In 2020, the market of solutions for connected cars reached a value of 1.8 billion euros, according to a recent research of Osservatorio Connected Car & Mobility by Politecnico di Milano’s School of Management presented during the online conference “Connected Car & Mobility: how to rewrite future mobility”. One third of the market is represented by ADAS, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, installed on new vehicles. They are electronic aiding systems designed to enhance safety and to gather useful data for the monitoring of several parameters.  

According to one of the reports of MarketsandMarkets, the demand for ADAS in Europe will be encouraged by new European laws and regulations. Starting from 2022, in fact, these systems will be mandatory in new vehicles. For older vehicles, instead, drivers will have to upgrade within May 2024

Companies are increasingly more often drafting strategies to make the best of data gathered by smart carsan and adopt new pricing models that involve the purchase of car or road-related smart services or even pay-per-use modalities”Giovanni Miragliotta, Scientific Area Manager of  Osservatorio Connected Car & Mobility says.

In the next years, the development of connected car won’t depend only on their growing diffusion or their traditional functionalities, but also on the possibility of conceiving cars as a “smart” sales channel to bring the customers innovative services and advanced product functionalities subject to payment – such as the extension of an electric car’s battery life or engine improvements” – Miragliotta adds. 

Data and Technologies for Connected Cars

The interest for connected cars stems from the numerous benefits gathered data and technologies provide to consumers, companies and public administrations. Just think of data allowing fleet managers to limit frauds, to encourage a safer driving style and to plan maintenance in advance, saving on time and costs.

Besides these perks, we also find smart road projects, such as the one planned by ANAS, whose goal is to provide the country with an efficient road system, with constant improvements and openness to future challenges: from power supplies to assisted driving and beyond, as for the case of self-driving vehicles.

Another opportunity provided by ADAS is the possibility of underwriting insurance policies whose premium changes according to the number of systems installed in the vehicle. Thanks to such devices, insurers can access different kinds of data, specific to each vehicle and with a certain weight on the final premium (such as information about safety optionals). For instance, brake assistance systems reduced claim risks of 38% compared to older cars. This way, the insurance company can carry out a more precise calculation of the risk of potential claims and work out accurate premiums.

Black box and the benefits for insurers

The new paradigms we foresee will be vehicle to vehicle  (V2V) and vehicle to connected object (V2CO). This means that our cities will be invaded by sensors for the constant and continuous monitoring of environmental conditions that could affect cars and drivers. The gathered information will, thus, trigger Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS) that will in turn notify and assist drivers in critical situations” – Marco D’Ambrosio, Business Developer at GreenVulcano, stated.

Among the most widespread connected objects for cars we find black boxes or telematic boxes, mobile electronic devices provided with GPS detectors and able to record a large amount of data regarding the driver’s driving behavior, claims included. Their adoption is advocated by insurance companies since it works against frauds and theft, thanks to vehicle geolocation and the simplification of data recovery and collection about the drivers’ behavior. 

An investigation by ANIA (the Italian National Association of Insurance Companies) established that those who have a black box installed in their car presents a more responsible driving style, reducing the risk of claims – and therefore, a reduction in the price of traditional car insurance policies.

Being provided with a connected device and a platform able to read gathered data in real-time allows insurance companies, consumers, and fleet managers to keep constant control of their vehicles (or fleets) and the underwritten insurance policies.

GreenVulcano, always aware of market evolutions regarding connected mobility, contributed to the development of this market too, thanks to its 20-year-old experience in the field of telematics and more than 10 million monitored vehicles for its partners. One of the offered solutions is the Pay Per Mile service, a device that collects data about the journey of the vehicle, analyzes weather conditions and potential accidents on the road, defines the driving style of the insured driver and generates a custom policy with the possibility to buy kilometers at convenient prices. Moreover, thanks to a unique vehicle identification number, it can monitor whether the device is moved from a vehicle to another (in case the insured owns more than one vehicle).

The transition to Industry 4.0, on one hand, and the Covid19 pandemic on the other, led multinationals and small and medium enterprises to redefine the logic and the process behind their companies and to adapt to make the best out of these new scenarios.

In particular, the fields of mobility and telematics (for a detailed analysis of these two fields, please, check our other article Greenvulcano Technologies and the digital transformation of the telematics industry) which dramatically plunged during 2020, are now experiencing a progressive reprise, driven by the increasing spread of electric cars and of those connected to the web (connected cars). According to the estimates of ABI Research, these latter’s sales are increasing at a 20% rate, thanks to the introduction of new technological solutions such as artificial intelligence (AI), 5G and augmented reality.

Moreover, according to a study published by TechNavio, we can see how the field of mobility, or Mobility-as-a-Service, could reach 235 billion dollars within 2025 in the whole world, with a +29% growth starting from 2021.

Connected vehicles: what are they, what are the technologies and applications

As stated by Marco D’Ambrosio,  Head of Business Development at GreenVulcano:

«It’s already been ten years that vehicles connected to the telematics service providers’ technological infrastructure benefit from a wide range of services – enabled by GPRS and 4G connectivity. Some of these can be used directly by passengers and drivers, such as information services on traffic, navigation systems and scoring systems for the driver’s behavior. Others, such as fleet optimization and management or the use, maintenance and efficiency of vehicles, are managed mainly by the car manufacturers or the telematics service providers.»

