Transport researchers and policy makers today face several challenges as they work to build efficient, safe, and sustainable transportation systems. From rising congestion to growing demand for public transit, the travel behaviour and transportation preferences of city dwellers are changing fast.
Leveraging Big Data to Manage Transport Operations (LeMO) project will address these issues by investigating the implications of the utilisation of such big data to enhance the economic sustainability and competitiveness of European transport sector. The project will study and analyse big data in the European transport domain in particular with respect to five transport dimensions: mode, sector, technology, policy and evaluation. LeMO will accomplish this by conducting a series of case studies, in order to provide recommendations on the prerequisites of effective big data implementation in the transport field.
LeMO project is uniquely positioned to help stakeholders capitalize on the power of big data to:
- Significantly improve the customer experience
- Enhance services to increase revenue and manage capacity
- Maximize the availability of assets and infrastructure
- Improve operational efficiency
Through case studies, LeMO will investigate methodological, technological, governmental and institutional issues, which in turn contribute to evidence-based decision making. LeMO will supplement these case studies with a trend analysis that identifies the barriers and limitations of the transportation system to exploit big data opportunities. In collaboration with strong advisory and reference group, and expert stakeholders, LeMO will devise and develop research and policy roadmap that will provide incremental steps necessary towards data openness and sharing to make transport safer, more efficient and more sustainable. Notably, LeMO will bring crucial issues linked to privacy, data security and legal aspects to the forefront, paving the way for future legal framework for the collection and exploitation of big data in transport.
Furthermore, LeMO will disseminate project findings to a large population of stakeholders, including transport authorities and industries leading to better understanding of travellers' and consumers' behaviour, targeted information and identify policy interventions.
LeMO partners provide a balanced portfolio of research, development and case studies activities. LeMO is a stimulating project that requires an engagement with a wide range of different types of organisations. Thus, the LeMO consortium have used their existing networks and close relationships with external organisations and individuals to set up a well-balanced advisory and reference group (ARG) to assist them in the successful completion of the LeMO project and the future sustainable implementation of the LeMO recommendations.