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European projects

ASSIST

ADVANCED SNOW PLOUGH AND SALT SPREADER BASED ON INNOVATIVE SPACE TECHNOLOGIES (2014-2017)



The project is co-ordinated by ISMB (Istituto Superiore Mario Boella) and funded by the European Space Agency (ESA) within the ARTES 20 program "Space based services for winter road maintenance". The objective of the project is to carry out a feasibility study on the technical and economic sustainability of a wintertime road maintenance system based on space technologies to obtain, analyze and exploit information on roads and weather forecast: satellite navigation and surveying of Earth.

ASSIST uses the on-board unit (OBU) system developed by ISMB relying on technologies already available on the market and ready for use as they have been successfully used in previous research projects carried out by consortium members including Giletta, Geoville Group and Alpha Consult.

Specifically, the project foresaw to carry out test demonstrations during the winter season 2016-2017 along the pilot section of the Vipiteno Motorway Safety Center. The Company provided its own vehicles that were equipped with the ASSIST system and whose drivers were trained on their use in the usual winter management activities.

BrennerLEC

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The BrennerLEC project is carried out in the context of a sensible area like the Alps with the objective of creating a holistic concept of “Lower Emissions Corridor” (LEC) for the A22 highway. 

The project aims to implement and validate a set of different dynamic policies that have the goal to provide a clear environmental benefit in terms of air quality, climate protection and noise abatement, covering.





C-ROADS ITALY (2017-2020)

Since 1 January 2011, Autostrada del Brennero S.p.A. has been participating in the four-year DRIVE-C2X project (under the European Community 7th Framework Programme – FP7, 6th Call), in which, a system which originated in the PRE-DRIVE-C2X project, is to be employed. This is an online internet system capable of interfacing vehicles and motorway infrastructure, making possible the exchange of data and information related to motorway viability and traffic. It will therefore be possible to advise users in real time of matters happening on the motorway or to supply useful travel information, for example, regarding accidents, tailbacks, works in progress, weather events, speed limits, and so on.

The DRIVE-C2X consortium is primarily made up of car manufacturers and is being coordinated by DAIMLER AG. Autostrada del Brennero S.p.A. is participating is the project in collaboration with the FIAT Research Centre (CRF). There are seven test sites, namely in Italy, Germany, Holland, Sweden, Spain, France, and Finland. Each site tests the system with a number of vehicles ranging between 10 and a hundred, over an approximate 7 to 8 month period.

A22, in collaboration with the FIAT Research Centre (CRF), is in charge of the Italian test site. It is envisaged to participate in the tests with 10 vehicles, using the 802.11p protocol as transmission technology. The task of A22, in particular, will concentrate on the motorway set-up used for the road tests and to supply the necessary computer infrastructure for the collection of the data linked to the Italian tests.

During 2011, all preliminary works were carried out in setting up the Italian test site

During 2012, radio transmitters were set up along the motorway test stretch. The necessary Ministerial authorisation was obtained to carry out the tests and the telecoms infrastructure was tested and validated in anticipation of the tests beginning.

The Consortium has presented the results from the seven test sites both at the DRIVE C2X@DITCM meeting in Holland, and on the occasion of the ITS World Congress in Vienna.

During 2013, the official tests will get underway on the Italian test site.

In many respects today's vehicles are already connected devices. However, in the near future they will also interact directly with each other and with the road infrastructure. This interaction is the subject of cooperative intelligent transport systems (C-ITS), which will enable road users and traffic managers to share and use previously unavailable information and coordinate their actions. This cooperative element should considerably improve road safety, traffic efficiency and driving comfort, helping the driver to take the right decisions and to adapt to the traffic situation.

C-Roads cooperation is considered to be an appropriate tool for Member States to continue their involvement in the dynamic field of C-ITS.

Member States throughout Europe will set up the C-ITS pilot sites needed for the testing and subsequent operation of "Day-1" use cases, recommended by the  C-ITS Commission of the European Commission, by investing in their infrastructure. The car manufacturers and industry will use this pilot infrastructure to test components and services.

