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100 INTERVENTIONS TO CONNECT ITALY
ITS IN FIRST LINE FOR SMART ROAD, RAILWAYS AND LOGISTICS
On the 11th of April, the cabinet has approved the document signed by the Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, Graziano Delrio, "To connect Italy: Needs and infrastructural projects". The document, presented with the "Def 2017" (Economic Financial Document) identifies the necessary works up to 2030 by introducing parameters of strategic planning and ex ante evaluation of the interventions, but above all emphasizing the principle that ITS can give a great deal of help in maximizing the use of existing assets, incorporating a concept that TTS Italia is strongly supporting: the technological up-grade of the infrastructure makes it possible to increase their capacity at considerably reduced costs compared to programming and realization of new structures.
Technology to maximize the existing
A concept that pervades all modes of transport. Greater use of technology to increase the capacity of railways for passenger and freight transport in line with the "iron cure" which is becoming one of the pillars of the transport policy of this Government. Smart road and digitization for the road network: Ministry of Transport's goal is to overcome the current criticalities, fluidizing traffic and increasing safety. In this regard, the document indicates the pilot project initiated by the ANAS on the Mediterranean motorway (formerly Salerno Reggio Calabria) and assumes further developments on other sections of the network.
Much emphasis is put on the application of technologies for logistics: in ports, the line is to "adopt technologies to speed up procedures and increase existing capacity", ahead of the road already traced by the fast corridor and pre-clearing. The city is aiming at rapid mass transport through the development of integrated mobility systems also shared.
The document takes into account the objectives and strategies for transport infrastructures, anticipated in the Def 2016, "Connecting Italy" (see also the TTS Italia newsletter of May 2016): accessibility to territories, Europe and Mediterranean; quality of life and competitiveness of urban areas; support for industrial chain policies; sustainable and secure mobility. The objectives are pursued with transversal strategies for transport modes: useful, streamlined and shared infrastructures, modal integration and intermodality, enhancement of existing infrastructure, sustainable urban development.
Guidelines for programming
The text updates the infrastructure requirements of the national system through general guidelines that dictate the path to new programming. Among these, the widespread use of technology opportunities to maximize the performance of existing infrastructures; the extraordinary maintenance of existing assets; the strengthening of intermodal linkages, in particular railways; the priority for invariant projects; the Project Review for projects not initiated that meet the infrastructure needs of the country but which can be optimized as regards the time and cost reduction; feasibility projects and ex ante evaluation of interventions for which there are only preliminary projects or no analysis at all, in order to verify their technical, economic, social and environmental feasibility and then insert them into subsequent programming acts.
100 interventions to connect the country
The document identifies more than 100 interventions and programs not necessarily to be seen as new works but as interventions that meet infrastructure requirements: not only the completion of planned infrastructures and the implementation of new national infrastructures, but also the widespread use of technologies to maximize infrastructure performance, extraordinary maintenance and enhancement of intermodal fittings, in particular railways.
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Kiunsys is a spin-off of the Pisa University with technological expertise in the design and development of enterprise platforms and latest generation IoT devices (NB-IoT and LoraWAN), operating exclusively in the Smart Mobility, ITS and C-ITS systems market.
The Kiunsys' founders started working in tight collaboration with some of the main Tuscan mobility companies, with which the first technologies and competences on urban mobility management were developed, also thanks to national and European research projects. After some years, they founded Kiunsys, convinced that for their peculiarities, Italy and the companies in the urban mobility sector, can play a leading role also on an international level. This all-Italian competitive advantage is due to the fact that Italy is among the countries with the greatest penetration of vehicles in the world (62 cars per 100 inhabitants) and has urban conformations, national regulations and really complex local/city regulations.
Financial and industrial investors trust in the capabilities and ambition, joining the company at the end of 2015: Red Lions, a dynamic private equity firm; TT-Tecnosistemi, which has been working in the Information Technology industry since 1984; the Istituto Fondazione Banco di Napoli which sustains scientific research and economic development.
Today, Kiunsys has a portfolio of technological solutions for innovating the management of the access, transit and parking of all categories of vehicles (public transport, private, vehicles for loading/unloading goods, tourist buses, bikes) which contribute in reducing the disadvantages - and costs - of urban mobility for citizens and businesses, as well as to improve the environmental factors resulting from the use of traditional vehicles.
