MOBILITY projects and studies - CRP Henri Tudor leaflet


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The MOBILITY innovation programme focuses on information and communication technologies (ICTs)
for sustainable mobility, as well as clean technologies specific to this sector. It is aimed at national and
international players within the field of mobility, whether public or private, and benefits CRP Henri Tudor’s
international scientific research and innovation networks.
Discover our projects and studies organised around electric mobility, intelligent transport systems and
mobility for elderly.

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MOBILITY projects and studies - CRP Henri Tudor leaflet

  1. 1. MOBILITY Projects and studies The MOBILITY innovation programme focuses on information and communication technologies (ICTs) for sustainable mobility, as well as clean technologies specific to this sector. It is aimed at national and international players within the field of mobility, whether public or private, and benefits CRP Henri Tudor’s international scientific research and innovation networks. Discover our projects and studies organised around electric mobility, intelligent transport systems and mobility for elderly. Innovating together
  2. 2. Table of contents The MOBILITY Innovation Programme - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2 Projects on electric mobility - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Nordstad-eMovin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 6 ZAC-eMovin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 8 V-FEATHER - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 10 HELCAR - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 12 Projects on intelligent transport systems - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - MOEBIUS - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 14 CoMoSeF - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 16 MobiTraff - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 18 ELEC’TRA - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 20 Projects on mobility for the elderly - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - STIMULATE - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 22 MEDiATE - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 24 Studies & Policy Support - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 26 DDRT-LL - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 27 ITSLux - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 28 Elektromobilitéit Platform - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 29 How to innovate with us - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 31 1
  3. 3. The MOBILITY Innovation Programme who we are: We are a research centre focused on innovation within companies and public organisations. Our goal is to make a significant contribution to strengthening the competitiveness of companies and the social fabric at national, regional and European level. Aware of the challenge that mobility has presented for Luxembourg and its citizens for many years, we have included mobility among our research priorities. The mobility market is currently faced with a number of challenges, such as the environmental impact of traditional means of transport, environmental regulations that are increasingly strict, increasing urbanisation making traffic more and more difficult to navigate, which is producing traffic jams that are more and more spectacular, the price of fuel that continues rising or even the accelerating progress of technology, which obliges operators to keep up with developments. We are therefore concentrating our efforts on two essential areas: multimodality and personal mobility. Our research, which is guided by the desire to improve the daily life of citizens, is of course oriented first and foremost towards the application of the solutions that we are developing. Among our main assets is that of having succeeded in just a short period of time in gathering together the relevant economic players, ministries, local authorities and representatives from the research world around the same table. Another of our strengths is that of being a recognised player on European level, in particular with regard to providing itinerary-planning solutions for complex routes and the characterisation of the electric mobility chain, as well as its deployment on the ground, including the development of software and telematic units. This recognition enables us to participate in major European projects and to involve our local partners in these projects. The results of these projects are then transferred to Luxembourg-based actors, to the benefit of Luxembourg and its citizens. our aimS: • To develop innovative solutions for sustainable mobility within the context of multimodal transport (multimodal routing tools, the sharing of multimodal data, etc.) • To encourage the introduction of innovative mobility solutions by offering scientific support to national players, by participating in networks and undertaking awareness-raising activities, namely through the platform • To mobilise the complementary skills of all players within the field, in order to develop new mobility solutions • To become a centre of competence in sustainable mobility for Luxembourg and the Greater Region 2
  4. 4. our OFFER: In order to respond to the main challenges in mobility, we have designed the MOBILITY innovation programme to mobilise all of our competences in the fields of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and environmental technologies in an interdisciplinary manner, with an emphasis on sustainability and multimodality. The MOBILITY programme is especially focused on: • Information and communication technologies (ICTs) for sustainable mobility • Clean technologies for mobility our serviceS include: • Applied, experimental and doctoral research, primarily through competitive and contractual research projects • Innovative products and services • Scientific support for national policies Our main products and services: • A traffic simulation and daily mobility software tool, for urban development contexts • A method and software programme for finding itineraries in real time, combining several means of transport simultaneously • Mathematical methods for the optimisation of multimodal routes • Software tools providing profiling, recommendation and assistance services for senior mobility management To learn more about the projects, products and services in the MOBILITY programme, visit 3
  5. 5. PROJECTS 4
  6. 6. Electric mobility Nordstad-eMovin ZAC-eMovin V-FEATHER HELCAR Intelligent transport systems MOEBIUS CoMoSeF MobiTraff ELEC’TRA Mobility for the elderly STIMULATE MEDiATE 5