It is the task of numerous C-Roads working groups, working closely with the Amsterdam Group, with the InterCor project as well as with the EU-C-ITS and ITS platforms of the EU, to elaborate technical specifications and agreements for the implementation of harmonized and interoperable infrastructures.

Based on these specifications and agreements, the technical and organizational aspects will be tested in several pilot sites across Europe, where various organizational frameworks, technical approaches, operating environments and fleets of vehicles will test and evaluate the performance and feasibility of harmonized C-ITS systems and services.

Although the services and systems implemented will differ in the C-Roads pilot sites, all installations will be performed in a harmonized way, ensuring in particular the above interoperable services of end-users based on international cooperation.

To ensure interoperability, cross-site tests will be organized by the C-Roads Platform and run by the C-Roads consortium. All participating pilot sites will need to provide roadside and onboard test infrastructures.

C-ROADS ITALY expects to test a series of C-ITS "Day1" services, mainly along the A22, but also along the motorway sections of CAV and Autovie Venete, as recommended by the C-ITS Platform.

Within the project, two specific applications (Highway Chauffeur and Truck Platooning) will be tested, respectively by CRF and IVECO.

This involves adapting the infrastructure and integrating C-ITS V2I services and V2V information with vehicle control strategies.

 

I-HeERO

Since 2015 the Brenner Motorway has been participating to the I-HeERO project on the implementation of the emergency call prior to the institution of the single European emergency number 112.

The aim of the project is to study and evaluate an implementation model of the eCall in Italy to be compliant with the national architecture of the emergency systems and the European 112 infrastructure.

Within the framework of the project A22 has the role to equip the vans of the traffic officers and some of its heavy goods vehicles with boxes designed for emergency call tests and to contribute to the integration of the supervisory software of its traffic control center with the system used by the Emergency Centre of the Province of Trento for e-call-related information along the A22.



RPBHealTec

Road Pavements & Bridge  deck Health monitoring / early warning using advanced inspection Technologies

From 2014 to 2016 the Brenner Motorway company participated in the European project RPBHealTec (Road Pavements & Bridge deck, Health monitoring / early warning using advanced inspection Technologies), promoted under the SME-2013-1 Call for Proposals of the 7th Framework Program of the European Commission .

The aim of the project was to develop an integrated and automated inspection system based on non-destructive technology (Non Destructive Techniques - NDT) and able to detect the presence of pavement defects, determine its cause, size and deterioration rate, provide information for the assessment of pavement stability and efficiency, as well as to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of the corrective measures, by providing such information in real time without causing traffic disturbances.

The system, which aims to improve and optimize the control and maintenance of European roads, reducing costs and increasing traffic safety, is also aimed at demonstrating the added value of the combination of Ground Penetrating Radiography (GPR), InfraRed Termography (IRT) and Air Coupled Ultrasonic (ACU) technologies in a reliable, fast and safe tool for pavement inspections.

Within the RPBHealTEC Autostrada del Brennero SpA made its infrastructure available in order to enable the project partner SMEs to test the developed system. Specifically, it provided the detailed features of the pavement structure of the test section, between km 256 and km 313, more susceptible to defects, both superficial and underlying, caused mainly by the clayey soil.

During 2016, the prototype developed the previous year was used on the Brenner Motorway to carry out the project inspections. In June 2016 the results of the project were presented to the European Commission.



SAFESTRIP (2017-2019)

The SAFESTRIP project, promoted within the Horizon2020 Programme and lasting 3 years (2017-2019), foresees the increase of cooperative systems (C-ITS) road/motorway applications by creating intelligent stripes (including micro/nano sensors) to apply to the paving surface to the benefits of end users (safety) and road/motorway operators (paving conditions and maintenance). The system developed within the project, which will grant a V2I (vehicle-infrastructure) communication, will be tested in Spain, France, Greece and Italy. One of the Italian test sites will be hosted by Autostrada del Brennero.




