Hassle-free travelling: idalab teams up with DB Systel, DFKI and Door2Door for research project SIM3S

Using public transport can be a challenge. In case of disruptions, loudspeaker announcements are the critical source of information – but they can be hard to understand, even for native speakers. English translations aren’t always provided, except in bigger cities. Matters get even worse for handicapped or elderly people, because information about accessibility on the alternative routes is usually not available at all. Ideally, information about disruptions and rerouting should be understandable, complete, multi-lingual and accessible to everyone. However, this is not yet the case.

Sadly, different mobility providers don’t usually talk to each other. That’s why recommendations on alternative routes are prone to errors. Moreover, different operating-systems make their data sets not only proprietary, but also heterogenous and incompatible; for example geographic data on routes and stops cannot easily be linked to schematic data from timetables. And finally, variations in the schedule cannot be automatically processed, since information on disruptions is mainly available in the form of unstructured text.

Unlocking the potential of data sharing is what the SIM3S project is about. To do so, the project members will develop a Service Platform, which will conflate mobility-related data from structured and unstructured sources and offer inclusive aggregation and analysis services. A mobile application will enable passengers to report problems directly.

idalab contributes to this project as part of the SIM3S consortium. We will work alongside DB Systel, DFKI and Door2Door. Associated partners are yocoy technologies GMBH, Motionlogic and uberMetrics. SIM3S will build on results from the research projects Smart Data for Mobility (SD4M), in which idalab also participated, and Smart Data Web. SIM3S is again funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure within the mFUND research initiative and will run for three years.