Intelligent Transport Systems, From Research and Development to the Market Uptake. Second EAI International Conference, INTSYS 2018, Guimarães, Portugal, November 21–23, 2018, Proceedings

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Smart Mobility: A Mobile Approach

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-030-14757-0_8,
        author={Ricardo Faria and Lina Brito and Karolina Baras and Jos\^{e} Silva},
        title={Smart Mobility: A Mobile Approach},
        proceedings={Intelligent Transport Systems, From Research and Development to the Market Uptake. Second EAI International Conference, INTSYS 2018, Guimar\"{a}es, Portugal, November 21--23, 2018, Proceedings},
        keywords={Internet of Things Smart Cities Smart Mobility Mobile applications Sensors Traffic and road conditions Route planning},
  • Ricardo Faria
    Lina Brito
    Karolina Baras
    José Silva
    Year: 2019
    Smart Mobility: A Mobile Approach
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-14757-0_8
Ricardo Faria,*, Lina Brito,*, Karolina Baras,*, José Silva,*
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    The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the key ingredients for the realization of Smart Cities. IoT devices are essential components of the Smart Cities infrastructure, as they can provide information collected from the environment through sensors or allow other systems to reach out and act on the world through actuators. IoT data collection, however, is not limited to sensors and machines, but to data from social networks, and the web. Social networks have a huge impact on the amount of data being produced daily, becoming an increasingly central and important data source. The exploitation of these data sources, combined with the growing popularity of mobile devices, can lead to the development of better solutions to improve people’s quality of life. This paper discusses how to take advantage of the benefits of mobile devices and the vast range of information sources and services, such as traffic conditions, and narrow, closed or conditioned roads data. The proposed system uses a real-time collection, organization, and transmission of traffic and road conditions data to provide efficient and accurate information to drivers. With the purpose of supporting and improving traffic data collection and distribution, an Android application was developed to collect information about extraordinary events that take place in a city, providing warnings and alternative routes to drivers and helping them to improve their time management. The developed solution also exploits the existing gaps in other applications, implementing a more specific solution for the Madeira Island traffic condition problems.