The European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA) and the Horizon 2020 Ariadna project have launched a survey to understand cities' and transport operators' views on the role of geolocation and earth observation data in supporting urban mobility post COVID-19. The goal is to create a network of cities that use satellite information to support the implementation of more sustainable and efficient transport systems during the COVID-19 recovery.
There is the potential to use the Galileo and Copernicus satellite systems to support making urban mobility sustainable, as well as to support economic growth and innovation. Currently, space services are underutilised in urban transport although they could play a crucial role in the modernisation of cities.
One challenge for cities is that they are complex environments, which can lead to challenges in accurately identifying the location of vehicles. Within the Ariadna project, the team are planning to use the Galileo satellite system to significantly improve the accuracy and time needed to find the position of a vehicle. This will provide better location data for vehicles, which will be vital in optimising network management.
The Copernicus system supports emissions monitoring, using existing sensors and extrapolating data to cover areas on which information is not available. It can also offer advanced imagery to monitor activities in cities and further support urban planning.
The aim of the survey is to gain an insight into which cities would like to be involved with the initiative, and then support them in creating a tailored package to help achieve their sustainability goals.
Following the survey results, the project is looking to hold workshops to raise awareness of the potential benefits of Galileo and Copernicus for urban mobility.
To take part in the survey, follow this link.
Original article first published 14 July 2020 by Sam Mehmet (Intelligent Transport)
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