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6817 - OPTICITIES Development of public/private partnerships and the experimentation of innovative ITS services

Main sector: 
Transport & Mobility, ICT
Action clusters: 
Sustainable Urban Mobility, Integrated Infrastructures & Processes (including Open Data)
Priority area: 
Sustainable Urban Mobility
Basic description: 

Development of public/private partnerships and the experimentation of innovative ITS services

Focus area: 


Sustainable Urban Mobility


Integrated Planning, Policy, Regulation and Management, Knowledge Sharing, Standards, Baselines and Performance Indicators and Metrics



Expected contribution: 

OPTICITIES implements a truly inclusive vision of Sustainable Urban Mobility. OPTICITIES’ strategy focuses on the optimisation of urban transport networks through the development of public/private partnerships and the experimentation of innovative ITS services.
OPTICITIES delivers significant innovation breakthroughs for both passenger transports and freight: 
- New governance scheme between public and private stakeholders through a contractual architecture fostering data quality and implementing data access policy;
- European standard for a urban multimodal Dataset including interfaces with information services;
- Decision support tools based on predictive data for proactive transport management and Multimodal Traffic Control Systems connecting road traffic and public transport data in cities;
- Multimodal real-time urban navigator interfaced with in-car navigation systems as a first world trial;
- Urban freight navigator to support drivers and fleet operators in optimising their deliveries.

Knowledge sharing is at the heart of OPTICITIES Project. A dedicated OPTICITIES Stakeholder Forum will be set up in 2014 opening the project to urban mobility stakeholders. It aims to:
- Engage cities, public transport authorities, companies and interested parties, who are not part of the OPTICITIES consortium, in exchanging information and experience with the OPTICITIES project partners;
- Accelerate the mass deployment of OPTICITIES outcomes;

Policy and regulation is a key output of the OPTICITIES project. It aims to develop innovative systems increasing the availability and quality of the data representation. Identified measures to support open data availability will lead to recommendations to cities and to propositions for policies establishing fair competition of digital transportation services. OPTICITIES will deliver input to the European Commission proposal for regulation under the ITS Directive umbrella.

OPTICITIES is engaged in an ambitious standardisation activity. OPTICITIES will develop and implement a standardised Urban Mobility Portal which would support the connexion of mobility datasets with services and tools such as decision support tools, traveller and freight information services.


Contribution to the EIP: 


Led by public authorities the OPTICITIES consortium integrates three key approaches:
- Effectiveness: OPTICITIES will develop solutions with a deployment perspective of 3 to 5 years.
- Scalability: OPTICITIES will combine public, industrial and academic actors from different sectors looking forward to work on common grounds to develop solutions adjusted to each urban typology.
- Transferability: OPTICITIES covers a large typology of European cities and will develop and largely disseminate a set of recommendations to foster the deployment of the project results in European cities.

OPTICITIES will make publicly available a number of Deliverables. This dissemination action will be supported by the OPTICITIES Stakeholder Forum supporting and enabling the replication of the Project’s outputs at European scale.

Inclusiveness and Partnership

OPTICITIES consortium involves 25 partners covering the whole urban mobility innovation chain, from transport to ICT and Intelligent Transport Systems and Services: 6 cities representing a range of EU conurbations, industries and services providers including SMEs, research academics, experts and major European networks.

These 25 partners are involved in research and development activities addressing data creation, urban mobility data consolidation and provision, decision support tools, traveller information services and freight management. Outcomes of the Project are to be experimented in the 6 partner cities of the Project (Lyon, Madrid, Torino, Gothenburg, Birmingham and Wroclaw).

The inclusiveness of the Project will be extended towards external stakeholders thanks to the OPTICITIES Stakeholder Forum.

Is the commitment potentially open to additional partners and if so, in which priority area (please tick the relevant options)?

  • Sustainable Urban Mobility
  • Policy and Regulation
  • Knowledge Sharing
  • Standards



OPTICITIES public deliverables will be made freely accessible. A comprehensive handbook will be disseminated at the end of the Project (November 2016) consolidating all the deployment guidelines elaborated within the different RTD domains.

On top of that up to 3 tutorial sessions will be organised in the framework of the Stakeholder Forum. These sessions will target relevant urban mobility stakeholders. They will be organised in 2015 and 2016 back to back with major mobility events (ITS European Congress for instance).

OPTICITIES Stakholder Forum will support the following objectives:
- Collecting accurate feedbacks from ITS stakeholders on ongoing developments
- Supporting replication of public and/or standardised OPTICITIES solutions
- Maximising replication of OPTICITIES outcomes

Results expected in

  • 2014 Stakeholder Forum set up
  • 2015 Stakeholder Forum meeting and tutorial sessions
  • 2016 and beyond Stakeholder Forum meeting and tutorial sessions


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