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PROJECT INTRODUCTION 

MODUM (Models for Optimising Dynamic Urban Mobility) has developed a new approach for pro-active demand-responsive management of traffic in urban areas, which aims to support city councils in their efforts to minimise the environmental impact of urban traffic and improve the quality of life in urban environments.
A consortium of 9 partners from 5 European countries worked on the MODUM project. (Project duration: 1.10.2011 - 31.12.2014)
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no ICT 288205.
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PROJECT FACTS 

Funding programme: 7th EU Framework Programme, Objective ICT-2011.6.6 Low carbon multi-modal mobility and freight transport
Duration: 1.10.2011 – 31.12.2014
Total cost: € 3,068,365.00
EU funding: 75%
Project website: http://www.modum-project.eu
WELCOME TO THE FOURTH NEWSLETTER OF THE MODUM PROJECT!

WELCOME TO THE FOURTH NEWSLETTER OF THE MODUM PROJECT! 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all! The MODUM consortium wishes you the best of health, and a nice range of future research projects. As we speak, our project is tying up its last loose ends. Our conference in September was a success, having a day filled with presentations and valuable discussions. We had testimonies from municipalities and key-insights from researchers. To sum it up, people were pleased to attend, and had a thought-provoking day. A run-through of the day can be found on MODUM’s website. In addition, this last project period saw the ending of our field trials in the cities of Nottingham and Sofia. The conclusions from these trails will soon be published on the website as well. Enjoy your read through this last newsletter!
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THE MODUM CONFERENCE ON 24TH SEPTEMBER 2014

THE MODUM CONFERENCE ON 24TH SEPTEMBER 2014 

The MODUM conference “Building the Bridge from Research to Sustainable Urban Transport Management” took place on Wednesday, 24 September 2014, at the Nottingham Conference Centre (UK).
The purpose of the MODUM Conference was twofold:
On the one hand, the conference was meant to be a dissemination event:
The consortium wanted to show the project’s approach and achievements to relevant stakeholders and spread the knowledge of the project to the scientific community and practitioners.
On the other hand, the conference should also serve as a knowledge exchange event:
The consortium wanted to gain feedback from the conference attendees regarding their opinion about MODUM, possible improvements of the system and potential obstacles for exploitation and practical implementation. Furthermore, the consortium also wanted to learn from other experts’ and projects’ experiences and approaches in the field of sustainable urban transport management.
These two objectives were taken into account already in the planning phase, when the MODUM consortium was developing the conference concept, looking for suitable speakers, and elaborating the agenda.

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MODUM TRIAL IMPLEMENTATIONS

MODUM TRIAL IMPLEMENTATIONS 

After several months of trialling, we finished our behavioural experiments in both Nottingham and Sofia. During these trials, the focus lay more on the side of policy makers in Nottingham, whereas we put more focus on the typical commuters in Sofia. In both cases, we deployed a fully-functioning MODUM system, composed of dedicated hardware servers that ran inside the cities’ traffic control centres. They were accessed via a website and the mobile phone Android app, which were available in both the English and Bulgarian languages. The server infrastructure was calibrated to both cities, serving the commuters with real-time and up-to-date travel information on both road traffic as well as public transport schedules.

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FINAL RESULTS OF MODUM

FINAL RESULTS OF MODUM 

MODUM not only provided a useful app for commuters and an informative system for traffic managers, it is also backed by dedicated server infrastructure that can be deployed anywhere. The software implementation of the synthesised approach focuses on the telecommunication challenges of a realistic demonstrator. MODUM’s prototype was validated by staging real-life experiments, which were evaluated by the relevant traffic management structures within the traffic control centres. In addition, the MODUM project also created a structured evaluation framework which was used in the deployment stages of the application. This evaluation framework is novel, in that it is essential to ensure that the right validation methods and assessments will be properly carried out in order to have robust and clearly interpretable results at the end.

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THE FUTURE OF MODUM 

For starters, MODUM provides two distinct products: an Integrated Simulation Model (including an interface for traffic operators) that provides software that models the current and near-future traffic situation on the city’s road network based on sensor data and floating car information, and calculates routing information based on this modelled traffic situation. In addition, MODUM provides applications for mobile phones and for mobile (in-car) devices.

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CONTACT 

Dr. Sven Maerivoet
Central Contact for MODUM
Tel. +32 16 31.77.33
sven.maerivoet@tmleuven.be
Griet De Ceuster
Coordinator of MODUM
Tel. +32 16 31.77.30
griet.deceuster@tmleuven.be
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