How digital transformation in transport and logistics helps to improve air quality.

In May 2018, the European Court of Justice initiated legal actions against five member states, including Germany, for failing to meet the agreed air quality limits. Since then, the Federal Government of Germany launched many support actions and regional projects to reduce air pollution in the most affected German cities. Thus, the digital transformation of traffic systems towards Intelligent Transport Systems (I.T.S.) moved to the center of the political awareness. This is because today’s traffic management must comply with air quality regulations and socio-economic mobility needs at the same time. Thus, sustainability merges with traffic management and becomes sustainable traffic management.

Mobile telecommunication and ICT are important building blocks for sustainable mobility.

Nevertheless, ICT solutions should not be limited to purely technical enablers because they also help complex institutional stakeholder groups to share information and to manage decision support. Over the last years, cloud based IOT and telematics platforms proved to successfully distribute sensitive data among decision makers. These platforms are nowadays mature and connected mobility services heavily rely on their underlying ICT infrastructure, especially whenever payment and data privacy are involved. Air quality regulations increase the complexity for mobility services by introducing e.g. temporarily access restrictions for the most polluting vehicles.

Solutions for sustainable traffic management are data-driven.

T-Systems International GmbH, 100% affiliate of Deutsche Telekom, has long-term experience in setting up innovative ICT infrastructures to implement innovative and sustainable traffic management. T-Systems’ portfolio includes GPS-GSM based Toll Collection, development and global operations of Connected Vehicle Backends including dynamic navigation and real-time traffic information as well as the use of Floating Car Data technology for Decision Support.

Low Carbon Mobility Management has proven CO2 reductions between 4% and 15%.

With these experiences, T-Systems developed a monitoring tool for fuel consumption and carbon footprint helping logistics and traffic managers to better understand where to cut emissions in short- and long-term. Such “Low Carbon Mobility Management” (LCMM) based on GPS-GSM smartphone technology was implemented by T-Systems, ERTICO and other partners in several European projects. After evaluating more than 1 million kilometers of truck trips, the solution has proven carbon reductions between 4% and 15%. In the pioneering Horizon 2020 project AEOLIX, LCMM was rolled out European-wide and passed all reviews before being published as ISO-Standard IS23795-1 Ed.1 recently.

First carbon-free I.T.S. congress ever – supported by LCMM.

Given the importance of carbon footprint mitigation in transport, LCMM was decided to be used to monitor and off-set the carbon emissions caused by the 2020 I.T.S. Congress in Lisbon, Portugal. This will support ERTICO’s objective to host the first carbon-free I.T.S. congress ever. Additionally, LCMM and the corresponding data sets collected by smartphones will be implemented as core element into the T-Systems solution suite targeted to support European cities to comply with legally binding air quality regulations by introducing sustainable traffic management systems.