RAMSES - Rural Mobility 2.0

Competence Centre: Agent Core Technologies

Contact Person: Dr. Marco Lützenberger

Partner: Technische Universität Berlin, Siemens AGnexus
Institut für Kooperationsmanagement und interdisziplinäre Forschung GmbH
DFKI GmbHNahverkehrsgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg und Technische Universiteit Eindhoven

RAMSES is funded by the European EIT Digital programme.


Public transportation in rural areas needs to cope with structural difficulties of low population densities, high car ownership and an aging rural society. But rural areas are also characterized by vibrant community life, strong voluntary engagement and collaboration. Local voluntary organizations in many European countries, including Germany, have started to operate community transport services to their villages. The number and types of services is growing steadily.

RAMSES is taking these rural mobility services to the next level. Community-driven transportation and other alternative mobility options like bottom-up car sharing rely mostly on face-to-face contact, personal acquaintance and trust; it is largely paper-based, as restricted budgets do not allow implementing IT infrastructure. Building on this first generation of the sharing economy, RAMSES offers an easy-to-use IT application that allows providers to make the most of the local commitment.

To solve this problem, DAI-Lab at Technische Universität Berlin develops a solution, which is based on the concept of an open platform for mobility providers. Originally, this concept was developed within the government-funded research project Intermodal Mobility Assistance for Megacites, or IMA. In RAMSES, DAI-Lab adapts and deploys this platform within the target region of Baden-Württemberg. In doing so, DAI-Lab aims to represent the public transportation network adequately on the platform. Also, an interface for smaller bus companies, namely "Bürgerbusse", that provide service mainly in the rural regions will be developed, helping these companies to better offer their service to potential customers.

In compliance with the IMA philosophy, all SOA-based representations of the public transportation provider and the Bürgerbus companies will receive a formal specification in terms of semantics. This specification will enable an automated computation of intermodal Routes that are tailored to the particular needs of the users. In doing so, RAMSES aims to make the use "alternative transports" more simple and more effectively for end-customers in order to facilitate a high level of mobility, especially in rural regions.

RAMSES is funded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Details about RAMSES can also be found on the project website: http://www.ruralmobility.eu