Transport Analytics Lab

Mobile Network Data in Future Transport Systems (MOFT)

The availability of advanced mobile devices at a very low cost generates massive amounts of signaling data in cellular networks that can be turned into spatio-temporal observations of human mobility. These observations will fundamentally change how we understand human travel behavior and how to operate and optimize our transport systems. Better estimation of travel demand, mode choice and route choice is central for a key functionality of future smart cities with dynamic and integrated multimodal control of the transport system.

The project is a continuation of the project "Travel demand estimation based on cellular network data" (MODE), that ended in December 2016. Within the project, key functionalities for efficient management of cellular network data have been developed and evaluated based on operator data. The project has developed one of few platforms in the world for analysis of large amounts of cellular network data for transport applications. For the continuation project, a mobile operator together with more end users are joining the consortium, which now constitutes an internationally unique competence in the intersection of cellular networks, traffic modelling and big data analytics. The aim is to achieve both fundamentally new understanding of mobility patterns as well as a product that offers access to estimated travel demand.

The project will focus on a number of unexplored applications of dynamically estimated mobility patterns. The applicatrions are highly prioritized by the end users of the project: 1) Public transport planning, 2) Traffic management, 3) ex-post evaluation of infrastructure investments, 4) estimation of long distance travels, and 5) ride sharing potential of Mobility as a Service (MaaS).

Seminars and meetings

The following presentations have been given about the project:

  • Meeting: First MOFT project reference group meeting; with representatives from Linköping University, SICS, Ericsson, Trafikverket, Tele2, Nobina, Samtrafiken, SJ, and Sweco, Campus Norrköping, January 30, 2017.
  • Seminar: New sources of input data for travel demand estimation models, at Matematiska kollokviet, Department of Mathematics, Division of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, Linköping University, February 1, 2017.
  • Seminar: Mobilnätsdata i framtidens transportsystem (in Swedish), at Samtrafikens planeringskonferens 2017, Kollektivtrafikens hus, Stockholm, February 8, 2017.
  • Seminar: Transportanalys och visualisering – resmönster från data i mobilnätet, at Smarta Städer, November 22-23, 2017, Kistamässan, Stockholm.
  • Meeting: MOFT project reference group meeting, Campus Norrköping, December 1, 2017.
  • Seminar: Resestatistik för långväga resor baserat på aggregerade och anonymiserade mobilnätsdata (in Swedish), results from a MOFT sub-project was presented at Transportforum 2018, Linköping, January 10-11, 2018. Presentation by Trafikanalys.

Project papers

The following papers are published in the project:

  • N. Breyer, D. Gundlegård, C. Rydergren and J. Bäckman, (2017), Trip extraction for traffic analysis using cellular network data, 2017 5th IEEE International Conference on Models and Technologies for Intelligent Transportation Systems (MT-ITS). Available at IEEE.
  • N. Breyer, D. Gundlegård and C. Rydergren, (2018), Cellpath Routing and Route Traffic Flow Estimation Based on Cellular Network Data, Journal of Urban Technology, 25:2, 85-104, DOI: 10.1080/10630732.2017.1386939

MOFT Sub-projects

Based on results from the MOFT project, two sub-projects have been carried out during december 2017 and 2018. The sub-projects have got funding from the agency Trafikanalys.
Long distance trips
The focus in this sub-project was to varify the qulity of long distance trips identified from mobile network data. The trip identification and scaling was performed by Telia Sverige. The identified, scaled, trips were in the project compared to the official statistics of long distance trips (trips longer than 100km) based on travel survey (RVU) data. The data and the statistics (RVU) was compared on a geospatial level of counties (län). The final report from this sub-project, in Swedish, is available at Trafikanalys.
Mobility patterns in Norrköping
More info will be available about this project and its results when the final report is published.

Project partners and funding

The project is funded by Vinnova for 2017-2020. Project partners are Ericsson, SICS, Trafikverket, City of Stockholm, Sweco, Tele2, SJ, Nobina, Samtrafiken.