Iomob Open Mobility Newsletter, November 2020 Edition
MaaS in Skane Project Launch
Iomob is hard at work with the MaaS in Skane project team including Skanetrafiken, Innovation Skane (Region Skane), and the Municipalities of Malmo, Lund, and Helsingborg. The team is in the process of completing the UX design and finalizing integrations of shared mobility providers (including Tier and Voi) into the Regional MaaS platform. The next few months will involve integrating Iomob’s SDK / API into the Skanetrafiken app, to offer a grab and go and seamless door shared mobility experience (discovery, bookings, payments) for residents, commuters, and visitors to the Skane Region in Southern Sweden. First release of the 9+ month pilot project is scheduled for April 2021, and subsequent feature sets and intergrated MSPs will be layered in during the course of the deployment.
Iomob has developed a technology platform for mobility that enables seamless, multimodal travel over an open network with a large number of mobility service providers (MSPs). This open architecture empowers public transport authorities (PTAs) and 3rd party MaaS providers to deliver B2C consumer-facing mobility apps to their users.
More background information on the project can be found here:
Iomob Kicks off Open Mobility Webinar Series
Iomob kicked off its inaugural monthly “Open Mobility Webinar Series” on October 23. The first episode “Openness in MaaS” featured mobility industry leaders including Karen Vancluysen, Secretary General of POLIS, Anders Nilsson of Innovation Skane, and Iomob’s CEO Boyd Cohen, PhD and CMO, Scott Shepard (as moderator).
The concept of openness in digital platforms has gained momentum in recent years. But we do not believe there is a generally accepted definition that makes systems open or closed, and there are many shades of grey when it comes to the topic of how open a platform or system is and in MaaS, this is absolutely the case.
During the webinar Boyd Cohen also presented a discussion on the relative amount of openness we are witnessing and envision for the future. Below is a summary of the MaaS open typologies explored during the hour long discussion:
Iomob’s next Open Mobilty Webinar is titled “MaaS Operational Frameworks & Use Cases – Iomob Open Mobility Webinar” and scheduled for November 26 at 5pm CET. More information can be found here:
Iomob Brings Mobility to Next Generation of Engineers
Scott Shepard, Iomob CMO was invited by Yuri A. Vershinin, Assistant Professor, PhD, Intelligent Transport Systems and Telematics at Coventry University to be a guest lecturer on October 29. Scott presented Iomob, MaaS, Mobility on Demand and connected vehicles applications to a group of talented students studying “Automotive Telemetry System Design based on GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems)”. This was also a great opportunity to highlight our upcoming work on the H2020 European Commission funded MOLIERE project with Factual Consulting and team, which harnesses GNSS data from the Gailieo program to build Mobility Data Marketplaces (MDM).
More about the MOLIERE project and MDM ecosystem:
“MOLIERE aims to develop, test, demonstrate, and exploit the full potential from the fusion of the GALILEO Satellite Navigation System, with its authenticated positioning signal, its enhanced geo positioning capabilities (authenticated positioning signal, multi-frequency, and superior accuracy in urban dense areas), and the emerging blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies, building on their immutable, decentralised, and secure characteristics. While GALILEO provides reliable and precise geo-location, in order to power the upcoming trend of mobility services aggregation (so-called Mobility as a Service) there is still an unmet requirement: the broad availability of quality, public data sources on the availability of mobility services. Blockchain offers the potential to manage transport capacity (both for vehicles and infrastructure) and can allow operators to manage access rights, data and payments across a broad network of competing transport service providers and platforms while guaranteeing anonymity and security. Other issues addressed by the fusion of these two technologies are the anonymity of the data, where geo-positioning is considered as personal data and GDPR laws protect them. MOLIERE will specifically address legal, regulatory, and technical issues involving the processing of personal data.”