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TransformingTransport showcased its innovations at the world’s largest global transport policy event - the International Transport Forum 2018 (ITF 2018)

The ITF Summit is the world’s largest gathering of transport ministers and the premier global transport policy event. The Summit took place from 23 to 25 May 2018 in Leipzig, Germany. Around 1400 decision-makers from more than 80 countries attended the event, including more than three dozen ministers. Participants came from governments, business, international organisations and academia.

During the Open Stage Café session, TransformingTransport demonstrated the potential that Big Data has to streamline all transport modes and make them faster, safer, and more reliable. A host of solutions developed and the initial results achieved in each of our 13 Pilots was presented by the project’s Impact leader Ms Vivian Kiousi (INTRASOFT International).

TransformingTransport was also present at the event exhibition together with more than 50 exhibitors from around the world showcasing its work to more than 1.000 decision-makers from government and business, academia and media from around 70 countries.

Big Data Value Meet-up Sofia

The European Big Data Value community has been gathered on May 14th – 16th in Sofia, Bulgaria. The event was organised by the Big Data Value PPP and had a twofold objective of strengthening collaborations among community members and increasing the visibility and awareness about the PPP in East Europe in general, and Bulgaria in particular.

On the 1st day of the event, TransformingTransport in cooperation with another Horizon 2020 lighthouse project, DataBio, coordinated a session on Data Sharing, Data Set and associated Business Model. The second day session lead by TransformingTransport, the BDVA Mobility and Logistics Subgroup and the QROWD project focused on the Transport in urban scenarios issues. This session targeted at the discussion on specific technologies and innovations that transport-related projects deliver and demonstrate in their pilots/use cases, which could be of interest for other projects to share and find common paths to collaborate. Each session was followed by the interesting discussions and knowledge exchange with participants.

During the Open Day on May 16th, the agenda has combined keynotes and speeches from official Bulgarian representatives, members of the European Commission and industrial players. TransformingTransport shared its experience in the deployment of Big Data solutions in transport and logistics and provided insights on existing solutions, opportunities and challenges of the sector.

TransformingTransport unveils exciting new innovations at the Transport Research Arena 2018!

The transport industry is changing rapidly, with Big Data contributing to the development of faster, better and more efficient transport systems than ever before. Representing a consortium of 48 leading transport, logistics and information technology stakeholders in Europe, the TransformingTransport project showcased a host of solutions and paradigm shifts in the transport industry at the Transport Research Arena 2018, aptly organised under the title of ‘A digital Era for Transport’ and held from 16-19 April in Vienna.

From airport turnaround time to connected vehicles to real-time rail maintenance and intelligent port hubs, TransformingTransport revealed the results of the 13 pilot projects that it is currently conducting to participants, policy makers and other transport stakeholders. Key TransportingTransport outcomes at the event include three full papers.  The overall ambitions and key innovations of TransformingTransport were presented on the podium session on Day 1. Two more presentations are related to the pilots and the methodology.

Two specific pilot projects involving the manipulation of Big Data to streamline transport were showcased at the TransformingTransport booth. The Smart Passenger Flow Pilot revealed how the number of passengers arriving to security area can be predicted and highlighted accuracy against real figures. In parallel, the Ausol Load Balancing Pilot on connected vehicles showed how its new dashboard, in the form of an online application, can manage all aspects of a fleet of cars that are connected together in high-tech ways.

TransformingTransport: Steering Group met in Essen

On March 15 and 16, 2018, the steering group of the European lighthouse project TransformingTransport met at paluno premises in Essen, Germany. The project members presented their results from the Pilot projects and other Work Packages and Tasks. Future actions were also discussed and agreed upon.


