More intelligent and sustainable traffic: Venice leads the ECOMOBILITY project
The development of an intelligent and eco-friendly traffic management system that takes into account pollution levels in different areas of cities and provides real-time information to road network operators and drivers.
What looks like a futuristic vision of our cities is the objective of ECOMOBILITY - ECOlogical supporting for traffic Management in cOastal areas By using an InteLlIgenT sYstem – a new research project coordinated by the Department of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. Funded with 830 thousand euro by the European Commission as part of the Interreg Italy-Croatia programme, the project will run for 18 months.
ECOMOBILITY is the continuation and extension of a previous European research project, POSEIDON, which studied the sources of pollution in the cities of Venice and Rijeka. “In the ECOMOBILITY project, we will carry out a continuous monitoring of urban pollution in the urban areas of Mestre and Venice”, Andrea Gambaro, project coordinator and professor of Analytical Chemistry at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, explained to ResearchItaly. “The pollution data will then be processed in real time in the form of maps that will be sent to traffic managers, providing a useful tool to implement mitigation and intervention measures. The maps will also be made available, through an app, to individual citizens, who will be able to create ‘green’ and alternative routes to get around the city”, Gambaro concluded.
The ECOMOBILITY project partners are: Regione Veneto, the CNR’s Institute for Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, the University of Rijeka, and the Municipality of Rijeka, where the experiments will be carried out together with the city of Venice. The project includes an advanced scientific study on fine particulate matter – PM2.5 – present in these areas, which can penetrate deeply into the respiratory tract with an important impact on health.