Project of St. Pölten University of Applied Science investigates possibilities for making sustainable forms of mobility safer and thus more attractive
Especially at twilight, many people feel insecure and therefore prefer the auto to public transport. In the SecureMobile project, St. Pölten UAS is developing a system that uses mobile-communication technologies to help break down those barriers that make access to sustainable mobility more difficult.
Communication technologies for an increased sense of security
The project examines whether and in what form the feeling of insecurity can be countered by means of modern mobile-communication technologies or how in the planning phase, appropriate technologies can concretely help to prevent existing uncertainty hotspots from being created.
For this purpose, the project will begin by identifying the specific fears of those groups of people for whom a perceived insecurity represents a particular mobility obstacle. In addition, an online survey will ascertain the wishes and needs of potential users. In a second step, the researchers will analyse all known systems and identify unknown systems that could contribute to an increased sense of security such as apps or information services. At the heart of the project are several networking workshops in which representatives of security agencies, public entities, politics, planning departments as well as security- and IT-experts will collectively define specific requirements for security tools.
Based on the findings, the researchers will design a concrete system that uses mobile- communication technologies to provide a kind of "escort service" for actively mobile people, which can provide a deterrent function in the event of an emergency as well as call for immediate help. In addition, the system should identify specific insecurity hotspots and make information automatically available to relevant departments such as executive or planning authorities.
Implementation catalogue as a result
As a result of the project, an implementation catalogue will be compiled, which clearly defines what measures are useful for improving (perceived) security and in which areas more specific further research and development needs exist in order to develop sustainable, meaningful and effective measures for all concerned. The project questionnaire is now online. All interested parties are invited to take part in the survey: https://tiny.cc/simobil
The exploratory project SecureMobile is funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology as part of the "Mobility of the Future" programme. At St. Pölten UAS, the Carl Ritter von Ghega Institute for Integrated Mobility Research and the Institute of Creative\Media/Technologies are involved in the project. Project partners are the Interdisciplinary Research Centre for Technology, Work and Culture as well as netwiss OG. The project runs from the 1st of May 2018 to the 30th of April 2019.