by Suzanne Galy | 12.28.11
Since October, home aids of the town of Pessac have been equipped with NFC-enabled mobile phones. This non-contact tool allows them to receive and transmit to CCAS, in real-time, information related to their daily missions. The mayor hopes to improve the management of welfare payments.
by Elsa Sidawy | 11.22.11
On November 16th, the city of Paris launched a new and free mobile phone application to give on-the-move inhabitants of Paris access to practical information. “Paris à la seconde” (Paris within a second) provides iPhone or Androïd mobile phone users with weather forecast alerts, information on unexpected closing of public places or highways, pollution peaks, electricity failures…
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by Elsa Sidawy | 11.15.11
Is ridesharing the butt of entrenched prejudice? Its ability to reduce nuisance has been known for a long time but single car drivers are not ready to let go of their individual cars yet. With the boom of new technologies, players in that field are technically ready to shift to second gear and are developing what are known as dynamic car sharing solutions. Companies and local authorities, which are more skeptical, are experimenting this new service with sometimes-mixed results. Let us explore the mysteries of dynamic car sharing.
by Elsa Sidawy | 07.11.11
“Traffic disrupted because of material damage.” Tired of hearing these messages in the metro? On June 17th, during the Futur en Seine festival, the start-up Senda launched an application enabling users to prepare journeys while anticipating transport network incidents.
by Elsa Sidawy | 03.03.11
Though Franck Bellaiche does not hold grudges, he nevertheless has a good memory. He remembers having seen his bus drive past him several times in his youth and helplessly waited for the next one, at a time when flashcodes and other transportation applications did not exist. Twenty years later, this businessman developed his own project, which consists in providing users with real-time bus schedules through SMS, for free.
by Elsa Sidawy | 02.17.11
by Sébastien Blandin | 10.19.10
At the University of California, Berkeley, Professor Bayen’s team is developing new algorithms for estimating traffic on highways and arterial roads. To identify in real time and with precision slowdowns, from all causes affecting traffic conditions, researchers at the Lagrangian Sensor Systems Laboratory, led by Professor Bayen, bring together real-time measurements with models of traffic evolution.
by Nicolas Bellégo | 09.13.10
Tharsis Software offers a 3D virtual scale model that can be manipulated in multi-touch, dedicated to cities desirous to present their various real estate projects. Its main assets are: 3D real-time navigation, contextual information on demand and a scale model that people can modify independently.
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by Elsa Sidawy | 07.20.10
Avoiding ticket collectors, finding a person one has spotted during one’s morning trip, giving some live information about an incident on the line… Social networks are now using metro undergrounds and public transport to allow passengers to manage information themselves and make it more accessible but also to entertain them during their trips.
by Elsa Sidawy | 06.18.10
At first site, Parkopedia makes you think of a certain online collaborative encyclopedia. The principal is the same, but the application exclusively addresses drivers.
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The Greater Geneva project represents an economic and social challenge for that area spanning France and Switzerland. The aim is to set in motion again a process that will stimulate job creation in the French part and strengthen residential services in the Swiss part. Innovative activities should find their place in that territory.
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And what happens when a public transport network becomes the scene of gigantic team games? Inspired by the principle of Fun Theory, which suggests that environmentally responsible behavior can be encouraged through attractive infrastructure, Chromaroma invites London Underground users to participate in an eco-citizen turf war.
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The International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR) and Rotterdam-based architecture firm ZUS have launched the project I Make Rotterdam, a spectacular temporary pedestrian bridge between the city’s Central and the North districts that will be financed through crowd-funding.
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Venezuela’s capital Caracas plans to manage its traffic flow in an unusual fashion. In addition to traffic police, 120 mimes dressed up as clowns were sent into the city’s streets. Their role? Curb the risky behavior of pedestrians and drivers, not by force or repression, but through silence.
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