OpenTransportNet – Spatially Referenced Data Hubs for Innovation in the Transport Section

OpenTransportNet (OTN) created collaborative virtual service hubs that aggregate, harmonise and visualise open transport-related data to drive the rapid creation of innovative new applications and services. OTN chose Transport as a cross border focus-area because it touches upon almost every facet of 21st century living, making it an ideal target for the creation of solutions that can be enhanced by location based services such as GNNS and VG resources such as OSM.

OTN service delivery hubs addressed the following challenges: 1) to better aggregate and harmonize data to improve accessibility and use, 2) to link spatial and non-spatial data to extract value and increase accuracy and 3) to provide innovators with easier APIs and GUIs to stimulate the creation of new services and commercial opportunities. OTN innovation hubs will overcome the above challenges by using an automated flexible dataset aggregator to integrate and harmonise transport related data. OTN hubs will combine spatial, dynamic data streams and non-spatial data and derive insights from the data through visualisation tools and pattern detection algorithms. OTN Hubs will go beyond the State-of-the-Art by (a) improving the accuracy of data insights by enhancing knowledge with Volunteered Geographic Information and (b) deploying a sophisticated Access Control and Identity Management system that will manage privacy controls.

OTN was validated in four pilot locations: the UK, Belgium, France and the Liberic Region. The OTN solution used a Social Enterprise Freemium business model. OTN Lite will be an open service that provides access to open data sets and an innovation environment. OTN Premium will be available for a fee that enables users’ access to business incubation.

The project was composed of 14 partners: CORVE (Belgium), IS Practice (Belgium), Intrasoft International (Luxemburg), 21c Consultancy (UK), Birmingham City Council (UK), iMinds (Belgium), Cen Group (UK), Help Service Remote Sensing (Czech Republic), Issy Media (France), EDIP (Czech Republic), University of West Bohemia (Czech Republic), EXIGEN (Latvia), The City of Antwerp (Belgium) and Athens Technology Center (Greece).

ATC was highly involved in the integration of OTN Hubs by creating the implementation plan and providing its tried and tested participation tools as the basis for the Community Forum module.

The project was co-funded by the European Commission under the CIP-ICT programme. It started on 1 February 2014 and lasted 3 years.

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