One of the current trends among car manufacturers is to integrate – with prior consent of the user – telematics devices with built-in on-board Internet connectivity for the new models, so as to monitor and process detailed information regarding the same vehicle, GPS data, on-board diagnostics and OEM specifications – OEM standing for Original Equipment Manufacturer. Such information is then visualized through an online fleet management platform that allows for the extrapolation of relevant and valuable data for providers of insurance companies.

Moreover, D’Ambrosio added:

«In the next five years we’ll witness a revolution, a technological jump that will change the entire paradigm of the connected car – thanks to 5G that will massively introduce the market to Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS). These are indeed already present on newer generations of cars, although they are still at an embryonic stage.»

The introduction of 5G, indeed, will allow us to improve performance, speed and reliability of Internet connectivity in the mobility industry and to transfer large amounts of data in a dramatically shorter time than 4G.

What is the role of GreenVulcano Technologies in all this?

The role of GreenVulcano Technologies

GreenVulcano has always paid attention to the tech evolutions that concern the field of mobility. Thanks to its 20-year experience and the many collaborations with leader companies in the field, its goal is to develop the most efficient and effective solutions for services concerning:

  • Fleet Management
  • Remote diagnostics
  • Anti-theft solution
  • Crash reconstruction
  • Geofencing and Curfew
  • Pay per use
  • Insurance Telematics
  • UBI programs (driver’s behavior: pay as you drive) 
  • Car/bike/scooter-sharing
  • Micro-mobility

«The new paradigm we’re foreseeing for the next few years will be vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-connected-object (V2CO). This means that our cities will be swarmed with monitoring sensors for constant monitoring of the environmental conditions that might affect driving. Just think of a smart camera that identifies a hole on the road or the presence of an accident or, even, a pedestrian crossing and then shares this information in real-time with the cars driving in that direction. Information gathered in this way, then, triggers Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS) that can warn and assist the drivers in critical situations.» – D’Ambrosio concluded.

The participation of the Group at the OCTO Connected FORUM

«Connected mobility, hence, represents a revolution destined to leave a deep mark not only on our way to employ cars and transportation means but also, more broadly, on our lifestyles.» – as argued by Nicola Veratelli, CEO of OCTO Group and promoter of the OCTO Connected FORUM, an event on connected mobility occurring on September 17th.

The event will include all the key stakeholders in the field, in order to spark a debate and to confront each other on the priorities to face to enhance competitiveness and achieve the success of Smart Mobility in Italy.

GreenVulcano’s Telematics Business Division will be there too, as a technical supplier, at the FORUM organized by OCTO Telematics together with The European House Ambrosetti. What will be the topics of discussion? Among the most relevant, the participants will talk about vehicle and fleet management, drivers’ experiences, and smart infrastructure.

What are you waiting for? Come find us at the OCTO Connected FORUM and visit our website to learn more about solutions applied to the field of mobility.

The Industrial Internet of Things is deeply changing the way companies manage productive processes with the introduction of new business models. In particular, it allows companies across different fields to pursue a data-driven approach, turning the bulks of data produced by smart applications into a real competitive edge. 

State of the art and growing fieldsAccording to data published by the Osservatorio Internet of Things 2021 Observatory of the Polytechnic University of Milan, the total value of the Italian market reached 6 billion euros, withstanding the blow given by the pandemic.

Source: Politecnico di Milano / Dipartimento di Ingegneria Gestionale

Although the highest growth is in the Smart Home environment, stimulated by the boom in vocal assistants and domotics, fields such as Smart Agriculture, Smart Factory, Smart Logistics and Smart Cities grew notably compared to 2019. Moreover, about 54% of big companies and 13% of Italian SMEs started at least an I-IoT project in the last three years – especially for what concerns analytics, cloud manufacturing, additive manufacturing and advanced automation. 

It shouldn’t come as a surprise, then, that the IDC study Worldwide Internet of Things Forecast, 2020-2025 argues that by 2025, there will be almost 55.9 billion connected devices and things in the world and almost 79.4 ZB generated data, with an astounding growth compared to the 13.6 ZB generated last year. An ecosystem, as stated by McKinsey in The Internet of Things: Mapping the value beyond the hype, valued at 11 trillion dollars annually.

What are, then, the benefits for companies? How can they catch the opportunities of the digital transformation promoted by the National Plan for the Transition 4.0?

The benefits of I-IoT 

From the research of the Polytechnic of Milan’s Osservatorio and the white paper we at GreenVulcano published in regard to this matter, we noticed that the presence of smart devices entails several benefits for consumers, enterprises and public administrations. Not only from an economic and financial perspective, but also for everything that concerns aspects of environmental sustainability and reduction of risk. Indeed, as stated by Angela Tumino, Director of the Osservatorio Internet of Things 2021:

The growth of digital culture in companies fostered the development of greater awareness of costs and the benefits enabled by IoT technologies for citizens, companies and public administrations in economic, environmental and risk-reduction terms. These benefits highlight how I-IoT can assume a key role in the digital transformation of the country.

It’s not a case that the growth of the Industrial Internet of Things allowed for the reduction in the gap between big enterprises and SMEs, willing to innovate themselves according to the rules of the Fourth Industrial Revolution – thanks to the support of the government who started the National Plan for the Transition 4.0 (for more information, read the article on innovation, tax reliefs and sustainability: a guide to the Transition 4.0 for companies). In particular, the fields one should invest to ride the wave of the digital transformation are:

  • Smart Factories, that is the application of digital technology inside factories to guarantee flexible and auto-adapting production, real-time control of the production process and management of preventive and/or predictive maintenance. In this case, we speak of digital supply chain with end-to-end visibility, namely interconnected information in real time that synchronize demand and supply of a product and adjust the various functions of the supply chain;
  • Smart Logistics, that is the digitization of infrastructure, equipment, resources and operational strategies to support logistics and track the products;
  • Smart Lifecycle, that is the use of smart applications to optimize the development process of new models and product updates.

