Implications of Digital Systems on Mobility as a Service

Implications of Digital Systems on Mobility as a Service

John M. Easton (University of Birmingham, UK)
ISBN13: 9781799841388|ISBN10: 1799841383|EISBN13: 9781799841395|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-4138-8


The transport sector has undergone a period of rapid change in the past 30 years, and while these changes have taken on different forms for individual modes (low-cost business models in aviation, digitalization of assets and the introduction of in-cab signaling on the railways, the deployment of managed motorways and traffic control on the highways) all have been enabled by the greater use of ICT and by the exploitation of data (customer, asset, and environmental).

The proposed edited book will draw on extensive links with the transport data community to discuss the implications of digital systems on the growth of Mobility as a Service, and specifically on the soft integration of existing transport modes/transportation infrastructure in order to deliver complete, end-to-end travel experiences. Key examples of this type of integration include the leveraging of local bus, tram, urban rail, taxi services etc. in order to "feed" high-capacity mass transit systems (such as high-speed rail).

This book will provide a snapshot of the challenges facing transport, both as individual modes and as a multimodal provider of mobility services to travelers. Infrastructure, financial, and climate pressures mean that all sectors must adapt to modern ways of working, and individual transport modes cannot continue to function in isolation if we are to deliver, as an industry, the benefits that we all claim in terms of a cleaner, greener, more personalized travel experience in the future.

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

John Easton is a Lecturer currently working in the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education at the University of Birmingham. His current research interests centre on methods for the storage, processing and display of railway related datasets; in particular data representation and exchange via ontologies and parallel, semi-autonomous processing by software agents. Selected work in this area has included the TRIME third-rail monitoring system, which in 2012 was the joint winner of the Stephenson Award for Engineering Innovation at the National Rail Awards, and a range of EU-funded projects including INTERAIL, AUTOMAIN, OnTime, Capacity4Rail, and In2Rail. On a day-to-day basis, John is heavily involved in the Centre’s £1.65 million Strategic Partnership with Network Rail on the theme of data management and integration. He also sits on the IET’s Rail Technical and Professional Network executive team, and on the NSAR-led Routes into Rail group. From July 2015 to March 2016 he worked with the network simulation team on the cross industry Digital Railway programme.