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26 stakeholders participated in the first of two MOBiNET webinars dedicated to specific MOBiNET components. MOBiNET’s Technical Manager – Peter-Paul Schackmann, TNO – opened the webinar referring to previous webinar presentations of the live MOBiNET platform and core components. Presentations included a demonstration of how the platform works and what ITS stakeholders can gain of it. You will find more information here
As a follow up, the MOBiNET project decided to organise two webinars each one dedicated to the technical and business value of a specific number of platform components.
The MOBiNET platform is an e-marketplace and a technical platform enabling the interactions between suppliers, developers and users of mobility related content and service providers. It offers a centralised directory for publishing and editing Business-to-Business (B2C) services as well as functionality enabling and supporting interoperability between data sources. The services will be offered across Europe without the need for standardised hardware.
The MOBiNET platform provides components and tools that enable interactions between travellers, transport system users operators, service providers, content providers and transport infrastructure. At the heart of the platform is the MOBiCENTRE which includes Service Directory, Identity Manager, Billing and TSP Manager.
MOBiNET platform architecture
Janki Dodya, DLR, webinar moderator, presented the Service Support Centre (SSC), the first point for users who need information about the MOBiNET platform. The SSC provides information on how to use the platform or its components, or for development purposes. The SCC is a website integrated within the Dashboard. Important to note is that the information in the Support Centre is divided into two user groups: normal end users of the platform who are only allowed to see sections on the basic usage of the platform; and developers who are able to see information for developing purposes like the API of components and the development of services.
Janki Dodya then handed over the floor to the presenters of followers components:
Dashboard by Benjamin Hebgen – NEC; Identity Manager by Enzo Contini – Telecom Italia; Service Directory by Lars Mikkelsen – Aalborg University; Service billing by Daniela Vasari – Pluservice; Analytics Server by Benjamin Hebgen – NEC; and TSP Manager by Michael Sena – Allianz Telematics. Each of the component owners presented not only a short description of the component and its main features but also the role of the component in the context of the latest MOBiNET platform release; as well as its interaction with the other components.
The webinar not only highlighted the technical value of the components but also their business added value. Michael Sena, Allianz Telematics, and MOBiNET Business Manager, explained how MOBiNET is an eMobility Marketplace platform; a multi-vendor platform for a Europe-wide (global) delivery of mobility services. The platform will support the delivery of services and data to private and commercial users using data and services from public and private sources. It will support multiple business strategies and business models for public and private service providers. Essential components are the MOBiCENTRE that is managing the flow of information from service and content providers, service developers and end users. The MOBiAGENT is the tool for end users to discover service providers and potentially pay for services. The Service Development Kit and Dashboard are the entry points for service developers, service and content providers, including telematics service providers, to match the products and services they offer to business and private customers.
The webinar concluded with a poll asking participants which component they find most useful. The answers were as follows: 64% of the respondents voted for the TSP Manager, 36% for Service billing, 21% both for Identity Manger and for Analytics Server, and 7% of respondents for the Service Directory.
This webinar will be followed by a second a final webinar dedicated to the following remaining components: Communication Agent, MOBiAGENT, Data Quality Assessment, Service Development Kit and Privacy & Security. You will find more information on this webinar here below.
Agenda and full presentations are available here
Audio recording is available
In the library/deliverable section, you will find several reports that will provide you with detailed information on
– MOBiNET tools and components – See deliverables in section “WP3 Development”
– Service Support Centre (ref. D7.10 MOBiNET B2B Service Support Centre)
– Business value of the MOBiNET concept – See deliverables in section “WP6 Organisation, business and social aspects”
The second and final MOBiNET webinar dedicated to components will take place 16 February 2017 from 14h00 to 15h00 (CET). For registration, click here.
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The MOBiNET platform has been launched end of last year. We invite content and data providers, app developers and others to explore the platform and test it with their use case.
The MOBiNET project envisages a new “Internet of Mobility” where transport users meet providers of next-generation mobility services. MOBiNET is a European e-marketplace of mobility services for business and end users. As a result, MOBiNET extends the business scope between service providers; provides pan-European coverage; and ensures that public and private providers can post their data in the service directory to a wide and broad community, facilitating the creation of innovative solutions or enhanced existing services.
The procedure on how to access the platform is explained here. A Service Support Centre is available that will guide and support visitors during their visit of the platform. The SCC contains all relevant document, tutorial videos as well as a FAQs section to solve or report any issues.
