The Android version of the app was first tested by Lahti city employees. In September, the application was opened to a larger test for Lahti citizens, including approximately 600 test users.
Based on feedback from users, the app gets praise for its trouble-free use and the fact that travel modes need not be personally entered into the application. The CitiCAP app has also encouraged test users to reflect on their own movements and mobility-based emissions, and many have switched from driving a private car to cycling or public transport during the test period.
Since the application is still in the test phase, users have also reported development needs. For example, there have been problems with travel mode recognition, but the functionality of the app is improved on the basis of feedback received. Battery wear has also raised questions. At the latest at the outset of 2020, the app's iOS version should also be brought into testing.
The point of departure for the application is the emissions cap set for the City of Lahti, which limits how much the city is allowed to produce carbon emissions at an annual rate. The amount of the emissions cap determines how much allowances are allocated to urban mobility in the project. These allowances form a personal carbon budget for each participant of the test, based on the allocation criteria of which were concluded by a questionnaire for the citizens.
Users' allowances are defined as a monetary value that operates under the emissions trading system as a virtual currency. The objective of the participants is to remain within the carbon budget. If their budget is not reached, the savings can be exchanged for city services or for local business benefits on the app.
An important smart City Award for Moprim and the City of Lahti
Moprim and the City of Lahti have won the first award of the Gitex Smart City series. The award was granted to the CitiCAP project, in which citizens are included in climate action via a personal carbon trading system.
Moprim is behind the project's advanced automatic travel mode detection technology. The technology allows you to calculate your personal carbon footprint, based on movement.
Author: CitiCAP project team