The URSA MAJOR 2 Capitalisation Workshop, which was hosted on December 14th by the North Adriatic Sea Port Authority of Venice and Chioggia, was designed as an instrument to activate benefits from regional projects for the whole URSA MAJOR corridor.
The aim was to discuss smart and innovative practices, policies and technological concepts used in projects that could inspire other regions within the URSA MAJOR corridor and stimulate further the mutual learning among their projects dealing with similar issues. To achieve the aim of the Workshop, it was focused on three major topics in ITS, namely:
Four projects were selected and presented for each of the referred topics. The projects were selected in function of the criteria of capitalisation (innovativeness, transferability, sustainability, etc.). After a short discussion in groups regarding the above-mentioned topics, the findings and conclusions were presented to the audience.
An important consideration of information services is the data used. Different data types like FCD, loops/CCTV, PVD should be used for the relevant sources including routing and operator or lane actions whereby the data quality and governance is the key for a successful exchange of traffic information. In some fields other innovations may be more effective than the usual information services. For example, the safety tutor has more impact on safety than the usual information services by informing the drivers about the systems, which makes them change their behaviour.
In order to increase capacity on roads the participants of the workshop discussed and exchanged experiences on some proved methods like how compact parking can lead to more than 50% increase in capacity, hard shoulder running as well as upgrading the freeways with the focus on tunnels and bridges, which usually are the triggers for bottlenecks.
The final topic discussed was the freight safety. Improving freight safety means improving the roadworks information with focus on smart incident management but also the truck parking services. Road safety can be enhanced by prevention and cooperation but also by providing reliable information to the truck drivers.