An open, sustainable, ubiquitous data and service ecosystem for efficient, effective, safe, resilient mobility in metropolitan areas

If properly managed, the data generated by mobility can be used to understand, optimise and manage mobility and make it more efficient, sustainable and resilient. SETA has addressed this challenge, creating a technology and methodology able to use this wealth of data to change the way mobility is organised, monitored and planned in large metropolitan areas.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme under contract No. 688082.

European partners

University of Sheffield, Knowledge Now Ltd, The Floow Ltd, TSS-Transport Symulation Systems SL, Universidad de Cantabria, Software Mind SA, Technische Universiteit Delft, Aizoon Consulting Srl, Ayuntamiento de Santander, Sheffield Hallam University, Birmingham City Council, ScyferB.V.

The Project in Torino

SETA has allowed us to understand and model mobility with a precision and granularity that is impossible with today’s technologies. The resulting models has been used to inform decision makers on how to improve town planning and infra-structure, as well as to provide support for individual citizens to plan their journeys in a more efficient and sustainable way.
SETA is heavily based on real world requirements and data. Therefore, it has implemented use cases in three different cities: Birmingham (UK); Torino (IT) and Santander (ES). All three metropolitan areas are complementary as they provide different social and technical challenges, as well as different mobility objectives. They all are regarded as extreme congestion locations, with two of them ranked within the most extreme of congestion locations across all of the EU cities. They will therefore enable the definition of very comprehensive requirements as well as validation in very different situations.

Practical steps

Around 50% of the global population live in metropolitan areas, and this is likely to grow to 75% by 2050.
In some cities, transport infrastructure growth has not properly followed demand. The mismatch between demand and supply is also a consequence of the urban sprawl that has worsened the level of services of any type of transport system.
Traffic congestion costs the EU economy an €200bn a year, and the impact of congestion is worse in urban centres where transportation CO2 and particulate pollution is generated.
These metropolitan areas need to grow in an efficient, sustainable, and resilient way. Therefore, it is important to develop solutions to try to move cities from a quasi-total dependency on private cars to more sustainable transport modes, such as walking, cycling and public transport.
SETA solutions are based on large, complex dynamic data from millions of citizens, thousands of connected cars, thousands of city sensors and hundreds of distributed databases. SETA has created methodologies and technologies for:

  • Effective and efficient gathering of large-scale hetero-geneous data and information sensed by physical sensors, mobile devices, collected over large scale via participatory sensing and crowdsourcing, as well as derived from institutional, public and private bases;
  • Designing and developing real-time, personalised and ubiquitous transport and mobility services for citizens and businesses;
  • Designing and developing a dashboard for decision makers which will allow effective daily and long-term planning of transport in the metropolitan areas, as well as support resilience and safety of mobility.


  • EU funds (H2020 PROGRAMME) to the project: € 5.565.247,50 (out of which € 220.000,00 to the City of Torino)
  • Period: 36 months (1 February 2016 – 31 January 2019)

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EU contribution to the City of Torino


Project duration in months