” Invitation for funding to young researchers for the development of innovative ideas in the field of Sustainable Urban Mobility ” – INNOSTART
LINK TECHNOLOGIES SA offers innovative and integrated solutions in the field of Telematics and specifically in the field of Transport and Sustainable Urban Mobility worldwide.
The company, based on innovation and the development of new products and solutions, invests heavily in research and development, following closely global developments in new equipment and software technologies, aiming at developing new applications. Its object and purpose is to be at the cutting edge of technology, providing reliable, user-friendly and effective solutions to its customers faster and more effectively than competition.
The company’s goal is to develop innovative applications in the areas of Sustainable Urban Mobility and Internet of Things that address the following areas:
Transportation (Buses, Trains, Taxis, Ships), Ambulances, Firefighting, Garbage Collection, Distribution, Road Assistance, Parking, Traffic, Tolls and Police, Public Services, Electricity Network, Water Supply Network.
To this end, the company has decided to implement ten (10) specific applications in the above fields, the development of which will be assigned to new researchers / scientists. Candidates are requested to apply for the development of one or more of the above applications, clearly describing the development methodology and utilizing a wide range of assisted expenditure including:
- development activities, such as staff remuneration and work infrastructure (space, equipment),
- innovation activities, such as patent acquisition and advisory services and
- supporting activities including, but not limited to, legal and accounting cover, company reimbursement costs, participation in scientific conferences, operating costs resulting from the implementation of the project.
Applications submitted under this grant call will be funded by Link Technologies with an amount of 50,000€ – 100,000€ depending on the project needs and the evaluation that the prospective researcher will receive.
The evaluation criteria for each application are as follows:
- the scientific and technical qualifications of the candidates
- the professional experience of the candidates
- the ability to implement the project
- the integrity of the development methodology
- the communication and teamwork skills
The aid recipients, along with the funding will also be provided with:
- Option to found a new company
- Facilities (offices, equipment)
- Legal and accounting support
- Share Percentage in the new company
More specifically, the 10 applications under development are related to Sustainable Urban Mobility combined with Internet of things technologies. Indicative suggestions are presented below:
1. Street Light Management
Energy conservation is currently a major European priority, and street lighting is a significant source of energy expenditure for municipalities. We’re seeking idea to mitigate the cost and energy consumption of street lighting using innovative telematics solutions, without compromising the safety of citizens. Idea can include activation/deactivation of lighting by detecting people and vehicles, dynamic light adjusting depending on surrounding lighting, and other such techniques.
2. Intelligent Street Signs
Street Signs are commonplace on major roads, but typically are limited in the information they provide, usually only serving the needs of a single road authority. Using IoT and interconnecting various agencies however, simple signs providing road/weather information can be turned into a life-saving technology, ex. By alerting drivers to incoming emergency service vehicles. We’re seeking proposals that can best utilise the existing technology or expanding upon it, that can also utilise integrated services in innovative ways.
3. Intelligent Parking
City parking has long been an issue, for citizens and municipalities alike. Lack of knowledge regarding parking spaces causes increased hotspots of congestion, increased emissions and loss of time. For the government, keeping track of paid vs unpaid parked vehicles is also a challenge. We’re seeking innovate solutions that tackle this issue on both fronts – provide information to citizens regarding real-time availability of parking spaces whilst also providing an automated tool for the government to collect parking fees and remotely issue fines.
4. Smart Traffic Violation Monitoring
Road violations are a major source of concern for governments, contributing to increased congestion as well as increased number of road accidents. Problems vary considerably, from traffic light and road sign violations, to parking infractions (parking in a road lane reserved for traffic, double-parking, etc), as well as bus lane violations. We’re seeking solutions to tackle as many of these issues as possible, with a strong preference for expandability to include additional violation monitoring in future.
5. Smart City Digital Payment
Digital transactions provide increased flexibility, security and speed over traditional payments. Due to a lack of coordination and oversight however, situations are common where multiple incompatible methods can exist within a city, forcing citizens to juggle multiple e-Wallets. We’re seeking solutions that allow multiple independent parties to utilise the same digital wallet, providing them all with the ability to process transactions securely and with easy conversion to fiat currency, whilst also giving them access to the statistics and data they would receive from owning their own proprietary system. This solution will first be rolled out in a variety of organisations run by, or in cooperating with the government (such as public transport, museums, etc). The system should utilise mobile phone technology wherever possible or else use cards, but must be contactless.
6. Smart Mobility
Designing road networks, traffic management (such as green waves), as well as public transport, are processes that rely on significant guesswork. Once put into practice, they can often be very difficult or even impossible to alter, meaning mistakes are costly and long-term. It is therefore imperative to find innovative ways of collecting data before projects are implemented, accurately determine needs and simulate the results of large-scale mobility projects. We’re seeking proposals that can provide powerful tools to mobility planners (road designers, public transport organisations, etc), that can help them determine the current flow of citizens and traffic, and provide tools for designing future projects in order to minimise travel times, bottlenecks, and have fewer transits.
We’re seeking proposals that tackle two major issues regarding citizen interactions with government organisations: 1) Opaqueness, 2) Interconnectivity between various government branches.
More often than not there is no clear roadmap provided to citizens to accomplish certain tasks (acquire paperwork, apply for licenses, benefits, healthcare, visas, etc). Accomplishing such tasks often require citizens to interact with multiple government branches, most of which seem to function independently with their own set of needs that can on occasion, contradict each other. We’re seeking solutions that not only provide clear guidelines to citizens online, along with step-by-step roadmaps to accomplishing their goals, requirements, etc, but also streamline government interactivity, minimising wait times and trips of citizens.
Many businesses rely on the mass transportation of goods, and frequently timely deliveries are vital to the health of these businesses. Coordination between the various players is poor however, leading to a lack of coordination regarding the movement of goods-carrying vehicles. This can result in serious congestion, both within and outside of cities. Platooning is a method of coordinating goods transports so they are synchronised, meaning vehicles travel in groups greatly improving congestion, and have access to various areas at specific times. Such a solution can not only improve the reliability of transportation times, but significantly alleviate congestion as well. We’re seeking innovate solutions to help coordinate and improve the state of goods transport.
9. Smart City Drones
Drones are a powerful tool that open up new avenues for technology and data acquisition technologies. However, implementation is slow, hampered by the risks they pose if used recklessly. We’re seeking innovate government-run solutions utilising this technology, targeting (but not limited to), problems such as traffic monitoring, pollution, accidents, fire, parking, etc. Solutions proposed should be multifaceted, targeting multiple problems simultaneously, and be expandable in future, both in terms of swarm sizes as well as sensors/data acquisition. Swarms of drones must be tracked precisely and provide easy coordination with relevant aviation authorities.
10. Smart Waste Management
Waste management is a constant challenge for every authority. Lack of information regarding amounts of waste at a large number of locations, make fleet management of disposal vehicles a significant challenge. Simultaneously, it is imperative for governments to encourage recycling, though citizens have little imperative to do so. We’re seeking solutions that tackle waste management on multiple fronts: encourage citizens to recycle by making it easier, more accessible as well as raise awareness, and also find innovate solutions for waste-detection, so that fleets of disposal vehicles can be utilised more efficiently.
All applicants can submit their applications up to 50 days from the date of publication of the invitation on the company’s website at the same time as publication through Press Releases. The duration of the projects must not exceed twelve (12) months.