The monthly newsletter from ERTICO - ITS Europe, the Intelligent Transport Systems and Services Network bringing intelligence into mobility Issue 2 - February 2012
This month ERTICO had the pleasure to talk to Doris Bures, Austrian Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology, about the upcoming ITS World Congress in Vienna (22-26 October) co-hosted by the Ministry. In her interview, Ms Bures unveils the national plans to deploy ITS and highlights national priorities in the field of ITS. We are also pleased to have a video interview with Russell Shields, co-founder and Chair of the information and communication company Ygomi, and ITS Hall of Fame 2010 member. In this video, Mr Shields shares his personal thoughts on the importance of standardisation for ITS and reflects on the implementation of the eCall in Europe. On 8 February, ERTICO participated in the ElectroMobility pilot project launch event organised by the European Commission and held at the European Parliament. High level speakers talked to ERTICO about the role of ElectroMobility for the future of mobility and about the European Institutions’ and Member States’ plans to boost ElectroMobility in Europe. More news this month include a brief report of the 4th ETSI TC ITS Workshop organised in Doha. ERTICO took part in this event and gave presentations on activities especially in the field of cooperative ITS testing. In this context we would like to announce that the next Plugtest event will be held in May in France; more information will follow soon. From our Partners’ side, NXP Semiconductors announced that the Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Environment Melanie Schultz-van Haegen launched a new trial called In Car which is expected to improve traffic flow and increase traffic safety. Finally we would like to announce that starting next month, we will restructure the i-Mobility Newsletter; in addition to the monthly round-up email including ERTICO Partners and i-Mobility Network Members' news we will produce a brand new ERTICO magazine with focus on specific issues. I hope you will enjoy this month newsletter and wish you as always a pleasant reading.
p8 ElectroMobility pilot projects launch at the European Parliament
p13 ITS Bulgaria holds round table on ITS Directive and eCall
p10 ERTICO and ERTICO Partners appointed Members of the European ITS Advisory Group
p18 EasyWay conference at the European Parliament
p12 4th ETSI TC ITS Workshop
p25 iCar Support - Call for Tenders ... and much more
Interviews of the month: ERTICO - ITS Europe talks to Doris Bures, Austrian Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology, and to Russell Shields, Chair of Ygomi ERTICO - ITS Europe Blue Tower, Avenue Louise 326, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium
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Interviews of the month Vienna’s calling! Interview with Doris Bures, Austrian Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology The ITS World Congress 2012 in Vienna is only eight months away. The congress theme: smarter on the way, focusing on using ITS to better serve customers, connect seamlessly and encourage sustainability. The global ITS community is excited about the upcoming ITS World Congress in Vienna. What are your expectations for the event? We expect over 3,000 delegates and 10,000 exhibition visitors, making this the largest ITS World Congress to date. Not only will the congress be an ideal place to learn new ideas, but attendees will also experience Vienna, one of the world’s smartest cities. Visitors will see firsthand how Vienna’s integrated transport system, lively culture, sustainable planning, and high quality of life are supported by smart city technology. They can also participate in hands-on demonstrations in a test area adjacent to the congress centre. Congress organisers are working closely with leading edge developers and companies including the Car2Car Communication Consortium, Kapsch, Swarco, Siemens, and Efkon as well as the Austrian highway operator Asfinag to create a demonstration programme highlighting the latest and most innovative new ITS technologies. The demonstrations will also be designed to allow members of the public to experience the benefits of ITS since they are actually the final users. You want to make the Congress more political. What does this mean exactly? Mobility is an important political question because mobility is a basic need in today’s society. It is central to our individual well-being and to our common economic development. Mobility governs business location and makes it possible for us to share ideas and products with people from around the world. But these benefits have created exploding demand and led to problems ranging from traffic congestion to climate change.
As policy makers our challenge is: How can we create a sustainable, environmentally friendly and socially responsible transport system given this rapidly increasing demand? One step in the right direction is expanding sustainable transport. We are doing this in Austria by strongly supporting public transport, bicycling, and sustainable development. But our future must also be intelligent. We need to create truly Intelligent Transport Systems. From my perspective there are three requirements: First, Intelligent Transport Systems must be user-focused: these systems must be easy to use, helpful and increase safety. Second, ITS must be borderless. It shouldn’t matter what language you speak or where you bought your navigation device. We need standards to ensure compatibility, but without constraining innovation. Third, ITS must increase sustainability. Protecting the environment is our generation’s greatest challenge, and ITS must play a role. What’s needed now is to implement ITS in real transport systems. This requires excellent cooperation between all players and technologies, and that brings us back to the idea of making the congress more political. One way we’ll do this is with the Ministerial Round Table scheduled for 22 October. In this roundtable high-level political leaders from throughout the world will meet to develop recommendations for improving international cooperation. I am convinced this will be an important step towards better transnational collaboration.
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Why are Intelligent Transport Systems important for Austria? Today’s transport policy challenge is to strike a balance between ensuring mobility for people and goods while at the same time ensuring transport system sustainability in the face of scarce resources and emission limits. The only way to successfully meet these complex and dynamic challenges is to move smarter, in other words, to use ITS to optimise system planning and operations. With this goal in mind I have launched the Austrian ITS Action Plan. This plan defines our strategy for implementing an Intelligent Transport System consistent with European guidelines. The plan defines Austrian priority areas and emphasises the main points for creating a viable mobility system. What are your plans concerning future implementation of ITS in Austria? We need to ensure that Intelligent Transport Systems are designed and implemented seamlessly: they must work across city, regional, and national borders, and they must serve all transport modes. To meet the complex demands of our multimodal and multi-purpose transport system we must involve a broad range of stakeholders in the planning and development process. This type of integrated dialogue will help us identify and implement widely accepted services that optimise transport rather than proprietary solutions that make transport more difficult. We have started this broad stakeholder dialogue in Austria and the first success was the definition of six ITS actionareas: Traffic Management, Traveller Information, Freight Transport and Logistics, Vehicles, New Mobility Concepts, and Basic Functions (e. g. standardisation). In each area we have identified the key instruments needed to implement the necessary improvement measures. These instruments include funding programmes, innovative procurement processes, and standardisation.
Importantly, the instruments are designed to ensure that ITS elements are fully integrated into the standard transport planning and development process. What is, from your point of view, the most important aspect of ITS? The Austrian ITS Action Plan sets forth a vision for using ITS in three priority areas: safety, efficiency, and environment. ITS must help us achieve our “vision zero” goal in each of these areas. ITS must help us reduce the number of fatalities and serious injuries to zero, ITS must help us provide smooth and uninterrupted traffic flow even in dense traffic, a vision that includes considering how to optimise traffic between modes, and, finally, ITS must help us reduce emissions and environmental impacts. These goals come directly from the European Commission’s Transport White Paper and are major objectives of our programme. Another key goal for ITS, especially in times of economic difficulty, is in helping make transport systems more efficient and cost effective. In fact, ITS is a great way to increase mobility without new construction. ITS will help improve everyone’s daily mobility. For example, ITS already has been revolutionising many aspects of urban transport from helping people plan their trips to paying for services. Finally, ITS is an excellent driver for economic growth as we have seen in Austria. Many leading ITS producers are located here and are contributing to our economy. One special focus of the ITS World Congress 2012 is attracting new talent. Why do we need more women in this field? ITS, like many technical fields, has traditionally been a male dominated profession. However, to achieve the real promise of ITS, we need everyone to participate in its development. Expanded participation means more creativity and innovation – and it’s especially important to involve women in transport because women often make more trips, use more different modes of transport, and make different types of trips than men.
