Smart Connectivity

Smart Connectivity Part 1: Collaborative Process and Framework

Project 2022 - 2023 Closed

The smart connectivity process seeks to unveil new opportunities for Nordic businesses and to strengthen the competitiveness of the region by improving data sharing for Nordic mobility companies and promoting sustainable, energy-efficient, and decarbonized mobility on both a societal and individual level.
The consortium consists of four partners with expertise in foresight, design, innovation, management consulting, and research. Ultimately, the consortium aims to assist Nordic Innovation in designing a process that leads to the realization of scalable demonstrators, which can facilitate innovation and change within logistics and mobility of people and goods.

The role of connectivity and data sharing

  • Connectivity and data sharing have a vital role to play in the sustainable transformation of the mobility sector in the Nordics. The project aims to provide a systemic, future-fit perspective on this topic. Mobility is a complex phenomenon involving multitudes of nested systems and interactions between countless discrete entities. It is influenced by several different power structures, crosses literal and figurative borders, and connects people and cultures. Mobility allows value to flow between neighborhoods, cities, nations, and continents, traveling through different time zones and criss-crossing space, making a definite human mark on the natural environment.

Mapping the complexity

The consortium proposes investigating place-based mobility nexuses through multiple layers, each with its own configuration, technical infrastructure, data infrastructure, framework conditions, cultures, and attitudes towards personal mobility and towards the role of public vs private transport, as well as different natural conditions. By exposing the complexity of each place through these layers, it is possible to observe the phenomenon of mobility systemically.

Looking at this complex mobility map, we can start to investigate how connectivity can address systemic failures. It also exposes the fact that intervening in a single layer at a time cannot transform the mobility sector as a whole.

Timeline & deliverables

Mid-June 2023

First version of “The Current Situation” (a midway report of the current state):
The Current Situation report will be based on the work done mapping past and present activities and stakeholders in the Nordic Mobility Sector. The focus is on data sharing and connectivity, but the mapping will be checked against different impact criteria with a specific focus on regulative challenges from a political perspective and barriers and drivers of scaling from a business perspective, as well as other relevant societal benefits.

The report will, as it is based on a layer methodology (see above), identify leverage points where demonstration methodology can help business scale new solutions.

The report will also include an inventory of the key issues in terms of soft standards, principles, technical and legal standards, and learnings that can be used by companies to increase data sharing within the Nordic region, as well as a list of organisations which can be a part of the ecosystem going forward.

Mid-June 2023

First version for the “Future Vision for Sustainable and Connected Mobility in the Nordics”:
The Future Vision will be co-created with relevant stakeholders from public and private sectors as well as academic institutions. It will function as adaptive vision, not as an end state for the Nordic mobility sector when it comes to data sharing and connectivity.

The first draft of “The Current Situation” and “The Future Vision” will be presented at the ITS European Conference 22nd to 24th of May.

Mid-October 2023

A rig for demonstrators:
It will include onboarding of an organisation that is in charge of the ecosystem, core group and innovation portfolio.

1. November 2023

A call for demonstrators:
The call will fund projects that can promote the role of data sharing and connectivity in the Nordic countries within the mobility sector.

Project partners

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Nina Egeli - Senior Innovation Adviser

Nina Egeli

Senior Innovation Adviser
Internationalization, innovation and business development support, in combination with a strong background in strategy and policy development are main pillars in Nina’s professional life. Through project design and management, she aims to fit market needs with relevant services and opportunities that allows new business partnerships and business projects to prosper.

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