TransformingTransport presented and showcased at the Passenger Terminal EXPO 2018

Passenger Terminal is the world's leading trade fair for the airport sector. This is an annual meeting, which last took place from 20 to 22 March in Stockholm, Sweden. The event brought together more than 7,300 visitors in an area spanning 17,000m2 and approximately 300 companies from more than 100 countries participated.  
As a part of the fair's conference programme, Nikolaos Papagiannopoulos (the Athens International Airport) and Juan Francisco García López (INDRA), made a presentation on the innovation project TransformingTransport with a particular reference to the Pilot project on Smart Airport Turnaround. The Pilot is oriented towards predicting and understanding passenger behaviour, using Big Data and Business Analytics technology, with the aim of creating behaviour models that allow for the optimisation of airport resources required to provide service and, with this, reduce costs for the operator and improve the passenger experience.
Moreover, the system developed in the Pilot was showcased in the booth of INDRA visited by more than 20 airport operators.

TransformingTransport presented at the event "Calls H2020: opportunities for companies”, Guadalajara, Spain

The event “Calls H2020: opportunities for companies” was organised by Ci3, the TransformingTransport partner, on February 27th in Guadalajara (Spain). The event pursued the following objectives:

  • To explain the advantages offered by the H2020 program, its different calls, the support provided by the administrations as well as the examples of the currently running projects
  • To advise and involve the largest number of national companies in the different H2020 calls

Indra (Leyre Merle) and Ci3 (Iker Guinea) presented the TransformingTransport project. Miguel Carpio (Cintra) clarified all the doubts related to the project.

The event focused mainly on the local companies and aimed to foster their participation in European projects.

TransformingTransport at digital newspaper the 'eSMARTCITY'

Spanish digital newspaper 'eSMARTCITY' published an article titled “TransformingTransport or how Big Data will impact transport and logistics in Europe”. The article gives a holistic overview of the objectives and the results that TransformingTransport would like to achieve by assessing the results of Pilots to clearly demonstrate the potential benefits of Big Data in transport.

The article is available in Spanish at

Success of the TransformingTransport 3rd General Assembly in Madrid

More than 100 Big Data experts gathered in Madrid to participate in the 3rd TransformingTransport General Assembly meeting. A three-day event took place on 29-31 January 2018.

Counting a little more than a year from its launch, TransformingTransport made a significant progress towards targets that were set. Each of TransformingTransport’s seven domains has made advances in using Big Data to improve the efficiency of mobility and logistics processes, and the results that have been achieved so far in 13 Pilots were presented in the meeting.

During the first day, the meeting was hosted by the Spanish Administrator of Railway Infrastructures (ADIF) in an impressive building of the Madrid Railway Museum. After the meeting, the project partners had a possibility to visit the museum as well as the Spanish Railway Control Center. The next two days of the event took place at the INDRA premises.

Ports as Intelligent Logistics Hubs Pilot listed as one of the projects in the Smart Data Innovation Lab

The TransformingTransport Pilot on Ports as Intelligent Logistics Hubs has been listed among the projects of the Smart Data Innovation Lab. The pilot is using the SDIL Big Data infrastructure.

Founded in 2014 at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), SDIL is a networking and operating platform designed to speed up cooperation between the private and public sectors as well as research into Big Data and Smart Data technologies. Every SDIL project has free access to the resources of the SDIL lab (i.e. hardware, software and technical/organizational support).

The second year in a row, the Big Data Value Association (BDVA) awarded SDIL with the silver label for the European Innovation Spaces (i-Spaces).

Read more here

TransformingTransport – a best practice example!

TransformingTransport was presented as one of the best practice examples during the Industry and Trade Chamber event titled “EU is fostering Growth and Innovation - European funding opportunities for regional authorities and SMEs”. TT was represented by Michael Schygulla from PTV Group, who also took part in the round table discussion.

The event took place on 17 November in Karlsruhe, Germany. After a short introduction by State Secretary for Economy and Employment Katrin Schütz several funding options and best practice examples for Innovation in Europe have been presented. Chances and challenges for authorities and SMEs have been discussed in a round table discussion with several experts from different authorities, enterprises and institutions.