  7. 7. electric mobility Nordstad-eMovin Electromobility Solutions Targeting the Nordstad Region Contact Marie-Laure Watrinet Djamel Khadraoui Inspiration With five communes north of Luxembourg, Nordstad’s administration wanted to make it easier and more attractive, as well as more environmentally-friendly, for residents and tourists to move within the region. This led to the development of the Nordstad-eMovin demonstration project, which will install infrastructure for electric mobility at strategic central locations in the communes of Bettendorf, Colmar-Berg, Diekirch, Ettelbruck and Schieren, as well as demonstrate the feasibility of electromobility solutions for electric car and electric bike (pedelec) sharing in the region. Innovation CRP Henri Tudor will provide support to Nordstad during the installation of the customised infrastructure of e-car charging stations as well as provide IT services for the charging stations including developing interoperable architecture and specific applications for fleet management, route calculation, etc. In addition to experimentation in e-car sharing, Nordstad-eMovin will provide an analysis of the pedelec sharing system that the Nordstad communes will install outside the scope of the project. The Nordstad-eMovin project will make Nordstad the first region in Luxembourg to provide electric car sharing to its residents with the installation of an integrated network of public charging stations for pedelecs and e-cars, accessible through a unified subscription system, and will help inspire other regions to implement similar solutions. Projet « NORDSTAD-eMovin » Le service de mobilité électrique au cœur de la Nordstad Challenges Kiosque d’électromobilité Service de car-sharing et vélo-sharing Tudor researchers will tackle several challenges within the project: Un réseau de chargement Service de location courte durée de voitures et de professionnel et grand public pour and rural need and constraints, as well as integration of pedelec and e-car concept, using a single pédelecs pour résidents/travailleurs et visiteurs, avec • Integration of urban charger/recharger les pédelecs et accès par carte d'abonnement, pour une utilisation service and card voitures, comprenant une station • Testing the concept to up-scale it into GUICHET e-mobilityte the national network, and providing insights pour 2 voitures et 4 pédelecs r ca and recommendations based on evaluation of socio-economict and environmental emen bonn a • Identifying conditions for further integration and up-scaling of the e-mobility infrastructure and service provision into the national e-mobility network • Developing a proposal for ‘open access’ infrastructure and contributing to the national pool of e-mobility experience by optimising existing and new infrastructure, promoting intermodality and deploying intelligent transportation systems (ITS) Flotte Results d’e-voitures Les premiers Flotte de pédelecs Offering new options d’une for travelMise à short distances, the network will be over disposition d’une Mise à disposition integrated with the public transportation de vélosand include seven charging trentaine system trentaine de voitures stations in strategic locations near public pour les plus centres and train électriques buildings, city électriques pour faire du stations. Each charging station will provide charging facilities, using green courtes distances (moins shopping ou se déplacer energy, avectwo e-cars and four pedelecs, with a total fleet of around thirty for plusieurs passagers de 7 km) e-cars and thirty pedelecs. The 24/7 short-term rental service will be designed to be practical, affordable and flexible for both residents and visitors and will provide a unified response to the electromobility needs of the Nordstad region. As well, insights and recommendations for future actions will be provided to policy makers, notably disponibles à of e-mobility infrastructure 2012 services seront on the deployment partir de l’automne facilities, mobility services and business models as well as on socio-economic and environmental aspects. 6 Le projet Nordstad-eMovin
  8. 8. E-car fleet Car/bike sharing Elektromobility kiosk “InformaƟon System” Energy supplier e-car 3'45*/0,.%4%*'/ , E-bike fleet e-car Wifi GPS GPRS RFID Back office CS exploitaƟon side server Back office Energy side server Impact The project will provide a practical demonstration of the viability of e-mobility in Luxembourg and benefit both citizens and local commerce, as it will become easier and more attractive to move from town to town within the region. Users of the service will be able to adopt environmentally responsible behaviour without compromising their mobility and help contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and to the national effort to protect the environment. Nordstad-eMovin will not only bring greater visibility to the Nordstad region but also act as a first step to wider implementation of e-mobility infrastructure across Luxembourg. The insight into citizen mobility gained during the demonstration project will enable Tudor to provide recommendations and advice to other administrations and national bodies interested in implementing similar electromobility infrastructure in other regions. As one of the first e-mobility projects at Tudor, and in the country,  aiming at installing citizen-focused electromobility infrastructure, Nordstad-eMovin will showcase the Centre’s expertise in this domain and help lead to new mobility projects, thus contributing to improved mobility and the eventual widespread use of clean vehicles in Luxembourg. Budget Total budget for project: €655,140 Budget for CRP Henri Tudor: €186,803 Co-funded by European Union Partners Ettelbruck, Diekirch, Schieren, Colmar-Berg, Bettendorf European Regional Development Fund 7
  9. 9. electric mobility ZAC-eMovin Electromobility Solutions Dedicated to Industrial Activity Zones (ZAC) Contact Marie-Laure Watrinet Djamel Khadraoui Inspiration The Luxembourg government is interested in adopting many green transport solutions over the coming years and is in particular focusing on the electric car, with the aim of creating a network of charging stations across the country to encourage widespread use. Electric cars offer many benefits over cars with traditional combustion engines, such as better efficiency, less noise pollution and reduced CO2 emissions (from a lifecycle perspective) when combined with renewable energy. In commercial activity zones around Luxembourg, several employees from the same company often need to travel to the same place each day for meetings or other work activities. One of the goals of ZAC-eMovin is to meet this need by developing car-sharing and car-pooling services using electric cars and electric charging stations. Innovation In order to support the implementation of a national e-car strategy, ZAC-eMovin will install and trial an electric car-sharing network for professional use in Luxembourg. Co-managed by CRP Henri Tudor and CEPS/INSTEAD, ZAC-eMovin aims to develop innovative solutions for work-related travel by trialing and studying e-car sharing in three commercial activity zones around Luxembourg City. Charging stations and electric cars will be available to employees at a participating company in each location: Enovos in Strassen, P&T Luxembourg in Cloche d’Or and CRP Henri Tudor in Kirchberg. Car-sharing to travel to meetings and events is envisaged as the primary use. A specially designed electronic registration system will monitor e-car use by employees to better understand the potential for wider implementation at business locations around Luxembourg Challenges CRP Henri Tudor is responsible for several tasks: • Developing the necessary IT services and architecture for the car-sharing network to enable users to plan their trips and search for appropriate electric charging stations. In order to deploy the physical electric charging infrastructure, the IT architecture will first be defined, and the candidate technological components evaluated. The IT components will then be integrated and tested during the pilot demonstration using real electric vehicles. • Developing and testing of a software application (web-based and accessible via smartphones) for making reservations that will support the usage of carsharing and car-pooling services, with a focus on a relevant business model that takes into account e-mobility factors • Developing a business model for professional e-mobility in industrial and commercial activity zones regarding the use of e-cars, charging stations and specific equipment, and harmonising it based on observations made during pilot testing • Proposing a set of recommendations based on the demonstration and a study of electric car-sharing and car-pooling 8
