The Federico II University and AlmavivA together for a center of excellence dedicated to digital research and innovation in the transport and tourism area.
Naples, 31 March 2021 – The near future of integrated and sustainable mobility. This is the elected field of the new Smart Mobility and Logistics Hub of excellence presented today, born out of the collaboration agreement between the Naples Federico II University, a prestigious academic organization in the research and education sector and a reference point in Italy for transportation engineering, and AlmavivA, a leading Italian group in digital innovation.
The intention of the Hub is to be a nerve center to provide concrete momentum to digital transformation in the world of transport, infrastructures and services, with the goal of designing the mobility of the future – over land, by sea and by air, of people and goods – in a key of environmental, economic and social sustainability, increasingly more oriented toward safety and accessibility, the centrality of the user and the travel experience, as well as efficient management.
The ecosystem of mobility and tourist operations, harshly penalized by the pandemic, may represent a fundamental growth engine and a lever for the recovery of the country system. This is the goal of the collaboration agreement, founded on the excellences of the south with a national vision that considers the social and territorial fabric.
The agreement between Federico II University and AlmavivA, open to the cooperation of operators in the sector, associations, academic and research organizations, and local governments, is born under the banner of the integration of know-how, reinforcement of technological transfer processes, the development of new skills and new opportunities for the production chain.
The agreement focuses on six themes, identified as major research and development strands.
Smart Road, dedicated to connected mobility solutions that guarantee the best possible management of roads and traffic in terms of safety and comfort. In this area, the Hub will be a nerve center in support of startups and SMEs. Smart Terminal Hub, oriented toward the digital transformation paths of ports, airports and stations, based on safety, efficiency and environmental sustainability requirements. Smart on Board Services, on the quality of services during travel and the on-board experiences for long-distance railway companies, metropolitan systems, local public transport and micromobility.
Mobility as a Service, in a logic where the concepts of mode, service and operator and the very distinctions between private and collective mobility integrate in an ecosystem of technologically assisted mobility and in new business models. Logistics & Freight, a sector where strategic relevance has been even clearer during the pandemic and the development of which will allow further evolution of the platforms in the direction of Logistics as a Service. Asset Management & Predictive Maintenance, which focuses on infrastructures as strategic assets and on the relative maintenance processes.
“The agreement represents a chance to contribute to the mobility revolution, using the university’s wealth of knowledge and its ability to create innovation, economic development and high-level education in the technological and managerial sectors associated with sustainability”, explains Matteo Lorito, Dean of Federico II University. “The initiative will be integrated with a fledgling University SUM - Smart and Sustainable Mobility - task force and part of a series of projects also capable of making the University structures sites for the experimentation of new solutions.”
“Academia and industry, scientific research and technological know-how, a project that aims at sharing knowledge for the digital transformation of mobility and logistics: this is what the collaboration between AlmavivA and Federico II University means”, commented Alberto Tripi, AlmavivA President. “The agreement signed today launches a path of innovation and growth for development and a new model of mobility and, in perspective, of tourism. With the ambition of fueling a hub of aggregation, open to the participation of public and private organizations, committed to promoting investments and objectives of modernization for a strategic system of the country.”