The increasing spread of ubiquitous computing is contributing to the improvement of the people’s quality of life thanks to the large amount of data made available by the customary use of technological devices as support tools for everyday tasks. As the full integration of the citizens in the urban fabric represents one of the challenges of tomorrow, innovative solutions are needed in order to radically change how the people experience the city in terms of accessibility, social inclusion, security and community well-being.
In particular an improved mobility framework can help the most vulnerable and needy strata of society such as elders and impaired people that are often excluded or poorly integrated in the workflow of the urban “jungle”. Several solutions have been released by major technological players to address these specific needs. However, architectural barriers are not the only obstacle that can be encountered along the way and shorter routes are not always the best if we consider other factors in addition to the time taken. Walkability is another research topics that is gaining even more importance especially for its impact on the sustainability of transportation and the growing need of resolving the “last mile issue” within the multimodal path management. Walkability focus mainly on the comfort of the paths taking in account several different aspects and parameters that directly and indirectly impact on the urban experience of each citizen.
Ab.Acus has developed an innovative platform focused on walkability named SilverWay. Our research interests are more focused on the identification of interactive tools able to manage and segment the different walking needs, identify the most suitable route by overcoming the most common Operational Research paradigms putting the accent on pedestrian needs and taking in account all the path parameters responsible for the quality and safety of the walking path. SIlverWay has been also selected by the Torino City Lab as an innovative project to be tested within the living lab made available by the city of Turin.
SocialCar is an Intelligent Transport System based on an innovative approach to transport demand management, and more specifically to carpooling in urban and peri-urban areas. SocialCar’s main objective is developing a new communication network for intelligent mobility, sharing information of car-pooling integrated with existing transport and mobility systems.