The innovation and robustness of technology services has allowed Kiunsys to quickly collaborate with over 35 cities in Italy (including Naples, Florence, Verona, Pisa, Mantua, Trento) and abroad (Bucharest), and also to be involved in several international and national R&D projects, such as "Sharing Cities" - one of the three 2016 H2020 Lighthouse projects, involving the cities of Milan, Lisbon and London are involved -, "SII-Mobility" - Integrated Interoperability Support for citizens and Public Administration services -, one of the Smart City national strategic projects, co-funded by MIUR - Ministry of Industry, University and Research-, jointly developed and coordinated by research centers, industries and with the support of Public Administration for field experimentation.
THREE QUESTIONS TO KIUNSYS
- What advantages Kiunsys technologies provide to users?
The cities where Kiunsys is present have always recorded a sharp increase, and citizen appreciation, in the use of web and mobile digital services. In practice, every interaction with the PA takes place digitally, via web or mobile. Additionally, as MaaS - Mobility as a Service - will spread, it will be possible to provide services to users to best move from point A to point B (what experts call door2door services), including both private vehicles, public transport and soft transport modes (bicycle or car sharing).
- Which are the next technological challenge of the Smart mobility and Kiunsys?
First of all, in Kiunsys we talk of Urban Smart Mobility or Urban Smart Roads, because the most part of a vehicle life cycle is spent in the urban context, which requires technologies and solutions significantly different from those typically used in motorway context, at least adapted to the city needs. This rarely happened in Italy in the past, and is still the standard approach, which has blocked the development of new urban-specific technologies.
The next challenges are towards IoT and mobile, two technologies that have revolutionized everything, including traditional urban mobility. For example, there are several cities in the world where no Pay&Display parking meters are being deployed, adopting only digital payments through mobile apps. In the same way there are several cities that have well understood the importance of the IoT technologies and the new IoT-native networks (NB-IoT, LoraWAN and 5G) for monitoring in real time what's going on in the urban infrastructures. Thanks to these new technologies will be possible, and in part it already happens, to think to a dynamic management of the urban mobility, e.g. the dynamic parking management (Active Parking Management), to direct users wherever there are available parking bays or to dynamise the parking price based on the offer of available parking bays, with tangible benefits for both the community and the operators. In the same way it will be possible to think of new Access Control Schemes (the traditional LTZ or AreaC), no longer based only on access but, for example, on time spent inside the area or the distance travelled.
I think that it is quite obvious that in a few years these services will be available directly on board vehicles, thanks to the integrations of vehicle-physical infrastructure and vehicle-service infrastructure.
- Do you think some regulatory intervention is required for developing the Urban Smart Road?
We think that the central Public Administration has to take quickly and with determination few, decisive strategic choices to modernize the management of the urban mobility infrastructure and services, and with them the market.
A first proposal is based on the analysis of the technologies for the telematic control of the LTZs/LEZs. Think about it: such a system is essentially composed of a digital video camera - often a commercial device - endowed with an OCR software able to recognise the vehicle number plate. In practice, the device makes the analog-to-digital conversion of the number plate, as the starting point of the processes integration, now mainly digital. In this case, the need is to define a natively digital number plate (ePlate), following the example of other nations, to transform the vehicle in a digital and active element of the mobility infrastructure.
Another proposal concerns the mobility management platform. In fact, it has long been known that the main value of the central and local PAs is in data and processes they manage. A lot has already been said about Open Data, but little is said about Open Services and the value of making interoperable the PA processes. The disadvantage of this lack of will is that many municipalities - large or small - still have legacy technologies and systems which are closed and non-interoperable, therefore unable to exchange data and processes with third parties, producing a loss of important investments in ad hoc system integration activities. For this reason, we have recently developed, in Naples and Pisa, a new technology, the ParkingHub, which centralizes the control retailers and simplifies the on street controls. The ParkingHub is the first step in the strategic evolution of INES Cloud, the platform at the heart of all the solutions we provide, according to the UMaaP-Urban Mobility as a Platform model which means total disintermediation between on field hardware and every application service.
THE PRODUCT IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Kiunsys' INES Cloud platform-based solution for the management of parking and mobility in the city of Florence
The Municipality of Florence, through its affiliated company Servizi alla Strada SpA, needed to simplify and improve the urban mobility management.
The major need was to cope the technological fragmentation of services and systems; to integrate finance flows from this field; to digitise the mobility processes related to the management of goods loading/unloading permits for private individuals, citizens, disabled people and tour buses, as well as to manage the sale channels such as the citizen's door, the website and mobile apps for the urban mobility services.
The city of Florence revolutionized all the aspects of city traffic management and control, parking and permits, centralising all operational activities in a perfectly integrated ecosystem based on the INES Cloud platform.