In short, they bring a whole set of new ideas, ideas we need to create effective transport systems. We are proud that in Austria almost 29% of engineering graduates are female, but it’s not enough. We need to encourage more young women to study technical subjects and awaken their interest in emerging fields like information technology. Innovation only happens when we open our minds to new ideas and perspectives – minimising the input from over 50% of the population means less creativity, fewer ideas, and diminished potential.
I should also note that studies have shown that companies with a good gender balance are more successful. Any closing thoughts about the ITS World Congress 2012? It’s clear that transport faces many challenges, but it’s also clear that ITS can help us successfully meet these challenges. In Austria we have long supported ITS Research and Development. We are now applying these technologies to create a more sustainable and equitable transport system. Taking up this spirit I encourage you to visit Vienna for the ITS World Congress 2012. Take part – be smarter on the way!
Useful links 19th ITS World Congress: http://www.itsworldcongress.com The Austrian Research Promotion Agency: http://www.ffg.at/en AustriaTech – Federal Agency for Technological Measures Ltd.: http://www.austriatech.org Austrian Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology: http://www.bmvit.gv.at/en/index.html Klima- und Energiefonds: http://www.klimafonds.gv.at/ The Austrian ITS Action Plan: http://www.austriatech.org/index.php?id=390&L=1&tx_ttnews[tt_ news]=646&tx_ttnews[backPid]=179&cHash=b4f126dd58
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Video interview with Russell Shields, Chair of Ygomi LLC T. Russell Shields, co-founder and Chair of Ygomi LLC, speaks about connected vehicles, their development over the past years and the advantages they bring to society, the importance of standardisation for the deployment of ITS and shares his thoughts on the current situation in Europe on eCall implementation.
About Ygomi LLC Ygomi LLC builds and operates companies that deliver innovative software and services for essential business needs. Ygomi currently operates three information and communications technology companies that develop and commercialise leading-edge solutions in areas including technical support for multi-location enterprises, vehicle telematics and multimedia, and wireless signal processing software. Headquartered in Fargo, North Dakota, Ygomi and its companies serve leading corporations around the world, with approximately 200 employees across Europe, Asia, and the USA. For more information, visit the Ygomi website.
The i-Mobility Network Over a year after the launch of the i-Mobility Network, ERTICO is proud to inform you that we have established a network of 450 organisations including over 700 individuals. The i-Mobility Network has successfully strengthened the information exchange of ITS stakeholders in Europe concerning relevant business and policy developments. Together with you, and your active involvement, we wish to further build on this success. To continue ensuring that all ITS stakeholders can connect with each other, we have decided to keep the basic membership free. For ITS stakeholders who wish to benefit from additional services such as preferential rates for ITS Congresses held in Europe, invitations to ERTICO Fora, access to papers and presentations from the European ITS Congresses etc ... we now also offer a Membership Plus service. To compare the services offered within the Membership and/or Membership Plus of the i-Mobility Network, please click here. How to register for the Plus Membership? As a current subscriber, you are automatically included in the basic membership package (free of charge). To subscribe to the Membership Plus package simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, the subscription fee is €1200 untill the end of 2012. Please do not hesitate to contact the Help Desk should you have any questions. Download the Terms and Conditions.
This month’s i-Mobility Network’s news selection Clearview traffic launches state of the art m830 Bluetooth traffic monitoring system Clearview Traffic is pleased to announce a new low-cost journey time monitoring and queue detection solution based on Bluetooth device recognition. The Golden River M830 represents the state of the art in this new vehicle detection technology. Until now, journey time monitoring required the deployment of expensive ANPR cameras – often one per lane in each direction. Apart from the cost of installation, this approach raises concerns about privacy and data protection. Queue detection has traditionally relied on inductive loops to measure the spot speed and separation of individual vehicles, needing a complex algorithm to recognise the formation of a queue. Loops are expensive and disruptive to install, and costly to maintain. The associated counting equipment is typically housed in an obtrusive dedicated roadside cabinet. The M830 overcomes all of these drawbacks. A single unit detects and uniquely identifies multiple vehicles simultaneously across all lanes and in both directions. On a dual carriageway the cost of an installed site is as little as 10% of an equivalent ANPR installation. The M830 Bluetooth traffic monitoring solution provides a reliable real-time statistical sampling of actual journey times from the traffic flowing through the network that empowers traffic officers to react quicker to early warning signs and prevent unnecessary congestion. By recording the anonymous MAC addresses of devices along with a timestamp as they pass through the detection zones at each sensor location and then matching anonymous MAC addresses as they pass through additional sensor locations, traffic officers can build up a picture 6
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not only of the typical journey times but also of the average speed through the network and identify where significant changes in traffic conditions have occurred. The equipment is compact and quick to install with the minimum of disruption, being entirely offroad. It can be mounted on existing poles, lamp columns or bridges, so there is no need to install additional obtrusive street furniture. The product has already been successfully deployed in a number of trials in major motorway, trunk road and urban environments, enabling traffic flow and congestion to be readily monitored. More trials are already planned with customers in the UK and internationally over the next three months. Wayne Stant, Head of Product & Marketing for Clearview Traffic Group Ltd, states “Representing the first output of the next generation of Golden River products, we are very excited about the launch of the M830 and can see a very strong future for the deployment of this technology in helping traffic authorities to establish a real-time picture of traffic flow across their networks at a fraction of the price of traditional ANPR technology. With ever increasing pressure on authorities to do more with less, the M830 provides a reliable and affordable alternative that both eliminates disruption to road users during and post installation, but also does not suffer from the effects of changing light levels during the day or obscuration from other traffic that often hinders ANPR technologies. As the technology has matured and the trend for integration of Bluetooth technology in vehicles has grown, the time is right to bring this product to market and we are already working with key partners in the ITS sector to develop this solution further as we look towards the future of the connected vehicle.” Clearview Traffic will be showcasing the M830 along with other new and exciting developments at Intertraffic 2012 - Stand No. EL30. For more information please contact Louise Turton or visit the Clearview website.
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ERTICO news get a new look As of March 2012 the i-Mobility monthly newsletter will have a new look! In order to improve the quality of our articles and to better serve our readership we will restructure our monthly newsletter by shortening it and focusing on specific topics. ERTICO will keep posting new stories on its website; therefore cooperation with the ERTICO Partners and i-Mobility Network Members will continue to be fundamental for assuring a constant information flow. Meanwhile, the new, shorter, sharper ERTICO magazine will focus more on specific topics. In addition to our usual section dedicated to interviews, the ERTICO editorial team will select stories and write articles and reports on current
trends and events of the ITS world, centre attention on EU policy decisions and initiatives, and investigate industry developments. Just like the newsletter today, the magazine will be sent out monthly directly to your in-box. The email will of course also contain all the month’s ITS news, whether from ERTICO Partners, the i-Mobility Network, the EU or national authorities, or others. The first edition will be published at the end of March; if you already receive the i-Mobility newsletter, the magazine will be sent to you automatically. However if you do not receive the i-Mobility Newsletter but you would like to receive the new magazine, please send an email to Nicolas White. 7
ElectroMobility pilot projects launched at the European Parliament Smart Connected ElectroMobility holds the potential to fundamentally change today's transport system and patterns and make a quantum leap towards sustainable mobility. Four European “eMobility” pilot projects (SmartCEM, ICT4EVU, MOBI.Europe, and MOLECULES) joined forces for their launch in the European Parliament on 8 February 2012. The four pilot projects, run under the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP), strive to facilitate and enhance user experience and acceptance of electric vehicles by offering various ICT services for urban and inter-urban mobility. These services will be tested and evaluated on test sites in EU Member States all over Europe. MEP Malcolm Harbour, Chair of the IMCO Committee, and host of the event, opened the session by introducing the programme speakers. Mr Harbour underlined his conviction of the importance of sustainable mobility. He further explained that: • Mobility and especially integrated mobility is vital for the cities • Vehicles can deliver ElectroMobility solutions • It is of vital importance to engage all stakeholders but especially municipalities in order to integrate these technologies in transport systems. Click here for Mr Harbour’s podcast.
