Using Open Data to Improve Urban Mobility

MUV launched at the end of last year an Open Call to engage more cities and organizations, willing to adopt the service to improve the mobility in their neighbourhood. The city of Dudelange, Luxembourg, applied to this call and was selected as a new associated city.

The Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), partner of the MUV project, is cooperating with the city of Dudelange to maximise the impact of the services proposed by the MUV platform.

In particular, LIST will create specific interfaces to exchange information between MUV and the Government Information Systems (GIS) already available in Dudelange and/or in Luxembourg.

 

 

On the one hand, this will enable MUV to harvest public data such as open datasets collected through online services offered by the public administration or other private, non-governmental entities. Examples are the location of the bus stops or the schedule of public transport, data on air quality, sound pollution, traffic density, etc. These data will allow us to design mobility solutions that address the specific challenges of Dudelange. In fact, we believe that every neighbourhood is unique and that there are no one-size-fits-all approaches to a smarter and more sustainable urban mobility.

On the other hand, MUV will generate new open data such as data on user’s behaviour (modal choices, engagement with campaigns), geo-localization information, activity and engagement with the app and environmental data collected through MUV’s monitoring stations.

 

 

This information will be freely accessible to all in an aggregated and anonymous form that fully respects the privacy of individual users.

It will be shared with the MUV cities in a dedicated City dashboard, that will enhance the way they make decisions related to the mobility of their citizens and allow them to better measure the impact of local policies on factors such as air pollution, congestion, noise, etc.

Municipalities must ensure MUV a limited access to their existing Government Information Services. In the case of Dudelange relevant datasets (road network, bus stops, traffic data, bike sharing, air quality, etc.) have been extracted from Luxembourg’s national open data portal (link to http://data.public.lu) and displayed in a prototype dashboard designed during the initial phases of the collaboration between LIST and the city of Dudelange. A more advanced version of this dashboard is currently being developed and will be available in September, when the citizens of Dudelange will be able to participate in their first MUV challenge.

 

 

The main national TV channel, RTL Télé Lëtzebuerg, covered the beginning of this collaboration in a reportage (in French and Luxembourgish) and is available here.

About the author

Foued Melakessou (link to foued.melakessou@list.lu) works as research associate for the IT for Innovative Services (ITIS) Department of the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (link to http://list.lu).