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Oct 19, 2016 | ERTICO Activities
MOBiNET is the Europe-wide e-market place of mobility services for businesses and end users. MOBiNET enables interoperability among EU mobility services in terms of payment, billing and clearing through a dedicated component capable of managing financial transactions for membership and business fees.
Service/app provider can use the Billing platform component facilities in order to enable end-users (B2C) and businesses (B2B) to pay for the use of applications, services and data. A concrete use case is the parking payment interoperable service developed by Pluservice, the Hungarian National Mobile Payment Pld. (NPC) and North Denmark Region. This integration allows for example PluService customers to buy parking service in Hungary using their application. A standardised common interface to Parking service providers as well as to resellers published to the MOBiNET market place, will create a truly interoperable EU-wide parking solution.
The MOBiNET payment and billing component handles all financial transactions and provides a neutral instance which monitors those transactions between different parties.
All fees due to MOBiNET are determined and configured by MOBiNET administrator (for subscription, for clearing services in B2B2C, etc.). Each Service Provider determines the price and the fare rules for its services; the amount is distributed to the MOBiNET billing component at each event relevant for billing purposes.
Figure 1 – logical architecture
Billing component is designed for a general purposes e-market place:
• B2B: Buyer pays at sale (e.g. with credit card or paypal), periodic payment with SEPA
• B2C, Payment may take place: on line at product sale, with credit card or PayPal; at the end of the month with direct debit (SEPA).
• B2B2C: each consumer continues using the app of his/her Service Provider (on a broader area), paying as usual and receiving the invoices from the same Service Provider. MOBiNET billing component: analyses cross-provider logs and calculate the amount due among Service Providers (clearing) and the fee for MOBiNET itself; generates reporting for Service Providers, invoices and SEPA files for direct debit.
Interoperable parking payment service
The multi-service Application myCicero (www.mycicero.it) developed by PluService represents a use case that can benefit most from MOBiNET and in particular from its payment and billing features. It is based on a technological platform that merges several services. Among the services provided the booking and ticketing services like Local Public Transport, Coaches, Parking, Bike-sharing are already used by end-users and mobility operators. Within the PluService platform, the traveller can benefit of a virtual personal assistant, including a multimodal journey planner with booking and payment facilities.
The myCicero application will be connected to a range of applications, enabled by MOBiNET.
Figure 2 – Multi-service App enabled by MOBiNET
As a concrete demonstration of the potential of MOBiNET, an EU-Interoperable parking payment service is developed and made available in the MOBiNET service directory. The service provides a common interface to Parking Service Providers as well as to Resellers to create truly interoperable parking solutions. The target is to propose an EU-wide standard parking service interface to be used within MOBiNET and beyond.
Although it is a demo service, the plan is to have a fully functional integration behind. This integration will allow myCicero users to buy parking service in Hungary (via National Mobile Payments) or North Denmark Region parking service using their usual application. In this case the payment will be done via myCicero, and the MOBiNET Billing component will do the clearing among the parties. As MOBiNET providing the platform, any registered MOBiNET user will be able to discover such interoperable service, which is a very important change in mindset.
The benefit for the users is that they only need to subscribe once to the parking service and they can continue to use the usual payment method, even likely via their usual mobility provider as clearing can be done between providers within the MOBiNET machinery.
This service, in a possible future commercial operation, might also become one of the B2B enablers that the MOBiNET platform will offer to its business users, thus becoming a core service of the MOBiNET platform. This is by design a B2B solution, so any service provider can publish or consume parking services via this interface. This will open the market for many companies to provide a common parking application – integrated into their mobility application – to be used Europe wide for its customers. This would also not be possible without a Europe wide mobility platform such as MOBiNET.
Source: Paper “EU-wide interoperable payment services”, Guido Di Pasquale, PluService, Italy
To read the full paper, click here
This paper was presented at the 11th ITS European Congress, Glasgow, Scotland, 6-9 June 2016
Sep 21, 2016 | ERTICO Activities
This MOBiNET Newsflash presents you with a project status update; what has been done so far and what the next steps are.
Entering its final year, the MOBiNET project is on the verge of having a new platform release available. This newest release of the MOBiNET platform will be launched in October not only to MOBiNET partners but also to external stakeholders.
Time for the MOBiNET Technical Manager to reflect on the technical growth path of the MOBiNET platform through a series of platform releases. This newsflash provides more information on these different platform releases and the requirements that fed into the process.