MEP Bernd Lange, coChair of the Forum for the Automobile and Society The first speaker MEP Bernd Lange confirmed that the European parliament is closely following policy developments in ElectroMobility. He reminded the audience of predicted changes in urbanisation, demographics and climate. He further explained that ElectroMobilityis a part of the solution – especially integrated mobility and the combination of vehicles and ICT as a solution of the future. He especially mentioned the integration of ElectroMobility as an alternative urban mobility solution for local authorities. He also stated that the 4 projects need a solid basis, that the EP is on their side and he wished them success in their future work. Click here for Mr Lange’s podcast. Mr Zoran Stančič, Deputy Director-General, European Commission DG INFSO Mr Zoran Stančič, explained the EU policy framework behind the CIP pilots (Research and Innovation Programme, EC transport policy 2020 and beyond, Digital Agenda for Europe). He further mentioned the importance of the CIP pilots which provide opportunities to work with different stakeholders. Click here for Mr Stančič’s podcast. Continued on the next page
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ICT 4 EVEU, MOBI.Europe, MOLECULES, and smartCEM ICT 4 EVEU is a project aiming at the deployment of an innovative set of ICT services for electric vehicles (EV) in complementary pilots across Europe. The focus of the services in question is the integration of different management systems operating on the existing EV infrastructures of the pilot cities. ICT 4 EVEU will then deploy interoperable ElectroMobility services on these interconnected infrastructures. The three pilots will cover different areas. The first one will run in Bristol, UK, and its commuter belt.
Four European cities/regions, Barcelona (ES), Gipuzkoa-San Sebastian (ES), Newcastle (UK) and Turin (IT), have joined forces to demonstrate the role of ICT solutions in addressing shortcomings of ElectroMobility. As the potential of EV is under-used due to their limitations and lack of confidence, the smartCEM project aims to minimise the current EV limitations, by applying advanced mobility services (EV-navigation, EVefficient driving, EV-trip and charging station management).
The second one will join the Spanish towns of Vitoria and Pamplona, creating a common corridor of 100 km. Finally, the Slovenian pilot will connect the most important cities of the country, Ljubljana and Maribor, and have an international aspect as there will be observers from the Austrian region of Styria, which has shown a big interest in this pilot. MOBI.Europe will promote the full integration and interoperability of available, currently tested ICT ElectroMobility applications. It is built on the ElectroMobility initiatives of Portugal, Ireland, the Spanish region of Galicia and the Dutch city of Amsterdam. For the benefit of the EV user, the project aims to integrate these four areas by ensuring full interoperability of the standards and mobility services already in use there.
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The aim of MOLECULES is to contribute to the pre-deployment and wider uptake of smart connected ElectroMobility as a radical departure from today's transport system, leading to reductions in carbon emissions and less congested urban areas. The pilot actions will test urban and inter-urban ICT services that facilitate and enhance the user experience of electric vehicles. They will support real-time interaction between the driver, the vehicle and the transport and energy infrastructures. Services comprise for instance pre-trip and on-trip planning and optimisation including EV energy use and charging, as well as vehicle to grid connectivity.
“Raising consumer awareness is key for the adoption of new technologies and the FIA and its member clubs are best placed to play this role. That’s why the FIA fully supports the SmartCEM initiative and the demonstration of eMobility as a real alternative for our day-to-day mobility”.
The users’ perspective Werner Kraus, President of FIA Region I (which represents 104 Automobile and Touring Clubs across Europe, the Middle East and Africa), commented on the SmartCEM pilot project of which the FIA is a partner:
Click here for Mr Kraus’ podcast. Continued on the next page
NEWSLETTER National plan to promote ElectroMobility Antonio Bob Santos spoke on behalf of the Deputy Minister of Innovation, highlighting Portugal’s new public and private programme (PPP) on ElectroMobility. This programme covers energy and renewable sources, environment, transport and research and innovation. Twenty-five municipalities are testing these innovative solutions. The importance of ElectroMobility for sustainable urban mobility Pere Ferrer Sastre praised these 4 initiatives, “without them is difficult to meet transport goals”.
The city council has installed 191 new electric vehicle battery-charging points in Barcelona. The Movele electric vehicle plan is not the only action up to now to have been promoted by the city council for furthering the use of electric vehicles in the city, in order to achieve more sustainable mobility. ElectroMobility and renewable energies: a win-win situation for a sustainable low carbon economy Carlos Lopez presented MODERNA, the new economic development model for Navarra: a medium and long term strategic regional plan promoted by the Government of Navarra (Unión del Pueblo Navarro - UPN) together with other stakeholders. The MODERNA TREE plan includes particular emphasis to sustainable vehicles and renewable energies. Click here for Mr Lopez’ podcast. A further podcast by Jacob Bangsgaard, FIA Region I Director General is available here.
ERTICO and ERTICO Partners appointed Members of the European ITS Advisory Group In May 2011 the European Commission decided to create a group of experts on ITS who would advise the Commission on business and technical aspects of the deployment and the use of ITS in the European Union. Following this decision, the European Commission has announced the 25 members of the European ITS Advisory Group, including ITS services providers, user associations, transport and facilities operators, manufacturing industry, social partners, professional associations, local authorities and other relevant fora. ERTICO – ITS Europe and ERTICO’s Partners ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturers Association), FIA (Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile), IRU (International Road Union), KAPSCH, NXP Semiconductors, Orange, and Siemens have been appointed among the members of this experts group. 10
The Advisory Group’s mission will be: • assisting the Commission in the preparation of specifications, to be adopted as delegated acts under the Intelligent Transport Systems Directive, by providing an opinion on the technical and commercial aspects • monitoring the evolution of policy in ITS and to advise and provide guidance to the Commission on all other issues related to the deployment and use of ITS in the Union • bringing about an exchange of experience and good practice related to the deployment and operation of ITS. For more information on the European ITS Advisory Group, visit the European Commission website.
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7th annual Texas Transport Forum kicks off with record attendance ITS America President and CEO Scott Belcher joined roughly 1,300 policymakers, business, finance and transport professionals in the Alamo City last week to discuss ways to meet Texas’ transport challenges at the 7th Annual Texas Transportation Forum. Hosted by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), Texas Good Roads Transportation Association, Associated General Contractors of Texas, and Texas Transportation Institute, the Forum featured a general session entitled “Transportation, Technology & You” moderated by Scott Belcher
with Leo McCloskey, Vice President, Airbiquity, Sean O’Sullivan, CEO, Avego; and Steve Kenner, Global Director of Automotive Safety Office, Ford Motor company. Click here to listen to a podcast of the session. For more information, visit ITS America website. This article has been published in cooperation with ITS America.
