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FOTsis holds its final event in Madrid

The FOTsis project organised its final meeting on 27th and 28th April in Madrid, Spain. More than 80 stakeholders attended...

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Thursday, 30 April 2015 00:00

FOTsis holds its final event in Madrid

The FOTsis project organised its final meeting on 27th and 28th April in Madrid, Spain. More than 80 stakeholders attended the event which was split into two distinct sessions.

The first day of the event was held at the premises of OHL and was mainly dedicated to providing an overview of the FOTsis project and its activities over the last four years. More specifically, several presentations were delivered on key milestones of the FOTsis project, i.e. the FOT Design and Execution; the impact assessment of the FOTsis services on safety, mobility and sustainability; and the business models. In addition to the developments of the FOTsis project, the event also hosted a technical session on ‘securing communications on C-ITS’, where amongst others, the experience of the INTER-TRUST project was presented.

The second day of the event was dedicated to providing participants with a hands-one experience of the FOT through the organisation of selected site visits and the demonstration of different demos.  During the morning sessions, attendants were split into three groups that visited different sites in a rotating sequence, i.e. the M-12 test site for a demonstration of the safety related services (e-call, safety incident management and special vehicle tracking) and the Control Centre of General Directorate for Traffic (DGT) for a demonstration of the service S3 Intelligent Control Service.


Figure 1: Mr. José Luis Chica (Head of DGT’s Control Centre), Mr. Wolfgang Höfs (FOTsis Project Officer – European Commission) and Federico García-Linares (FOTsis Project Coordinator – OHL Concesiones), together with other FOTsis and EC representatives during service S3 live demonstration at DGT’s traffic control centre


Figure 2: Live demonstration of the FOTsis service S3 at the premises of the Directorate General for Traffic


During the afternoon session, the participants were treated to a series of off-line demonstrations that took place the event’s premises.  The services that were demonstrated were S4 Dynamic Route Planning, S5 Special Vehicle Tracking and S7 Infrastructure Safety Assessment.



Figure 3: Demonstrating on-board equipment used for the implementation of Service 5 – Special vehicle tracking




Figure 4: Live demonstration pf Service S5 and 802.11p communications at the premises of M-12 motorway

All in all, the FOTsis project has demonstrated the feasibility of deploying C-ITS services from an infrastructure perspective, thus complementing the already significant work that has been done from the vehicle side. By bridging the gap in cooperative service deployment, the FOTsis project has laid down the steps for a more efficient deployment of C-ITS in the future that will be based on a holistic suite of V2V, V2I and I2V services.

What is equally important from a political perspective is that FOTsis has demonstrated the possibility of deploying C-ITS solutions to road users irrespective of vehicle category or level of intelligence embedded in the car. While the automated vehicle will undoubtedly revolutionise road transport in the future, the short to medium term will see a transition period which will be characterised by the presence of automated and conventional vehicles on Europe’s roads. In this sense, the degree of penetration of C-ITS in Europe’s road will ultimately depend on the ability of authorities to offer hybrid solutions that court for the needs of all drivers in a socially inclusive manner. Against this background, the contribution of FOTsis is significant as it will allow authorities to offer C-ITS services to users of conventional vehicles by counting on communication between the traffic control centres and users deploying nomadic devices.

Last but not least, through its in-depth cooperation with the project DRIVE C2X (which focussed on V2V communications), the FOTsis project has also contributed to setting future priorities for developing the relevant C-ITS standards.  The research conducted between the two projects showed the possibility of having to ESTI compliant communication architectures which can nevertheless, cannot work together as they are based on different suite of technologies (IPv6-based vs. GeoNetworking-based).   Given the Europe’s goal is to arrive at interoperable pan-European solutions, future standardisation work should focus on seeking to overcome current limitations that will pave the way for a more efficient deployment of C-ITS in the future.

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