As one of several Austrian partners AustriaTech participated in projects such as SEE-ITS and Rail4SEE. With a total budget of five million euros Rail4SEE („Rail Hub Cities for South East Europe“) aimed at improving rail services, especially by integrating rail into the traffic concepts of the participating cities. The Rail4SEE approach assumes that innovations in transport are adopted much faster in the areas of road and aviation than in the rail sector, because these two have to respond more directly to market developments.
SEE-ITS aimed at stimulating cooperation, harmonisation and interoperability among isolated Intelligent Transport Systems in South East Europe. Through SEE-ITS, the technical requirements for the assessment and the harmonisation of the EU ITS Directive by the SEE countries were identified and successfully established. The project results will set a long-term sustainable strategic and operational framework for institutional and operational integration of ITS in SEE countries.
Within each of these projects a smartphone app has been developed, that were both presented at the SEE Annual Event in Ljubljana: The app UrbScout (Rail4SEE) and an app for providing users with cooperative traffic information (SEE-ITS).
An important feature of the SEE-ITS app is its open source framework that makes it easily adaptable for different cities and surroundings. The system consists of a server and the app itself. The server imports, maintains and distributes traffic information that is displayed through the app on smartphones or tablets. In Vienna the system was tested with data of the Austrian automobile club ÖAMTC. Additionally a version with local traffic data from Slovenia was created.
UrbScout is an international platform for all kinds of mobility services and can be downloaded for free at www.urbscout.mobi. Users can select a city on their iPhone or Android smartphone and will have displayed all available and tested mobility apps. Only those apps will be listed that are being used by the inhabitants of the respective region. This is constantly and carefully supervised by regional managers. Data are available in seven categories:
International audiences have already shown keen interest in the app and predicted considerable potential. Numerous cities already want to join the platform which, thanks to the modular software architecture, is easily possible. Besides Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, Bucharest, Thessaloniki, Sofia, Trieste and Venice are online so far, Bologna, Ljubljana and Zagreb will follow soon.