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VIZIT - Virtual integration of decentralized charging infrastructure in cab stands

The VIZIT project elaborates a concept for the provision of public charging infrastructure for inner-city public transport by cabs and puts it into operation. In this process, constructional restrictions on the installation of charging infrastructure at existing cab stands are resolved by the virtual spatial extension of cab stands to surrounding public charging infrastructure. The resulting issues in the initiation of virtual cab stands, such as the allocation/reservation of public infrastructure, communication requirements for the collection and transmission of all necessary information as well as the consolidation and processing of the data generated during the process will be conceptualized and exemplarily integrated into the existing infrastructure of the city of Dortmund.

Project duration: 16.12.2020 - 31.12.2023

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As a key component for the virtual integration of decentralized charging infrastructures, reliable connectivity information is essential.  In this context, CNI plays a key role in developing a framework that enables an evaluation of the feasibility of virtual cab stands from a communication technology perspective. CNI contributes a data-driven approach for the analysis and optimization of dynamic communication environments and extends this to a crowdsensing approach for the determination of communication-related potentials. The objective is to derive a city-wide connectivity map that enables a reliable and network operator-independent assessment of communication connectivity.

The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure under grant number 16DKVM006B.

Project Facts

Funding Programm

Digitization of municipal transport systems by the Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV)


Project duration

16.12.2020 - 31.12.2023


Project Partner

City of Dortmund

Dortmund municipal utilities (DEW21, affiliated)




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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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