The 2nd edition of Intertraffic Mexico kicked off on Wednesday, Nov. 15 with a view to advocating smart mobility, infrastructure, traffic management, road safety and parking. The expo, which took place over three days, was located in Centro Citibanamex in Mexico City, with over 150 expositors.
During the conferences, innovation in smart mobility was a key discussion topic. “I want to point out that innovation is a fundamental pillar for us, without which our work would not make sense as it supports long-term growth,” said María Teresa Safón, Director of Infrastructure and Transport for Grupo Indra, a Spanish multinational leader in technology development in Spain.
As such, Indra has a special focus on innovation, with 5 to 8 percent of annual sales reinvested in R&D, especially in new transport technologies, such as autonomous vehicles, artificial road vision and cloud computing, among others. “The goal is to improve road safety and traffic management,” she said.
To accomplish this endeavor, several panelists agreed that information is key to establishing the required patterns to develop new, more efficient technologies that optimize mobility. These, they said, are what the market really needs and demands.
“We have plenty of information but little is processed through Big Data and Analytics to establish transportation patterns,” pointed out Safón. Alfonso Vélez, Founding Partner of AutoTraffic agreed on the urgent need for data.
But cybersecurity issues must always be at the forefront of this technology. “There may be a danger resulting from the exchange of information in an unsafe environment.” With the increase in technology and data collectors, it is key to ensure that user information will be treated confidentially, said Safón. Grupo Indra is currently working on INTERTRUST, a program to avoid mobility and vehicle hacking.
Transforming Transport is another initiative being developed by the multinational company. The program is rooted in the belief that “Big Data can change the transportation world,” according to Safón. She emphasized the importance of information about mobility within cities in urban and transport planning so as to allow key strategic actions to be prioritized.
But like most changes, new technologies often carry a certain level of disruption that may cause distrust from the users and people can understandably be reluctant to have some of their information monitored. On this point, Safón commented that “it is true that a stage of awareness and learning is needed,” especially in terms of the process that must be followed to release new technologies and innovations in new markets.