EC Funded MobiCloud Project aims for safer, greener and more efficient public transport

April 09, 2013 // By Julien Happich
Nettropolis and the MobiCloud consortium announced the deployment of innovative mobile cloud services for the personnel of the Karlsruhe Public Transport Authority (Verkehrsbetriebe Karlsruhe or VBK).

Part of the MobiCloud project, this initiative is funded by the European Commission under the ICT Policy Support Programme (PSP) Competitiveness and Innovation framework Programme (CIP).

The MobiCloud platform aims to make public transport greener, safer and more efficient by improving the coordination between staff using standard smartphones and tablets. The VBK deployment provides a suite of cloud applications for mobile control center staff and field staff involved in vehicle operations.

The applications is expected to deliver operational cost savings, through control center communications efficiency improvements, shorter passenger journeys through real-time communication of incidents to vehicle staff, better compliance through improved fault attribution and cleanliness improvements through incident reporting.

The MobiCloud consortium is led by Appear (Sweden) and includes Nettropolis (Germany), EsperantoXL (the Netherlands), Costain (UK) and COMIT Projects (UK). The project's focus is to stimulate the provision of new mobile services in the cloud and to support the emergence of a European ecosystem of mobile cloud application developers.
Organizations wishing to join the MobiCloud ecosystem are encouraged to join the Early Adopter Program where they will gain access to a MobiCloud testbed where they can develop and run applications for any industry.

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