A 56-hour marathon for developing innovative projects and services to aid mobility, while improving access to and use of road and highway networks, urban areas, ports, airports and railways: AlmavivA is a partner of the latest edition of the Transport Hackathon, an event promoted by the Regulatory Authority for Transport, to be held in Turin from 6th to 8th October.
The transport system is currently one of the driving sectors of our country’s economy but, above all, one of the fields in which certain fundamental constitutional rights – mobility being among these – materialise into tangible policies aimed at guaranteeing citizens’ rights. The challenge for the future lies in identifying new ways to manage mobility, in its national and supranational dimension and in large urban areas, which must evolve ever more into highly integrated “smart cities” through a wider use of intelligent transport systems. Besides generating advantages in the use of the existing infrastructure, these systems also improve the safety and, ultimately, the efficiency of means of transport. It appears increasingly evident that the transport sector can no longer be viewed as a mere mix of different means of transport competing with one another, and that the transport system must become increasingly integrated.
This is the only path to guaranteeing citizens’ rights, but also sustainable circulation of goods that respects the environment. Innovation is bringing about an actual technological revolution of mobility, by transforming the transport sector into an increasingly interconnected services industry with a high digital connotation: new global operators, which also collect and manage data that is essential to mobility services, are already on the market.
Behavioural and consumption data, alongside new predictive technologies and systems for dynamically managing operating processes, already enable us to virtualise the behaviour of service users and anticipate their needs: it is the so-called “economy of data”. At the same time, the physical transport infrastructure is also being revolutionised by digitalisation. This paves the way for the rise a new family of services for mobility. Large “technological unicorns” contend traditional transport markets with innovative service models. This occurs either directly or through start-ups in which the market is investing.
The second edition of the Transport Hackathon ART aims to grasp the opportunities offered by technology and digitalisation to renew and enhance the efficiency of the existing infrastructure and current transport services, through a multimodal approach. The mobility of the future envisages an uninterrupted network, to be achieved through the technological upgrading of both the physical and virtual infrastructure, through new platforms and unprecedented, innovative management models.
The Turin event opens its doors to innovators with expertise in business, communication, design and coding, which will be supported by mentors and – thanks to the partnership with Muoversi a Torino – will have access to the datasets and open data of Turin’s urban mobility.
For detailed information and to register, visit the website of TREATABIT, the support programme for digital start-ups of I3P, the innovative companies incubator of the Polytechnic University of Turin, which will host the event.