The role of GreenVulcano Technologies

According to the numbers indicated and the contexts we work in – such as companies – it should be appropriate to highlight the importance of integration among production and data management systems. Nowadays, systems are often in line with the sales and accounting departments of companies, but they are not integrated for planning and production activities.

Specifically, the bulk of data generated by the application of I-IoT in companies and within the supply chain represents a value with enormous potential for companies. What are, then, the skills companies have to develop to analyze and manage the data gathered by connected plants and machines? What about our solutions and consulting services?

We’ve always presented ourselves as a partner able to provide targeted solutions to allow companies to ride the wave of this digital transformation. We have more than twenty years of experience in:

  • System integration;
  • Management of state-of-the-art Intelligent Internet of Things (IIoT) platforms;
  • Management of Big Data, with which we support our customers in their transition to the world of Digital Transformation – thanks to Artificial Intelligence techniques and by means of flexible solutions. 

Do you want to know more about it? Do you want to discover innovative strategies and methodologies to optimize your company’s production processes and catch the greatest chances offered by the National Plan?

Download the white paper on “Transition 4.0: the push to the industrial fabric towards the fulfilment of the industry 4.0 paradigm” and sign up to the webinar we’ll hold together with Smactory, a software house specialized in the development of technologies for the industry 4.0, and Orrick, an international legal firm and leader in financial consulting in Italy, on July 6th at 17:00.

Take part in the digital transformation. We’ll wait for you!

What does Transition 4.0 mean? The Italian Relaunch and Resilience National Plan foresees 24 billion to encourage companies to invest in digital transition. What is the plan, what are the benefits, and what is the role played by GreenVulcano Technologies?

Digital transition is one of the main topics of the Recovery Fund, the plan proposed by the European Union to overcome the crisis caused by the pandemic and to stimulate recovery in the Member States. 

Covid, indeed, sped up an already developing trend in different industries in the last years. That is, the digital transformation and innovation of companies. As stated by the President of Confartigianato, Marco Granelli, in an interview with Il Giorno:

the digital has been the weapon small industries wielded the most to challenge the restrictions imposed by the pandemic”.

How can we confront the change? And why is it important for companies to digitize their processes and adopt software solutions to support their business growth?

The Transition 4.0 Plan

One of the interventions for the digital transformation of Italian SMEs is the new Transition 4.0 Plan sanctioned by the Government to replace Enterprise 4.0 and Industry 4.0 and aimed at stimulating economic growth and innovation in companies, incentivizing and encouraging investments. 

According to Marco Calabrò, of the General Directorate for industrial politics, innovation and SMEs at the Italian Ministry of Economic Development:

the plan should be seen as a whole systemic intervention, not a series of individual actions”, in order to provide “a set of tools that could support companies in their innovation processes”.

The pandemic, indeed, highlighted the gap between the digitized societies and the latecomers in the process of modernization or, anyway, those who haven’t met the required standards yet. 

It’s not a case that, thanks to the resources of NextGen EU, the Government decided to help this latter category. The EU funds can be reinvested to adopt operational tools, such as e-commerce websites, as well as software programs for the analysis of data and cloud platforms to exchange information.

Moreover, the Government is expecting substantial incentives to buy new smart, interconnected machinery to optimize and automate the production, management and monitoring processes.

A chance for the SMEs

This is a unique occasion for Italian small and medium enterprises burdened with a considerable delay in the transformation process and in the digital transitio

A research conducted by the SMEs Digital Innovation Observatory highlights that only 9% of Italian SMEs employ sufficient technological solutions to maintain an adequate competitiveness level. A worrying data, if we consider the entrepreneurial fabric of the country: in Italy, SMEs are roughly 220 thousand and represent 41% of the national revenues and 33% of the employed workforce.

This led the Government to allocate a 24-billion fund to support those companies – not only SMEs – that from November 2020 to December 2022 will invest in the digital transformation.

What are the benefits

What are, then, the subsidies and the benefits entailed in the Transition 4.0 Plan for the companies willing to invest in their renovation?

Let’s start from:

  • Tax benefits for the investors;
  • Increase in the caps and tax rates for investments in material and immaterial assets;
  • Increase in the caps and tax rates for investments in 4.0 material and immaterial assets;
  • Enlarge the maximum ceiling for the investments in Research & Development, Innovation, Design and Green;
  • Credit for 4.0 employee education.

Moreover, the plan also entails substantial incentives on ecological transition, with an increase from 10% to 15% of grants with a max ceiling of 2 million.

The role of GreenVulcano

GreenVulcano Technologies has always been an active player when it comes to the renovation of companies from a digital perspective.

In particular, we empowered many companies with new technologies to manage and monitor production and provided them with all the solutions for the implementation of operational services, cloud platform adoption and solutions for the exchange of data and information – outside of the office too, which is fundamental given the recent shift to remote working.

Moreover, our decades of experience in the field of IT safety and development, organization and installation of tools for the analysis of data is increasingly relevant to promote this transition.

