Priority 1: Smart Living Labs
To foster transnational cooperation between public and private actors for an integrated planning, e-SMART will establish cooperation via the living lab approach.
A transnational network of five Regional Living Labs (RLLs), one lab per country, will be set up initially. During these meetings, innovative e-mobility approaches will be discussed, smart grid and digitalization potentials analysed and training materials elaborated. The labs bring together project partners, observers as well as regional key stakeholders in the field of energy, mobility, local public and freight transport and logistic, for example public authorities, service providers, utilities, research centres, multipliers, sectoral agencies and end-users. In a second step, representatives of all five RLLs will discuss their issues and need and share their output in the Transnational Living Lab Network (TLLN).
e-SMART uses the FormIT methodology to suit and support Living Lab activities. FormIT follows an iterative approach and emphasises on the interaction with users. The method focuses on abilities and assets of the participants and emphasizes the knowledge growth through iterative interactions between phases and people with different skills and backgrounds.
Result of the repeated exchanges within the RLLs and the TLLs will be an e-SMART tactical road map for decision makers (Priority 2). This road map will also test the appropriate measures and tools to assess and plan e-mobility applied in local public transport and last mile logistics through the e-SMART Toolkit (Priority 3).
Priority 2: Smart Mobility Road Map
The project will develop a guideline to provide support for regional and local public and private decision makers when planning and deploying charging infrastructure of electric local public transport and last mile logistics.
The e-SMART road map will be a transnational guide, co-designed and validated by the Transnational Living Lab Network (TLLN), published in English and translated in French, Italian, German and Slovenian.
In addition to the transnational, more advisable road map, there will be operational road maps in all five participating regions of the five Alpine countries. These are the result of the Regional Living Labs (RLL) and contain regionally adapted solutions that should enable rapid implementation.
Priority 3: Smart Energy Integration
Smart solutions facilitate an integrated planning of e-mobility, charging infrastructure and energy services for public passenger transport and last mile logistic. A toolkit, comprised of digital tools, guidelines and a user manual will be developed to support public authorities and operators.
All parts are the result of a co-creational, participatory process and run in a largely open access data environment: Public authorities provide the integration with Energy & Mobility plans and collect needs for planning electric charging stations. The private sector will co-create the solutions for the needed digital tools, provide the data, evaluate and in some cases use the digital tools. Citizens are invited to share their needs and expectations, provide user data and evaluate the current services for electric local public transport and last mile logistics.