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EIT Urban Mobility project 2024

As one of the selected applications for the SME Market Expansion Call by EIT Urban Mobility, our first roll-out in Riga is becoming a reality. In 2023, we piloted our first Smart Zone on the grounds of the Riga Technical University, the city's living lab. Following a successful evaluation, we are now adding 10-15 new locations. Starting this September, all campus logistics will be managed through bookings. This way, we aim to eliminate illegal parking across the entire area and regain control over the curbside.

From street-level impact to neighborhood impact!

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About the project

This initiative represents a significant step forward in our commitment to enhancing urban mobility and making cities more accessible and livable.

Currently, the RTU campus lacks sufficient logistics spaces. Drivers often enter without knowing the availability of (un)loading areas, leading to unnecessary driving around or rogue parking on the curbside, which hinders pedestrian accessibility. RTU aims to maintain a safe and green campus where automobile mobility occupies as little space as possible, making the creation of additional parking spaces undesirable.

By implementing 10 -15 Digital Smart Zones, and pilot them from June to November, we aim to effectively combine visitor parking and logistics in a controlled manner. With real-time visibility and the option to book these spaces, drivers can plan their deliveries more efficiently, improving accessibility, reducing noise pollution, and decreasing emissions. This integration will optimize space usage and provide valuable insights into how space is utilized.

 

We expect the following results:

25% of drivers report reduced driving around.
25% of drivers report reduced rogue parking.
75% of users find the feature beneficial for locating available spaces.
60% occupancy of Digital Smart Zones during operational hours.


This impact is not only significant for campuses but can also be replicated in various urban settings where smart management of scarce space is required.

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Meet the project partners

Together with these partners we're working on a neighbourhood level impact

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Riga Technical University (RTU) is a leading educational institution and an official smart city living lab in Latvia. As a hub for innovation and research, RTU collaborates with industry and city officials to develop and test cutting-edge urban solutions. The university's efforts in transportation, energy, and infrastructure are key to transforming Riga into a model smart city.

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Riga, Latvia's capital, boasts a population of 614,618 as of 2021, a third of the nation's total. As Latvia's largest city by a considerable margin, Riga holds a central role. It comprises six districts, with the historic central district designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This concentration of businesses near the historical center adds complexity to the city's logistics.

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A European initiative to create liveable urban spaces

EIT Urban Mobility is an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Since January 2019, EIT Urban Mobility has been working to encourage positive changes in the way people move around cities in order to make them more liveable places. We aim to become the largest European initiative transforming urban mobility. Co-funding of up to EUR 400 million (2020-2026) from the EIT, a body of the European Union, will help make this happen.

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10 - 15

New Smart Zones

2

New features

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Months of piloting

This project is supported by EIT Urban Mobility, an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union. EIT Urban Mobility acts to accelerate positive change on mobility to make urban spaces more liveable. Learn more: eiturbanmobility.eu

Do you want to learn more?

There is much to tell about this EIT project. Please don't hesitate to contact us or one of the partners to find out more, we are more than happy to help.

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