News from TISA TISA Community meets in Singapore On 15 and 16 February 2012, TISA held its quarterly Committee Meetings in Singapore. The meetings were hosted by Quantum Inventions and the Land Transport Authorithy, two local TISA-Members. This was an opportunity for TISA to meet its Members from the Asia-Pacific region. The first day started with a short introduction to TISA, immediately followed by a review of the Open Use Cases and more specifically the two latest ones raised by the Singapore market: Road Pricing Gantry & Holiday Status informing the driver in real time about the Road Pricing Scheme in the city-centre. The rest of the day consisted of the traditional Committee Meetings: Content and Service Provision Committee, Technical and Standardisation Committee, Product Committee. In addition to the Working groups and Task Force reports, presentations were also given by Gewi and Quantum Inventions on the provision of Quality Traffic and Travel Information in the Asia-Pacific Region. Jonathan Burr, TISA President then emphasised the need to make data from Public Transport available to allow future MultiModal Travel Information services to take place, with a practical example from the UK. Finally, Bev Marks, Executive Director of TISA, presented the terms and conditions of TISA’s future plans to make its products more widely available. On the second day, several presentations from the Land Transport Authority, Quantum Inventions and the TISA Executive Office, followed by a visit of the ITS Centre of Singapore contributed to a sharing of knowledge and experience with a wider community of organisations.
TISA welcomes new Members TISA welcomes two new international Members: the Department of Transport and Main Roads (Queensland Government agency) and Telmap. The Australian Department of Transport and Main Roads is responsible for planning, managing, and delivering Queensland's integrated transport environment to sustainable transport solution for road, rail, air and sea. You can find more information about it here. Telmap is a mobile location-based services company based in Israel with expertise in navigation, mapping, routing, content exploration and discovery. As part of its product development in the traffic arena, Telmap joined TISA to take part in standard definitions of the future traffic products. More information can be found here. 11
4th ETSI TC ITS Workshop The 4th ETSI TC ITS Yearly Workshop, was held from 7 to 9 February 2012 in Doha, Qatar. The Qatar University Wireless Innovation Centre (QUWIC) hosted this event with the support of the Qatar National Research Fund. More than 160 participants were invited to this ITS workshop to understand and share views about Cooperative ITS, with regards to the standards development, the trials and lessons learned, as well as application and technology issues. Mr Soeren Hess, ETSI TC ITS chairman, opened the workshop with an introduction, followed by the keynote speeches. The first sessions presented the situation of the ITS standardisation at CEN and ETSI in relationship with EC Mandate M/453. The following sessions enabled participant to learn about ongoing research and deployment activities for the Cooperative ITS. Presentations about trials, communication functionalities, applications, radio and security were provided by many experts and provided fruitful debates.
Mr Sebastian MĂźller, Technical Coordinator at CTI (Centre for Testing and Interoperability) and Mr Francois Fischer, ERTICO Project Manager, made a presentation of cooperative ITS testing activities, organised jointly by ERTICO and ETSI, in the scope of the EC funded projects DRIVE-C2X and EcoMove. He also introduced the ERTICO-ETSI cooperation programme on ITS Plugtest events related to cooperative ITS and eCall. In this context of the host country, the participants learned that the deployment of cooperative ITS in Qatar forms part of efforts for innovation and technology development. Qatar will face critical challenges in the field of transport in the future, being the host of the FIFA world cup in 2022 and an applicant for the 2020 Olympic Games. To address these challenges, Qatar will develop, test and deploy innovative cooperative ITS solutions.
Mr Hermann Meyer (in the photo below), CEO of ERTICO, presented ERTICO activities during the keynote session. He put special focus on the role of the ERTICO Partnership to ensure effective deployment of priority ITS applications in Europe and thanked ETSI for its most essential work concerning related standardisation to ensure interoperability. The event host, QUWIC, is leading the research and development of cooperative ITS in Qatar and demonstrated its results using the QUWICâ€™s connected car in the exhibition hall. The Qatar National research Fund (QNRF), supporting education and research through different partnership programmes, sponsored this 4th ETSI TC ITS workshop. Partnership and research funding opportunities with Qatar were also discussed with ERTICO. Conclusions of the workshop are available here.
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ITS Bulgaria holds round table on ITS Directive and eCall On 24 January 2012 ITS Bulgaria held a round table at the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy, Sofia, Bulgaria. The topic of the round table was “Directive 2010/40/ЕU – Key step for the organisation of clean and smart traffic and better road safety”. About 60 people from the government institutions, NGOs, companies, universities and the press participated.
Directorate, Sofia Municipality; Commissar Antonov, Head of Road Police, Stoyan Gramatikov, Director of Directorate of National System 112; and representatives of ITS Bulgaria’s members - Mr Bojkov (EuroGPS) and assistant professor Atanasova (Higher school “College of telecommunications and post”). Andy Rooke, HeERO Project Coordinator and Project Manager at ERTICO, was invited as speaker for the eCall subtopic. Mr Rooke and Mr Mihaylov, Chairman of ITS Bulgaria, also met representatives of the Ministry of Interior as well as visiting the112 call-center in Sofia. The possibility of public authorities and stakeholders in Bulgaria signing the eCall Memorandum of Understanding was also discussed.
The round table had two subtopics: Directive 2010/40/EU – the framework for the deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems in the field of road transport and for interfaces with other modes of transport and eCall - saving lives and reducing the severity of injuries in tens of thousands of cases; Bulgaria could be one of the first European countries who will fully implement eCall. Invited speakers were Mrs Trenkova, Director of EU Coordination and International Co-operation Directorate at the Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications; Mr Todorov, Director of Road Infrastructure
For further information, please visit the ITS Bulgaria website.
Smart In Car Trial, car data real-time accessible to improve traffic flow and increase traffic safety On Monday 30 January, the Dutch Minister Schultz van Haegen (Infrastructure and The Environment) launched the Smart In Car trial. A new trial for NXP Semiconductors, in cooperation with IBM, Beijer Automotive, NOKIA, TASS, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, TNO, ANWB, CibaTax, KPN and the Dutch Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management. The trial is expected to improve traffic flow and increase traffic safety. The new technology will help the region of Eindhoven to monitor and report dangerous road conditions in real time and warn drivers in the vicinity to avoid accidents. Traffic must be seen as a system where individual actions can have major consequences for the system as a whole. Research has shown that small disturbances very quickly lead to full-blown traffic jams. For example, traffic jams often occur when one car breaks firmly, forcing the cars behind to break as well, causing a chain reaction that can impact the entire traffic system. Sudden breaking is often a result of bad road conditions caused by holes, loose stones or ice. Today automobiles, and the roads they are driving on, are equipped with thousands of sensors. Cars are increasingly connected and create a vast amount of data that can be used to improve traffic conditions and driving experience. For example, currently sensors in cars alert drivers via their dashboard for low tire pressure, broken lights, or engine failures. Also, heavy breaking (ABS), strong acceleration and slippery roads will be registered by these sensors. To monitor traffic density road sensors, mobile phone data and data from navigation devices are already used. What will we do? NXP Semiconductors, IBM and its partners will equip all participating cars with a device, containing the NXP ATOP chip that gathers relevant data from the central communication
system of the car (CAN-bus). This device bundles and translates all relevant car sensor data anonymously before sending it to an IBM Smart Traffic Center, along with GPS location data. IBM will use sophisticated analytics on car data to inform drivers and road authorities about dangerous road conditions, accidents or growing traffic density in real-time. The system reduces the number of accidents, time to clear the roads and related congestion. What is unique about the project is that by using Beijer Automotive technology, we can read these CAN-bus signals from over 90% of all existing cars on the road today. Benefit for Traffic authorities The anonymous information from the IBM Smart Traffic Center enables local traffic authorities to resolve road network issues (holes in the road, oil on the road, black ice). By receiving the information in real time, road authorities can act faster and immediately deploy emergency response teams and road workers to resolve issues. Traffic centres staff can promptly respond and manage traffic flows away from accidents and dangerous roads. Benefit for Commuters Commuters in the Eindhoven region with a Smartphone or connected navigation device can improve benefits from the trial by receiving personal information based on their specific location about road conditions in their vicinity. This information from the IBM Smart Traffic Centre will also be available for car navigation systems
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and Smartphone’s via the new SMART-In-Car App. With this App, commuters will be able to get real time notifications about dangerous traffic conditions ahead, slippery roads, accidents and roadwork. The first 10.000 installations will be provided for free.
