Welcome to DYNAcity

DYNAcity is a project run by the VIM who investigates which information and mobility a city should offer in order for travellers to be willing and able to travel more efficiently.

The data collected also offer an added value for strategic goals and are the basis for new, smart mobility solutions.

Information as a basis for the choice of transport means

Travelling within a city often goes hand in hand with suffering delays. But we still do not consider using alternative transport means often enough.

The lack of relevant information prior to and during the trip is the biggest stumbling block for most people.

Through smart information services, we can offer the traveller real-time advice on his journey and provide him with information on available, relevant mobility options. He can trust this information just as a car driver trusts his navigation system. Multi-modality is no longer an alternative option, but the most “intelliGhent” choice.

Coordinate transport means

Different traffic flows of cars, motorbikes, cyclists, public transport and pedestrians move criss-cross through the city. Currently parts of these flows are being streamlined with traffic-guiding systems such as traffic guards, information boards and parking guiding systems.

However, these systems are usually not connected to each other. There are also transport means for which little information is available.

DYNAcity tries to determine what an optimal urban traffic and mobility management should contain and how it can encourage travellers to make their journeys in the most practical manner.

Smart, dynamic information systems

In order to overcome these challenges, DYNAcity will disclose all relevant mobility data in 2016 and make them available on the open data platform of the city of Ghent. These data will be used in three applications:

  • information services for travellers in the city,
  • mobility data for strategic use and
  • app factory for innovation in mobility.

100 test users in the city of Ghent

A group of about 100 people in Ghent will test different mobility scenarios. To this effect, every morning they will receive a pop-up on their smartphone with travel advice.

The data used are taken from several traffic systems in Ghent and from innovative traffic information sources such as thermal imaging cameras.

Travellers who are interested in participating in this project, can register here.

Smart information systems for city travellers

You can go to the city using different transport means. Of course you're welcome by car, but maybe parking at a P+R and switching to a tram or bus is faster? Or take the train to the city centre and switch to a rental bicycle. Maybe carpooling offers you the ideal solution?

Are you curious to find out how you can reach the city in a smart way? Contact us for more information!

Measure to manage

The impact of urban initiatives to reach mobility goals such as CO2 reductions, optimising the use of alternative transport means, etc., should be measured. To this effect, DYNAcity offers several data sources that make mobility measurable in all its aspects.

Big data visualisation and analys

For this purpose, a number of tools are developed and made available. All the mobility data gathered by these tools in and around Ghent, are published on the open data platform and archived during the entire course of the project. Based on this information, dashboards and reports can be created and big data questions can get a clear answer.

Area-focused use

Project DYNAcity is based on ‘Gebiedsgericht Benutten’ (Area-focused use) Rijkswaterstaat (Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management) in the Netherlands. They describe their approach as follows: “a method used by road managers and other stakeholders to collaborate in finding solutions to traffic issues in a regional network.”

App factory for disruptive innovation
in urban mobility

Data do not gain economic and social value until after valorisation in innovative applications. To demonstrate the value of DYNAcity, different developers and entrepreneurs are attracted. During a hackathon we work together on building a working prototype and achievable income models.

A few inspiring examples of innovative applications and services can be found here.

Train/tram/bus tracking on smartphone

Dynamic measuring poles for dust, counting, ...

Big data visualisation and analysis

Personal travel assistant

Occupation of bicycle storage via app

Green power and traffic light information

P&X Multi-modal transfer parking lots

What is your idea?

Register now for the
DYNAcity Data Challenge!

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Email: info@vim.be
Telefoon: 011 24 60 00
Adres: Wetenschapspark 13, 3590 Diepenbeek.