Research presentation DITCM project

Monday, Dec 8, 12:30-13:30h in Pav. K16, Kostas Traganos will present research performed in our group for DITCM (Dutch Integrated Testsite for Cooperative Mobility); see below for the abstract.

The mobility of people and goods suffers from delays, unreliability, lack of safety and air pollution, especially in metropolitan areas. On the other hand, the demand for mobility is growing faster than the available infrastructure. Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), in which vehicles, road users and road infrastructure exchange traffic information, have been developed to tackle these issues, aiming to provide innovative services in the field of traffic and mobility management. These systems, either cooperative or connected (depending on the communication protocol) will reduce traffic problems and number of accidents, lead to lower vehicle emission levels and result in a smarter use of transport networks, improving quality of life. In addition, the benefits of ITS are motivating both developed and developing countries to invest in these technologies instead of spending huge amounts on transportation network expansion.

Various initiatives for intelligent traffic management services have emerged from Dutch or EU research projects, like SPITS, Spookfiles A58, PraktijkProef Amsterdam, ITS Corridor, etc. The ambition is however to bring these ideas to a large-scale deployment and establish a ground for mobility standards in The Netherlands. DITCM, an open innovation organization in which government, industry and knowledge institutes work together to test and develop smart mobility solutions, defined in 2013 an “enabling project” to develop an overall reference architecture for Cooperative ITS (C-ITS), based on a set of traffic related applications. The result was a document in which European standards on C-ITS architectures, interfaces and protocols were described to be used to develop subsystems and elements for cooperative, intelligent traffic management services.

Using this reference architecture as a starting point, the current project of DITCM is to enrich the overall reference architecture by extending the set of ITS applications that are expected to be developed in the Netherlands, focusing on Connected ITS. Also, projects for vulnerable road users should be covered. And apart from the technical and functional architecture, a main goal of the current project is to develop a business framework in order to investigate how business models can enable the financial roll out of ITS applications.