Betterways objective is to provide the added value services necessary for a Smart City, so that the management of the transport infrastructure, in combination with the adequate ICT applications, is able to:
Consequently Betterways is specialized in the design, feasibility analysis, application evaluation and solutions proposals for Smart Cities, and Betterways’ products have been designed and developed keeping in mind those objectives.
Betterways has achieved a global view of urban traffic and each one of the single components of a long chain that begins with the most basic elements – infrastructure and traffic data – up to the most innovative ones like Intelligent Transport Systems.
Betterways combines the highest technology with a deep knowledge of the traffic sector. This combination comes out from the collaboration of half of TSS founding partners with the independent university laboratory InLab and working together with Everis.
A Smart City is that with the capacity to give an answer to the challenges raised by the technologic development in the ambit of socioeconomic development and quality of life. It is the city that uses technology, especially ICT, to transform its basic systems and optimize the return from its limited resources. Within a Smart City it is a must to count with the proper instrumentation and the interconnection of mobile devices, sensors and actuators, which leads to the gathering and analysis of urban data in unprecedented quantities, of superior quality and whose analysis substantially improves the capacity to predict and manage urban flows and therefore the capacity to push an intelligent management of the city.
The city’s “intelligence” is a result coming from:
The former points apply, especially, to Smart Mobility, one of the pillars of a Smart City which, relying on the transport infrastructure and the proper ICT has to:
So the Smart City is a sensored city in which, regarding Smart Mobility, its transport infrastructure (transport network, public transport, other soft modes) is equipped with a network of fixed traffic sensors (data gathering points such as magnetic sensors, radar, cameras, Bluetooth/WiFi aerials, ...) plus mobile devices with GPS capability, such as PND and Smartphones. Those mobile devices have radically changed the frame of information, that was exclusively conceived for the vehicle and that now is orientated towards the citizen who undertakes a trip in a certain moment with the intention of reaching a destination on time and who may use a single transport mode or a combination, depending on that which s/he finds more convenient. That change, lead by mobile devices, has simultaneously turned those devices into data sources and added value data receptors.
But we have to keep our attention on the fact that if the starting point of a city’s smartness are the sensors and the efficient data gathering, full smartness will only be achieved through an efficient data processing to generate reliable, punctual (time and position) and added value (predictive capacity) information.
The way to this full smartness requires the adequate tools to make the correct decisions. The purpose of Betterways is to keep on working on the development of the necessary tools for the methodological process that: