Geofencing is a research and innovation program funded by the Swedish Transport Administration and aims to bring together the necessary actors in society, business and academia to jointly develop solutions that will promote the use of geofencing in the management of the transport system.
The initiative is one of the results of an action plan developed by the Swedish Transport Administration and focuses on identifying areas that require development and where projects need to be initiated to drive the work forward and ensure scalability of the technology.
What is geofencing?
Geofencing is a collective term that includes the application of technical solutions in combination with appropriate digital and organizational processes to ensure that vehicles follow certain characteristics in certain geographical areas. Geofencing is considered to be an important tool for creating a safe road transport system for unprotected road users in today's complex traffic environments. It is also considered important to be able to meet both current and future demand for safe, fossil-independent and quieter transport. The purpose of the research and innovation program for geofencing is to facilitate and coordinate projects as well as initiatives that drive towards large-scale implementation.
Vehicles today are largely connected, which can be used to create a sustainable and safe environment. Geofencing defines a digitized geographical zone within which the characteristics of connected vehicles can be controlled, e.g. speed and driveline. In the long run, geofencing can also be used to restrict access to specific zones or areas. You can read more about geofencing on the Swedish Transport Administration's website.
How does geofencing become a reality?
The purpose of the research and innovation program is to act as a facilitator and knowledge node to develop the conditions for the use of geofencing as a tool for a safer and more sustainable transport system. The program aims to identify areas that require development and where projects need to be initiated to ensure scalability.
What do we want to achieve with this collaboration?
- Initiate and manage feasibility studies and innovation projects in the field.
- Create basis for necessary changes in the regulatory framework.
- Conduct geofencing demonstration and pilot studies in designated zones.
- Ensuring knowledge exchange between ongoing initiatives and related fields.
- To become a knowledge node and disseminate expertise in the field.
Who are we that work with Geofencing?
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2017 the Swedish Transport Administration was commissioned by the government to test geofencing in demonstration projects in urban environments. The work was done in close collaboration with the automotive industry as well as the city of Stockholm and the city of Gothenburg.
The assignment resulted partly in a demonstration of concepts for geofencing, and partly in an overall action plan, which shows the way towards the implementation of the digital tool geofencing on a larger scale.
The action plan is as follows:
- Establish an R&D program with targeted research and innovation projects to produce the necessary basis for the work on all points of the action plan.
- Advocate for legislation and regulations that support the implementation of geofencing
- Develop organizational and digital processes as well as data for geofencing zones
- Develop systems, routines and processes for self-regulating systems and control in smart zones
- Investigate the socio-economic and business potential
- Work for national and international harmonization
- Promote and run demonstration and pilot projects
The program runs until 2022, coordinated by CLOSER with participating steering group partners: Scania AB, AB Volvo, Volvo Personvagnar AB, Veoneer AB, Stockholms stad, Göteborgs stad, Transportstyrelsen and Trafikverket.
The consortium is continuously expanded and is a platform for sharing knowledge in geofencing. The FoI-program works closely with the Nordic Way-projects and the Smarta Urbana Trafikzoner project
Want to know more about Geofencing?
The geofencing research and innovation program is a collaborative project between public sector, industry and academia, which is operated by CLOSER at Lindholmen Science Park, the national arena for collaboration in transport efficiency.