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 A helping (Sens)Hand
11.04.2018 | Fraunhofer-Institut für Arbeitswirtschaft und Organisation IAO

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

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: Temperature-controlled fiber-optic light source with liquid core

In a recent publication in the renowned journal Optica, scientists of Leibniz-Institute of Photonic Technology (Leibniz IPHT) in Jena showed that they can accurately control the optical properties of liquid-core fiber lasers and therefore their spectral band width by temperature and pressure tuning.

Already last year, the researchers provided experimental proof of a new dynamic of hybrid solitons– temporally and spectrally stationary light waves resulting...

Im Focus: Overdosing on Calcium

Nano crystals impact stem cell fate during bone formation

Scientists from the University of Freiburg and the University of Basel identified a master regulator for bone regeneration. Prasad Shastri, Professor of...

Im Focus: AchemAsia 2019 will take place in Shanghai

Moving into its fourth decade, AchemAsia is setting out for new horizons: The International Expo and Innovation Forum for Sustainable Chemical Production will take place from 21-23 May 2019 in Shanghai, China. With an updated event profile, the eleventh edition focusses on topics that are especially relevant for the Chinese process industry, putting a strong emphasis on sustainability and innovation.

Founded in 1989 as a spin-off of ACHEMA to cater to the needs of China’s then developing industry, AchemAsia has since grown into a platform where the latest...

Im Focus: First real-time test of Li-Fi utilization for the industrial Internet of Things

The BMBF-funded OWICELLS project was successfully completed with a final presentation at the BMW plant in Munich. The presentation demonstrated a Li-Fi communication with a mobile robot, while the robot carried out usual production processes (welding, moving and testing parts) in a 5x5m² production cell. The robust, optical wireless transmission is based on spatial diversity; in other words, data is sent and received simultaneously by several LEDs and several photodiodes. The system can transmit data at more than 100 Mbit/s and five milliseconds latency.

Modern production technologies in the automobile industry must become more flexible in order to fulfil individual customer requirements.

Im Focus: Sharp images with flexible fibers

An international team of scientists has discovered a new way to transfer image information through multimodal fibers with almost no distortion - even if the fiber is bent. The results of the study, to which scientist from the Leibniz-Institute of Photonic Technology Jena (Leibniz IPHT) contributed, were published on 6thJune in the highly-cited journal Physical Review Letters.

Endoscopes allow doctors to see into a patient’s body like through a keyhole. Typically, the images are transmitted via a bundle of several hundreds of optical...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

VideoLinks
Industry & Economy
Event News

Munich conference on asteroid detection, tracking and defense

13.06.2018 | Event News

2nd International Baltic Earth Conference in Denmark: “The Baltic Sea region in Transition”

08.06.2018 | Event News

ISEKI_Food 2018: Conference with Holistic View of Food Production

05.06.2018 | Event News

 
Latest News

Creating a new composite fuel for new-generation fast reactors

20.06.2018 | Materials Sciences

Game-changing finding pushes 3D-printing to the molecular limit

20.06.2018 | Materials Sciences

Could this material enable autonomous vehicles to come to market sooner?

20.06.2018 | Materials Sciences

VideoLinks
Science & Research
Overview of more VideoLinks >>>