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Digitalization of Transport Observatory

Newsletter digitalization of transport

Second newsletter from the Digitalization of Transport Observatory

  • Every three months this newsletter showcases some of the most relevant news in the digital transformation of every mode of transport
  • The new edition follows the footsteps of the first newsletter but adds content of the covid-19 pandemic


The Digitalization of Transport Observatory is a project managed by CETMO with the support of partners such as the Department of Territory and Sustainability of the Government of Catalonia (DTES), the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda of the Government of Spain (MITMA), the Association of Municipalities for Mobility and Urban Transport (AMTU) and the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), which aims to observe and analyze digital innovations in transport and assess their impact on the sustainable development of the sector.

One of the parts of the Digitalization of Transport Observatory is a quarterly newsletter. These documents try to show some of the most relevant news in the digital transformation of each mode of transport, both for passengers and goods.

The first edition was released in February and the second edition has been released in early May. One of the main features of this second edition is the inclusion of news about the situation of the covid-19 and its relationship with the digital transformation of transport.

When talking about the impact of the covid-19, the newsletter deals with news such as the foreseeable increase in digital freight networks in road transport, digital solutions to control the social distance at train stations, the acceleration of the digital transformation of the maritime industry or the advent of new testing technologies for covid-19 at airports.

The news section on passenger transport mentions a 5G augmented reality initiative on tourist buses, the use of artificial intelligence to help train operators understand passenger comments, a Big Data project to better predict the seasonal operations of shipping services or the possibilities offered by digital twin technology to change airport planning and to redefine the passenger experience in infrastructure.

With reference to the freight transport section, the focus is on remote diagnostics to detect problems in trucks, on a platform to facilitate the integration of rail freight in supply chains, in the impact of smart ports on the economy and in sustainability and on a digital network to offer and book air cargo immediately.

This newsletter can be found in English but also in Spanish and Catalan, the language of the local partners of the project.

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