Indeed, as stated by Alessandro Niglio, Advisor at GreenVulcano:

“The skills GreenVulcano Technologies has in managing enormous amounts of raw data and to transform them in added value contributes to our ability to offer Disruptive Innovation, which should lead our customers to interact with new markets, new industries, new business models and new sources of revenues. After all, the Next Generation EU represents a huge opportunity to actually make the 4.0 Transition.

What will the next challenges be? And the potential solutions?

In the next few weeks, we will publish a white paper to deepen this topic and to illustrate GreenVulcano’s role as an enabler of digital transformation.

The revolution we’re living through, if approached in a precise and organic way, with individual digital interventions, can yield incredible economic benefits and bring sustainability in business”,

Niglio added, stressing the strategic importance for companies to trust their experienced partners.

GreenVulcano, indeed, is the digital partner of major companies and national and international institutions such as Octo, Eni, Acea, Ericsson, Inail, Accenture and many more.


Follow us on our website, on our social channels or write to us at [email protected] to know more about our innovative solutions to revolutionize your company.

Vehicle Telematics will grow exponentially in the next 5 years, according to the analysts at GreenVulcano Technologies, led by Gaetano Rossi, new Vice President and General Director of the company: “An opportunity for the country to play the match for digital transformation and artificial intelligence”.

Digital transformation is raising new challenges in the industry. From fleet telematics to fleet efficiency, passing through asset protection, this is the verticalization of the telematics industry applied to automotive as designed by GreenVulcano Technologies (GVT), partner of one of the 22 top players, which combined represent 46% of the global market.

To face such challenges, the company relied on Gaetano Rossi, new Vice President and General Director of the company. «I am incredibly happy to face this new challenge», he says.

«I see only the best prerequisites to make the best out of the experience the company earned in the many projects focused on digital transformation».

TOWARDS DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION FEW NUMBERS

The health emergency caused the acceleration of digital transformation.

We’re talking of cloud integration with the internet of things (IoT), passing through artificial intelligence (AI) and through new forms of human-machine interaction, made available (among the many things) by intelligent process automation (IPA) and a human-centered approach to machine learning.

This very acceleration involves the concept of telematics applied to automotive and fleet management, topics which GreenVulcano is focusing all its efforts on.

It is from this perspective that we welcomed Gaetano Rossi in the team of GVT, the B2B player behind the curtain of the major smart mobility companies, as well as one of the most active R&D labs of Italian hi-tech.

THE GROWTH OF THE INDUSTRY

The greatest challenge for the company is in the telematics field applied to automotive and fleet management. This industry will go from $46,070mln in 2021 (GVT’s estimate on data from MarketWatch) to $121,550mln estimated by MarketWatch in 2026.

Geographically, the United States will still hold the leading position, with a market share of 34%. But the European Union is in second place, with 29%, surpassing China, which is third with 13%.

46% of the market is held by just 22 top players. Among these, there is a company GVT has partnered with for years. Together, they deal with vehicle telematics for one of the main car sharing companies in Italy.

Here, the growth GVT estimates is a constant 15% yoy for the next 5 years.

A SUSTAINABLE AND HUMAN CENTRED DEVELOPMENT

Dr. Rossi’s mission is to lead GVT’s team to further growth and the transformation of the classic development model into a sustainable development model.

«Italy has the exceptional opportunity to go back to being an important piece in the global chessboard if it can focus its efforts on what is necessary to follow the increasingly relevant and global technological trends».

Not only sustainable development, but also human centricity, to guarantee tangible benefits for individuals and communities.

«In particular, establishing a new form of humanism that zeroes in on humans and their value ecosystem is incredibly interesting and very much in line with the deepest historical and cultural characteristics of our country», Dr. Rossi remarks

THE MATCH FOR DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

The profile and experience of Dr. Rossi will be central in the transition towards the future.

His professional career started as a “brilliant programmer and analyst”, leading him to the Bell Labs where he covered increasingly complex managing roles.

«This company has the power to give a strong contribution to the opportunity our country is facing: the match for digital transformation enabled by artificial intelligence

NEW CHALLENGES

A crucial challenge since this is a field that «will surely become one of the most important industries in our economy in the middle and long term», Rossi foresees.

Hence, that of Dr. Rossi is a company challenge within a quickly changing world. Growth will be increasingly balanced to the resources and needs emerged before and during the pandemic.«Digital transformation and artificial intelligence provide us with the opportunity to start again, towards a strong, sustainable development that entails a distinct growth of renewable energy, a greater transportation sustainability, a smarter management of recycling and waste production and solutions we still haven’t even imagined the Vice President and General Director concludes.

Gaetano Rossi – Vice President and General Director

Mortality rate tripled among teenagers

Every year, in the world, the main road safety agencies record a high number of deaths caused by distracted driving. The victims are often the drivers who, distracted by the smartphone, lose sight of the road and the signs.

Not seldom – and even more tragically – passersby and bike riders are part of this unfortunate statistics too. These two latter categories have always been the weak side of road safety. Too often they risk to get on the news for no fault of their own or due to distractions by their portable devices and headphones. Finally, we also find young people, definitely the category most at risk from the (often deadly) effects of distracted driving.

A FEW NUMBERS

Whatever is the cause of each individual case, we cannot ignore the statistically high numbers. Just considering the United States, in 2018 the GHSA – the Governors Highway Safety Association – recorded 2,841 victims of distracted driving, while in 2019 they were 3,142, a 10% growth. In this case, we’re talking about numbers exclusively related to highways, not to all the country’s road network.

