Ericsson Connected Urban Transport

Connected Urban Transport automates the transport ecosystem of roads, vehicles, drivers and traffic management authorities. By uniting technology and markets, cities can solve traffic issues.

Automate the entire transport ecosystem

Every minute of the day, road equipment, vehicles and travelers generate a huge volume of traffic and transport-related data. Cities hold an ecosystem of residents, traffic, road infrastructure, vehicles, bikes, fleet owners, public transport, logistics providers and neighboring municipalities, just to name a few. This ecosystem is complex. There is a lot of fragmentation, both in terms of technology (a mix of legacy and modern systems) and markets (many niche players that have no relation to each other).

Connected Urban Transport overcomes this fragmentation by monitoring and optimizing available city assets. Cities can use existing infrastructure, such as street lighting poles and other road assets, to maintain transparency over the network of connectivity. With a central dashboard overview of all connected assets that unites insights with actions, cities can solve their biggest traffic issues.

Connected Urban Transport also helps to create new value for the larger ecosystem, when companies use this data for improved planning or building new services. Municipalities can monitor connected bikes, transit and other resources to optimize traffic or identify payment opportunities. By exchanging real-time data with other municipal departments, cities can create entirely new business models.

Solution features

  • Dashboard - Unify status monitoring of all systems across all agencies
  • Key performance indicators (KPIs) - Monitor and track goals and supplier performance
  • Automation - Unite response and reduce workloads across agencies
  • Ecosystem - Controlled data sharing empowers the entire ecosystem

Connected Urban Transport is one of the solutions powered by Ericsson’s IoT Accelerator platform. It enables out-of-the-box ICT functions, such as identity management, data and device management, rule definition, application linking, billing and more.

Why Choose Connected Urban Transport?

Connected Urban Transport is a ready-made IoT solution that telecom service providers can offer to cities and governments today.

  • Large variety of applications - Service providers can focus on the horizontal play. Connected Urban Transport enables a large variety of applications when basic requirements are needed, such as event-based triggering, monitoring deviating situations and more.
  • Ecosystem partners - Ericsson is teaming-up with several industry players to help support more advanced applications. Ericsson can be the service provider’s one-stop shop for operators.
  • Expertise - Ericsson has the expertise, portfolio and business model for a joint go-to-market effort with service providers. So, let’s take on IoT together.

What can Connected Urban Transport help cities achieve?

  • Combine and control data - Collect real-time data from vehicles, roadside infrastructure and travelers, such as connected rental bike locks that report bike traffic or location. Data sharing can proactively deliver timely and accurate information to the right recipients.
  • Predict and suggest - Enables monitoring, managing and sharing of real-time traffic data and road condition data between people, various modes of transportation and authorities. For example, faulty or disconnected street lighting can issue an error report and create a new work order for city field maintenance staff.
  • Turn insights into actions - When traffic and road information interact, this creates more efficient and sustainable urban environments. Idle or parked rental bikes can turn into payment opportunities for solutions that minimize citizen complaints for bicycle rental companies or cities. Control over a connected, distributed streetlight network can allow cities to dim or light areas as needed. With real time insight, traffic flows can ultimately become automated.

End to end solution

A dashboard gives a central overview of relevant assets (traffic lights, cameras, parking, etc.) in an urban area. Deviating situations are flagged when an asset is offline, or a measurement exceeds a threshold. In that case, a rule engine automatically evokes actions, for example, to create a work order in the city’s management system for field workers.

Designed around IoT Accelerator, Connected Urban Transport leverages the platform’s benefits. For example, users can onboard NB-IoT devices with zero-touch registration. Many NB-IoT applications are related to asset management in an urban setting, and share needs similar to traditional urban assets. Using NB-IoT, managers can easily monitor, and control devices mounted to streetlight poles and onboard connected bikes, as well as other networks used by citizens on a daily basis. Service providers can use their NB-IoT networks as a stepping stone to grow their market share beyond connectivity.

Connected Urban Transport customer cases

The City of Dallas - Coordinating traffic management across city limits

With the launch of a region-wide Advanced Traffic Management System based on the Connected Urban Transport solution, cities in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex are collaborating to improve traffic management. Learn how our solution will help ease traffic congestion and make roads safer for commuters.

Talking traffic in the Netherlands – First nationwide smart traffic ecosystem

Traveling across the Netherlands in all forms of transport is becoming easier and more enjoyable. At the same time, the government is saving on infrastructure and enabling private sector innovation. Learn how we make traveling across the Netherlands easier and more profitable through the Talking Traffic project.

Connected Urban Transport in action

Future of transport - Would you take a driverless bus?

Since January 2018, self-driving buses have become a regular part of traffic around Ericsson headquarters in Kista, Sweden. See what it looks like when tomorrow’s buses hit today’s streets.

Drive Sweden - A new approach to mobility

Ericsson is one of the key partners of Drive Sweden, a strategic innovation program launched by the Swedish government that gathers the best technology in the area – from all sectors of society.

Connected Urban Transport automates the entire transport ecosystem

Connected Urban Transport automates the entire transport ecosystem

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