Successes in the past This trial is one of several initiatives the Collaborative Region of Eindhoven (SRE) has begun to improve traffic flow in the region around Eindhoven. In an earlier six-month road pricing trial, also conducted by IBM and NXP, advanced congestion charge technology was successfully used to incentivize drivers to change their driving behavior. This reduced traffic congestion and contributed to a greener environment. In fact, 70 percent of drivers changed their behaviour to avoid rush-hour travel when presented with the right incentives, demonstrating that road pricing systems can have a positive effect on driving habits and help alleviate traffic. Improved Utilisation
Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Environment Melanie Schultz-van Haegen
Participation of cab company / fleet owners A large cab company in the Region of Eindhoven, Cibatax, and the ANWB (Road Side Assistance service), will also participate in the pilot to better understand how they can improve their quality of service, efficiency and proactively maintain their fleet of vehicles. More than 100 cabs and 100 service cars of the ANWB will be equipped with a special on board unit for this project. This unit is connected to the Tass and IBM Smarter Traffic Center and gives the cab company and ANWB real time information on vehicle data and route data. This will help them proactively detect and repair issues, help improve driving patterns of the fleet and individual drivers, increase fuel efficiency and minimise environmental impact. The cab drivers will receive feedback on optimised safety and eco driving. The Trial is another major milestone of NXP strategy to connect the car, click here for more information.
The deployment of Intelligent Transportation Systems is done in the framework of the Beter Benutten (“improved utilization”) program, through which Dutch national, and some economically significant regional governmental authorities, in The Netherlands seek to reduce traffic congestion by 20 percent at some of the worst bottlenecks. The Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment green lighted the implementation of these measures to improve traffic flow in the province of North Brabant, jointly with Brabant provincial executive member Van Heugten, and NXP’s CTO and Country Manager, Mr Penning de Vries. The package of measures used in Brabant also includes infrastructural measures, such as improved connections, and changes to intersections. In the cities of ’s-Hertogenbosch and Helmond, digital routing information signs are placed along the roads in order to direct traffic to either bypass or go through the city centers. On some busy roads, the Spitsmijden (“peak hour avoidance”) project, which rewards participants who avoid peak traffic hours, was implemented. Expansion of bicycle parking spaces and construction of new bike lanes are designed to stimulate bicycle use in combination with travel by train. Continued on the next page
In addition, investments are made in increased cargo transport by boat. The Brabant region will invest 71 million euro for the total package of measures. The regional authorities will contribute around 30 million Euros, and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment will invest over 40 million Euros. The Ministryâ€™s Beter Benutten programme means fewer traffic jams and increased use of railways and waterways, in order to promote economic
growth. National and regional authorities, along with the business community, take these innovative measures in the busiest areas in hopes of improving mobility. In addition, nationwide fiscal measures are taken in support of this venture. The Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment has budgeted a total of 794 million Euros for the Beter Benutten programme. Smart choices, strong combinations.
AMITRAN project needs your opinion!
The AMITRAN project will define a reference methodology to assess the impact of intelligent transport systems on CO2 emissions.
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The methodology shall be used as a reference by future projects and covers both passenger and freight transport through a comprehensive well-to-wheel approach. Different modes are addressed: road (receiving most of the focus), rail, and shipping (short sea and inland navigation).
We kindly invite you to contribute to AMITRANâ€™s development by letting us know about your needs and requirements regarding a CO2 impact assessment methodology for ITS.
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Siim Kallas on transport financing: the way ahead On 2 February 2012, Siim Kallas, Vice President of the EC and Commissioner for Transport, gave a speech at the European Policy Centre about the financing of transport infrastructure in Europe. Mr Kallas highlighted that “Europe needs to invest heavily in transport infrastructure before 2050 to remain competitive”, despite the current financial crisis that requires Member States to “focus on tackling budget deficits” and “implementing austerity measures”. The Commissioner stated that investment is crucial for the growth of European economy and for “turning the dream of a single European transport area into a reality”. In this sense the implementation of the transEuropean transport network (TEN-T) “will be crucial for creating employment and economic growth” and it is one of the top priorities of the European Union. “With TEN-T, every million Euros of public money that [the EU] spend generates 5 million in investment from the Member States. And every million Euros generate 20 million from the private sector. But despite the impressive leverage rates, the funds available will not be enough”. Mr Kallas highlighted that a long-term funding will be needed both from public and private sectors. The European Commission has a new funding programme for the 2014-2020 budget called the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). The CEF will look at investing in transport, energy and ICT infrastructures and it “is also designed to attract and guarantee private sector involvement” including specialised infrastructure investors. Mr Kallas said that he is “confident that the strong track record in EU funding for transport projects, [...] together with valued partner institutions like the European Investment Bank (EIB), will
help generate some impressive leverage on this money. Based on that combined amount of €31.7 billion [from CEF and from the Cohesion Fund], we estimate that the expected leverage and cofunding could raise total transport investments to between €140 and €150 billion”. However, in order to attract private investors, the Commission initiative should “reduce the risk for investors looking for long-term investment opportunities, as well as give infrastructure projects credibility”. The European Investment Bank will play a fundamental role as it “[...] can offer attractive pricing terms and large loan amounts over long maturities” whilst representing “a strong guarantee for commercial banks when they decide to finance parts of a public-private partnership”. Mr Kallas concluded by affirming that “transport is a true engine driving European growth. Every European company and citizen depends on an efficient transport system. With the economic crisis, Europe needs – more than ever – to improve its mobility. So we must invest in a sustainable transport network. This requires long-term funding and commitments from governments – and not only to attract private funding. Conditions for infrastructure investments must be stable for long periods, perhaps 30 years. That's where we in Brussels can help, by creating an environment of business security. And the proposed Connecting Europe Facility is an important part of that”. Read Siim Kallas’ full speech here.
EasyWay: making road mobility safer, greener and more efficient for the European citizen On Tuesday 24 January 2012, EasyWay, under the patronage of Antonio Cancian, MEP (EPP), and with the kind cooperation of his staff, as organised a conference in the Brussels’ EP premises.