In 2017, instead, the IIHS – the Insurance Istitute for Highway Security – reported that on a total of 37,000 road victims in all of the United States, 800 cases of deceased drivers were directly related to the use of smartphones while driving. According to IHS’s estimates, the risk of mortality due to distraction by smartphones is 66% higher

In the same statistics, however, we could also notice a greater public awareness for this topic in 2018 compared to same samples analyzed in 2014.

YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE USA

Unfortunately, we had to reserve a paragraph for the age group from 16 to 19 years old. The numbers are clear.

Distracted drivingis the main cause of more than 58% of accidents among adolescents and drivers younger than 20 – less experienced drivers – alone cause 16% of all the accidents caused by distracted driving.

The rate of deadly incidents per driven mile for kids between 16 and 19 years old is threefold compared to the rate of deadly accidents in drivers older then 20. In 2018, deaths in teen drivers recorded a peak among 18:00 and 21:00 and caused the loss of 434 young victims. Of these, 351 were 16 and 17-year-old adolescents who consumed alcohol before driving.

EUROPE AND ITALY

As for Europe, and Italy in particular, we can start from 2018: after the infamous incident on the A1 highway at Borgo Panigale (Bologna), likely caused by a moment of distraction, Alessio Nisi told AGI – the Italian Journalist Agency – how awareness on distracted driving was an increasingly relevant topic in road safety. According to the yearly ACI-ISTAT report of 2018, between 2016 and 2017 the number of road victims increased by almost 3%, close to 3,400 yearly victims. Always according to an ACI report of 2016, the agency supposed that, in Italy, 3 incidents on 4 were caused by distracted drivers.

Through the years, companies and agencies tested and developed several tools to solve the “distracted driving” issue with mobile apps available on Android and iOS and the introduction of safety settings through firmware updates developed by the device manufacturers to limit the distractions caused by tech devices while driving.

In September 2019, insurance firm Linear Unipol shared the Italian statistics reported in the usual, joint report by ACI and ISTAT. In 2018, as we can read in the report, almost 41% of road incidents was caused by distracted driving, failing to yield the right of way and speeding. The number of deaths on Italian roads was substantially the same compared to the previous year, but highway deaths increased. The report, then, ends with an unfortunate conclusion: given the European goal to halve the number of victims in the 2010-2020 decade, the recorded fall of road deaths between 2010 and 2018 was only 2.6%, a too little drop.

2020: THE COVID19 EFFECT

So, we get to the last two years we available data about: 2019 and 2020. 2020, the year of pandemic and of total lockdowns limited traffic and road circulation. As expected, this recorded a substantial drop in road incidents.

Let’s focus on 2019: it started with a higher reduction of road deaths compared to the previous year, a -4,8% y.o.y., a definitely encouraging datum. Distractions, failing to yield the right of way and speeding were still the main causes for the 38% of the analyzed samples, with a little drop compared to 2018. In 2019, according to ISTAT’s data, the age group with the most victims due to road incidents is that of the elderly between 75 and 89.

Going back to 2020, between January and September we could already notice the impact of the Covid19 restrictions and the consequent reduction of vehicles in circulation and thus of road deaths. We’re talking about a drop of more than 26% compared to the same period in 2019, a substantial difference. Especially, the reduction of incidents was 72% in March and 85% in April during the hard lockdown. In county towns, incidents and deaths dropped more than 70% in March and 80% in April.

PRESENT DAY AND NEAR FUTURE

We’ll see how the topic will evolve in 2021. It depends on whether the technological capabilities of new generation vehicles – with increasingly adopted and functional ADAS, the design of specific UX and software programs in mobile devices and the definite entry of artificial intelligence and voice commands in the on-board infotainment – will bring to substantial improvements in the yearly statistics, as hoped by the ruling authorities. 

GreenVulcano Technologies has always stood by technological innovation in the automotive industry. With a 20-year experience in the telematic field and with more than 10 million monitored vehicles for its B2B partners, GreenVulcano can find a solution to whatever issue regarding fleet management, safety of parking lots, logistic management and sharing mobility service implementation. This, from the perspective of an increasingly safer, more sustainable future for the circulation of energy and citizens.

Safeguard of cashflow is fundamental for any business and Creopay, the first “cash delivery” platform, helps companies solve all the diverse issues related to required payments.

Through the fintech app, the company creates a proprietary customer database from which it sends a direct payment link – which works with all the main payment circuits. This way, cash flow increases simply and rapidly, consequently improving the company’s profitability.

It is an effective and efficient way to help businesses grow quicker even in difficult moments, allowing them to digitize a critical process such as payments ad fiscal compliance, without having to spend large sums of money for this kind of service.

Whether it is dormant accounts, payment requests to activate a supply contract or even to cash in the rent, you only need a “digital” memo, sent via SMS or email, and a simplified and accessible procedure via a link to give the opportunity to the other party to safely settle heir account.

GreenVulcano Technologies is a high-profile company: we could realize a project from scratch and have it just like we wanted it

Antonio Fontanelli – CEO of Creopay #cashdelivery

The web cash in is universal and is provided with a custom POS. This can be activated immediately and it only takes a few minutes to through the process. This way, businesses can receive payments from all over the world in whatever currency.

Creopay is the ideal solution when it comes to the management of expired or recurring payments thanks to the opportunity to set up installment plans.

From debts to service subscriptions and even to most conventional invoice management with the possibility to set up automatic sending with the correct amount to be paid.

Creopay makes the contractual relationship smarter by relieving the user from bureaucratic stress and hardship and providing the payer with a lean, quick and comfortable payment solution on any device.

