Keolis Rennes has launched an experiment to facilitate the mobility of disabled persons by connected sensors. An innovation that is part of Keolis's desire to use the full potential of the Internet of Objects to enrich the customer experience and strengthen the Group's operational performance.

A Keolis innovation to find a parking space reserved for disabled persons in real time

Since July 2016, two car parks of the city of Rennes, one outdoor, the other underground, are equipped with sensors of car detection installed in places reserved for people with reduced mobility (PMR).
Thanks to a Sigfox low-speed network, the information coming from the sensors is broadcast to the open data portal of Keolis Rennes, which processes all the data of the STAR network, the public transport network of Rennes Métropole operated by Keolis.
The data on available "PMR" places are then integrated and accessible to motorists in real time on the various mobile applications powered by the data portal. This data is also accessible on the application of the supplier of objects detecting the presence of cars.
To develop this solution, Keolis Rennes and Keolis, have teamed up with the start-ups Parkisseo which provides the sensors and Intesens, supplier of the connectivity solution.

Keolis connects to the Internet of Objects

For Keolis, the development of the Internet of Things (IoT) in the coming years represents an opportunity to create new uses in public transit. In addition to direct interaction with customers through their watches and other connected wristbands, the IoT is a powerful lever for enhancing the operational performance of its networks and enhancing passenger satisfaction. In this context, the Group and its experts in innovation launched a project dedicated to industrial Internet (declination of IoT to the industrial field).

Many ways of applying industrial IoT to public transport

Low-cost and simple to deploy within networks and on rolling stock, sensors connected to low-speed networks can collect a wide variety of data: moisture, vibration, fluid leakage, electrical or magnetic measurements, voltage, temperature , Acceleration or inclination, luminosity ... All these measures make it possible to optimize operations and maintenance activities at lower cost, for example:

- Control of energy consumption
- Optimization of vehicle parking in depots
- Control of the water consumption of the washing stations and monitoring of the washing of buses or trams
- Vibration detection to anticipate heavy maintenance operations that can impact the network

Some figures:

  • 20.8 Billion connected objects worldwide (According to the US consulting firm GARTNER)
  • 2 Billion connected objects sold in France by 2020 according to the GFK Institute

source: December 2016