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Net4things’ “Big Data” proposes more “dynamic” low emission zones

This article Net4things’ Big Data proposes more dynamic low emission zones was published by Portal de Movilidad in Spanish on 30 June, 2022. You can read in English here:

Net4things’ “Big Data” proposes more “dynamic” low emission zones

150 Spanish municipalities are already working to deploy their new low emission zones before 2023, but they are not being approached in the “ideal way”. What is the proposal of Net4things?

Net4things has been working in the sector for eight years, monitoring and generating sustainable mobility use cases for its clients.

Through the new Law on Climate Change and Energy Transition, the bases have been established so that all those mainland municipalities with more than 50,000 inhabitants and island territories and municipalities with more than 20,000 inhabitants that exceed pollution levels, adopt low emission zones.

The stipulated deadline to apply these measures is before January 2023, for which the more than 150 municipalities are already preparing to achieve these sustainable mobility goals.

In this framework, the company Net4things states that they are being approached from a static point of view, when they should be thought of from a much more “dynamic” angle.

As Fran Rodríguez, CRO of Net4things, explains: “We understand that Madrid is not the same in August, when there are no cars, as it is in March, when it is completely congested. For this reason, we believe that the low emission zones should vary”.

The executive’s proposal is based on the fact that environmental conditions and the routine of a city change all the time, so these types of measures have to adapt to these changes.

Currently, Net4things, through its management systems, is obtaining data on user behavior, which allows it to see what the mobility patterns of a city are.

Keeping an eye on this data, Fran Rodríguez assures that “the appropriate locations to implement the low emission zones could be defined”.

From the central administration they have provided sustainable urban mobility plans to introduce mitigation measures and reduce emissions from mobility, being the implementation of low emission zones one of the measures.

Thus, the guidelines include the minimum thresholds that must be taken into account when creating a low emission zone. These include criteria on air quality, energy efficiency, noise and climate change.

In addition, it has also established the procedure for its implementation, a proposal for monitoring indicators and a wide range of measures that municipalities can adopt to encourage the change towards more environmentally sustainable mobility.

Net4things has been working in the sector for eight years, monitoring and generating use cases for its clients. All this, under the reality of a small company that responds to individuals and large companies’ needs.

The company is one of the key players on the Internet of Things (IoT) landscape, specifically in the mobility sector.

It has significant partners and clients, among which are Telefónica, Vodafone and Banco Santander.

Secure, scalable and agnostic to data sources, the Net4things Cross Mobility Platform (XMP) is a SaaS that leverages mobility data to enable companies from different industries (telecommunications, transportation, insurance, finance, infrastructure…) to build, launch and scale a wide range of use cases that can benefit both them and their customers.

This allows companies to unlock the value of mobility data, create new business opportunities and contribute to a more sustainable mobility.

The representative of the company, Fran Rodríguez, explains how Telefónica has developed a connected car service leveraging Net4things’ technology. It launched three years ago with a value proposition based on, among others, providing Wi-Fi to its vehicle users. Through all the data generated, it has now expanded its offerings and is starting to share this data with third-party actors including Public Administrations, Traffic or other companies that are interested in this mobility data to improve their services.