Engineering: leader della Digital Transformation

Smart Transportation

Five questions to...
Paola Poli

Our Smart Transportation Division Director explains how the push of the pandemic has given us the opportunity to innovate the world of transport, and to create a digital ecosystem for a new data-driven and sustainable mobility.

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THE LAST YEAR HAS SEEN A MAJOR DIGITAL ACCELERATION. WHAT ARE THE TRENDS THAT ARE CHANGING THE SECTOR AND CHALLENGING WORKING METHODS, DESIGN PROCESSES, THE SERVICES OFFERED, AND VALUE CREATION?

It's true that in recent months there has been a digital acceleration that, without the push of the pandemic, was objectively unforeseeable but, in some contexts, resistance to change is so deep-seated that, in any event, it seemed impossible to move beyond the concept of "face-to-face" working. What we have seen happen is summed up well in an aphorism that I often see quoted "Everyone knew it was impossible, until a fool who didn't know came along and did it."

This is, however, only the first step. There is a serious need to move from the reactive phase to the governance and planning phase. We at Engineering will play a leading role in this delicate situation: we are able to support all operators in the transport ecosystem not only as they put in place the necessary measures to counter the impacts of Covid-19 and promote the recovery (and resilience) of the mobility of people (and goods), safely and sustainably, but in looking to the future with renewed confidence.
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COVID-19 WILL CERTAINLY HAVE AN IMPACT ON ALL BUSINESS STRATEGIES IN 2021: LOOKING BEYOND THE PANDEMIC, WHICH TECHNOLOGIES SHOULD THE SECTOR FOCUS ON TO ENCOURAGE MORE INNOVATIVE BUSINESSES AND ORGANISATIONS?

Definitely technologies related to AI & Advanced Analytics. Organisations need to ask themselves: what do we do today with the data assets that we have at our disposal? What can we do with them tomorrow?

The subject is vast and is also linked to aspects of AI and Machine Learning - for example, in infrastructure monitoring and predictive maintenance - with all the ethical and sustainability implications that need to be considered. Whatever idea of innovation we want to develop, it is first important to ask ourselves a simple question: what are the effects of this innovative process? Only in this way will we develop technologies capable of benefitting the maximum number of people.

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HOW WILL ENGINEERING SUPPORT AND ASSIST THE VARIOUS PLAYERS IN TRANSFORMING CURRENT DIFFICULTIES INTO OPPORTUNITIES TO OPEN UP NEW SCENARIOS AND NEW STRATEGIES?

We can activate resources, methodologies, technological solutions, enabling platforms, a culture of innovation and strong vertical skills to synergistically help the actors of the new form of mobility to face the challenges ahead.
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HOW CAN OUR EXPERTISE IN NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND CORE PROCESSES HELP KEY PLAYERS IN THE SEGMENT, ALONG WITH US, TO DESIGN A SPACE WHERE TECHNOLOGY AND BUSINESS CAN INTERSECT?

In different ways, starting with Design & Build where our IoT, AI & Advanced Analytics solutions can help, for example, to collect (with sensor systems) and manage data, from a predictive perspective, to understand the dynamics of mobility behaviours, not only in terms of trends but also in terms of the extent of the changes taking place, to plan future actions and develop capacities to adapt to emerging needs.

Or, in the area of Operations & Maintenance where we provide solutions ranging from diagnostics to the proactive and automated maintenance of transport vehicles to infrastructure management.

In Service, providing support to improve the efficiency of services supplied to users.

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WE ARE WITNESSING (AND COVID-19 HAS ACCELERATED ITS IMPLEMENTATION) A LIQUEFACTION OF SILOS. THE BARRIERS BETWEEN MARKETS ARE BECOMING INCREASINGLY PERMEABLE AND COMPANIES MUST SEEK TO WORK TOGETHER WITH STAKEHOLDERS, EVEN WHEN THEY ARE FAR AWAY. WHICH ASSETS CAN ENGINEERING USE TO SUPPORT ITS OWN IN CONSTRUCTING NEW DIGITAL ECOSYSTEMS?

By bringing business and technology together, we in Engineering are supporting the creation of Digital Ecosystems capable of creating new connections between stakeholders, even when they are far away from one another.

Through our expertise in all aspects of mobility and transport, we support our clients to create mobility ecosystems capable of completely rethinking the concept of movement and all transport-related services. The objective is to enable modular solutions that quickly pool resources from different sources, to provide digital services covering everything from city access and paid parking, to sustainable maintenance of vehicles and infrastructure, always putting travellers at the centre of this ecosystem.
Paola Poli

Paola Poli

She has worked in Engineering for more than twenty years, taking on roles of increasing responsibility. She has been Head of Sales for strategic markets such as Public Administration and currently leads the Department of Transportation & Infrastructures, where she has worked since late 2018.

Passionate and determined, Paola rises daily to meet the challenges of the evermore complex and interconnected Transport sector, armed with the knowledge that much - if not everything - depends on one's professional choices, the values behind them and, above all, one's determination to see them through.

Paola is also one of the authors of the "Smart Transportation" White Paper.

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