E-Mobility Concepts for Smart Cities Using Geospatial Technologies
InSell with its multi-sectoral knowhow is developing a GIS-based mobility concept for cities in order to address the requirements of emerging mobility solutions and devise an approach to implement them more effectively with the help of its project partners.
In a rapidly changing world, E-Mobility (electro mobility) and Geospatial technologies are the keys to sustainable development. Germany, encourage the development of innovated means of transportation and is characterized as a country with highly developed public transport systems. New strategies are being made in order for the mobility to become more user-friendly and to minimize the impact in environmental, social and economical levels. To summarize, cities are focusing their attention on developing an E-Mobility concept.
In economic terms, the global market is expected to grow by 29% (annually) by 2020. At the same time, the focus of the German government is to bring at least one million electric cars into the streets by 2020. In order to follow the market needs, companies are gearing up to start producing electric and hybrid cars. More and more companies are developing innovative business models which include shared mobility options as one of the key elements, such as Car2go with its grand success in Germany. Likewise, companies are investing a lot of research in E-Mobility concepts development such as charging stations solutions in order to minimize charging time.
Figure 1: Data on Germany E-Mobility
Source: Electric mobility in Germany, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. Available at: https://www.bmwi.de/Redaktion/EN/Dossier/electric-mobility.html
As the region of Stuttgart (BW, Germany) wants to continue its pioneering role in the sustainable development world, the Institute of Transportation (IVF) announced the “Masterplan Fast Charging Infrastructure Region Stuttgart” which is an innovative construction of charging points in the city. The plan includes an app with the number of the existing charging points, the time needed to charge the battery, the rush hours of the points, the accessibility and other useful information.
Advantages of an E-Mobility
The advantages of developing E-Mobility solutions are huge. Environmentally talking, electric cars have many advantages over gas and diesel such as fewer greenhouse gases and ozone pollution (produces up to 46% fewer greenhouse gases) and also the reduction of social costs due to the impact of emissions to the human health. Additionally, it has energy saving advantages thanks to its efficiency as the average amount of energy saved from electric vehicles compared to motor vehicles is approximately 40%. Moreover, the operating costs are much lower than the ones to drive thermal cars and at the same time, acoustic pollution is significantly reduced.
Role of Geospatial Technologies
GIS applications play an important role in E-Mobility solutions. In fact, geospatial technologies are all around us in our phones, in most of the mobile applications we use, in cars, and even on the news. While geospatial technology is mainly considered as a digital map concept, its integration with emerging smart technologies offers real-time geospatial data. It makes people´s life easier, enables better city governance through traffic predictions, better asset monitoring and the emerge of a smart public transportation system.
Data Processing & Geospatial Application development are highlighted in the service portfolio of Insell. With its extensive experience in web-based geospatial application development, it adds value on solution developments which harness the potential of integrated smart technologies.
InSell helps clients in selecting state of the art technical solutions to address the diverse requirements of emerging mobility solutions and devise an approach to implement them more effectively with its project partners. These partners have extensive experience in leveraging the potential of real-time data sources like traffic cameras, speed data, location data in order to understand scenarios and develop solutions. Additionally, the company also helps on the development of initial concepts and designs of applications by incorporating or linking geospatial and smart components, 2D and 3D geospatial datasets and integrating specific requirements of sectors. It is also developing a GIS-based mobility concept for the cities mainly for the calculation of the “Dynamic Pricing” based in given constraints (such as pollution level in a particular city region and traffic congestion at a given time in a given street). The details of the dynamic price models are being worked out and more information will be available in a further blog post.