In this chapter we refer to transportation as any and every system that moves people around a city. Think of a city’s streets, vehicles, railways, subways, buses, bicycles, streetcars, ferries and so on. All play an essential role in the hustle and bustle of today’s cities – in commuting to work, running errands, attending classes, enjoying a night out, shipping and receiving products, delivering pizzas. We rely on the vast web of transportation networks in our cities. We trust that they will get us where we need to be in an efficient, safe manner for a reasonable price.
Syndicat Mixte Autolib is an electric car-sharing program established by the city of Paris and 46 surrounding municipalities to relieve traffic congestion, reduce noise and air pollution and provide people with more flexible transit options.
Boulevard Victor Hugo, located in the center of Nice, is host of the proof-of-concept zone and almost 200 different sensors and detecting devices. In addition to these, it also plays host to “guest” devices such as mobile phones and tablets used in the streets that get connected onto its wireless mesh network.
In 1998, Carroll Electric Cooperative Corporation in Bentonville, Ark., installed one of the world’s first IntelliTeam® Automatic Restoration Systems at the then-new Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport.
To complete the 120-kilometer Beijing-to-Tianjin line in time for the 2008 Olympic Games, the China Ministry of Railways selected solutions from Council member Schneider Electric to help run its passenger information system.
Unlike some other major cities, Helsinki has a transportation system that is operated by multiple vendors rather than a single private company or municipal department. So although bus company Helsingin Bussiliikenne Oy (HelB) is fully owned by the city.
With the goal of improving rail capacity, reducing traffic congestion and reducing public transit travel times in London, Crossrail Ltd and Transport for London (TfL) –the companies responsible for delivery and rail operations in London.
Located at the crossroads of Seoul and Incheon in the western part of Korea, Bucheon City is an attractive and bustling area that promotes itself as the cultural hub of metropolitan Seoul.