COSMO and Compass4D reinforce cooperation at the ITS European Congress in Dublin (EN)

Dublin, 5 June 2013 - Two CIP (Competitiveness & Innovation Program) projects, COSMO and Compass4D came together in a joint workshop on 3 June for the 9th European ITS Congress in Dublin where partners openly discussed the deployment of cooperative systems in European cities.   Both COSMO and Compass4D demonstrate the benefits of cooperative mobility services in realistic conditions and quantify their impact on increasing energy efficiency in transport.  While the Cosmo project comes to a close, Compass4D is starting up and can directly benefit from Cosmo’s best practises and lessons learnt in order to advance the sustainable deployment of Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems in Smart Cities.

The panel was moderated by Mr Pierpaolo Tona (Compass4D coordinator), and was hosted by Mr Gino Franco (Swarco Mizar and coordinator of COSMO), Mr Hossein Zakizadeh (Director of Connected Vehicle and infrastructure at VOLVO), Mr Francisco Sanchez (Director of ITS in CTAG) and Mr Siebe Turksma (Senior Manager at IMTECH) - distinguished representatives of the automotive world and transport service providers.

The panel focused on three main topics. First, best practises and lessons learnt from COSMO; second, the successful deployment of C-ITS services after-project life; and third, current barriers to the deployment of cooperative systems.

The best practises and lessons learnt from COSMO focused on ways of ensuring the smooth deployment of cooperative systems in Compass4D. In terms of best practises, the workshop’s speakers stressed the importance of collaboration and cooperation between final users and local authorities. “Be sure that all relevant authorities are aware of your plans” stated Mr Gino Franco. End users’ acceptance and involvement were also identified as crucial elements for the project’s success. Finally, the need for an efficient business model was recognised as being vitally important from the very start of the project.

The panel also emphasised the importance of ensuring an after-project life. It was stressed that specific services cannot simply be provided for the project’s duration but need to be guaranteed after it comes to a close. Direct ways of achieving this goal would be to increase the number of vehicles used in a project as well as finding more cities willing to participate in the deployment of cooperative systems. The after-project life will be ensured without EU funding. According to Mr Hossein Zakizadeh and Mr Gino Franco, cooperative systems are the future and will be commonly used in coming years. However, in order to guarantee the smooth deployment of cooperative systems, international standards will have to be maintained worldwide. “Implementing standards,” said both Mr Francisco Sanchez and Mr Siebe Turksma, “is the key point that needs to be further developed. There is no way one can provide solutions which cannot feasibly be implemented everywhere”.

The final points of the discussion focused on the need to establish international standards to ensure that services are provided everywhere and to guarantee interoperability. “Is it a dream or something realistic we can rely on?” asked Mr Pierpaolo Tona. In conclusion, other barriers to the deployment of cooperative systems were briefly discussed, among them security issues which are still open problems in the world of cooperative systems.

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