Sustainable urban mobility, how can GIS help to achieve this goal?

Sustainable urban mobility, how can GIS help to achieve this goal?

Imagining a life without cars is not only complicated, but for many it is almost impossible. How do you get rid of something that is practically an extension of your own body? It is precisely in order to raise awareness about responsible use of road traffic and to promote environmentally friendly alternatives such as public transport, cycling and electric vehicles that the European Car Free Day is being celebrated on 22 September.

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How to promote environmentally friendly urban mobility?

What is sustainable urban mobility?

But let’s start at the beginning. If you had to define the concept of sustainable urban mobility, how would you do it? It is the set of journeys, not only for passengers, but also for goods, whose objective is to cover the distance between origin and destination while reducing environmental pollution as much as possible.

To meet this challenge, municipalities and cities around the world are working on the development and implementation of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMP), initiatives that not only aim to improve the quality of life of citizens, but also seek to save costs, achieve intelligent, fluid and accessible urban mobility, make responsible use of resources, and comply with current legal obligations.

What is the role of GIS in this area?

Can Geographic Information Systems be part of a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan? The answer, indisputably, is yes.

Thanks to urban inventories it is possible to carry out an effective spatial analysis of the transport network, consulting directions, flows, dimensions, as well as calculating connectivity, diameter, optimal travel route and effectively managing and controlling traffic.

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Will the day come when we can say goodbye to traffic jams and congestion forever?

Cities already integrating the concept of Smart Urban Mobility

They say the future is now, and we couldn’t agree more. Now is the time to shape the cities of the future, smart and efficient in the management of their resources.

Which ones currently stand out in this area?

  • Singapore is at the top of the ranking, and thanks to digital developments, traffic volume data is automatically collected and sent to the right agencies to provide the best service.
  • Dubai is also on the podium, in second place, with a device that uses artificial intelligence to track the activity of bus drivers and thus reduce traffic accidents related to tiredness or fatigue after long hours behind the wheel.
  • Copenhagen, in third place, already received an award in 2017 for the Copenhagen Solutions Lab project, an initiative that, in addition to analysing air quality and waste management, monitors the situation on the roads, paying special attention to road signs, electric charging systems, sensors and traffic flows, all to help decongest urban mobility in real time.

How can Fisotec help to achieve sustainable mobility?

Did you know that Barcelona occupies the eighth position in the ranking of smart cities in the world and that Fisotec has collaborated with our technology to make this city a self-sufficient and hyperconnected urban network?

What you are reading. The current layout of the bicycle lane and the location of bicycle parking areas, crossroads and singular public spaces were captured on a Geographic Information System; the alternative of other routes and parking areas was verified according to the location of schools, hospitals, etc.; and an improvement of the parking locations was planned, to substantially optimise the management of this urban infrastructure.

Software to optimise urban mobility

One of the tools for optimising urban mobility in the municipalities and cities in which we work is our mobility GIS software, GIS SMART MOBILITY.

Thanks to it, we have three key services in one place: mobility and signage GIS, CMMS for computerised service maintenance and a management platform that allows us to optimise urban routes and improve road safety for citizens.

Welcome to the sustainable urban mobility of today!

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There is no doubt, Geographic Information Systems are the future

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