The solution, developed by Kiunsys, ordinary member of TTS Italia, allows to manage and control, through a unique and fully centralised platform, all aspects of the mobility and parking of a metropolitan area of more than 1 million inhabitants.
With over 100 different reports, INES Cloud enables real-time monitoring of all aspects of mobility, including the occupancy of individual parking stalls, traffic flows, and revenues. The tools for analyzing historical data allow you to collect statistical data for the planning and managing the mobility infrastructure more efficiently and the fulfilment of the needs of the city.
The digitization of the mobility of Florence is in line with the directives and objectives of the European Union and the Italian Republic on ITS platforms and digitization and dematerialization of PAL processes. On the INES Cloud Platform, all aspects of city mobility are managed and controlled: parking and relevant permits, with a more transparent management and an improvement of KPI performance ranges measured by Kiunsys in the experience gained in more than 35 Italian and EU cities using its technologies (+ 2.1% out of the local GDP, + 20-30% of revenues from mobility and parking management, 40% recovery of revenues otherwise lost due to inefficiencies, 10% reduction of congestion levels and a 60% reduction of users' crowd at the desks.
In the city of Florence the first step was the implementation of mobile payment for parking, to face quickly the rising needs of citizens and users. Then, the whole management of tour bus access was reviewed. The last services implemented were: handling of the issue of permits for disabled people, handling of the issue of subscriptions and CPZ (Controlled Parking Zones) permits, services for craftsmen and loading/unloading operators and integration with the pre-existing LTZ devices of Autostrade Tech.
What has been done will enable the city of Florence to integrate private mobility into future MaaS - Mobility as a Service services in order to provide users with complete door-to-door support.
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VIASAT and VIAAIR: a technology platform for aircraft and drone control
Viasat, in collaboration with the ViaAir company, made its debut in the field of flight safety by launching a technology platform for aircraft and drone control.
A small satellite device, 115 x 90 x 35 mm in size, complete with GSM and GPS antennas, which can be attached to the cockpit Plexiglas or installed on the aircraft or drone. It offers a geolocation service similar to that which has been used for years in the automotive sector. The system includes a simple and intuitive technology platform, able to provide value-added services for the monitoring of aircrafts and drones. It is, thus, useful for air traffic control. It allows to learn, in real time, the status of the connected devices – by recording flight parameters every 30 seconds or, alternatively, 3 miles - and to visually check them on a video-displayed cartographic map.
Through the platform, it is also possible to constantly monitor the geographical coordinates, the aircraft status - whether moving or stationary -, the kilometers traveled for each individual flight as well as their total. Again, it is possible to set the number of hours before the next maintenance and check how many are left; to select a No Flight Zone and receive a warning if the aircraft enters it; to select a period of time and analyze what has happened during the flight, having every parameter, such as altitude, speed and flight area at one's disposal. It is also possible to evaluate the risks before the flight. Finally, the terminal can notify any abnormal event, such as a sudden loss of altitude, to the Viasat Operations Center, thus allowing OC Operators to intervene as required.
"Satellite technology - as a note by Viasat reads - turns out to be a precious ally not only for the management of private aircrafts and flight club fleets, but also for the traffic control of light aircraft and drones. It is also crucial to monitor those flight zones in which commercial activities, such as the delivery of goods and the monitoring of fields and crops, take place. It is also fundamental for public order management, urban security and land monitoring".
AlmavivA chooses carpooling for its employees
The global ICT player AlmavivA, TTS Italia ordinary member, has chosen the Moovit Carpool service for its employees.
AlmavivA has 38 offices in Italy and 21 abroad; 45 employees; 733 ME turnover (2016). The headquarter is in Rome. Since 2012, AlmavivA has been working with Corporate Carpooling Platforms and since then has promoted among its employees this form of mobility. The choice comes under the AlmavivA Green Project, which has been under way in the Company since 2008 to transform the AlmavivA Group in an environmentally friendly way thanks to the Company and Trade Union, which are involved in an innovative model of industrial relations.
Moovit has launched its carpooling service in Rome on the 18th of April after 7 months of tests.
5T at Klimamobility in Bolzano
5T, TTS Italia ordinary member, took part at the Klimamobility conference in Bolzano, held on the 20th of April.
The workshop aimed to provide a perspective of the technological architecture evolution with which the local public transport system in South Tyrol in the future will be managed. There were also presentations relating to the topic at national and international level. 5T, represented by Matteo Antoniola, held a speech on the BIPEx interface for public transport and e-ticketing.
Project Automation wins tenders in Sardinia and Siciliy for air quality monitoring
Project Automation, TTS Italia ordinary memebrs, has won two tenders for the air quality monitoring in Sardinia and Sicilia both issued by the Agencies for the Environmental Protection of the respective region.
