OPTIMIZED TRANSPORTATION SOLUTION
A smart and innovative solution to help Eilat's citizens and visitors travel from and to the airport in the most optimized way.
Eilat city in Israel will open a new international airport in 2018. The new airport is located 20 km north of Eilat and its construction induces a a new transportation challenge for Eilat
Until now, the airport was located in the city center. Residents and tourists visiting Eilat will now have to travel for 20 km from/to the new airport.
The circulation is expected to increase in the city leading to traffic congestions during peak hours. However, the transportation infrastructure is not yet ready and equipped to handle heavy traffic peaks.
Today, various solutions exist in the city, such as real time flight data, Waze, Gett, My Bus, maps, etc.. However, these solutions work independently from each other. Also, there is no tool for city planners to help them better plan the circulation in the city.
To solve the predicted traffic issues together with the goal to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions in Eilat city and the region, an application is needed to facilitate the travel journey of the Eilat’s residents and visitors.
An environmentally friendly application that wil bel integrated into the city's tools for residents and tourists to optimize the travel journey from/to the city airport
The aim is to develop an automated, self-learning, real-time travel and flight decision tool for residents and tourists in Eilat City. The solution should be designed for passengers and travelers, as well as decision makers such as city managers, engineering departments, and Ministry of Transportation, to give them real time data about the time it takes to travel to the airport from any place in Eilat and update it according to the actual flight time.
A tourist or resident will type the number of the flight on the passenger’s interface, and will receive various solutions on how and when to leave his/her current location to catch their flight on time. The system will also update and send alerts if flights’ schedule changes. It should also work the other way around, the application should provide travelers arriving to the city, the various ways to get to their desired locations with the optimal route time, estimated time to arrivals, and prices.
And from the decision makers interface, planners should be able to monitor all the circulation activities in the city. The interface should gather all the data from passengers such as flight times, travel times, delays, traffic congestion, bottlenecks, preferences of transportation modes, and planners will analyze the data so that they improve the city’s planning.
The application will be developed on PREDIX and will have two interfaces: one for the passengers or travelers and another for decision makers or personals from the municipality. The Predix System™ provides the software architecture and services required to bring actionable insights for users. Moreover, the Predix mobile provides cross platform SDKs and a mobile service for building always-available apps. Designed to work everywhere and keep data synchronized with backend systems and other devices, for always-available apps.
The success will be measured as follows:
- Connectivity and data collection from existing application
- Data analytics: performance and quality of analytics, accuracy of alarm generated and interpretation of events
- A decreased GHG emission
- UI/UX simplicity and usability
Data sources: Flight times, Waze, Gett, Google Maps, Ministry of Transportation, Traffic Audits, Road Maps.
The simulations should be done according to past and real time data to increase the accuracy of the data analyzed and the alerts generated. Once the system is autonomous, all notifications sent to users should be accurate and precise.
The application will be integrated into the city's tools for residents and tourists and will be marketed by Eilat to other cities and airports in the world.
Representatives from the City of Eilat will examine the solution proposed, and based on the robustness and accuracy of the solution, they will decide on whether to continue assimilating the solution in the city, as well as presenting it to other cities and potential customers. In addition, a business partnership will be examined to develop further projects.