SecureMobile – Reducing fears in mobility

Due to subjectively experienced fears, many journeys are made by car or taxi instead of using more sustainable forms of mobility. "SecureMobile" aims to counteract this effect.

Sustainable forms of mobility hold a demonstrably lower security risk than cars but due to the subjective perception the various forms of active and sustainable (multi)mobility are not being used as much or at all.

This feeling of insecurity in different situations (e.g. walking in the evening or at night, use of public transport at off-peak hours etc.) often leads to trips being made by car or taxi, which offer a subjectively higher feeling of safety. Distances are consequently not covered multimodally using active and sustainable forms of mobility.

Mobile technology for a sense of security in mobility.

The goal of the exploratory project "SecureMobile" is to answer the following questions as a first step:

  • if and in which concrete way the subjective feeling of insecurity can be countered with the use of modern mobile communication technology;
  • how corresponding technologies can help in the planning stage to avoid the forming of insecurity hotspots;
  • how to eliminate existing insecurity hotspots, to achieve heightened attractivity in the area of multimodal and sustainably oriented mobility chains;

The aim is to design a system that helps people to combat fear and unease and facilitates the access to mobility

Underlying method

The project "SecureMobile" will first identify groups of people for whom the experienced insecurity poses a particular obstacle to mobility and determine their specific fears, making use of the extensive know-how of the consortium. Following this step all known systems that contribute to increased security or the feeling of security will be analysed in depth and currently not known systems identified. A further step is to establish contact with system-operators to learn from their experiences and verify concrete points of contact and interfaces.

Due to the complexity and sensitivity of the topic different groups of people and institutions will be involved to identify the concrete requirements for such a system. In networking workshops, affected persons will meet representatives of security bodies, public entities, planning departments, security and IT-experts and politicians.

The goal of these networking workshops is not only to generate important know-how but also to foster understanding for mutual requirements.

The consortium includes scientific experts in the areas of mobility, health and social sciences, information and communication technologies as well as mediation who will accompany the workshops.

Catalogue of measures

"SecureMobile" will create a catalogue of implementation measures where it is clearly stated which measures are useful to improve the subjectively experienced security and in which areas there is further need for research and development.

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Wagner, A., Graf, P., & Michelberger, F. (2019). Improving the passive security. Novi Horizonti, Doboj.
Involved Institutes, Groups and Centers
Carl Ritter von Ghega Institute for Integrated Mobility Research
Institute of Creative\Media/Technologies
Research Group Media Computing