Orchestra Cities pushes forward on the path to sustainable smart cities with a new development that applies Artificial Intelligence to measure and explain greenhouse gases emissions in urban mobility settings. The air quality full sensor-to-dashboard support, cloud-native architecture and open data models from Orchestra Cities are key features to enable the resulting innovation work of the C02-TRAFFICAI project.
The C02-TRAFFICAI consortium, composed by Martel Innovate, FIT Consulting, and Phoops, has been selected to take part in Phase 1 of AI4Cities, an EU-funded Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) project, aiming to help cities accelerate their transition towards carbon neutrality.
The project is looking for AI solutions that can contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the fields of mobility and energy, two domains responsible for 82% of all greenhouse gas emissions in European cities.
Following AI4Cities’ Request for Tenders on 01.12.2020, we were one of the 54 companies and consortia to submit an application for AI4Cities mobility challenge. In total 97 applications were submitted; following a thorough evaluation by the AI4Cities Buyers Group, 21 suppliers were selected for the mobility challenge and 20 for the energy challenge. We will now participate in the project’s Solution Design Phase, during which in the next three months they will work on a full plan for the development of a prototype.
C02-TRAFFICAI enables cities and their citizens to effectively collaborate in reducing CO2 emissions through a winning combination of regulation, active demand management, and user awareness and choice. The solution combines a cloud-native platform, IoT sensors and data management, and artificial intelligence to boost improvements in both how CO2 emissions are dynamically assessed and what city stakeholders can learn and do with this new knowledge. C02TRAFFICAI is positioned as part of an open Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) platform that dynamically processes environmental and mobility data, using the AI-powered insights gathered from such data to support both travelling citizens and city stakeholders in understanding the emission footprint of different travel choices, normative regulations, and active policies for demand management and other mobility-relevant themes. C02TRAFFICAI then empowers users with recommendations and options that allow them to make sustainable and effective choices, be they green multimodal travel from home to work, tariff adaptation for parking and transit in CO2-heavy days, or parcel pooling across delivery carriers to benefit from environmental reward schemes.
Martel Innovate, FIT Consulting, and Phoops will now receive a maximum of 40,000 euros – to further develop our solution in accordance with the input provided by the AI4Cities Buyers Group. There are three months to do so, following which the Buyers Group will evaluate which of these suppliers will continue to Phase 2, the prototyping phase of the PCP.
The AI4Cities Buyers Group consists of lead procurer Forum Virium Helsinki (representing the city of Helsinki), Cap Digital (representing Paris Region), the city of Amsterdam, the city of Copenhagen, the city of Stavanger and the city of Tallinn. These six cities and regions have developed ambitious strategies and policy plans to become carbon neutral by – at latest – 2050. In AI4Cities they joined forces to go through a PCP process, aiming to procure non-market ready solutions which can help them accelerate their transition to carbon neutrality by utilising artificial intelligence and related enabling technologies – such as big data applications, 5G, edge computing and IoT. Their choice to focus on energy and mobility-related challenges is informed by the fact that these two domains are responsible for 82% of GHG emissions in Europe’s cities.