of big data technologies. Transforming Transport, as a lighthouse project, also includes the idea of piloting but at a bigger scale. During the project, 13 pilots will be deployed across Europe and in different domains: Smart Highways, Connected Vehicles, Rail Infrastructure, Ports, E-Commerce, Airports and urban mobility. These pilots do not work in isolation but collaborate and cross-fertilize each other. Starting from common requirements of the pilot domains, experience in applying big data technologies and data assets is starting to be shared among pilots.
Each of these pilots will employ dedicated data analytics solutions best suited for the specific pilot needs and datasets, allowing the pilots to define their specialized data analytics solutions. In addition, each pilot will exploit big data infrastructures, which are best suited and closely linked with the data sources of the pilot.
With all these pilots, Transforming Transport expects to deliver a profound economic and societal impact in the transport sector demonstrating the technical and economic viability of big data to reshape transport processes and services. In addition, the project will contribute to the needed paradigm shift in order for transport data owners to realize the potential of their data assets and for transport and logistics companies to start employing Big Data solutions in the near future.
From the project coordination team, we thank the BigDataEurope consortium for the invitation to the workshop, as well as all our colleagues from the Transforming Transport project for their contributions, inspiring discussions and fruitful collaborations. We would also like to thank ERTICO – ITS Europe, the leader of the transport societal challenge in the BigDataEurope project, for their active participation in the Transforming Transport Advisory Board.
Further information at: www.transformingtransport.eu