There no unnecessary costs in any part of the user experience and cashing in is quick and utterly traced. The product, moreover, is compliant with the Italian law for fiscal and banking matters. Debt reconciliation is instantaneous and automatically produces a receipt of payment to safeguard both the involved parties.

In the case of recurring use, the customer can also save the payment source for future operations – a very useful function when dealing with recurring customers of installments.

The fintech solution is extremely accessible and optimized:

  • payment links are active 24/7.
  • the platform is utterly on the cloud.
  • processes are automatic and allow massive database management or to send single, instantaneous requests.

A quick and timely product you can connect to your payments with just a few clicks.

The use of the fintech app is an autonomous process in 4 stages:

  1. Activation of the account’s Cloud, fully secured and according to the GDPR regulation on data saved by the company.
  2. Creation of a “customer-debtor” list, a simple document the user can brand with his/her company’s name through the upload of .csv or .excel files.
  3. Payment requests (single, multiple or massive) individually or in installments.
  4. Timely and real-time reports of all the activities and of solved payments.

With what kind of customers can I use CREOPAY?

  • Active customers that can use the various possible options for single payments or for installment plans, subscriptions or rents.
  • Customers with expired accounts. You can send a link to pay via alternative, digital and quick payment sources if I problem occurred on the main source.
  • Non-performing customers. Creopay allows for massive credit management companies to efficiently recover the payment and to identify operations and strategies for the next actions to implement on the database (thanks to the data analysis service provided on the platform).

GreenVulcano’s contribution to the realization of Creopay

Creopay was one of the innovative projects GreenVulcano recently followed and supported. The project embraced both the application architecture and the creation of the manuals for managers and users.

The rebuilding of Creopay 2.0, designed by GreenVulcano Technologies, is a web-based, cloud-native, safe distributed and scalable application based on a multilevel architecture on three layers:

  1. Presentation
  2. Business services
  3. Persistence

The Presentation layer deals with the UI for all the activities carried out by human users and involves both the back-office and the user face for the end-users. The data of the Presentation layer are supplied by the Business services layer while further data are shared via API with third-party services.

The Business Services layer contains a set of loose coupling services following the principle of “Decompose by business capability”. APIs are listed according to safety and business functions in conjunction with event-driven processes. Automated and programmed tasks deal with the completion of Creopay 2.0’s business processes.

The Persistence layer contains a set of databases to safely store business information and metadata.

A final security layer deals with the IAM and secures the Presentation layer and all the following structure.

Creopay 2.0’s Architecture

Creopay 2.0’s architecture is based on PaaS (Platform as a Service) and cloud development and deployment environment. An infrastructure natively scalable and based on containers. It is a more efficient, quicker and lighter solution.

The container structure allows the application to be encircled in auto-consistent environments, ensuring an extreme deployment velocity, scalability and ease-of-use for porting among development environments, tests and production.

The platform allowing to create and execute Creopay 2.0’s container is Docker, an open-source, flexible and user-friendly platform. The architecture of the containers is regulated by monitoring servers that trigger the system and keep monitoring the execution of independent containers. The execution harmony among the various containers is ensured by solutions such as Kubernetes. Kubernetes is the leading product to manage medium and large architectures. It is an open-source project made by Google. This way, all the various, Linux-based containers make the application easy to distribute and scale according to whatever necessity with a high degree of abstraction.

The architecture designed for Creopay 2.0, thus, allows the fintech company to have a more efficient management of workloads.

Last month, we had a review of our 2020 and what it meant to us.

In the last few days, Alfredo Adamo, historical member of the great GreenVulcano Technologies family and CEO of AlanAdvatage, expressed and sent us a wish to all of us.

“Many of you often heard me say: “We’re the strongest! Only health can stop us… And it’s not doing it”. I think this touched on all the issues we faced as a company and as a great family in 2020.

More than once I said this sentence is “my motto” and, luckily, thanks to the skills af all the people working with us, I could repeat myself in all these years. Month after month, what we call our network grew in size, number of people, revenues, in the whole overall value. Today, our network earns more than 30 million euros in revenues and our reputation is growing as well.

Never before our health was put to the test by this devious virus! Unfortunately, it hit some of us directly. Some of us lost relatives, friends, loved ones. And it is to all our beloved ones that left us during this terrible year – whether due to the virus or for other reasons – that we send all our love.

However, what we kept seeding and harvesting in 2020, we’re sure it will blossom in 2021. We have all the opportunities to do increasingly better. Thanks to the great work we’re all carrying out, I’m sure that the famous green of GreenVulcano Technologies will also be a sign of hope for the recently started new year.

I’d like to remember once more the story of Professor Randy Pausch, who passed away in 2008. In September 2006, Randy Pausch was a brilliant math professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He had a wife, three kids and he passionately loved his job, his coworkers and his students. Suddenly though, doctors diagnosed him an advanced pancreatic cancer. One year later, on September 18th 2007, Pausch held his last pulic lecture, his “Last Lecture”, in front of four hunded people and left his last message to friends and coworkers: “Achieve your childhood dreams”.

Randy Pausch Last Lecture: “Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” – Carnegie Mellon University – Sept. 18, 2007

We are hence entering this new 2021, full of ambitious goals and new projects, trying to be close, kind, united. Seek help from a coworker and you’ll receive it. Remember, we are all a videocall away, just a few seconds away from each other… Let’s not lose our spirit.”

