Intelligent & Integrated Mobility, SAP DevX Challenge: The Results

Senta Belay

SAP DevX Challenges are a new iteration of Hackathons, where subject matter experts and technology enthusiasts come together to solve a themed topic that stakeholders present as the challenges.

In this challenge, the Stakeholder(Smart Dublin) and the teams (SAP Ireland) were well aligned. The topic Intelligent & Integrated Mobility was organized in Dublin, Ireland at SAP’s Labs location, and the experts and technologist happen to be constituents of the city of Dublin with their own needs of a smarter Dublin for their mobility needs — and hence the close alignment of the teams and the stakeholders.

The method was to do Design Sprints to solve the challenge. A structured approach of fast ideation and decision points within a specified time frame to reach a minimum viable prototype. Equal Experts made this happen through their unique facilitation expertise.

… and Drum role…. here below the innovative prototypes of the 6 teams.

Team 1: Happy Path

A city has several age groups, school age children is one of them. The way they travel to/from school does have a large impact on traffic and climate change.

Happy Path decided to bring the safety aspect of taking kids to school and the tried concept of rewards and incentives to help make parents opt for a sustainable mode of transport for their kids.

For the safety, they made each travel of kids happen with a ‘Chaperone’ model where by such a ‘Chaperone’ could also be responsible for other kids. Here heavy reliance on profile, social media, and a vetting process where proposed. Any chaperone preferably should also have his/her own kid — making the social and safety aspect very strong.

For Transportation mode, Happy Path designed ‘green points’ where these points can be exchangeable for various city services — and may be even used as tax incentives for parents.

Happy Path

Team 2: Blink

Blink approached the challenge with a target group of teenagers in mind.

Blink’s approach was to leverage teenagers preferred habits of communication channels and engagement levers and embed those into the Blink App.

For the engagement: They designed a ‘closing your rings on the iWatch’ experience with a leadership score board. This future is not only shareable as 1–1 with their friends, but also as a group where they can make engagements happen between several schools collectively.

For the communications: they enabled a fast ‘groups’ creation and ‘chats’ channel that are widely used in consumer grade apps like Snapchat and WhatsApp, and leveraging them when the kids organize their bike trips. Essentially, making biking to school a seamless experience and making the planet a better place to live in by ‘saving the Polar Bear’ sustainability message.

Blink

Team 3: Clear The Car Park

“How might we… Collect more data on commute habits so that we can reduce SAP car use by 30%?

This was the challenge that Team 3 took head-on.

This team opted to take the employees of SAP as the target group. Here, they designed a GDPR compliant app to sign-up employees. The App is then used to understand the commute routes of each car user. These are then aggregated across all available car trips to the labs campus. With this insight, the team proposed to nudge SAP (as the employer) or the City of Dublin bus transport system in the area to provide a targeted bus route for the employees.

This can also be used by other City West Business Campus Employers (There are more than 200!)

For Employees, this saves time and money for their daily commute … and overall a sustainable mode of transport that contributes to a reduced emissions.

Clear the car park

Team 4: WeGO

WeGO went on to bring cars and public transit together in one App.

For Cars, they proposed to on-board shared car providers. For transit, to add the existing bus and transit systems.

The core proposal is to enable choice for the end customer. Here, there are several ways to make choices available for the end customer. Some of the choices they developed were in relation to type of route (direct or multi-modal) and preferences in terms of time and cost of the mode that customers might opt to use.

To deliver this, proposal is to leverage advanced ML in extracting the right route and right variables for cost and timing to bring to the end customer.

We GO

Team 5: Greentrip

The approach of Greentrip was to create a new reward points, the ‘Greencoin’ and attaching the points accrual of such Greencoin in direct relation to use of sustainable transportation modes. The more sustainable the transportation mode, the higher the Greencoins.

Here, Assignment of the right value of Greencoins to the sustainable mode of transportation is key.

The App enables choice of types of modes that one takes based on all available options. Each combination of choice will have a corresponding Greencoin. The Accrued GreenCoins will be able to be used for various services that the city offers such as a 1-day museum pass.

Greentrip

Team 6: Swoosh — let’s move together

Team 6 had a platform approach. They decided to approach the challenge from a platform perspective to enable all type of mobility use cases on top of of an SAP Platform.

For the customer facing side, the team developed a ‘Journeys’ app for integrated mobility. Here, the proposal is to design a catalog of all available transport options the customers can choose from.

When building the catalog, options were set for each customer to choose from based on their travel styles and transportation mode preference.

The team’s approach for their “Journeys” App is to enable a one payment/one ticket approach to all modes of transport services available in the city. In the proposal, there is also a mechanism to show a confirmation of services used, a feedback loop for each service as well as information in regards to service disruption.

Swoosh

For the Stakeholders side, the team proposed an operational Analytics Tool to have a bird’s eye view of mobility in the city and how various levers are working to improve overall sustainable performance of the city.

Additionally, for Asset management, the team proposed to leverage advanced technologies utilizing IoT sensor based diagnostics and digital twin of assets: in this cases for the e-mobility charging infrastructures that the stakeholders control.

Stakeholder’s View — Assets

Overall a great event where the teams and the stakeholders were fully engaged tackling the challenges of Intelligent & Integrated Mobility in a Smart City context.

Lots of networking, great ideas and definitely a number of action items to be followed-up on! Interesting times!!!

Senta Belay

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I am a practical futurist. I focus on what is possible today, with an eye on the future in the world of smart mobility in cities.

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