  10. 10. Results Through a demonstration of professional use by three different types of companies in different urban locations, ZACeMovin will provide important insight into the potential for the professional use of e-cars in Luxembourg. The project will install adapted electric charging infrastructure dedicated to industrial and commercial activity zones in order to illustrate the feasibility of an e-mobility concept for professionals and develop e-mobility user applications adaptable to a wider context. Through pilot testing and wider study, the project will identify conditions for further integration and up-scaling of this e-mobility infrastructure and service provision into the national e-mobility network by developing a proposal for ‘open access’ infrastructure, as well as provide insights and recommendations on socio-economic aspects as well as ecological aspects to assist the different stakeholders in the deployment of professional e-mobility. Impact This pioneering project will help to inform the development and implementation of a national e-mobility strategy and clearly demonstrate the attractiveness and benefits of e-car use. In addition to providing support for strategy development, ZACeMovin will also create greater general awareness of car-sharing and e-mobility options, helping to generate interest among the public and professional sector. The project will contribute to the national pool of e-mobility experiences by optimising existing and new infrastructure, promoting intermodality and deploying Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), and will inform future actions, notably in the deployment of e-mobility infrastructure, mobility services and business models. Finally, deployment of the ZAC-eMovin electric car-sharing network on a larger scale will help to reduce the number of vehicles on the road in Luxembourg and the Greater Region, reducing traffic congestion and in the long term, enabling the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Budget Total project budget: €327,356 Budget for CRP Henri Tudor: €255,220 Co-funded by European Union Partners CEPS/INSTEAD, Enovos, P&T Luxembourg European Regional Development Fund 9
  11. 11. electric mobility V-FEATHER Innovative Flexible Electric Transport Contact Wassila Mtalaa Djamel Khadraoui Inspiration Even as cities try to reduce their CO2 emissions and become more environmentally-friendly, the demand for urban freight delivery is increasing, further adding to congestion and pollution in city centres. Delivery providers are also facing new urban-specific challenges, such as packet delivery and changing order sizes, and need to become more flexible and efficient. Existing electric delivery vehicles, though better for the environment, do not provide enough flexibility or cost-efficiency to be attractive to delivery providers. The V-Feather project was initiated by industrial partners interested in tackling these challenges and presents a complete vision of a new urban electric Light Duty Vehicle (LDV) and how it will be designed, built and run in the near future. Innovation Replacing the traditional one-size-fits-all delivery concept, the new vehicle is based on a modular building block concept that uses active, adaptive, structural architecture. This means that vehicles are made up of connected modules of different sizes and types (cold storage, dangerous good storage, etc.) that can be added or removed to increase capacity or improve agility based on real-time delivery requirements. V-Feather’s modular LDV is based on a new system for last mile delivery known as Deposit, Rapid Recharge and Recollect (D3R), which allows vehicles to drop off modules at delivery locations and continue on in smaller form, returning later to pick up the modules. Challenges Within the project, CRP Henri Tudor will take on several challenges: • Researchers from CRP Henri Tudor’s Service Science & Innovation department will contribute to the development of the D3R system, creating algorithms to simulate and optimise modular, electric freight delivery and fleet management in an urban environment. Advanced operational research techniques will make it possible to demonstrate the advantage of using the V-Feather system over traditional delivery systems. • Researchers from the Resource Centre for Environmental Technologies will be involved in the development of requirements and recommendations for green manufacturing as well as the definition of lifecycle based criteria for the development of the D3R system. Results The project, guided by a focus on energy efficiency, commercial viability, life cycle design and the development of new technologies, will define the vehicle specifications, develop and simulate the modular vehicle and fleet management concept, manufacture a demonstration vehicle, and finally, test it in a real environment. 10
  12. 12. Impact V-Feather will provide a completely new concept of an adaptive, modular electric vehicle to meet modern urban delivery needs. This new approach will benefit both delivery providers, who will be able to increase their agility and save costs by buying fewer vehicles and adapting them to changing orders, as well as cities, which will benefit from better traffic flow and decreased CO2 pollution due to fewer and cleaner delivery vehicles on the road. The project will help to bring visibility to CRP Henri Tudor’s MOBILITY programme and lead to future projects focused on electric mobility in Luxembourg. Budget Total project budget: €3,670,634 Budget for CRP Henri Tudor: €240,304 Co-funded by Partners Cranfield University, Ayton Willow Ltd, Tuk Tuk Factory B.V, Denso Automotive GmbH, Cleancarb sarl, Technische Universität Hamburg, Kings College London, ECOmove 11
  13. 13. electric mobility HELCAR Hybrid and Electric Cars Life Cycle Assessment Contact Florent Querini Enrico Benetto Inspiration There is increasing interest in electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles from car manufacturers, institutions and individuals. Although the number of studies focusing on their environmental impact is growing, they usually only take into account one model from one brand in a specific context. There are currently no comprehensive studies available that assess the environmental impacts of the policies to deploy electric vehicles in Luxembourg. In fact, depending on the type of vehicle (pure battery electric or plug-in hybrid, model, electricity consumption, etc.), its use (yearly mileage, slow or quick charge, urban or highway driving, etc.) and the vehicle replaced (particularly whether it takes diesel or gasoline), the comparative environmental assessment between an electric and a conventional vehicle can greatly vary. There are currently less than 100 electric vehicles in use in the country. The Luxembourg government’s goal of having 40,000 electric vehicles circulating on its roads by 2020 implies tremendous changes in the current automotive fleet, with unknown environmental consequences. The deployment of electric vehicles on mass scale also