Source: TTS Italia
Rodolfo De Dominicis confirmed as UIRNet President and CEO
Rodolfo De Dominicis has been confirmed as President and CEO of UIRNet, a supporting member of TTS Italia, upon decision of the company members assembly. UIRNet, on behalf of the Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, has built and put into operation the National Logistics Platform in order to streamline and digitize the Italian logistics system.
Tecnositaf wins ANAS tender o galleries
Tecnositaf SpA, TTS Italia ordinary member, has won the tender issued by ANAS SpA for the development services, construction and maintenance of ANAS system for the Gallery Remote Control (STIG).
Source: TTS Italia
Platform for Local Authorities: 5° Workshop "Smart Mobility and ITS in Florence: opportunities and solutions for local administrations" - 3/4 May 2017 - Florence
TTS Italia, in collaboration with the City of Florence, is organising the workshop "Smart Mobility and ITS in Florence: opportunities and solutions for local administrations" to ne held on the 4th of May in Florence. The goal is to make an overview of mobility solutions and models based on the experience of the metropolitan area of Florence, as well as deepen the industry developments in the near future through the opportunities offered by the national funding programmes 2014-2020.
The event will involve the Italian Ministry for Infrastructure and Transport; the Italian Agency in charge of the management of the fundings programmes; tramsport operators and companies from Tuscany as well as several TTS Italia members.
On the 3rd of May a technical visit to the traffic control centre of Florence will be organised.
The event is sponsored by: AutostradeTech and Swarco Mizar
CAPITAL: a European project for training on ITS and C-ITS
TTS Italia is partner of the European project CAPITAL. The aim of the CAPITAL (Collaborative cApacity Programme on ITS Training-educAtion and Liaison) is to build a collaborative capacity community and deployment programme to support public and private stakeholders in the implementation of ITS (C-ITS) with training and educational resources which enable knowledge transfer about the benefits and deployment of ITS. The project will assist public and private stakeholders in developing their knowledge, skills, and abilities to build technical, business and policy making proficiency of ITS deployment while furthering their professional development.
To define the training and educational activities, a questionnaire has been developed.
This survey is especially designed for public authorities, transport operators, transport related service operators, ITS Associations and ITS experts, with different levels of know-how. The main goal of this inquiry is to identify most crucial deployment priorities of ITS from the view of the public hand, best-practices cases as well as major challenges that hinder further ITS deployment. At the same time this questionnaire aims to identify the current level of already existing ITS expertise as well as know-how gaps in different topics, which will help CAPITAL to assess specific training needs and priorities. Building on this information CAPITAL is to develop tailor-made supporting training modules and materials.
The questionnaire is available here: http://capital-project.questionpro.com/
It requires around 10-15 minutes.
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5° IRF Middle East Congress in Dubai - Call for Papers open!
TTS Italia is among the supporter of the 5th IRF Middle East Regional Congress & Exhibition organised by IRF (International Road Federation) and to be held i Dubai from 29 to 31 October 2017. The main focus will be on "Mobility Solutions for the 21th Century": 50 different session will investigate and discuss on cutting-edge innovation, transport engineering, smart cities and vehicles.
IRF also launched a Call for Papers, open until 6 May 2017.
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TTS Italia at the conference on "AUTOMATED DRIVING VEHICLE: traveling to new horizons" - 28/29 April 2017 - Milan
On 28 and 29 April, TTS Italia participated in the conference "AUTOMATED DRIVING VEHICLE: traveling to new horizons", organised under the patronage of the City of Milan. The conference addressed the problems in the field of ethics, proper consumer information, civil and criminal liability, privacy and aid to experimental development and spread of vehicles capable of interacting with the outside world through electronic systems. The conference aimed at providing a stimulus to the overcoming of a legislative and information gap which risks leaving Italy on the edge of a debate which is under development in other countries. TTS Italia, represented by the Secretary General, Olga Landolfi, discussed on "The delays on the italian legislation".
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TTS Italia at the new Citytech edition in Milan
Under TTS Italia patronage, the new edition of Citytech will be held in Milan, 14 and 15 September 2017. Citytech is an incubator of ideas and projects for the third millenium cities, which keywords are: new mobility, urban design, requalification, sharing, collaboration, infrastructures, technologies and sustainability. The event aims to identify, to show and to heed innovative and effective proposals which, giving new value to common areas, whether urban centers or suburbs, may contribute to improve citizens' quality of life, their connection with the cities or between people.
For any further information on the event and to register: www.citytech.eu