URSA MAJOR II PROJECT

The Ursa Major II project is co-funded by the European Commission for a period of five years (2014-2018) and concerns the implementation of ITS systems aimed at improving the road traffic management on a European scale. The Brenner motorway participates in it with 3 different activities.

The first activity concerns the implementation of a control center for heavy good vehicles near the tolling gate of Vipiteno/Sterzing (Province of Bolzano) in order to increase the safety of HGV drivers and indirectly also that of all motorway users. The structure will be managed by government office of Bolzano that issues driving licences and registers vehicles in collaboration with the Traffic Police: they will perform checks, even with the support of ITS devices, on the efficiency of heavy good vehicles. Currently the project is still under approval at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport.

The second activity relates to the upgrade of the hardware and software equipment of the Automatic (AID) Incident Detection system installed in the tunnels longer than 500 m (Brenner, Fortezza, Virgl and Piedicastello) and the installation of new cameras to increase the video coverage from the Traffic Control Center in Trento. In 2016 the software of the AID system in the Piedicastello, Virgolo and Brenner tunnels was updated and 30 new video cameras were installed along the motorway.

The third activity concerns the implementation of weather information along the A22 in particular in order to better manage winter operations. The aim is to have a fix weather station every 10 km and to install mobile weather sensors on the vans of Traffic Officers to detect the paving conditions, especially in the winter period: this type of monitoring allows to increase the grip level of vehicles on the pavement and consequently also the level of users’ safety and to reduce the amount of deicing salt spread, thereby limiting the environmental impact. In 2016 3 new fix weather stations were installed along the motorway and 3 new mobile weather stations were installed on the vans of the traffic officers.


 

URSA MAJOR neo (2017-2020)

The URSA MAJOR Neo (UMneo) project continues the development of ITS services to improve freight traffic on the TEN-T road network along the CEF RHINE-ALPS and SCANMED core corridors, linking the North Sea ports, the Rhine region and the Ruhr, the metropolitan areas of southern Germany and northern Italy with the Mediterranean ports up to Sicily. Project partners at European level come from Germany, Italy and the Netherlands.

The improvement of international freight traffic services along these corridors is the main European added value of UMneo.

UMneo is based on the results of EU-co-financed projects: Ursa Major and Ursa Major 2. It extends the scope of the project geographically by expanding the network to completely cover the southern part of the SCANMED corridor and conceptually address the intermodal aspect of transport. Therefore, the UMneo partners group (implementing bodies) have been expanded to include urban nodes, and in particular port operators and railway hub operators.

Autostrada del Brennero SpA will implement four specific activities within the project:

-     development of an app to inform heavy goods vehicles drivers on the availability of free stalls. Specifically, as far as A22 is concerned, the app will show the number of free stalls at the Brennero, Sadobre, Rovereto South and Campogalliano West parking areas;

-     installation of new charging points for the refrigeration units of heavy goods vehicles at the HGV parking lot in Rovereto South. The activity foresees in particular the installation of 5 charging points;

-     installation of new variable message signs at 6 motorway entries. The activity envisages that VMSs (including supports and interfacing to the TCC) are installed at the motorway tolling gates of Bolzano South (2 VMS), Verona North, Mantova South, Reggiolo Rolo and Carpi;

-     arrangement of a new disaster recovery system and of a new video server for the Traffic Control Centre (C.A.U.). The activity foresees in particular the creation of a small operational center at the Motorway Safety Center in San Michele all'Adige, with full functionality for traffic management and minimum functionality for information management. This backup system will be handled by two operators and will be used in case emergencies should impede the A22 TCC. As part of this activity, it will be necessary to develop an appropriate software, purchase the needed hardware and a videowall with LCD monitors. Furthermore, at the current TCC a new video server will be installed to collect images from the peripheral equipment and make them accessible in several formats to multiple devices (tablets, smartphones, NVRs and so on).

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