raises numerous other questions. Specifically, how will they change the behaviour of individuals, and how will they impact renewable energies, as the CARe incentive, which decreases the buying price of an electric vehicle, is associated with a green electricity contract. The HELCAR project was created in order to address these questions. Innovation The aim of HELCAR is to develop a methodology in order to evaluate the consequences of the deployment of electric and hybrid vehicles, in terms of greenhouse gas emissions but also resource consumption. Moreover, special attention will be given to local environmental impacts linked with battery production and exhaust gas composition, using a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) approach. The aim of HELCAR is twofold: to define an innovative methodology for a complex and multiscale life cycle assessment of alternative mobility (i.e. electric and hybrid vehicles), applicable to Luxembourg but also at European level, and to provide answers to the current questions concerning the sustainability of such vehicles. Challenges Researchers from the Resource Centre for Environmental Technologies will: • Develop a multi-agent model that will make it possible to simulate the behaviour of Luxembourgish and cross-border drivers and calculate, for different scenarios, the impact of the deployment of electric and hybrid vehicles on the currently circulating fleet • Provide an environmental assessment of the pressure on the electrical grid that would be caused by widespread and sudden deployment of electric vehicles, as well as evaluate the consequences of an increase in demand for renewable energy, as Luxembourg is already strongly dependent on other countries for its electricity supply 12
  14. 14. Results The results concerning the development of agent-based simulation, multiscale LCA and the consequential effect on electrical grids and the market will be presented at scientific conferences and be submitted for publication in peer-reviewed journals in order to establish the scientific credibility of the innovative development of the project. Life  cycle  stages  of  a  car   The results of the LCA study, which will calculate the environmental impacts of national policies regarding electric and hybrid vehicles, will be presented and disseminated to all concerned stakeholders in Luxembourg. Raw  material   extrac-on   End  of  life  and   material   recovery   Car  use   Car   manufacturing   Car   distribu-on   Impact From a methodological point of view, HELCAR will prove the feasibility of using multi-agent modelling for Life Cycle Assessment. This method, applied to Luxembourg and its neighbours, could then be used in different geographical contexts. HELCAR will also help to define a methodology for calculating the environmental impact of electric and hybrid vehicles on a multiscale level (from small projects to state policies), thus enabling a calculation for Luxembourg but also for further research at the European level. Publication in peer-reviewed journals and international conferences will contribute to reinforcing CRP Henri Tudor as a strong R&D player in the field of LCA as well as mobility. Finally, HELCAR will provide answers to the numerous questions concerning the environmental consequences of the deployment of electric vehicles, which will be useful for the government as well as companies and individuals that are interested in decreasing their environmental impact. Budget Total project budget: €222,441 HELCAR is a postdoctoral project carried out at CRP Henri Tudor Funded by 13
  15. 15. intelligent transport systems MOEBIUS Mobilities, Environment, Behaviours, Integrated in Urban Simulation Contact Benjamin Gateau Djamel Khadraoui Inspiration Residents of Luxembourg are increasingly choosing to live in suburban or rural areas, leading to longer commutes, urban sprawl and greater dependency on cars.  Urban sprawl is an important challenge for policy makers to address as it has a number of negative effects on the environment, including overconsumption of land and energy, on public services, such as difficulties in provisioning local services, as well as on other areas. City planners interested in building attractive cities with high use of public transportation must first learn what motivates residents’ choices and the effects they can have. The MOEBIUS project was created to simulate current mobility patterns with the aim of providing insight into the choices made by residents of Luxembourg and the resulting social and environmental impacts. Specifically, the project will look at daily mobility between home and work. Innovation An integrated planning concept involving several national ministries, called “Integratives Verkehrs und Landesentwicklungs­ konzept” (Inclusive transport and land development concept), aims to promote a modal shift towards public transport while maintaining a good level of accessibility through integrated spatial development involving high density and mixed development. MOEBIUS will assess the sustainability of this planning scenario by simulating it and comparing it to current urban sprawl. Survey data from project partner CEPS/Instead on the preferences of residents regarding choice of neighbourhood, workplace and transportation will first be used to define behaviour roles. These roles will then be used to simulate the current situation as well as potential situations in 2020 based on demographic forecasts and different planning scenarios. Challenges Within the project, CRP Henri Tudor will apply its expertise and experience in multi-agent systems to provide a simulation of daily mobility in Luxembourg. Researchers from the Service Science and Innovation department will face two main challenges: • Developing a transparent model that includes new theoretical components, using belief theory, residential choices and determinants of daily commuting specific to Luxembourg • Developing hybrid spatial simulation tools which will be used to develop a simulation platform to study land use, residential mobility and daily mobility across the metropolitan area of Luxembourg Results MOEBIUS will provide multi-agent based simulation tools to simulate mobility patterns in Luxembourg. These tools will provide valuable data on the current use of public transportation and cars in Luxembourg, acting as a tool for decision-making regarding investment in infrastructure. 14
  16. 16. Impact The simulation tools will help to increase understanding of residential mobility and may provide insights that could be used to make public transportation a more attractive option to residents. The first project of its kind at CRP Henri Tudor, MOEBIUS will be followed by further development of interactive simulation tools able to generate complex scenarios that take into account additional parameters and constraints. Budget Total project budget: €1,286,480 Budget for CRP Henri Tudor: €88,185 Funded by Partners CEPS/INSTEAD, University of Luxembourg 15
