Project objectives

Project THE ISSUE has a number of specific economic and scientific/technological objectives.

Economic Objectives:

Utilise Intelligent Traffic Management to boost the competitiveness of transport-related economies at urban, regional and local levels
THE ISSUE aims to promote uptake of new technologies from concurrent RTD programmes - especially space and broadband technologies and advanced computational techniques - to existing transport management systems to deliver better management of existing transport infrastructure across the EU.

Identify market opportunities for mature RTD applications and develop action plans for commercial implementation
Examples include: exploiting the use of mobile phone and Galileo/GPS technology linked to existing traffic management systems for personal real-time public transport journey planners and location and guidance information in real-time for emergency services.

Deliver innovative solutions to traffic management operations
Economic benefits will accrue to regional authorities through improved transport efficiency. Examples include optimising performance of existing traffic management systems to relieve traffic congestion and reduce journey times.

Deliver innovative solutions to reduce traffic emissions and improve air quality locally
Local and regional authorities are mandated to improve air quality locally within nationally defined targets. The UK Government's 2007 Air Quality Strategy estimates that up to 24,000 people in the UK die prematurely as a result of short term exposure to air pollution and many more people suffer often debilitating ill health. Economic benefits will be realized by reducing traffic induced contributions to air pollution so reducing these incidences of death and illness.


Scientific and Technological Objectives:

Coordinate RTD actions between regions
The generic scientific objective for THE ISSUE is the application of intelligent traffic management systems in regional transport, health and environmental matters. A prime example is the successful demonstration of a Diverse Active Traffic Control System for managing urban traffic congestion and its associated pollution in the Nissan SKY project in Kanagawa, Yokahama. The main findings from a year long trial demonstrated a 20% reduction in travel time and an estimated 17% reduction of CO2 emissions from vehicles using the system.

Identify the development path for widespread uptake of Intelligent Traffic Management
Applications for urban traffic management are being developed in Leicester; applications for emergency services are underway in Midi Pyrénées. The objective is to stimulate uptake of these technologies across more regions, in Europe and worldwide.

Achieve modal shift towards public transport to reduce urban congestion and shorten journey times
The MOBIVILLE project in Toulouse proposes is set up to encourage modal shift towards public transport and facilitate urban travel using a dynamic guidance system 'door to door'. Involving innovation using satellite localisation integrated with public transport, this project is developing a service which will guide the user using GPS/EGNOS data integrated into mobile phone displays.

Study of applications of road charging in other European urban traffic systems
Studies are underway in Mazovia to investigate the economic, technical and social implications of introducing road charging in Warsaw, by drawing down on experiences in London and Stockholm.

To transfer Computer Intelligence technology to operational users
Application of computer intelligence techniques to road based logistics offers routes to identify, model and forecast consumer movement in large transport hubs. This includes airports, train and bus stations.

To provide regional planners with comprehensive databases of transport infrastructures to support their regional strategic planning
In Regione Molise the cluster works within the framework of land management, transport planning and earth observation and monitoring to enable decision makers to optimize public transport services according to current and potential demand.

To introduce active air pollution monitoring and mitigation into regional transport and environmental strategies
Despite EU legislation to reduce emissions of key anthropogenic air pollutants (e.g. NECD, 2001), levels in many areas of Europe remain unacceptably high. Traffic induced pollution is a major factor. Research in this topic, that will stimulate coordination actions, is underway in the East Midlands and Midi Pyrénées.

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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