Improved data exchange through data spaces for sustainable mobility.
This project is co-financed by the European Commission.

The necessity of sharing and combining mobility data

Our society and economy increasingly rely on knowledge and income derived from generating, analyzing, and sharing vast and diverse amounts of data; some more valuable or sensitive than others.

Today, many mobility data are locked in silos, preventing them from reaching potential end-users and thus leaving a lot of potential untapped.

In the project deployEMDS (European Mobility Data Space), we aim to address this problem by building the first European data space for mobility data.

What are data spaces?

Data spaces represent the latest vision of how data transactions can occur in a way that is of high quality, reliable, and secure, as well as scalable, economically viable, socially relevant, and legally just.

Europe’s grand vision is to utilize knowledge from mobility data (among others) to implement better and more sustainable policies. The EU also aims to level the playing field in terms of data-driven applications by democratizing access to data and striking a new balance between the associated costs and benefits. This should provide smaller and emerging data companies with the same opportunities as established players to tap into existing and new markets.

Flemish pilot

In the Flemish pilot, imec collaborates with the government partner Digitaal Vlaanderen on the European upscaling of the Flemish Smart Data Space (VSDS), a Flemish project aimed at breaking down data silos within the Flemish ecosystem.

In general, the deployEMDS project:

  • Builds an ecosystem where mobility data can be shared safely and easily.
  • Develops technical building blocks to enable decentralized data sharing while keeping sight of the regulatory framework for exchanging mobility data among the various participating parties.

By connecting VSDS and EMDS, we ensure that available mobility data can flow smoothly and reliably between Flanders and other regions within Europe.

In this way, the projects open many doors for more innovative and international mobility applications and business models, such as Mobility as a Service (MaaS) or a data-driven Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP).

Pilot cities and regions

Within the entire project, nine pilot cities and regions are participating, namely:

  • Flanders
  • Barcelona
  • Île-de-France
  • Milan
  • Lisbon
  • Sofia
  • Stockholm
  • Tampere
  • Budapest

The role of imec in the project

  • Imec leads the Flemish pilot and is responsible for the connection between VSDS and EMDS.
  • Additionally, imec is responsible for the design and set-up of the architecture of EMDS. We outline the guidelines for this data space in co-creation with all the participating partners.

Project partners

deployEMDS is a collaboration between imec, Digitaal Vlaanderen, Acatech, Fraunhofer, Ionos, NTTdata, and more, totaling over 40 partners.

The European Commission (in the context of the EU Digital Europa Program) covers 50% of the financing needs.

Want to know more?

Read more about data spaces in our dossier (Dutch only).

For more information about the entire project, visit the project website (in English).