  17. 17. intelligent transport systems CoMoSeF Co-operative Mobility Services of the Future Contact Gerald Arnould Djamel Khadraoui Inspiration Drivers often face various problems due to inaccurate information on weather conditions, such as sudden icy or foggy road conditions or road incidents. In Luxembourg, the management of winter weather conditions is a hot topic both politically and in the public arena. In addition, traffic information is not updated with the required frequency needed to plan appropriately and improve the efficiency of traffic. However, new vehicle-to-vehicle communication systems have the potential to address these problems by allowing vehicles to share data on weather and other road conditions in real-time using nomadic devices. Innovation CoMoSeF builds on the work done in earlier projects (Carlink, WiSafeCar) in which CRP Henri Tudor was a partner, as well as the ongoing project MOEBIUS, to develop and deploy systems to significantly improve road condition information systems and eliminate existing problems and challenges. Involving multiple partners in different countries around Europe, a range of solutions will be developed. The project will create co-operative mobility solutions, devices and applications that are feasible for large scale deployment. It will bring existing and emerging sensors, services and communication solutions closer to the market and create the necessary business models to support them. Challenges Researchers from CRP Henri Tudor’s Service Science & Innovation department will manage the Luxembourg pilot, which will focus on warning drivers about winter weather conditions and traffic accidents, offering new multi-modal itinerary recommendations for dealing with the problems. They will focus on deploying a service platform on top of the wireless communication platform developed in the WiSafeCar project (www. Mobility services will then be deployed on top of this service platform. For example the Secure Dynamic Carpooling System technology will be applied to the context of electric car use by professionals. Results CoMoSeF will result in a number of new traffic and transport services. It will also evaluate different vehicle-to-vehicle communication solutions with the potential to be further developed into commercial products by software providers. Some applications currently envisaged are weather and traffic warning systems for commuters, dynamic car-sharing and carpooling applications and taxi fleet management solutions. 16
  18. 18. Impact CoMoSeF will help in minimising traffic congestion and pollutant emissions by optimising the usage of vehicular transportation in Luxembourg. The project will provide new mobile services for optimised multi-modal transportation in Luxembourg, and an open realistic vehicular network simulator exploiting national geographical and statistical data. Real-time individualised information about traffic and/or weather conditions will prove invaluable to commuters, emergency services and transport companies, who will be able to better plan their routes. Using various sensors and other sources of data, the developed solutions will create the potential to increase the safety, efficiency, comfort and flexibility of traffic. At the same time, when used intelligently, the data will help to decrease congestion, pollution, and accidents. Budget Total project budget: €7,917,589 Budget for CRP Henri Tudor: €274,250 Partners Mobisoft, AROBS Transilvania Software SRL, Finnish Meteorological Institute, Poznan University of Technology, Info Tripla Oy, UBRIDGE Co Ltd, Taipale Telematics, ISBAK A.S.,VTT, P&T Luxembourg, Centria CBT, Comunicación & Multimedia S.L., INNOVALIA, HITEC Luxembourg S.A., IKUSI – Angel Iglesias S.A., Broadbit, KocSistem, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca (TUCN), Otokar CoMoSeF is a Celtic-Plus project 17
  19. 19. intelligent transport systems MobiTraff Cooperative Way to Mobility and Traffic Efficiency Contact Djamel Khadraoui Riad Aggoune Inspiration As urban transport accounts for 40% of all CO2 emissions from road transport, the European Commission has identified the development of sustainable urban mobility as a key priority in reaching the objective of combating climate change through its Action Plan on Urban Mobility. However, there are two issues regarding current management of urban mobility. Firstly, empirical studies demonstrate that improvements in traffic efficiency create latent travel demand. Although reductions in congestion will most likely be observed, global fuel consumption and emissions will increase due to rebound effects. Traffic improvements should thus be made in conjunction with mobility management initiatives, which result in more efficient use of transportation resources. Secondly, current traffic and mobility management objectives are achieved by centralised Urban Traffic Management Systems (UTMS), which rely on conventional equipment like traffic cameras, infrared sensors, variable message signs (VMS), and traffic lights. The collected traffic information is processed centrally and then typically provided to the VMS and the navigation systems of vehicles. The main drawbacks of conventional approaches are their centralisation, fixed and costly infrastructure, and lack of dynamism. Consequently, traffic information updates can have a delay of 20 to 50 minutes. These drawbacks can be overcome by using vehicular ad hoc networks (VANETs), in which nodes act as mobile traffic sensors. Innovation MOBITRAFF aims to jointly address traffic efficiency and mobility management challenges by developing innovative services using connected vehicle technology that work on VANETs. The proposed approach for mobility management aims at improving the quality of public transport services by minimising travelling time, harmonising bus headways, and providing passengers with dynamic public transport information. The goal of the complementary traffic management initiative is to improve road efficiency by mitigating flash crowd effects and by minimising stop-and-go driving conditions. The project uses connected vehicle technology to correlate services from traffic and mobility management in a comprehensive, secure, decentralised, and self-organised way. VANETs can provide cooperative mobility, allowing not only information collection and sharing between vehicles and travellers, but also collaboration in choosing routes and travel modes. To successfully achieve this, novel efficient algorithms and protocols will be designed. In particular, the use of VANETs in this context will require new solutions related to security, privacy and cooperation among self-regarded users. Challenges Researchers from the Service Science & Innovation department will tackle challenges related to the two project focuses: • The mobility management objectives will be achieved by proposing dynamic differential traffic light schedules that give priority to public transport, and a personalised navigation service for passengers. • The traffic management objectives will be reached by developing a green light speed advisory system that can calculate the optimal speeds of vehicles according to real-time traffic and light scheduling information, and cooperative route selection by vehicles. Solutions for traffic efficiency satisfying “user optimal” (game theoretical problem) and “system optimal” (optimisation problem) will be developed. 18