On the business side, MOBiNET’s Business Manager provides his update of the added value generated by the MOBiNET e-mobility marketplace. This newsflash also reflects on how this e-marketplace can reinforce current business models for business and public authorities. The added value of the MOBiNET platfform, tools and components for service providers was also demonstrated during a webinar. Two MOBiNET use cases demonstrated the business potential for (international) market growth and cost savings for service providers.
Finally, to ensure a qualitative user experience, the MOBiNET website has been enhanced by a FAQ section explaining what MOBiNET stands for, the MOBiNET platform, the core services or components, the “core services” versus Services enabled or enhanced by MOBiNET, the role of pilot sites in MOBiNET, the different platform releases, and the role of the MOBiNET Provider Community.
Why we need MOBiNET
With the explosion of both online mobility services and sources of open transport data, there is a growing need for marketplaces where users can find apps and services, and where service providers and operators can publish data and third party services.
MOBiNET’s Technical Manager retraces the technical growth path of the project’s platform
Peter-Paul Schackmann, Senior Project Manager with TNO and Technical Manager of the MOBiNET project, looks back at what the project has achieved so far, the current and future steps, and the life of the MOBiNET platform after the project will end. The MOBiNET concept and the platform that have been developed have attracted interest from different players in the mobility and ICT domain, offering a great perspective for the continuation of MOBiNET.
The final stages of the MOBiNET platform requirements gathering process
During the project, an iterative (agile) and use case driving approach has been applied to the development of the platform, resulting in multiple platform releases of which release 4.0 will be the ,final release. The development of each release is based on requirements gathered from multiple sources, the Service Working Groups, the Pilot sites, external users and more.
MOBiNET shows business potential in terms of (international) market growth and cost savings for service providers
This webinar explained the MOBiNET concepts and marketplace and how they present an opportunity for service providers. This was illustrated by two use cases. The first use case, B2BTS-B2B traffic related services enhanced by MOBiNET, showed how the MOBiNET platform provides a potential boost for the gps market both on the vendor and purchaser side. MOBiNET presents a real cost saving for Traffic Service providers using gps data to produce traffic services. A second use case demonstrated how the efficiency of the Demand Responsive Transit or Dial-a-Ride through an EU-wide service platform was improved.
EU-wide service platform MOBiNET improves efficiency of Dial-a-Ride service in London
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Dial-A-Ride as MOBiNET enabled innovative and green service
The MOBiNET platform will enable the implementation of innovative service providing elderly travellers and/or with disabilities with a transport service focused on mobile technology, linking passengers, drivers of Dial-a-Ride (DaR) service and traffic manager. This innovative service will solve the inefficiency of vehicles waiting around for a pick-up, with a clear impact on passive traffic and the needs of passengers, especially elderly or infirm. MOBiNET provides service and application to DaR users with confirmation of expected time of arrival (ETA) of the vehicle for their pick-up and drop off.
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The added value generated by the MOBiNET e-Mobility Marketplace
Michael Sena, Allianz Telematics and MOBiNET Business Manager, explains the MOBiNET business value proposition and key success factors of the MOBiNET marketplace.
The MOBiNET e-marketplace can reinforce current business models for businesses and public authorities in Europe
A sustainable marketplace requires a legal entity for daily operations and a viable business model that generates individual benefits to all stakeholders involved. The MOBiNET project determines the possible organisation and governance procedure of such an entity, and identifies the conditions for a successful business model.
CONTRIBUTE TO MOBiNET: JOIN THE MOBiNET SERVICE PROVIDER COMMUNITY
In October, the MOBiNET consortium will open the newest version of the MOBiNET platform to external stakeholders. This will allow you to explore the MOBiNET platform potential and discover what we can potentially do together.
Interested? Contact us to receive an invitation:firstname.lastname@example.org
The MOBiNET (www.mobinet.eu) project envisages a new “Internet of Mobility” where transport users meet providers of next-generation mobility services. MOBiNET is a European e-market place of mobility services for business and end users. The project addresses the current frustration that widespread deployment of ITS services is hindered by the complexity of the real world of mobility information and infrastructure, which e.g. prevents seamless coverage of services across borders throughout Europe.
By developing a Europe-wide e-market place of mobility services for business and end users, MOBINET extends the business scope between service providers; provides pan-European coverage; and ensures that public and private providers can post their data in the service directory to a wide and broad community, facilitating the creating of innovative solutions or enhanced existing services
MOBiNET is co-funded by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Union. It runs from November 2012 until June 2017.
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