The event "EasyWay: making road mobility safer, greener and more efficient for the European citizen" took place immediately after a session of the TRAN EP committee and was attended by - among others - Brian Simpson (TRAN Committee Chairman), Ines Ayala Sender (MEP TRAN Committee), Anne Jensen (MEP, rapporteur of the recommendation for second reading on the adoption of a general framework for the spread of intelligent transport systems in the field of road transport and interfaces with other transport modes), Dominique Riquet (MEP TRAN Committee), Giommaria Uggias (MEP TRAN Committee), Georgios Koumoutsakos (MEP TRAN Committee), Carlo Fidanza (MEP TRAN Committee), Theodoros Skylakakis (MEP), Spyros Danellis (MEP), Othmar Karas (MEP), Giancarlo Scotti (MEP),Vice-President of the European Parliament Roberta Angelilli (MEP), Fotis Karamitsos (Director of Directorate C for Innovative & Sustainable Mobility, DG-MOVE), Christopher North (Head of Unit, Air, Waterborne Transport, Logistics, Innovation and Co-modality, TEN-T Executive Agency), Klaus Schierhackl (ASECAP President) and Skirmantas Skrinka (CEDR President).
Mr Cancian stated that “The aim of this meeting is to understand what worked in this program, what results were obtained, which further developments are possible and confirm that it is continuing to invest resources in this area of the Community budget." Mr Cancian continued, "The EASYWAY program, and more generally the application of intelligent transport systems to the road sector, responds to the call, in my opinion, for a more intelligent use of existing infrastructure: the applications and ongoing trials may benefit from an important environmental benefit, reducing congestion and encouraging better use of infrastructure. In my opinion, these systems can do more and are better interventions than taxation, such as proposed by the Eurovignette Directive, for example.”
About the EasyWay project EasyWay is the unique European Project aiming at harmonised implementation of Intelligent Transports Systems (ITS) and Services across the TEN - T Road Network and its urban and multimodal links. EasyWay has a strong foundation in the 27 Member States and 3 other European countries and operates in a coordinated way under the supervision of the TEN-T Executive Agency and through policy direction from the European Commission (DG MOVE) to address the major EU transport objectives and harmonise the deployment of Intelligent Transport Services (ITS) Continued on the next page
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on the TEN - T Road network. It is a most efficient platform to steer and coordinate pan-European deployment from local, regional and national level to Europe-wide. EasyWay gathers around 150 partners such as road authorities, public and private road operators across Europe.
The main objectives of EasyWay are to improve safety, reduce congestion and environmental impacts, and to promote the continuity of services at regional and European level through the coordinated deployment of real-time information and traffic management services for the benefit of the European road user. EasyWay contributes to the improvement of interfaces between conurbation networks and public transport services by fostering a co-modal traveller approach. The Future
EasyWay Objectives EasyWayâ€™s objectives are fully consistent with both the national policies of the 27 EU Member States and with the priorities defined in the ITS Action Plan and the ITS Directive (2010/40/ EC). EasyWay targets practical actions that deploy National and European policies towards a harmonized, competitive and resource efficient transport System.
Until now EasyWay, thanks to the financial support of the European Commission, has demonstrated that the deployment of ITS delivers significant safety, efficiency and environmental benefits. The EasyWay project results have shown where the deployment of ITS has had a positive effect on transport networks. These results highlight the overall success of EasyWay, in delivering tangible benefits for European citizen, network owners and transport road operators. True harmonised ITS deployment takes time and consistency, EasyWay program is committed to continue and to do much more in order to realise a real harmonised European road network for the benefit of the European citizen. For more information, visit EasyWay website or contact Alessandro Javicoli.
HeERO first newsletter published At European level, the HeERO project is preparing, coordinating and carrying-out pre-deployment pilot projects of the EU-wide eCall, which is based on the single European emergency number 112. The consortium is testing and validating in real condition pilots the common European eCall standards defined and approved by the European Standardisation Bodies. Over three years (January 2011 to December 2013), thanks to strong cross-border cooperation, the nine European countries which form the HeERO consortium (Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, The Netherlands, Romania and Sweden) will carry out the start-up of an interoperable and harmonised 112 based in-vehicle emergency call system. You can read HeERO newsletter here.
Eight more Galileo navsats agreed On 2 February ESA signed a contract to build a further eight Galileo satellites, alongside other agreements to modify Europe’s Ariane 5 launcher to carry four navigation satellites at a time. The signing took place at the European Commission's centre in London, Europe House, in the presence of European Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani and UK Universities and Science Minister David Willetts MP. The contract to construct and test the Galileo satellites was awarded to a consortium headed by prime contractor OHB System AG in Bremen, Germany, and partner Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) in Guildford, UK. Back in January 2010 this consortium was awarded the contract to build the previous 14 satellites. As before, OHB is responsible for the satellite platforms and overall integration, while SSTL is building the navigation payloads. ESA also signed two contracts with Astrium in France, to modify the more powerful Ariane 5 ES variant of the launcher to deploy four Galileo satellites at a time into medium orbit. In addition, ESA has booked an initial launch option with Paris-based Arianespace. The Ariane 5 ES is currently used for launching ESA’s Automated Transfer Vehicle to the International Space Station at around 380 km, but requires changes and requalification to deliver satellites to orbital altitudes of 23 222 km.
A dispenser will be developed to carry and then release a quartet of satellites into their target orbits. The requalified launcher, known as the ‘Ariane 5 ES Galileo’, should be available by the second half of 2014, along with the current Soyuz from French Guyana. Galileo, the EC and ESA Europe’s Galileo satellites combine the best atomic clocks ever flown in space for navigation – accurate to one second in three million years – with a powerful transmitter to broadcast precise navigation signals. The Galileo constellation began to take shape on 21 October 2011, when the first two of four Galileo In-Orbit Validation (IOV) satellites were launched into orbit. They are now operating as planned. The remaining two will be launched at the end of this summer. These will be followed by the Full Operational Capability (FOC) satellites now being built by OHB and SSTL. The definition, development and IOV phases are being undertaken by ESA and co-funded with the EC. The subsequent FOC phase is managed and funded by the EC; the EC has delegated the role of design and procurement agent to ESA. (Source: European Space Agency - the original article can be found here)
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TTS Italia welcomes five new members On 25 January 2012 the Board of Directors of TTS Italia welcomed five new members: • ACAM, the mobility agency of the Campania Region (South Italy), characterised as a support agency to the regional administration in the development of plans, programmes, contracts, procedures for the regulation and control of mobility services, mobility systems planning, development and management information systems. • Cediss, specialised in systems for safety and security on public transports means, with a focus on systems for fleet management, surveillance and infotainment. • ESRI Italia, society for services and solutions based on GIS technologies. The society is especially active in local and central public administration through systems for urban/land planning, for the environment and for emergencies management. • ISIS –Istituto di Studi per l’Integrazione di Sistemi, an Italian private research and consultancy firm supporting public and private policy makers in the formulation, monitoring and evaluation of energy, transport and environmental policies and decisions. • Viasat Group, operating in Italy in the security market, satellite navigation, as well as production and assembly of cards and electronic products and in the development and production of electronic systems and computer platforms.
Federal Ministry and Toll Collect agree on the introduction of tolls in Germany The Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development and the toll operator Toll Collect have agreed on the introduction of tolls on some federal dual-carriageway highways.
infrastructure. We thus strengthen the "road funding cycle" created last year, with a clear benefit in the form of increased investment in the road network."
The toll for heavy trucks will be extended to some 1,000 kilometres of federal highways that are of motorway standard and are connected to a motorway. This will take advantage of the technical possibilities of the satellite-based tolling system for trucks. The toll rate corresponds to that applied on motorways, thus an average of 17 cents / km. An estimated additional annual revenue of 100 million Euros is expected.