  20. 20. Results The final objective of this project is to provide a fully distributed, feasible, secure, and low cost system for traffic and mobility management in urban environments. A VANET-based cooperative traffic and mobility management system will be developed. In addition, a feasibility study will be provided to support decisions on investment in this technology by the public sector. radio broadcast o pri AVL/RTPI UTC/TIC Cellular base station m To liv e om .T g e. privateTIC priority request (DSRC) zone i zone j traffic lights controler Field infrastructure (e.g. inductive loops, cameras, VMS) VANET link bypass link TI/AVL/RTPI/ GLOSA (hub) MobiTraff overview Cellular base station FM radio landline est equ r rity C TM current approaches cellular communication landline s ate up info ne -zo hts en ic/lig e tw ff be s/tra bu zone i TI/AVL/RTPI GLOSA (hub) Cellular base station or WiFi dy gu nam id an ic ce store and forward of priority request exchange of curent traffic conditions stop req uest zone j Bus stop Bus stop TIS GLOSA traffic lights controler Distributed among means of public transport Knowledge base (KB) Real-time information about: - traffic information - traffic lights phase schedule - bus/tram positions Processing/optimisation services Computes: - Real-time bus schedule prediction - Personalised navigation - Traffic lights priority strategies Supporting services security and trust management - data privacy and security - evaluation of trustworthiness of received reports Impact The methods developed in the project will help to improve the service quality of buses. Giving buses priority in traffic will attract discretionary travellers, i.e. those who have alternative travel options, which will lead to reduced traffic congestion and related pollution emissions. The proposed solutions will also help to improve traffic efficiency by allowing smoother traffic flows for cars. Budget Total project budget: €843,559 Budget for CRP Henri Tudor: €524,000 Co-funded by Partners Warsaw University of Technology 19
  21. 21. intelligent transport systems ELEC’TRA Cross-border Mobility Concept for the Reduction of Individual Commutes in the Greater Region by Focusing on Electromobility Solutions Complementary to Public Transport Contact Riad Aggoune Djamel Khadraoui Inspiration The large number of cross-border workers that commute to Luxembourg each day has a strong impact on the traffic and infrastructure of the regions located in between. This is further amplified by the often individualistic driver behaviour that results in a considerably higher number of cars on the road. This leads to increased CO2 emissions, contrary to European-level aims to reduce them, concentrated around the cities of Luxembourg, Thionville, Metz, Trier and Sarrebrücken. In view of the sustainable development objectives set by public authorities in the region, further extending the road infrastructure to accommodate more vehicles is not a viable option. A new way to address this mobility challenge is thus required. Innovation ELEC’TRA is an ambitious project by public authorities in the Moselle, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland and Luxembourg regions that aims to develop a new mobility concept to integrate public transport with intelligent use of electric vehicles, such as carsharing and car-pooling. The project will study the behaviours and expectations of cross-border commuters, analyse problem zones with a view to improving traffic flow and reducing CO2 emissions along four major cross-border routes, and develop an innovative sustainable cross-border mobility concept focused on intermodality and interoperability of services. This concept will be based around strategically-placed electric transport hubs, or ‘eHubs’, which will provide a number of additional, complementary services such as parking, electric car charging stations, new train and bus stops, etc. Challenges Researchers at CRP Henri Tudor will address several challenges: • Development of an eMobility management concept • Design and configuration of the eHubs • Strategic management of the eMobility Platform, involving adaptation of technology developed in-house, mainly the Secure Dynamic Carpooling System for e-Fleet and eParking management Results ELEC’TRA will propose an interactive and participative mobility concept and model of eHubs for cross-border commuters. The project will also provide a definition of the requirements and feasibility criteria, costs, barriers and best practices for implementation of the developed concept. 20
  22. 22. Impact The results from the study undertaken within ELEC’TRA will support governmental decision-making regarding the deployment of electromobility solutions in the region, as well as support the creation of attractive and easy-to-use transport services in the Greater Region. The project will help put in place a new sustainable cross-border mobility policy, leading to improved traffic flow on the roads and more environmentally-friendly mobility in the region. In addition, the collaboration between project partners may help lead to the future creation of a cross-border association for expertise in mobility. Budget Total project budget: €985,000 Budget for CRP Henri Tudor: €150,000 Co-funded by Partners l’Union européenne investit dans votre avenir Conseil Général de la Moselle, Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, Institut für ZukunftsEnergieSysteme – IZES, Ministère du Développement Durable et des Infrastructures du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg 21
  23. 23. mobility for the elderly STIMULATE Sustainable E2 Mobility Services for Elderly People Contact Djamel Khadraoui Damien Nicolas  Inspiration Mobility is a key issue in the context of an ageing population. Elderly people enjoy taking trips, but owing to a certain loss of independence and apprehension in the use of new technologies, they feel less confident when travelling. Modern ICT allows new bespoke, ad hoc mobility and travel services to be developed for the specific profiles and needs of the elderly. STIMULATE proposes customised travel offers based on the needs and constraints of individual users. Innovation STIMULATE aims to implement an online platform that will allow the elderly to plan their trips in an intuitive manner adapted to their needs and preferences. At the time of planning a journey, a list of offers is put forward, meeting individual requirements and constraints that are managed through a personal user profile. The most suitable activities appear towards the top of the list, while those less suitable appear lower down. The platform has two parts: a dedicated web application for planning the trip and a hybrid mobile application to assist the elderly during their travel. The dedicated web application offers three travel options: “Special offer”, which includes package offers, “Tailored travel”, which is a customised offer based on criteria selected by users, and “Do it yourself”, a bespoke package offer in which elderly users select a set of criteria and construct their entire holiday package. The information is then sent to the travel agency and the package is optimised by CRP Henri Tudor at the front end. At the back end, the travel agency can also use the system to create its own future offers. The hybrid mobile application provides “on the move” travel assistance tailored to the user’s profile. For each day of the trip, the timetable of activities is shown, along with additional information such as images, videos and text descriptions. The user can also choose to see, in real time, the route between his/her location, a selected tourist activity and/or the closest health professional/institution, combining several means of transport (walking, driving, public transport). The closest appropriate activities are also displayed. Finally, a user can call available emergency services (such as the 112 hotline) directly from the application in case of an urgent situation. The approach is fully user-oriented. With a total of eight partners, of whom four are associations for the elderly, the requirements and limitations of the target users have been clearly defined and evaluated. The system has been designed for both PCs and mobile devices including tablets and mobile phones, while the user interface has been adapted to the requirements of the target users. Challenges CRP Henri Tudor coordinates the platform and also has the role of technical manager. It is responsible for the mobile development and integration of the services developed within the platform. 22
