And to conclude the symposium, the strategy and the vision of the Flemish Government will be outlined.
Report by Prof. Chris Blondia, University of Antwerp (firstname.lastname@example.org)
During this event, different views on what ICT related challenges the introduction of the connected car leads to were presented: from the car industry, a mobile operator, a traffic information service provider, the government, etc. More than 50 attendees participated to this e-car event, and many of them were actively taking part in the lively discussions.
Chris Blondia, professor at the University of Antwerp and leader of an IBBT research group, gave a short introduction to this event. He presented the different themes related to how ICT may contribute to smarter mobility: how technologies and information systems may improve the ability of drivers to better respond to hazards on the road and increase the mobility and what are the roles of the stakeholders, the authorities and new partnerships.
Paul Kompfner, head of Sector Cooperative Mobility at ERTICO-ITS Europe (Brussels) is the project coordinator of FP7 EU Integrated Project CVIS (Cooperative Vehicle-Infrastructure Systems). He presented an overview of the CVIS architecture. Crucial in this architecture is the horizontal view: contrary to a vertical view, where each application has its own “box”, CVIS proposes a platform open for all kinds of applications. A key message of Paul Kompfner’s presentation was that in order to make the car really connected, new partnerships between the ITS stakeholders are required.
Marnix Lannoije, R&D Manager at Flanders’ Drive, presented a new view on the automotive industry with respect to the future of e-car. In the discussion whether intelligence should be put into the car or into the infrastructure, Marnix Lannoije defended the idea to make the infrastructure more intelligent and consider the car as a smart actuator, leading to lower costs of the vehicles.
Gert Pauwels, M2M Marketing Manager Mobistar and Orange Business Services presented the operator’s role in ITS. In addition to the desk ICT and home ICT, the emerging new car ICT creates new challenges for the telco operators. Indeed, mobile networks are not planned for the communication needs of the connected car.
Gerardo Daalderop, Program Director Telematics Projects NXP presented a road pricing trial, using the ATOP platform, an NXP OBU based on GPS and GPRS, in South-Brabant (The Netherlands). This trial showed that 2/3 of the drivers improve their behavior when rewarded, but when the reward was dropped they went back to their old habits. A key question addressed is the trade-off between what the driver is prepared to pay to use a road segment and the time lost by following a cheaper route. It was also discussed how this platform can be used to deliver additional Value Added Services.
Steven Logghe, Chief Traffic Be-Mobile/Touring Mobilis, presented the view of a traffic information service provider. The Be-Mobile system allows to create a traffic picture in an area using floating car data based on GPS and GPRS information. The use of this traffic information may lead to a reduction of congestion by 10%.
Sven Geerts is director of the Flemish Traffic Center, a public organization that aims to improve traffic safety and travel reliability by providing (multimodal) traffic information. In his presentation he described the dynamic traffic management system used on the Flemish highway network.
In the last presentation, Filip Boelaert, Chief of Cabinet of Minister Crevits, Flemish Minister for Mobility and Public Works, presented the vision of the Flemish Government, He showed the involvement of the government in a number of key Flemish, Belgian and European initiatives related to smart mobility.
|13:30||Welcome and registration|
|14:00||Introduction –Prof. Dr. Chris Blondia, University of Antwerp – IBBT|
|While in 1990, the World Health Organization identified traffic injuries as the 9th most important health problem, it will take the third place by 2020. At the same time, traffic congestion and air pollution by traffic become serious problems for the environment and public health. On European level, a number of coordinated initiatives have been taken to deal with these problems, such as the e-Safety initiative, the Keep Europe Moving initiative, etc…|
|14:10||e-Car: Connecting up the dots - Paul Kompfner, ERTICO|
With each new model motor cars are becoming more "e" - electronic, ecological, energy efficient, with ever increasing connectivity. The CVIS architecture for communication and applications is at the heart of the common European architecture for vehicle-infrastructure communication.
On political, organizational or commercial perspective side, at ERTICO - ITS Europe we believe that new kinds of partnership will be needed in order that all vehicles will one day be equipped with a harmonised on-board unit for vehicle-infrastructure communication, and that all roadside systems and back-office services will be so interoperable that they can talk with any type of vehicle on the road.
|14:40||The vision of the car industry, the future of the e-Car - Marnix Lannoije, R&D Manager Flanders' Drive|
|In order to reduce the development cost of cars and still comply with the European goals and regulations regarding efficiency and safety, it is likely that intelligence will more and more shift from the vehicle to the infrastructure. Flanders’ DRIVE will give an overview of current and future potential initiatives in this direction.|
|15:10||The changing role of the mobile operators in the car industry - Gert Pauwels, M2M Marketing Manager Mobistar & Orange Business Services, International M2M Center.|
|The car ICT industry is in full development. Both drivers and passengers have rapidly evolving needs, requiring on board car telecommunications. In this new ecosystem telecom operators are becoming a major player. As a market leader in M2M, the Mobistar M2M Business Unit is hosting the France Telecom International M2M Center.|
|16:15||Telematics Project Initiatives in the Netherlands - Dr. G.H.O. Daalderop, Program manager NXP Automotive Telematics Projects Netherlands - Central R&D NXP Semiconductors|
|Overview of the NXP initiatives on its ATOP telematics platform in the Netherlands. Ample time will be spent on the results of the road-pricing trial under the umbrella of Proeftuin In-Car of the Region Zuid Oost Brabant during 2009, with 50 users. The On Board Unit uses ATOP to implement a GPS/GSM based roadpricing scheme. An outlook is given how such OBU can cooperate with other systems in the car to provide additional Value Added Services.|
|16:45||Traffic information by means of floating car data, - Dr. Steven Logghe, Chief Traffic Be-Mobile / Touring Mobilis|
|Special telematics-equipped cars act as sensors in the actual traffic flows, enabling to measure the travel-time on 60 000 km of roads. Together with other relevant sources, this leads to a new generation of traffic information, which is the input for intelligent navigation-systems. Hence, this results in smarter mobility.|
|17:15||Dynamic traffic management in Flanders - ir. Sven Geerts, Director Vlaams Verkeerscentrum|
|The Traffic Centre Flanders is part of the Ministry of Mobility and Public Works and aims to improve traffic safety and travel reliability by providing (multimodal) traffic information and traffic. A policy document captures the scene for the further development of dynamic traffic management on the highway network. In this presentation, it is described how DTM will be extended. The development of DTM on the underlying supporting network is also briefly explained.|
|17:45||Vision of the Flemish Government : ir. Filip Boelaert, Chief of Cabinet of Minister Crevits, Flemish Minister for Mobility and Public Works|
|18:15||Summary and conclusion - Prof. Dr. Chris Blondia, University of Antwerp – IBBT|
Pictures from the event can be found here.
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