The CALL4SMS Conference, part of the CALL4SMS-project was held online as a ZOOM-meeting and was facilitated by ZONE Cluster on December 8th, 2020. The entire recording of the conference is available on YouTube, and you can find the presentations here.
The objective of the CALL4SMS project is to design and develop a common methodology and platform for the urban environment testing of connected and automated smart mobility solutions. The platform helps to compare the performance in different environments (western small city – Helmond; Central megapolis – Milano, Munich; Eastern rural city – Zalaegerszeg; Southern mid-size city – Vigo) of the European Union. The other unique value proposition is to involve citizen participation in the testing to create user-centric solutions.
A variety of partners and relevant stakeholders have attended the conference, including representatives of the industry, academia, city, and SMEs.
The first section of the conference focused on the introduction of the fundamental goals, the partnership, and the current status/ timeline of the activities within the project. Following this, the key aspects of the CALL4SMS testing model, and specifically the “Smart Mobility Solutions” (SMS) were defined and explained. The fit of the project goals and objectives were also investigated their connection to EIT Urban Mobility objectives, and their deployability in actual urban environments.
Following this, the participating cities (The City of Helmond and the City of Milan) have presented the previous and current Smart Mobility Solution testing activities in their regions. The adoption, diffusion, and effects of “Mobility as a Service” (MaaS) have been investigated. Additionally, other related projects and initiatives have been introduced as possible synergistic activities along with the CALL4SMS-project.
Possible future collaborations with other frameworks, such as the EIT Urban Mobility RIS, the S3 Industry Modernization Platform Smart & Safe Mobility, or the “RECIPROCITY-project were highlighted.
As a conclusion of the conference, the upcoming objectives within the project have been expressed. The goal will be to use the strategic geographical position of Hungary and create an innovation cooperation network for Smart Mobility Solution testing of both experts and organizations using the quadruple helix model (city, industry, knowledge institutions).
This will be achieved, by the proposed Expert Network and Regional Cooperation Network, for which the applications are now open. For more information about the networks and application process, see here!