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Cooperative ITS for Mobility in European Cities

Cooperative ITS for Mobility in European Cities

CIMEC is a city-focused project which will explore the role cooperative ITS systems (C-ITS) can play to support city authorities, both in managing their transport networks and the delivery of other transport-linked services. It will reach out to key stakeholder groups (both public and private) to ensure a smooth and cost-effective deployment of C-ITS in cities around Europe. The project commenced in June 2015 and will run until May 2017.

What will CIMEC achieve?

  • Develop an understanding of the challenges, enablersand barriers, and strategies for use of C-ITS solutions in European cities.
  • Bridge the gap between C-ITS development and deployment through city-focused discussion on the most relevant applications of C-ITS technology.
  • Define city specific processes and interfaces for easier, more manageable and more standardised C-ITS deployment.
  • Identify how emerging standards for C-ITS will affect, and should respond to, the systems and processes in the urban environment.
  • Document practical system architectures and workflow of C-ITS support systems.
  • Raise awareness and understanding of C-ITS by promoting multi-sector stakeholder dialogue and collaboration.

Key outputs

  • City requirements for C-ITS, the main barriers and how these can be overcome.
  • A set of realistic use cases for C-ITS in cities, together with outline business cases.
  • Overview of anticipated market developments of C-ITS.
  • Recommended amendments to city ITS systems to facilitate C-ITS extensions.
  • A roadmap for city deployment of C-ITS which has been validated against user needs and technology maturity, captured in meaningful project descriptions.

Why is CIMEC necessary?

DEPLOYMENT BARRIERS ARE NOT TECHNICAL
The deployment of C-ITS has not kept pace with the technological development, implying that deployment is being restrained by non-technical factors. Cities in particular are wary about the costs and benefits. CIMEC aims to facilitate the take-up of C-ITS by increasing the alignment of technological solutions with user needs.

DEPLOYMENT IN CITIES IS NOT KEEPING PACE WITH THE HIGHWAYS
European highways authorities are relatively well educated, prepared and supported regarding C-ITS, including through a series of European and national funded R&D projects. However, significant benefits are expected through the more complex and fragmented city context, which up to now is much less understood. CIMEC focuses specifically on this urban C-ITS context.

DEPLOYMENT SHOULD HAPPEN IN AN OPEN MARKET PLACE
The larger traffic system suppliers are geared up for their own vision of C-ITS; the same cannot be said for the small and medium-sized suppliers. CIMEC will engage with the former and reach out to the latter, especially those currently supplying the four partner cities, in order to ensure a rich and open market place for C-ITS.

DEPLOYMENT SHOULD BE SIMPLE AND INTEGRATION AUTOMATIC
In future there will be many suppliers providing cities with systems, and many different suppliers providing vehiclemounted

How will CIMEC be implemented?

LOCAL DIALOGUE TO ESTABLISH CITY NEEDS AND REQUIREMENTS
Each of the four city partners (Reading, Trondheim, Bilbao and Kassel) will hold local workshops with key officers from the local authority and other local agencies (including public transport operators, freight operators, emergency services and municipal service providers) to define city needs for C-ITS, particularly to:

  • Promote discussion on how C-ITS could make a useful
  • contribution to the management of the transport network
  • and to other transport-related services.
  • Discuss preliminary business cases and models and
  • deployment scenarios.

ENGAGEMENT WITH SUPPLIERS AND OTHER C-ITS STAKEHOLDERS
CIMEC will build an overview of those commercial entities that are active in the C-ITS domain in order to understand what C-ITS enabled products are likely to enter the market place in the first instance.

Workshops will then be arranged to promote discussion among the city authorities, suppliers and other
stakeholders (eg, vehicle manufacturers) in order to:

  • Identify how C-ITS applications can be used to meet local needs.
  • Gain an understanding of the likely costs and risks of C-ITS.
  • Determine the areas in which an investment in C-ITS development could be worthwhile.
  • Build up knowledge on how to incorporate a common C-ITS (sub-)system for the city into an existing infrastructure.
  • Engage in working towards open standards and systems for C-ITS infrastructure in cities.

A REALISTIC ROADMAP FOR THE DEPLOYMENT OF C-ITS
The goals and constraints of cities, and the product emergence and commercial expectations of suppliers, will be brought together to construct a realistic roadmap for C-ITS deployment in cities. The roadmap will incorporate an evaluation of variations in policy, economics and cultural factors around Europe's cities. The realism of this roadmap will be tested through detailed review with the partner cities.

WIDER ENGAGEMENT
CIMEC will reach out to other local authorities and Member States in order to have a broader basis for gathering user needs and requirements. The four city partners will run a national/regional dissemination workshop in the local language.
In addition, an international pool of cities will be established to enable cities active or interested in C-ITS to follow and provide input to project activities. CIMEC will also cooperate with other similar initiatives, such as the H2020 project CODECS, in order to achieve synergies. equipment. The only way to guarantee that these can become an effective cooperative ITS is to drive the development and adoption of effective technical, operational and potentially even commercial standards. CIMEC will explore how any standards gaps can be filled.

Published 21 June 2016
Senior Research Scientist

Project duration

01/06/2015 - 01/06/2017


Partners:

 

 


This project has received funding from the European
Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme

 

 

 

You can find the CIMEC-PROJECT home page here


CIMEC deliverables:
D1.1 City status and requirements for C-ITS deployment
D2.3 CIMEC - Suppliers workshops
D2.5 CIMEC - C-ITS standardization requirements for the urban environment
D3.3 C-ITS roadmap for European cities
D4.3 CIMEC Exploitation plan


 

Short versions of preliminary roadmap:
CIMEC Roadmap outline
CIMEC Roadmap summary


CIMEC Final event:
The CIMEC final conference will be held in Brussels on May 18th 2017.
For draft programme and online registration, click here.


Published CIMEC articles:
C-ITS – just a technology for cars? (Eurotransport Magazine)