  24. 24. Two main scientific challenges are addressed by CRP Henri Tudor researchers: • Providing profile-based recommendations and dynamic activity management. Activities offered should be tailored to the interests of elderly users but also take into account their relative physical capabilities. Building strong user profiles that include the most relevant criteria and information is essential. The project has identified four important types of data that characterise the activities/services: level of physical health, level of autonomy, level of vision and level of hearing. These data indicate the level of activities that can be done under optimal conditions. The full user profile contains 20 different criteria, which the recommendation system uses to correlate user profiles with activity profiles to generate a list of activities in order of suitability. Users can then choose the activities that interest them from this list. • Providing multi-criteria optimisation of multimodal transport routes. The challenge is to provide route planning between different activities by combining all possible means of transport while taking into account several constraints such as activity schedules and the mobility constraints of disabled seniors (taking the train with a wheelchair, taking the bus uphill/ downhill, etc.). STIMULATE must also align the newly developed services with the business needs of tourism operators that cater to the elderly. The challenge is to find a new business model and commercial offers that fit this market. Results STIMULATE has developed a fully functional web-based application for travel planning and a complementary mobile application for on the move support. Three pilot trips in different European cities have been planned to test the tools and services under real conditions with the involvement of seniors. Tudor has developed software tools that manage the profiles of seniors, mapping these profiles to activities and services and processing the itineraries and dynamic management of activities in real time. Additionally, a service-oriented technological platform has been deployed to host all of the required services to allow the development of different applications for specific customer needs. Impact The holiday and tourism market for elderly people is growing and in parallel, the use of communication tools such as tablets is becoming more widespread. STIMULATE will enable seniors to specify their assistance needs, to extensively plan a trip, to optimise their means of transport and itineraries, to access advice, to be provided with personal assistance while on the move, and to obtain local shopping recommendations and assistance. Once the platform is in use, the impact will be clearly noticeable on activities in the tourism and cultural sectors. Elderly people in Luxembourg are keen travellers and the project will greatly assist in facilitating their movements. It also represents an excellent opportunity for them to use modern technology. In just a few clicks, it will be possible for users to create their own journey and the tool will continue to be very useful throughout their trip. Budget Total budget of STIMULATE project: €1,748,019 Budget for CRP Henri Tudor: €572,305 Co-funded by Partners Cybercultus S.A, Technische Universität Wien, Utrecht School of the Arts, Au Fil des Cévènnes, E-Seniors, EURAG Austria, DMMR Tourisme Supported by 23
  25. 25. mobility for the elderly MEDiATE Collaborative and Intermediating Solution for Managing Daily Activities for The Elderly at Home Contact Djamel Khadraoui Wassila Mtalaa Inspiration Home care for the elderly can be provided either by professional service providers, such as doctors, nurses and housekeepers or informal carers including family members, friends, neighbours, and relatives. A 2010 study revealed that 80% of the care provided to an elderly person comes from his/her close family. However, most of the current tools for coordinating care are focused on formal caregivers in professional environments. A collaborative solution is required to enable informal carers to work in cooperation with professional care providers, benefiting from their methodology and structure. Innovation MEDiATE stands for “Collaborative and interMEdiating solution for Managing Daily Activities for The Elderly at home”. The aim of the project is to design, build and test the first decentralised collaborative solution that will allow all individuals involved in providing care and support, whether informal carers or professionals, to communicate and work together in a coherent manner. It will provide a rich and open service environment to support all caregivers and allow all tasks taking place within the elderly person’s social environment to be facilitated and coordinated, enhancing the capacities of each actor. MEDiATE is independent of any specific technology and is based on web services, focusing on interoperability, ie. ensuring compatibility with existing systems. Once developed, the solution will be tested through confrontation with technologies such as VisAge or Remad for user interaction via touchscreens, tablets, or connected TVs. Challenges The MEDiATE project includes the development of a “pay-per use” business model, algorithms supporting the information system, the challenges of training and employment, and other more general objectives such as ensuring optimal integration of informal partners in the ecosystem of care and facilitating the emergence of new services from the informal network complementary to existing ones. In addition to coordinating the platform, researchers from CRP Henri Tudor’s Service Science & Innovation department will tackle several challenges: • Developing the communication platform architecture through a service-oriented approach (SOA) and building, deploying and interfacing the solution developed within the project to existing technological platforms • Managing data integration and proposing a set of algorithms to implement specific application programming interfaces (APIs) • Developing a range of services such as an activity advisor, profile-based personalisation services, recommendation services or an activity coordination service based on advanced optimisation techniques 24
  26. 26. Results MEDiATE will provide a complete communication and organisational solution to optimise the care of the elderly at home. The communication platform will allow all actors to connect over multiple types of devices and send messages to other individuals, share information with specific sub-groups of carers, and see information relevant to their role. Impact The technology to be developed in MEDiATE will strengthen interactions between and among informal and formal care providers, who will no longer have to rely on a single and centralised coordinator. The local potential of the networks supported by the MEDiATE solution will be shared at European level, to allow exchange of best practices, training of trainers, software maintenance and ethical governance. Budget Total project budget: €2,799,694 Budget for CRP Henri Tudor: €414,434 Co-funded by Partners Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Camera Contact, Fondation Suisse pour les Téléthèses, Pôle de Gérontologie Interrégional Bourgogne Franche-Comté, SIVECO, G4S Security Solutions S.à.r.l., EGLU, DMMR Supported by 25
