Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Live ’Plug & Play’ environment for service providers

17.02.2004


Open telematic platforms offer the possibility of integrating Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) components by allowing service providers and equipment manufacturers to test, upgrade or demonstrate their products, services, equipment and standards free of charge. SMITH provides such a platform helping to guarantee that adopted solutions comply with existing and emerging European standards.



Testbed contributes to ITS standards

The quality manager of the IST programme funded SMITH project, Angela Spence, points out that the aim was not to create a platform as a product, but to provide the necessary support to enable its use for demonstration purposes or as a testbed. By incorporating only standard interfaces clients know they are complying with European standards when using the platform. In this way it can used as a certification platform for testing their prototypes and with the added bonus of ’live data’ (from the city of Turin), they have easy access to a real context, rather than laboratory conditions.


ITS service or products providers wanting to use this platform for demonstration purposes were supplied with a comprehensive technical specification of the available platform architecture, interfaces, data and services. The project provided an international team of technical experts able to intervene on the systems to solve technical problems, to assist and support the clients of the ITS platform. To attract attention and users for the testbed, TITOS was advertised on the website, and brochures made available before and during the ITS World Congress in Turin (Italy).

Showcase at 7th ITS World Congress

Taking the opportunity offered by the showcase organised for the 7th ITS World Congress in Turin to exploit the SMITH platform, called TITOS, the project produced a neutral demonstration environment for ITS operators of Europe and high performance facilities for operators of other parts of the world. This open environment included state-of-the-art ITS components and infrastructure that form a real-life platform and implements the most recent European results in the field of system architecture, communication standards, service specifications and data exchange open specifications.

The project offered ITS Congress participants the availability of a ’plug & play’ open working environment. In this environment, systems, services and equipment compliant with both consolidated and emerging European standards, were tested, verified and/or demonstrated in real-time, and without the need for ad hoc adaptations and/or patches. The platform was fed with real-time transport data from the City of Turin, such as travel times, vehicle flows, bus and tram services and car park occupancy.

Despite various last minute problems due to difficulties in the Congress venue such as in receiving signals, Spence says that the promotional support was effective, as the existence of the platform was widely known. The technical support was appreciated and a number of clients could demonstrate the connection of their products or services to the platform during the event," she says. She adds that although a number of clients used the testbed at the time of the Congress, "it was not yet mature enough for a very large scale response."

Corporate platform users

In addition to initial users who benefited from the testbed during the Turin ITS World Congress, a number of companies have become client users of the platform, utilising the SmithTitos ’full-scale laboratory’ that also provides worldwide remote access, European and global standard interface, and free technical support. Spence notes among the successes are Navigation Technologies, GEWI, Magneti Marelli and MAROS.

Navigation Technologies’ digital database is a permanent addition to the platform and can be used by other clients wishing to offer value-added services. A leading provider of digital map data for a multitude of applications and solutions, Navigation Technologies has also issued a version of the map containing radio data system-traffic message coding (RDS-TMC) codes for Turin’s main road network. German development and engineering company GEWI has profited from the private transport and location reference data accessed through the Smithtitos DATEX (data exchange) node to validate its software. Magnetti Marelli, a designer and producer of high-tech components, systems and modules for the automotive industry, has used SmithTitos to validate a new on-board integrated platform, CONNECT, and tested it capacity to receive RDS-TMC traffic information. In all cases, users enjoyed free technical support courtesy of the SmithTitos helpdesk.

Regarding future plans, she says, "The basic TITOS platform is still up and running, though it is not currently being used as a testbed. It is however being offered for extension to other services, e.g. for a road charging project, and as a test platform for other new ITS applications."

Within one of the projects supported by Torino Wireless, whose aim is to promote a centre of excellence in the Turin area by boosting entrepreneurial activities in the field of wireless technologies, further interfaces are being put forward as part of a network of test sites to be made available, for experimental purposes, to ITS-related projects in the European Union’s Sixth Framework Programme.

Contact:

Angela Spence
Mizar Automazione S.p.a.
Via Vincenzo Monti 48
I-10126 Turin
Italy
Tel: +39-011-6500411
Fax: +39-011-6500444
Email: gino.franco@torino.miz.it
Source: Based on information from SMITH.

Tara Morris | IST Results
Further information:
http://istresults.cordis.lu/index.cfm?section=news&tpl=article&BrowsingType=Features&ID=61649

More articles from Transportation and Logistics:

nachricht Study sets new distance record for medical drone transport
13.09.2017 | Johns Hopkins Medicine

nachricht Researchers 'count cars' -- literally -- to find a better way to control heavy traffic
10.08.2017 | Florida Atlantic University

All articles from Transportation and Logistics >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Towards data storage at the single molecule level

The miniaturization of the current technology of storage media is hindered by fundamental limits of quantum mechanics. A new approach consists in using so-called spin-crossover molecules as the smallest possible storage unit. Similar to normal hard drives, these special molecules can save information via their magnetic state. A research team from Kiel University has now managed to successfully place a new class of spin-crossover molecules onto a surface and to improve the molecule’s storage capacity. The storage density of conventional hard drives could therefore theoretically be increased by more than one hundred fold. The study has been published in the scientific journal Nano Letters.

Over the past few years, the building blocks of storage media have gotten ever smaller. But further miniaturization of the current technology is hindered by...

Im Focus: Successful Mechanical Testing of Nanowires

With innovative experiments, researchers at the Helmholtz-Zentrums Geesthacht and the Technical University Hamburg unravel why tiny metallic structures are extremely strong

Light-weight and simultaneously strong – porous metallic nanomaterials promise interesting applications as, for instance, for future aeroplanes with enhanced...

Im Focus: Virtual Reality for Bacteria

An interdisciplinary group of researchers interfaced individual bacteria with a computer to build a hybrid bio-digital circuit - Study published in Nature Communications

Scientists at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) have managed to control the behavior of individual bacteria by connecting them to a...

Im Focus: A space-time sensor for light-matter interactions

Physicists in the Laboratory for Attosecond Physics (run jointly by LMU Munich and the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics) have developed an attosecond electron microscope that allows them to visualize the dispersion of light in time and space, and observe the motions of electrons in atoms.

The most basic of all physical interactions in nature is that between light and matter. This interaction takes place in attosecond times (i.e. billionths of a...

Im Focus: A transistor of graphene nanoribbons

Transistors based on carbon nanostructures: what sounds like a futuristic dream could be reality in just a few years' time. An international research team working with Empa has now succeeded in producing nanotransistors from graphene ribbons that are only a few atoms wide, as reported in the current issue of the trade journal "Nature Communications."

Graphene ribbons that are only a few atoms wide, so-called graphene nanoribbons, have special electrical properties that make them promising candidates for the...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

Innovative strategies to tackle parasitic worms

08.12.2017 | Event News

AKL’18: The opportunities and challenges of digitalization in the laser industry

07.12.2017 | Event News

Blockchain is becoming more important in the energy market

05.12.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

Making fuel out of thick air

08.12.2017 | Life Sciences

Rules for superconductivity mirrored in 'excitonic insulator'

08.12.2017 | Information Technology

Smartphone case offers blood glucose monitoring on the go

08.12.2017 | Information Technology

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>