“It feels good to achieve our childhood dreams. And as you get older, you may find that “enabling the dreams of others” thing is even more fun,” Randy Pausch.

We want to start 2021 with this wish by Alfredo Adamo. We want to start from the complex reality of these last months without forgetting the quality our group showed in this trying period, with exceptional adaptability skills.

Company news won’t lack, the first for 2021 is quite important too: the onboarding of Gaetano Rossi as new Vice President – General Director. The arrival of Gaetano in GreenVulcano Technologies represents a natural step forward in the growth and improvement strategy we are carrying out for the group and the whole network.

Gaetano started his career in the ICT industry in 1991 in Telesoft and has been there for 8 years as a Project Manager. He then moved on to working in several companies of the Telecom Italia galaxy: for instance, from 2005 to 2013 he was in Shared Services, where he covered management roles until he finished his adventure as OSS Development and Management Director.

From 2013 to 2017 he had an extremely important experience in TI.IT (Telecom Italia Information Technology): up to 2014 as ADM integration & Testing Manager, from 2014 to 2017 as BSS Mass Market Systems Manager and then as Digital BSS Delivery Manager.

Under his coordination, and thanks to the support of more than 300 employees an 500 consultants, TIM became a true multinational giant. A colossus which is still a model of reference, besides being the pride of Italian telecommunications in the world.

The target we’re aiming at is clear and simple to understand: to help Team GVT to achieve an astounding professional, technical, organizational, economical and – above all – people-oriented growth.

Covid and mobility: 54 million rides using sharing solutions, a record in 2020.

THE PANDEMIC HAD AN ENORMOUS IMPACT ON THE CHOICES OF ITALIANS ABOUT THE MOBILITY INDUSTRY. IT DETERMINED AN EXPONENTIAL GROWTH OF SHARING MOBILITY (54 MILLION RIDES) WITH A GROWTH RATE OF 202% FOR MICROMOBILITY, FAR HIGHER THAN THAT FOR CAR SHARING (48%).

Based on data gathered by Fondazione per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile and by the main platforms in the industry, GreenVulcano Technologies (www.greenvulcano.com) calculated the aggregated value of micromobility, highlighting the way its growth – compared to carsharing – can impact the future strategically and giving us quantified measures about it.

After a brief, initial drop we recorded during the first lockdown, the health crisis paradoxically brought to a boom of the sharing mobility’s phenomenon, especially for what concerns micromobility: kick scooters (+554%), scooters (+26%) and bikes (+25%) – since these are considered safer than closed vehicles.

These numbers – based on data gathered by Fondazione per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile and by the main platforms in the industry – come from studies carried out by GreenVulcano (https://www.greenvulcano.com/) a leading company in Europe, regarded as the B2B player behind the curtain of the major smart mobility companies, as well as one of the most active «made-in-Italy hi-tech» research and development labs in the widest sectors.

The average value of the increase in the number of vehicles tells us that micromobility grew +202%.

If we consider the usage of the service – the analysts at GreenVulcano Technologies argue – 2020 will end with a total number of 54 million shared rides: an unthinkable number just a few years ago. However, there is an increasing tendency towards sharing mobility, so much that it pushed the automotive industry to adjust its business model, holding the sharing economy in higher regard.

However, driving licences decreased as well. This is a relevant indicator of how technology and the Internet replaced cars in the newer generations’ minds – and often in the older ones too. Today, youngsters prefer to “travel” online always more frequently and – for physical movements – to adopt micromobility solutions, whose increase in the last year has been more than four-fold (+202%) compared to carsharing (+48%).

«Within 2021, the Italian sharing economy – including its 5 macro-areas (collaborative finance, temporary lodging, vehicle sharing, on-demand domestic services and on-demand professional services) – could reach a value of 1.3% of the GDP, that is 25 billion dollars. But the main characters of the industry’s growth are the transport services’ sharing platforms which, within 2025, will represent 40% of the whole market value,» as argued by Marco D’Ambrosio, Business Development Manager of GreenVulcano Technologies, which – with more than 100 employees and a 20-year-old experience – introduced sharing economy to companies of every dimension, including leader companies: from Octo Telematics – the famous «Red Cinquecento’s» player – to eDriving, whose mission is to support more than one million drivers in reducing accidents and injuries.

The impact of sharing mobility on the economy will be – from a company’s point of view – 8 million euros: 40% of 25 billion dollars.

«However, from another perspective, the impact on people will be even greater: today, we can already enjoy a 20-minute journey at variable costs – according to the mix of means we choose – between 50 cents and 5.3 euros says Claudio Ortenzi, Senior Analyst at GreenVulcano Technologies.

The analysts of the big player behind the curtain of the major smart mobility companies, then, surveyed the current Covid-19 circumstances, which had Italy divided into 3 zones. According to the region – and often also to the assigned color – the citizens’ behavior changes, as GreenVulcano Technologies verified.

Hence, Italians turn out to be divided into 3 kinds of behavior – besides being divided into 3 zones: bold, worrisome or balanced.

In some regions in the red zone – or that have been in the red zone for a period – the overwhelming movement limitations triggered the desire to infringe the rules: this is the case of Lombardy, where residents are “bolder” and are not worried to resort to carsharing.

Besides Lombardy, among the regions that GreenVulcano Technologies believes to be “bolder”, we also find Tuscany, Campania, Apulia and Abruzzo.