  27. 27. STUDIES & Policy support STUDIES & Policy support DDRT-LL ITSLux Elektromobilitéit Platform 26
  28. 28. STUDIES & Policy support DDRT-LL Universal Management and Information System for Dynamic Demand Responsive Transport Activities Contact Djamel Khadraoui Inspiration Demand Responsive Transport (DRT) is a form of public transport that addresses user needs by dynamically arranging schedules in real time on flexible routes. Most DRT systems require manual administration to book trips, manage fleets of vehicles, create itineraries, collect fares, etc., making travel less flexible. A Dynamic Demand Responsive Transport System (DDRT) based on real-time fleet management and real-time requests would help optimise and automate this type of transportation. Innovation DDRT-LL will study the role of satellite communications for the dynamic, multimodal management of DRT services and facilitate access by developing dedicated mobile applications. The study will design and prepare an information and management system allowing organisations operating DRT activities to efficiently manage these services at accessible costs and study the economic and technological challenges related to the development of a DDRT system. Challenges DDRT-LL will identify user needs, requirements, and implementation costs, estimate business potential and viability, elaborate a preliminary architecture of the DDRT system, propose a business plan and roadmap, and analyse opportunities in for products and services. Researchers from CRP Henri Tudor will: • Investigate the algorithms required for real-time data processing and the innovative IT architecture required for the Demand Responsive Transport System • Identify the gap between the needs and the existing products and services and develop an adapted business model for such solutions Results The main result of the study will be the elaboration of a new DDRT system architecture as well as a viable economic model to allow the product to be developed in further ESA or FP7 projects. Impact DDRT-LL will have both economic and societal impacts. On the economic side, the Universal Management System will allow any transport operator to set up DDRT services easily and rapidly at accessible costs. On the societal level, in the long-term, transport operators in Luxembourg will be able to offer dynamic, real-time and easy-to-use transport services to meet citizen needs and allow them to use secure and efficient transport modes when they travel. Budget Total project budget: €115,000 Budget for CRP Henri Tudor: €38,260 Funded by 27
  29. 29. STUDIES & Policy support ITSLux Economic Potential of Intelligent Transportation Systems for Luxembourg Contact Gerald Arnould Djamel Khadraoui Inspiration The performance of transport systems is a crucial factor in the competitiveness of Luxembourg’s economy, due to the close link between economic growth and transport growth. In the past, increases in traffic could be accommodated by further expanding traffic infrastructure, but this expansion has reached its financial limits. The aim of current transport and traffic policy is to counteract the steady growth in traffic with intelligent transport solutions to make traffic safer, more efficient and more sustainable. Intelligent transport systems (ITS) use information and communication technologies for the collection, transmission, processing and provision of information for road transport and can help to ensure safe, sustainable and effective mobility. Innovation ITSLux will study the current structure of the business sectors related to ITS in Luxembourg and create an inventory of their strengths and weaknesses as well as of supporting infrastructure (telecommunications network, data centres, etc.) The study will also look at the ITS targets of the EU and neighbouring countries, define actions to complement the existing national ICT strategy, identify gaps in national economic policy regarding ITS, assess the potential impacts for Luxembourg, and develop recommendations to allow decision makers to maximise the economic benefits of deploying ITS solutions in Luxembourg. Challenges ITSLux will analyse the existing ITS infrastructure of companies that are currently or could become involved in ITS development and related initiatives and activities such as product development, research and innovation, seminars and conferences, etc. Researchers from CRP Henri Tudor will face two main challenges: • Defining the best methodology in gathering information from stakeholders and ensuring the economic value of the outcome, based on existing projects currently running in Luxembourg • Elaborating a set of recommendations for Luxembourg based on findings regarding identification of the existing ITS economy and identification of gaps in policy Results and Impact ITSLux will provide national decision-makers with a set of recommendations for the creation of an innovative ITS economic sector, taking into account Luxembourg’s existing ICT strategy and infrastructure. It will also provide guidance for fulfilling ITS requirements set by the EU and recommendations for the establishment of a national ITS association. These recommendations will promote new businesses and innovative new products and services in the field of ITS, and increase the attractiveness of Luxembourg within the Greater Region through the use of ITS solutions for national and cross-border mobility. Budget Total project budget: €47,972 Budget for CRP Henri Tudor: €13,572 Funded by Partner MRK Management Consultants 28
  30. 30. STUDIES & Policy support Elektromobilitéit Platform Contact Gerald Arnould Djamel Khadraoui Inspiration Looking to centralise information about electric mobility in Luxembourg and create a network of companies and organisations active in the field, CRP Henri Tudor partnered with Enovos Luxembourg SA, an independent energy provider, to create the Elektromobilitéit Platform. Innovation Launched in March 2010, is a web platform dedicated to electric mobility projects and initiatives in Luxembourg as well as a professional network connecting national stakeholders with actors in the private sector and research. It aims to mobilise the skills of local actors to provide innovative electromobility solutions for Luxembourg, provide recommendations to direct national policy, act as a centralised point of contact for electromobility, develop national and international networking activities, and provide technology and business intelligence for platform members. Results and Impact now has more than 50 member organisations from around the Greater Region and has organised or participated in numerous events related to electromobility policy, planning and infrastructure in Luxembourg and across Europe. The web platform offers a monthly selection of electromobility news from around the world, as well as a list of European events. The platform also supports the initiation of new projects that aim to develop electric mobility in Luxembourg, like ZAC-eMovin and Nordstad-eMovin, both within CRP Henri Tudor’s MOBILITY innovation programme. is currently positioned to have a strong impact on the continued development and expansion of electric mobility in Luxembourg. Funded by Co-founded by 29
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