This is a new interview, as part of ELVITEN interview series, in which we present ELVITEN partner – ATOS, their role and contribution to the project implementation, as well as their view on ELVs and urban mobility.

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A short introduction of your organisation

Atos Research & Innovation (ARI) is the R&D hub for emerging technologies and a key reference for the whole Atos group. With almost 30 years of experience in running Research, Development and Innovation projects, we have become a well-known player in the EU context. Our multidisciplinary and multicultural team has the skills to cover all the activities needed to run projects successfully, from scientific leadership to partnership coordination, from development of emerging technologies to the exploitation of project outcomes, with a strong focus on dissemination, innovation adoption and commercialization.

Atos is a founding member of the European Technology Platform NESSI (Networked European Software and Services Initiative). Our company is a major partner in Future Internet-related initiatives being member of the FI PPP Steering Board and Industrial Advisory Board. Since 2014, Atos is a founding member of the Big Data Value Association (BDVA), assuming the roles of Vice-presidency and Deputy Secretary-general. We are also member of the 5G PPP Steering Board. Additionally, Atos is a member of NetWorld2020, NEM, Nanomedicine, ERTICO, CELTIC, NIS, EOS, LSEC, ETSI, OW2, OASIS, Cloud Security Alliance, Eurocities, etc. Finally, Atos is a core member of the KIC EIT HEALTH and an official member of the KIC EIT DIGITAL associated node Madrid. At national level, Atos is currently holding the Presidency and Secretary of PLANETIC for ICT, as well as the Vice-presidency of es.Internet for Future Internet technologies, and is member of several others, such as PESI, Logistop, eVIA for Health and Independent Living, NanoMed or the Spanish Railways Technology Platforms (PTFE).

What is your responsibility in the ELVITEN project?

Our responsibilities in ELVITEN were mainly focused on ensure a correct preparation of demonstration sites and validate readiness of ICT tools and services deployed at their locations.

What is your interest in joining the ELVITEN project?

Mobility for short distances in cities has been evolving in recent years towards the ever-increasing use of personal light vehicles – with or without the support of electric motors (bicycles, moppets, motorcycles, skates, etc.) – opening up the doors to new forms of business focused on solving these short-distance mobility needs. Therefore, ATOS interest in joining ELVITEN can be summarized as our expectation to improve the booking/brokering services that enable citizens to plan and to use light electrical vehicles during their daily mobility requirements.

What is your opinion on Electric-Light Vehicles?

EL-Vs will be used mainly in populated areas as support to public transportation and logistics services (last mile mobility and distribution services).

Could you explain the impact of EL-Vs on urban mobility?

The EL-Vs allow solving the mobility and distribution needs of goods and services in cities, without having the negative impacts of the emission of harmful substances resulting from combustion. This single factor is already enough to reinforce the use of EL-Vs, but there are also other aspects to take into account, such as lower amounts required for investments, less parking space, charging facilities aligned with the evolution of the services of electrical energy, ease of integration with other community services, etc. Currently, the COVID-19 pandemic is reinforcing this evolution by reducing the time periods available for the development of innovative proposals in personal mobility.

What do you think about the future market for urban mobility?

The future of the urban mobility market will continue to grow, offering new products and services to solve the needs of the displacement of citizens and the distribution of products from local warehouses as consequence of:

– New business models will be developed to meet these needs by offering mobility opportunities that do not require large investments and solve immediate mobility needs.

– Services of neighbouring communities will allow offer services of parking and recharging to its members.

– Public transport will develop new routes and services that allow them to be integrated with local mobility capabilities.

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