The discussions with consortium members German Telekom, Daimler and Cofiroute proved particularly difficult with respect to liability issues. Reflecting experience from the original introduction of the goods vehicle tolling, emphasis in the negotiations was set on thoroughness rather than speed.
According to Secretary of State Ramsauer, "Now we have the go-ahead: the goal is to begin collecting goods vehicle tolls on around 1000 km of four-lane highways constructed to motorway standard, with effect from 1 August 2012. The additional funds are earmarked for the development and maintenance of road
With this agreement, that was adopted by the German Bundestag and approved by the Bundesrat last year, the Federal Highway Toll Act can be implemented. Furthermore, this accords with a corresponding Recommendation of the Federal Court of Accounts. For more information visit the Federal Ministry of Transport website.
ADAM project kicks off All transport systems have been under extraordinary pressure for a number of years to dramatically reduce inefficiencies and environmental impact, and this pressure has increased with the current uncertain economic outlook. Concerned organisations and governments around the world question the sustainability of transport as we know it today. The EU and other national or regional entities face common and new mobility challenges in the modern world. In parallel, a technological revolution has been taking place over recent years with the proliferation of autonomous mobility solutions (aircraft, marine, terrestrial and underwater) that promise many benefits, including the creation of new markets, while new problems of different types are appearing (legal/regulatory, scientifictechnical, conflicts with the status quo, and so on). In the context of autonomous transport systems, and in line with the above mentioned opportunities and emerging business, together with the need to address the scientific and technical challenges that must be resolved to ensure its international presence and relevance, ADAM (Automation Development for Autonomous Mobility) consortium members propose an initiative of research and technological development of industrial interest, which aims to increase the autonomous capabilities of the operating processes of transport, through the development of advanced navigation,
guidance, control, communications, surveillance and automation based on net-centric architectures and advanced technologies for autonomous transport systems. Led by Boeing and supported by the CDTI (Centre for Industrial Technological Development: a Business Public Entity, answering to the Ministry for Science and Innovation in Spain (currently within the Ministry for Economy and Competitiveness), which fosters technological development and innovation in Spanish companies) with a total budget of close to 19 M€, the ADAM initiative is backed by a consortium sponsored by leading institutions in transport, mobility and integration of systems in all application areas (surface, maritime and aeronautic) in Spain as well as at the international level (BOEING, INDRA, NAVANTIA, ELECNOR-DEIMOS, FICOSA, INSA, SAES, AZKAR) and it is composed of ten companies with two SMEs standing out due to their innovative capacity (CENTUM, Maser) and twelve research organisations, including TECNALIA Research & Innovation (an ERTICO Partner). On Thursday 24 November, the project named “ADAM”, focused on science and technology around Autonomous Mobility, was initiated at the Boeing headquarters in Madrid. This project will last for more than three years and will finish at the end of 2014. For further information, please contact Francisco A. Navarro.
BMW Drive Now car sharing programme for the Netherlands BMW has announced that it intends to introduce its car sharing programme Drive Now to the Netherlands, although no timescale has been given for this. Norbert Reithofer, CEO of BMW AG announced this during the recent presentation of the new BMW i-Series concept. At the same event, BMW’s head in the Netherlands, Christiaan Koenders said that his company believed that by 2020 the overall market share for electric vehicles and hybrids would be between, 5 and 15%. The BMW i3 is set to arrive on the market in 2013. (Source: Smart-Mobility Management)
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Eurotransport interview with Cees de Wijs Craig Waters, Eurotransport Editor, speaks to Cees de Wijs, Group President of International Transportation and Local Government Group, ACS As the largest provider of transportation services to governments worldwide, with projects in over 35 countries, ACS, a Xerox Company, is focused on making the transportation experience simple by improving the customer and commuter experience with innovative mobility solutions. “We see an extremely important trend towards satisfying the need for more seamless passenger services ensuring that there is an intermodal travel experience from a passenger perspective,” explains Cees. “We also see things from a transport operator perspective where there is an extreme pressure, even in today’s economic environment, to become more inventive in allocating investments for new infrastructure whilst at the same time driving down the operation costs.” ACS addresses these market trends through a portfolio of solutions. For example, some major solutions that help optimising productivity and efficiency are automated fare collection and vehicle location and fleet management. “We are offering automated fare collection solutions to transit operators in many cities like Toulouse, Berlin, Milan and Zurich and we have also been delivering ticketing solutions for rail in the Netherlands, Norway, France, Austria and Switzerland. Moreover we provide automatic vehicle location and fleet management solutions which include a wealth of dynamic information needed to ensure that passengers experience fast, safe and reliable public transit,” said Cees. “We are currently rolling out an automated fare collection system for Abu Dhabi – a city with a vision to optimise the travel experience by improving the quality of service of the public transport network”. “Our project in Zurich, an
interoperable and integrated ticketing service for all transport modes across eight transport operators, is still on going,” explains Cees. “And in Toulouse we are currently investigating how, on top of the existing automated fare collection system, we can move towards the open payment trends that we helped pioneer in successful pilots in the USA”. “I highlight this open payment trend as ACS is one of the market leaders in the US where we are witnessing a lot of the open card payment initiatives. We were part of a very important pilot project in New York testing an open payment credit card based solution and we do trust that this is the future for many cities.” ACS has been recently selected by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) to implement one of the first open fare payment systems in the US. SEPTA will be one of the first in the country to offer riders the ability to travel and digitally pay their fare with a quick tap or wave of their ‘contactless’ credit or debit card or even their smartphone. We expect to also see Europe move towards uniform seamless and open payment facilities in the coming years.” Behind the scenes, ACS is actively engaged in European initiatives to standardise services and together with ERTICO, ACS has provided proposals to the European Commission to start developments on an integrated platform that may be applied across Europe for pan-European reservation, information and payment services. Continued on the next page
NEWSLETTER ACS transportation and Xerox experts from the Xerox Research Centre in Grenoble, France, frequently work in collaboration with their clients to solve current mobility challenges and to shape and create the future of transportation today. ACS also continues to recognise the importance of presenting their products and solutions at industry trade shows. “We attend exhibitions such as Intertraffic, ITS World Congress and of course this year’s InnoTrans in Germany,” comments Cees. Cees explains that the future vision of ACS in the public transport marketplace can be summarised around three major pillars. “First of all we believe that we will see an increased trend around ‘converging infrastructures’. Telecoms, banking, transport and energy will start to interconnect. The second visionary pillar is what we call ‘embedded intelligence’. Improving the seamless travel aspect is all about ensuring that embedded intelligence starts to really interconnect vehicles, passengers and superior back-end systems for reservation, payment and
customer service. The operators thereby reduce their cost of operations. The third pillar is ‘smart simplicity’. The passenger shall enjoy a seamless end-to-end mobility experience. Access to and the use of reservation, information and payment services will be made simple and comprehensive. The underlying technology and complexity will be made fully transparent for the passenger.” With these three fundamental visions of the future, it is clear to see that ACS is taking a strong hold on the public transport marketplace. “We do trust that even in today’s European economic climate, where there is a lot of pressure and a lack of funding and investment, ACS has the ability to open up large scale solutions and business models and also get our fair share of driving long-term efficient operations.” For more information, visit the ACS - Xerox website. (Source: Eurotransport magazine)
Leadership Chair in ITS – University of Leeds Closing Date: 23 March 2012 New technology is enabling radical changes to the way people travel, the transportation systems they use and the interface between the two. In a bid to increase safety, reduce congestion and energy consumption, the future of driving is likely to involve the deployment of highly automated, cooperative and unmanned vehicles, which will manoeuvre by communicating with each other and with the built environment through a rapidly developing array of in-vehicle- and infrastructure-based systems and sensors. We seek a dynamic research leader who will complement ITS’ existing skills in this area, further developing opportunities for research funded by the UK government and research councils, by the European Commission and by industry. The appointee will be part of and have a major role in the multidisciplinary Safety and Technology Group building on their world leading research in driver behaviour and new technologies and driving forwards new teaching initiatives with the Faculty of Engineering. Applicants could come from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, including, but not limited to, automotive engineering, computer science, robotics and cognitive systems, wireless communications and protocols. For further information click here or contact Dr Greg Marsden (Director of the Institute for Transport Studies) or Dr Natasha Merat (Research Group Leader for Safety and Technology).
