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“Mobility Digital Hochfranken – MobiDig” project is completed

On 10.09.2020 the final event of the project “MobiDig” took place at the Institute for Information Systems (iisys). The aim of the project was to make public transport in rural regions more economical, attractive and environmentally friendly. With the help of demand forecasts and simulations, the mobility needs of the people in the region were recorded and researched. Field tests were conducted to investigate the impact and use of additional bus routes, for example. The project also developed an app that enables multimodal connections in the region.

The MobiDig project team at a technical exchange at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure; Image: Hof University of Applied Sciences

The MobiDig project ran for a total of 3 years and had many supporters

We would like to thank all project partners and the municipalities for their support during this project.

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Jürgen Lehmann

iisys, TU Munich, Fraunhofer IIS, the districts of Hof and Wunsiedel im Fichtelgebirge, and the city of Hof attended the event. Dr. Schlosser from the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, District Administrator Dr. Bär from the district of Hof, Mr. Edelmann from the district of Wunsiedel im Fichtelgebirge representing District Administrator Berek, as well as the Mayor of the city of Hof, Eva Döhla, were on hand for the closing event

Greetings from Berlin came via video from the Minister of State for Digitalization, Dorothee Bär, as well as from Steffen Bilger, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure.

Greeting from Steffen Bilger, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. Image: Hof University of Applied Sciences

The event was publicly accessible via live stream to allow the public to participate under corona conditions. MobiDig was funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure as part of the mFUND research initiative. In the meantime, this project is considered a blueprint for digitalization projects of mobility in rural areas

Virtual image of the region

Central to this project was the realization of a data lake with data on mobility in the region. With anonymized data on topics such as population distribution, destinations, movements of vehicles and mobile devices, use of means of transport as well as basic geodata, a virtual image of the region was created that is probably unique in Germany in terms of diversity and scope. The Data Lake thus enables the following project results:

  • Derivation of key figures for the evaluation of the transport offer
  • Creation of more accurate demand forecasts than with conventional methods.
  • Simulation of the use of public transport resources under different framework conditions.
  • Demonstration of an app for intermodal connections also including demand-responsive transportation.
  • Analyses of the use of autonomously driving shuttles.

These project results already form the basis for further projects outside and within the region to create an economical and comprehensive public transport system in rural regions.

The consortium as well as the politicians and the project executing agency are extremely satisfied with the results achieved and would like to see a follow-up project in order to be able to make further use of the results obtained and the data collected.

Sindy Ribouni
Prof. Dr. Richard Göbel

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