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27 July 2015

THE ISSUE Project: Final Project Summary

THE ISSUE Project: identifying innovative transport and urban mobility solutions to improve the economic, environmental and social health of cities and regions across Europe

FINAL PROJECT SUMMARY

THE ISSUE Project focussed on fostering trans-national cooperation, development and collaboration between a consortium of 12 regional ‘triple-helix’ research-driven clusters, including over 30 partners from industry/research/government, each with a shared interest and commitment to supporting improvements in the fields of transport, health and the environment and a common desire to identify and deliver intelligent solutions for sustaining urban economies.

THE ISSUE Consortium successfully completed its programme of work at the end of November 2014 and published its final reports in the summer of 2015. THE ISSUE was a three-year ‘Regions of Knowledge’ initiative, funded through the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme.

THE ISSUE established a vibrant trans-national network of regional ‘triple-helix’ clusters, which continues to work together to build on the legacy of THE ISSUE Project. It has brought together scientists, engineers, development agencies, businesses and those responsible for managing traffic, transport and air quality in each regional cluster, to share ideas and develop a common-vision for the future traveller experience. It studied the impact of transport on the economic, environmental and social health of cities and regions across Europe and assessed the potential to realise technology transfer, particularly from the fields of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) and Downstream Space Data Products and Services, into the sustainable transport and intelligent mobility sectors.


PRINCIPLE ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE ISSUE PROJECT
THE ISSUE Project delivered a number of important results and actions, which have been published in “THE ISSUE Project Final Report: Publishable Summary”, a copy of the document can be downloaded by clicking here. The key achievements of THE ISSUE Project are:

Presenting a Roadmap for the application of ICT and Downstream Space Data Products & Services to improve the economic, environmental and social health of cities & regions

THE ISSUE has presented an exemplar best-practice approach, or Roadmap, for realising the potential for technology transfer from newly-emerging and existing research and technologies, particularly in the fields of ICT and Downstream Space Data Products and Services, to deliver new research-based or innovation-driven solutions that address priority transport and urban mobility challenges such as reducing traffic congestion, improving air quality, promoting modal shift, increasing the efficiency of the existing transport infrastructure, and improving safety and security for citizens.

Publishing a pioneering and state-of-the-art Programme of Innovation Actions: Supporting Sustainable Transport and Intelligent Mobility in Cities & Regions across Europe (2014-2020).

THE ISSUE published its Roadmap in the form of a pioneering and state-of-the-art Programme of Innovation Actions: Supporting Sustainable Transport and Intelligent Mobility in Cities & Regions across Europe (2014-2020), a copy of the document can be downloaded by clicking here. This Programme identifies 47 evidence-based innovation actions that match the vision and interest of markets as well as the priorities of transport, urban mobility and environmental impact policy makers. Each action is capable of delivering major advances towards the operational implementation and market growth of new and viable economy-driving, environmentally-sensitive transport and intelligent mobility solutions. Many of these actions are already sufficiently mature to be the subject of proposals for funding in the immediate future through programmes such as the EU’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme. A copy of THE ISSUE’s Programme of Innovation Actions can be downloaded in ‘Publications’.

Establishing a new legal entity, THE ISSUE Meta-Cluster, a new European Special Interest Group in transport-health-environment.

THE ISSUE Consortium has created a lasting legacy for THE ISSUE Project through establishing a new European Special Interest Group in transport-health-environment, called THE ISSUE Meta-Cluster. This new legal association is supported by 11 European regional clusters, representing over 380 industry actors, including 300 SMEs, as well as 110 research centres and 135 local authorities. THE ISSUE Meta-Cluster will lead the delivery of THE ISSUE Programme of Innovation Actions over the period to 2020 and beyond. It will coordinate the preparation of collaborative trans-national funding proposals to secure appropriate EU and national funding, such as Horizon 2020, to conduct pilot studies, demonstration programmes and pre-operational ‘field-tests’ to demonstrate the market readiness of these new technological solutions.

Championing the ‘triple-helix’ concept - creating a new dynamic for university-industry-government relationships in promoting innovation in the transport and urban mobility sectors.

THE ISSUE Consortium highlighted the value and strength of adopting a “triple-helix” structure and philosophy in the way in which it designed and implemented THE ISSUE Project. Through championing this new dynamic for university-industry-government relations, it demonstrated an ability to accelerate research and technological developments, through fostering stronger bonds of inter-regional and intra-regional cooperation and collaboration between industry, academia and government. This led to the creation of a more favourable environment for innovation and the commercialisation of newly-emerging and existing technologies. This process also strengthened each region’s capacity to invest in and conduct RTD activities in ways that contribute more significantly to economic development, business growth and more and better jobs.

Launching a major new publication: “Space and ICT Applications Supporting Smart, Green, Integrated Transport and Urban Mobility”.

THE ISSUE published in collaboration with NEREUS (Network of European Regions Using Space Technologies) a collection of 40 short case studies of research and technological development that had been carried out within THE ISSUE Consortium to support smart, green integrated transport and urban mobility. It illustrates the emerging role of new technologies, particularly from the fields of ICT and Downstream Space Data Products and Services, in providing viable and sustainable solutions to many high priority problems that urban and regional transport authorities currently face. A copy of this document can be downloaded in ‘Publications’.

Developing new perspectives on future patterns of urban mobility and the challenges these could present for future research and technological development programmes.

THE ISSUE conducted a Foresight Planning Exercise as part of the process of defining its Programme of Innovation Actions. This Exercise identified a range of change factors that could shape the future evolution of urban mobility and influence the future economic, environmental and social health of cities and regions. THE ISSUE Consortium incorporated the findings from its Foresight Planning Exercise in its assessment of the major transport and urban mobility challenges likely to be faced by cities and regions in the future and in the innovation action responses it proposed.

For further information on THE ISSUE Project, please contact Steve Dibnah at stevedibnah@outlook.com

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development
and demonstration under grant agreement no 287088
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