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iCar Support - Call for Tenders iCar Support has issued two call for tenders on the following topics: iCar - implementation status survey by use of OEM data - 2012 iMobility Area/Topic: Deployment status in EU Member States Implementation of vehicle based eSafety priority systems according to the implementation road map list Description of the objectives: To estimate the market penetration and coverage of the vehicle based priority eSafety systems in all EU Member States based on reliable figures. Launch date of the study (expected): 1 April 2012 Duration of the study in months (expected): 4 months Download the call: iCar - implementation status survey by use of OEM data - 2012 DEADLINE for the call for tenders: 23 March 2012
iCar - implementation status survey by use of data acquired at dealers, workshops, or PTI - 2012 iMobility Area/Topic: Implementation of vehicle based iMobility priority systems in Member States according to the implementation road map Description of the objectives: To estimate the market penetration and coverage of the vehicle based priority iMobility systems in the EU Member States by collecting information from the Member States with the highest numbers of vehicles. Launch date (expected): 1 April 2012 Duration of the study in months (expected): 4 months Download the call: iCar - implementation status survey by use of data acquired at dealers, workshops, or PTI â€“ 2012 DEADLINE for the call for tenders: 23 March 2012 ATTENTION: The study could be either tendered to one or to three different companies/organisations for the 3 lots. For more information on the calls for tenders, please contact iCar Support
TEN-T Info Day – Recording available Priorities for the 200 million Euros available in the 2011 TEN-T Annual Call were presented in Brussels, to over 400 stakeholders who attended the event. The priorities and their allocated budget include:
• Support of Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) and innovative financial instruments (15 million Euros)
• Development of an integrated and multi-modal transport system (25 million Euros)
The event was available in web streaming and a recording with slides is available online. The deadline for submission of proposals is 13 April 2012.
• Infrastructure development contributing to the mitigation and adaptation to climate change and the reduction of the impact on the environment (35 million Euros) • Implementation of TEN-T projects (100 million Euros)
• Support of the long term implementation of the TEN-T network (25 million Euros)
Find more information on the 2011 TEN-T Annual Call.
euroFOT Final Event “Unveiling the results of the first large-scale FOT of ADAS in Europe” When: 26-27 June 2012 Where: Autoworld, Brussels (Belgium) The euroFOT final event will take place at the Autoworld in Brussels, on 26-27 June 2012. On this occasion, the euroFOT project results will be unveiled to an audience of approximately 300 stakeholders (decision makers, businessmen, experts, OEMs, dealers, etc.) who will have the opportunity to discover and discuss the conclusions of the first large-scale FOT of ADAS in Europe. The general objectives of euroFOT are to assess the impact from the usage of Intelligent Vehicle Systems, and to give indications for the deployment of ICT technologies for a safer, cleaner and more efficient transport system in Europe. Another objective of the project is the implementation of methods and initiatives for improving the awareness on the potential of Intelligent Vehicle Systems, and to create a wide socioeconomic acceptance. In this context, euroFOT aims to develop generally applicable methodologies for FOTs, so that the transferability of results to the overall European and global conditions is assured. The objectives of the event are twofold: • To raise awareness about the proven benefits of the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems which have been tested, assessed and evaluated during the project. • To underline that field operational testing is a powerful tool to gain insight into the way functions and systems suit the user when operated in real-world traffic conditions. Pre-register for the euroFOT Final Event now!
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Instant Mobility Stakeholder Workshop When: 20 March 2012 Where: Rome, Italy Instant Mobility is a 2-year research project in the Future Internet Public-Private Partnership (FI-PPP) that is exploring the potential of Future Internet technologies to bring a revolutionary improvement to the mobility of people and goods, and to the operation of transport networks and systems. The Instant Mobility team is developing three scenarios that exploit Future Internet-based technologies to deliver innovative services for: • Personalised multi-modal travel assistant • Smart city logistics • Transport management in the cloud In the coming months, the project will create Internet-based technical solutions to enable these scenarios, leading up to a conceptual prototype to be shown at the ITS World Congress in Vienna next October. This workshop aims to verify with key actors and stakeholders that these systems and solutions would really meet users’ requirements. It will also present Future Internet features and capabilities relevant for mobility of people and goods, and will explore potential business models for Future Internetenabled services. Finally, the floor will be open to potential participants in a second phase of the FI PPP programme, where a number of cities will be selected to host a pilot implementation of Instant Mobility scenarios. Do not miss this excellent opportunity to hear about our work, share your thoughts and ideas with the project team and learn how you, your business and your city could benefit from the latest developments on Future Internet applied for intelligent transport and mobility. Who should attend? The Workshop will be of interest for local transport planners and managers, for transport system and telecom operators, for users’ associations, for freight and fleet operators, for research organisations, for service providers and for IT and Intelligent Transport System industries. There is no cost involved for attending the workshop, but places are limited, and therefore will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. To register your interest to attend - or speak at - the workshop and receive more information on the agenda, please reply to email@example.com or Sandra. Borghetti@atac.roma.it.
FOT-Net Seminar: FESTA for Beginners When: 9-10 May 2012 Where: Pisa, Italy The next FOT-Net seminar is a special seminar organised for people who are new to FOTs and have only recently started to work in a FOT, to bring them up to speed with the FESTA mehotodology. This seminar is organised in collaboration CNIT (National Inter-University Consortium for Telecommunications), Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna. View the draft agenda here. For travel information and hotel accommodation, click here. For more information please contact the FOT-Net team.
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Forthcoming Events 15 March 2012
23-26 April 2012
20 March 2012
TPEG-Workshop “Getting in touch with TPEG”
Instant Mobility Stakeholder Workshop
Transport Research Arena Europe Athens, Greece
26-27 June 2012 euroFOT Final Event Brussels, Belgium
For more events information, please visit the ERTICO website by clicking here International Workshop from TMC to TPEG, Munich, Germany 14 March 2012 TPEG-Workshop “Getting in touch with TPEG”, Munich, Germany 15 March 2012 Instant Mobility Stakeholder Workshop, Rome, Italy 20 March 2012 20th International Symposium on Electronics in Transport, Ljubljana, Slovenia 26-27 March 2012 Transport Research Arena Europe, Athens, Greece 23-26 April 2012 6th International Fit to Drive Congress, Barcelona, Spain 26-27 April 2012 International Transport Forum 2012: “Seamless Transport: Making Connections”, Leipzig, Germany 2-4 May 2012 SafetyWeek - The Future of Automotive Safety, Aschaffenburg, Germany 8-11 May 2012 FOT-Net Seminar: FESTA for Beginners, Pisa, Italy 9-10 May 2012
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