In the Italian region Calabria Anas’s plan, co-financed by the EC within the URSA MAJOR neo Project, has started for the installation of advanced systems of telecommunication, the realization of enabling platforms and C-ITS services.
The Smart road works in the section between the motorway junction of Villa San Giovanni along the A2 "Mediterranean Highway" and the boarding for the Italian region Sicily have started. It has been announced by Domenica Catalfamo the regional Councillor for Infrastructures. As reported in the note of the Department mentioned by the press, roadworks will be carried out by Anas, on the basis of a project, for an amount of 2.5 million euros and will be financed for two million by the Calabria Region with Pac 2014-2020 Funds and for 500 thousand from the European Commission within the CEF (Connecting Europe Facility) funds, through the URSA MAJOR neo Project (Action n° 2016-EU-TM-0044-M).
"The project - reads the note - foresees the construction of the Smart Road infrastructure through the installation of ongoing multimodality workstations and connecting technologies, monitoring and control along the access ramps to the boarding area of Villa San Giovanni, turning the road infrastructure into a real digital infrastructure. Thanks to the "dialogue" between the road and the vehicles it will be possible to further improve safety, reduce accidents, increase travel comfort and mobility info".
"The digital transformation - continues the note - foresees in addition to the installation of advanced telecommunications systems, the realization of appropriate platforms enabling C-ITS services and able to collect and manage data from vehicles/ sensors. In summary, with the creation of an advanced system, integrated with the information systems of the navigation companies, there will be the opportunity to provide information on mobility to data users through the Smart road App on which there will be, for example, information on speed limits, traffic conditions, signalling of slow or stopped vehicles or wrong-way driving, presence of emergency vehicles".
“The real time monitoring will be realized - still informs the Councillorship - also for the evaluation of the queues in access to the boarding for Sicily in the port of Villa San Giovanni. The Smart road data will be made accessible to users, according to the Anas data dissemination policy and in compliance with the legislation on the processing of personal data, through the Smart road App or through in-vehicle devices". Councillor Catalfamo stresses "the importance, also for experimental purposes, of the application of this technology in a strategic access to the A2, whose users will already benefit from the increase of service and safety standards from the end of July". Finally, in line with the proposal submitted to the Ministry of Transports, we will carry on supporting"- the note concludes - that the Government finances through the NRRP the extension of the Smart road to the entire primary road network of Calabria, motorways and major roads".
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