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Project Definition

Introduction

The ubiquitous world in which we live is characterized by a high mobility of individuals, most of them wearing devices capable of geo-localization (smartphones or GPS-equipped cars). However, most of the current transportation systems have not yet really used the facilities offered by these geo-located devices to improve the mobility of their users or to propose new transportation means.

Situated in this mobiquitous context, the AMORES project is built around three use-cases related to mobility :

Purpose

In AMORES, we want to provide technological enablers for the provision of mobility-based services, such as those described in the previous section. Indeed, as computation and communication are becoming ubiquitous with the daily use of mobile devices by individuals, we believe that they can be leveraged to solve some crucial societal and ecological problems. At the same time, we are also convinced that the blind use and deployment of technology can potentially lead to disasters if not done with care, and in particular with keeping privacy issues in mind. In particular, (location) privacy is both a fundamental right of every individual, and of paramount importance if we want individuals to trust and use technology in their daily travels. Thus, our motivation is based on both our sense of citizenship (societal) and our scientific responsibility that makes us think that the provision of privacy- preserving geo-communication middleware is a very exciting and worthwhile research challenge.

Objectives

In a nutshell, the AMORES project has two main high-level objectives:

  1. Leveraging the existence of ubiquitous computing, communication and positioning via small and mobile devices, such as smartphones, in order to provide high-level mobility services targeted at increasing the use of public transportation and henceforth reducing CO2 emissions;
  2. Providing a privacy-conscious, geo-aware middleware for the provision of cooperative services in the mobiquitous era of computing that is now beginning.

These two objectives, one coming from the application domain and supported by the presence of both Tisséo and MobiGIS in the consortium, and the other one coming from the research community- with three academic partners-, meet, blend and match perfectly within the AMORES architecture. Indeed, the provision of the middleware will enable to implement private, resilient, trustable and usable versions of the use-cases. The study and implementation of the use-cases will drive and validate the middleware design and development.

Expected outcomes

Within the course of the project, the main outcomes of AMORES will be: