The city of Porto has been exploring the potential of technology in improving the citizens’ quality of life, while promoting opportunities for tech companies. That’s why it joined EMBERS (Enabling a Mobility Back-End as a Robust Service), a project that was created to develop sharp and sustainable mobility solutions. The University Pierre and Marie Curie (UPMC), which has been coordinating the project, is looking for developers and software companies to implement solutions to three specific and actual challenges in Porto, Cologne and Trikala.
Considering its fast growth and aspiration for a better traffic management, Smart Parking is the challenge to be solved in Porto. Participants must develop a solution that not only gives a better overview on parking spaces available throughout the city, but ultimately provides better services for drivers – pre-reserving parking spaces and an app-based payment possibility for parking.
Besides Portugal, the Open Call Challenge encompasses another well-known European city. Cologne (Germany) challenges applicants to have an in-depth knowledge on Smart Bicycle Traffic. Trikala (Greece) provides the challenge Smart Parking that utilizes integrated parking data of their parking facilities.
To accomplish all challenges, EMBERS’ back-end technology provides mobility data, all documentation for each city, open interfaces and ready to use SDKs . Proposals must be submitted until February 16th through the online submission portal PLACE, accessible here.