Cooperative Infrastructure

The effects of cooperative systems raise new issues for the public sector affecting operation and development of traffic control systems in the field and in traffic centers. The sub-project “Cooperative Infrastructure” addresses public information requirements. It relates the applications emerging in the UR:BAN project “Networked Traffic System” to the spectrum of current standards and regulations, focusing on the situation of an urban infrastructure manager.

The current development status of traffic centers in cities, existing standards and interfaces and specifications of the ITS Action Plan Directive 2010/40/EU serve as an information basis for addressing this spectrum. The sub-project is developing reference architectures, highlighting the required sub-systems and interfaces, and addressing key operational aspects for the introduction of cooperative systems.

“Cooperative infrastructure” is examining these aspects in a series of documents, whose principal contributions will ultimately be synthesized into a guideline. In addition, the sub-project is supporting concrete implementations of applications of other UR:BAN sub-projects in cities.

This sub-project will establish portability and encourage development of public sector reference systems; it will preserve transferability of the UR:BAN research results for introduction of cooperative systems in municipalities.

The sub-project “Cooperative Infrastructure” also will address the assessment of network-wide traffic impacts of systems and applications developed in the project “Networked Traffic System”. Here, fulfillment of the expected traffic optimization at a network level will be quantitatively assessed.  The criteria considered include improved traffic efficiency, reduced environmental impacts, and improvements in road safety. A further goal is extrapolation of the individual evaluations and generation of assessments that can be transferred to a more general context. This traffic impact assessment is thus complementary to the detailed consideration of relationships in the context of the sub-projects “Regional Network,” “Urban Roads”, and “Smart Intersection.”