This activity ist devided into the following sub-activities:
Sub-activity 1.1 – Project management and external liaison
The UM2 project management monitors the achievement of the defined action objectives and the expectations of the implementing bodies of the different Member States and the EC and initiates an appropriate adaptation of the plan if needed. One of the main tasks of the acting Project Coordinator is to ensure that the UM2 project is performing according to plan and monitor the UM2 project milestones and deliverables. Furthermore, a Quality Plan will be introduced at project initialization that describes standardized processes, documentation of workflow and results.
Sub-activity 1.2 – Communication and Dissemination
This sub-activity consists of promoting project results, especially outside the project community (external communication). Communication is important and is part of the overall URSA MAJOR strategy and the special focus is the contact and cooperation with the freight transport sector. URSA MAJOR 2 PM and task forces will continue to contact individual freight operators, hauliers, drivers and associations to invite them to workshops and ask for input via questionnaires and studies.
During the Action, UM2 Partners in conjunction with the EU ITS Platform, will participate in the "EU ITS Platform Forum" and other internation events where the results pf EU ITS Platform and Deployment Corridor projects will be presented and exchanged.
Sub-activity 1.3 – Harmonization of service provision/interfaces, including DATEX II profiles
Using harmonized interfaces for data exchange between the UM2 road operators and end user services has a major impact on the acceptance and dissemination of the services. The used communication interfaces have been analysed and proposals for profiles have been commited - using DATEX II (CEN/TS 16157), the established European standard for traffic and travel time information. The most current version of DATEX II, version 2.3 (released De. 2014) is covering Truck Parking information, and will be applied by UM2 to get fully compliant with this standard.
In line with EU regulations, most information gathered from UM2 services shall be provided through national access points. In this sub-activity the deployment status of these access points is analysed for the UM2 Member States and recommendations for practical implementation by the UM2 implementing bodies are derived.
Sub-activity 1.4 – ´Long distance TMP for freight
A TMP for long distance freight transport aims to improve the road user experience, to make better use of the road network, to enable more dedicated, more personalised information to truck drivers and to enhance the traffic management options for the road operator. TMPs are developed on three spatial levels: local, regional/cross broder and internationa. The TMP for long distance freight transport is an "overall" TMP containing all three levels of TMPs and connecting them where this has an added value. This sub-activity delivers: local nad regional/cross border TMPs, "Overall" TMP for long distance freight transport and a workshop with freight industry.
Sub-activity 1.5 – RTTI interfaces to navigation services
Providing Real Time Traffic Information (RTTI) strengthens the relevance of traffic related services for end users. This sub-activity will analyse the extent of RTTI interfaces to navigation services as well as their used interfaces and give recommendations on their technical design, for example by providing DATEX II profiles. The range of information covers incidents, travel times, congestion information and (re-)routing information.
Sub-activity 1.6 – Safety requirements for long distance freight traffic including safe and secure truck parking
Freight safety is a matter of major concern for both road operatos and users. It is a win-win situation since increased freight safety has direct benefits for the users, but also social, economic and operational benefits. UM2 will address the requirements for faster and better incident migration. This horizontal activity will in parallel analyse the special safety requirements for long distance freight in order to quide deployments and to provide reccommendations for future actions indicated in the URSA MAJOR 2 roadmap.
Sub-activity 1.7 – Evaluation including GIS data/tool support
The evaluation plan will define steps and times needed to perform an effective project evaluation till the related Final Report, including the identification of the most significant deployments to be evaluated and the definition of a list of a key performance indicators and methodologies to be used for impact assessment. In order to supplement and support the evaluation process with more detailed input, the usage of further tools is planned, like Easy-Way Maps and the innovative analysis based on Floating Car Data.
For the first time, URSA MAJOR 1 had employed a large database of 2013 Floating Car Data for Germany and NL to gain intelligence on congestion, congestion events and to better assess potential benefits of ITS measures. The results indicate that long distance rerouting can address a considerable part of total congestion on the TERN and traffic management plans should be further developed to take the particularities of severe congestion events into account. URSA MAJOR 2 intends to continue to analyse and evaluate corridor wide historical data coming from commercial data providers. This data allows estimating the extent of congestion and the character of events for the entire corridor and its daily and seasonal variability and helps prioritizing conflicting traffic management measures. This approach will deliver indicators for the whole corridor on a harmonized database and will lead to new insights into the potential of wide area and long distance approaches.
Sub-activity 1.8 – URSA MAJOR 2 recommendation to national road maps
One point of special emphasis in the sub-activity will be service continuation and cross-border activities that require harmonized action of road operators in multiple Member State in the corridor that implies special coordination and support from the European Union. The objective of the sub-activity is to list the steps required for future freight service improvements and make recommendations for future ITS roll-out in the UM2 corridor. The recommendations to national road maps will be forwarded to the corresponding Member States as one input for their future planning, complementing their national strategic ITS deployment plans with particular aspects regarding the needs of long distance freight traffic.