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European Cloud Marketplace for Intelligent Mobility (ECIM Project) Results

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The ECIM project officially ended on 30 June 2016. During the 30 months of the project, 14 partners from five European countries worked collectively and in cooperation with other actors, such as mobility service providers, public authorities and cities.
ECIM, in cooperation with its partner countries and organisations achieved the three main objectives:
  • Enable cities and business to easily migrate their services to the cloud;
  • Facilitate new service creation by opening-up cloud-based services to innovators;
  • Spur cross-border adoption of cloud-based services in Europe and beyond.

The outcome of this joint effort was the delivery of three main technical outputs of the ECIM Marketplace, ECIM mobility apps and ECIM Smart Mobility API specifications. In designing the Marketplace, partners were guided by their vision of a platform where different mobility related services can be easily published, aggregated and shared. Once the platform was ready, a set of common APIs was promoted through the SmartMobility.io initiative. This initiative aims to standardise the ways in which mobility services (APIs) are made available to developers. Both ECIM common API specifications and the platform were an important step towards the creation and subsequent improvement of the three apps for the pilot cities Brussels, Issy-les-Moulineaux and Barcelona.

 
ECIM Smart Mobility Marketplace, the key output of WP3, is a flexible, cloud-based solution for public and private sector actors who seek or provide web services to address mobility related needs of their cities. The Marketplace is a unique environment where service providers, data providers and developers come together and engage in co-design and co-creation of Mobility applications for citizens. 
SmartMobility.io simplifies integration and interoperability of different mobility related services, such as parking and payment, though Common RESTful APIs. ECIM Common APIs provide a framework for harmonising custom API formats used by different mobility service providers, thus allowing developers to easily connect to the services and create killer apps for cities and citizens.
ECIM mobility apps have been co-designed and tested using Living Lab approach in three European cities: Brussels, Issy-les-Moulineaux and Barcelona, and a proof-of-concept has been run in Birmingham. These multimodal apps combine a range of different mobility services, from parking to payment, to public transport and bike sharing, and the ones in Brussels and Issy-les-Moulineaux include a single-sign-on functionality, which allows users to access and pay for parking services of different providers – BePark, Mobile-for and PayByPhone – using a single user account. 

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European Cloud Marketplace for Intelligent Mobility
ECIM