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EMBERS: Enabling a Mobility Back-End as a Robust Service

Description

Urban mobility has major implications on the environment and on societal wellbeing, having a major role in social inclusiveness, employment, air quality, noise pollution, and overall quality of life. EMBERS is an H2020 project to answer the real challenges posed by city service providers on mobility. EMBERS aims at providing them with an open and interoperable cloud platform, allowing them to become more efficient and aware for better decision-making. It supports multimodal transport integration, traffic management, vehicle sharing, low carbon routing, among other challenges like city planning to take full advantage of the new forms of mobility playing a crucial role in reducing emissions of the transport sector. It will include features for location, installing, measuring and maintaining electric charging, whether we are talking about buses, bicycles, cars and motorbikes or other means of transport, which are fundamental for their inclusion in the overall urban transport system, leveraging on their added value for urban mobility and the energy sector. EMBERS was designed not only to be open (easily integrated with third-party systems and whose functionalities could be extended and used by external developers) but mostly so that city service providers could directly integrate the provided features in their daily activities so that they could improve their operational efficiency based on the platform's services and collected data.

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What is the project impact to energy transition?
The Clean Energy Transition targets the current change to low carbon technologies and active measures in both mobility and energy sectors by reducing the greenhouse gas emissions, improving energy efficiency and increasing the renewable energies production. Accordingly, using EMBERS mobility platform, both mobility and energy players can directly integrate the provided features in their daily activities so that they can improve their operational efficiency based on the platform's services and collected data. Regarding the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, EMBERS features contribute with several optimization features in parking, traffic, multimodal routing and the electromobility promotion with the ability to locate, install, measure and maintain electric charging stations. The data and services available through standardised open interfaces for third-party applications can be extended to improve energy efficiency by providing smart services to ensure a smart link between vehicle, charging infrastructure and the grid while promoting further integration of renewables.

Project follow up ideas
EMBERS follow-up projects could cover pilots to show how its open data ecosystem can provide a set of smart services to accelerate the deployment of EV charging infrastructure, tackling users concerns on electromobility uptake such as reduced private garages availability, slow charging and ultrafast charging management for EV drivers routing management, energy demand management, integrated smart charging services in parking management, among others. Learn more at embers.city 

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