In Latium, instead, we find more “worrisome” profiles. Although they can choose to resort to car-sharing – and although the vehicle disinfection protocols provide high safety warranties – citizens prefer to avoid car-sharing and prefer open vehicles: scooters, bikes and kick scooters. Among the generally more “worrisome” regions we also have Emilia Romagna, Marche, Liguria and Friuli Venezia Giulia.

The “balanced” profiles, at last, prevail in Umbria, Sicily and Sardinia. In these regions, there is no tendency to scaremongering and people keep living as they always did, without letting their guard down.

«In the other regions, we don’t really find a marked predominant behavior: citizens are equally distributed among the 3 different profiles. The choice here depends more on the individual profile and the environment,» GreenVulcano Technologies’s analysts conclude.

Sharing economy boomed: 1 Italian on 5 subscribed to a sharing service.

IN ITALY, ONE PERSON ON 5 IS SUBSCRIBED TO A SHARING MOBILITY SERVICE. GREENVULCANO TECHNOLOGIES: «THANKS TO MICROMOBILITY AND TO NEW TECHNOLOGIES, SHARING ECONOMY BOOMED I ITALY». THIS MONTH’S ITALIAN MARKET ANALYSIS ON SHARING MOBILITY PROVES IT, AS EXPLAINED BY THE BIG B2B PLAYER BEHIND THE CURTAINS OF THE MAJOR SMART MOBILITY COMPANIES.

In 2020, transport sharing services dramatically increased in Italy. Subscriptions to sharing mobility solutions reached 11,549,750 if we count those 5,475,000 subscribed to car and scooter pooling services as well. This is further explained by GreenVulcano Technologies (www.greenvulcano.com) based on data gathered by Fondazione per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile and the sector’s main platforms.

The way we move in our cities is changing. It is changing thanks to players such as GreenVulcano Technologies (www.greenvulcano.com) and its new predictive algorithms, which allow (among many things) to find the right vehicle in the right place at the right time and (especially) to ensure the highest safety for every travel through, for instance, monitoring the vehicle’s conditions and the driver’s driving skills.

But how has mobility changed in the last year? Here are the numbers for 2020 GreenVulcano Technologies worked on – according to the report developed by the National Sharing Mobility Observatory of «Fondazione per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile» and to data gathered from specific mobility sharing platforms (both ride-sharing and pooling) for cars and scooters.

«Today, in Italy, actual sharing vehicles – that’s excluding pooling – are 80,423,» as stated by Claudio Ortenzi, Senior Analyst at GreenVulcano Technologies, a leading company in Europe, regarded as the B2B player behind the curtain of the most relevant smart mobility companies and one of the most active «made-in-Italy hi-tech» R&D labs for the widest sectors.

The most numerous fleet – in the first place – is still that of bikes: 36,000 units (of which 5,413 are electric bikes) for a total of 13 million rides in 2020.

But the number of bikes has been more or less stable for 2 years. Hence, bike-sharing will be soon replaced by kick scooters, whose fleet has now increased to 27,150 units, with an increase of 554% compared to 2019 – for a total of 5 million rides against 2019’s 3 million and 2018′ 989,000 rides.

In the third place, we have cars which – also considering free-floating vehicles you can pick up and leave wherever you want and station-based ones you can only pick up and leave in specific places – amount to 12,000, of which 2,094 are electric, with an increase of 46% compared to 2019 and of 52% compared to 2018.

Finally, scooters amount to 5,273, of which the great majority (4,818) are electric, with an increasing number of rides: 4 million against 3 million in 2019 and 1 million in 2018.

If we consider the number of subscribers, however, we still find car sharing in the first place, with 3,565,750 subscribers (+48% compared to 2019). In the second place, we have bike-sharing, with 1,600,000 subscribers (+8% compared to 2019); and in the third place, scooter sharing with 609,000 subscribers (+45% compared to 2019).

In the last place, we have kick scooter sharing, with a number of subscribers GreenVulcano Technologies estimates at 300,000 people. However, the service has basically started only this year and is quickly climbing the Italian market approval ratings.

If we add the 5,475,000 carpooling users and those of the yet little popular scooter pooling, then, we get to 11,549,750 users subscribed to sharing mobility: basically almost one Italian on 5.

Sharing mobility is growing and it’s the driving force of the Italian sharing economy. What determined its success is the implementation of technology and the development of ad-hoc IT systems, as the ones developed by GreenVulcano Technologies – not only for cars and motor vehicles but also for kick scooters, hoverboards, skateboards and bikes – in the name of greener, more agile and silent rides, so as to improve as much as possible the life of customers and citizens.

«According to the European Commission’s data, Italians get stuck in traffic for an average of 38 hours per year. Basically, they lose a working week stuck in queues, not to mentions the levels of pollution caused by traffic jams. And yet, today we only need an app to have the best ride available in a few taps to reach our destination in the most efficient way, even jumping queues,» as Marco D’AmbrosioGreenVulcano Technologies’s Business Development Manager comments.

With more than 100 employees and a 20-year-old experience, GreenVulcano Technologies worked together with companies of every dimension to move towards sharing economy. These include major players such as Octo Telematics and eDriving, whose mission is to support more than one million drivers in reducing accidents and injuries.

It also helped many startups which – thanks to innovation and all-round integration B2B partners as GreenVulcano, whose strength is to support other companies from scratch – designed new business models and leveraged the power of technological platforms and revolutionary predictive algorithms to push new forms of micromobility – among car sharing, carpooling, bike-sharing and so on – and brand-new methodologies for vehicle use. A phenomenon currently changing the way we think of mobility all around the globe.