Advanced Cooperative Infomobility Systems

The term “infomobility” indicates the set of information characterizing traffic networks, including the methodologies and the strategies aimed at controlling and optimally managing traffic flows. The current scenario is characterized by several initiatives and research activities, which are nevertheless generally focused at solving specific application problems (e.g. fleet management, passenger care, intermodal transport, local traffic control, traffic safety etc.): information, methodologies and strategies in these applications are therefore considered in a very selective and dedicated way.

To date, a wide integrated vision of both infomobility methodologies and technologies – able to consider and manage several complementary yet different aspects of the context –  is still substantially missing. By following a systematic approach, the ACIS project thus aims at focusing on specific functional and technological elements which are common to different infomobility application scenarios.

To this end, a preliminary analysis of two main transport sectors – urban road network and urban train network – has been carried out to pinpoint common key requirements. The main common point highlighted is the need to generally promote the evolution of infomobility architectures towards a higher and more complex cooperation level, by means of not only infrastructure-infrastructure (I2I) and vehicle-infrastructure (V2I) interactions but also of vehicle-vehicle (V2V) interactions. The development of new infomobility solutions based on the adoption of innovative cooperative systematic models and of an extensive use of V2V interactions is in fact nowadays considered a priority at European level and world-wide. Such a development allows to depict new interesting scenarios and new perspectives characterized by a general improvement of safety, reliability, and efficiency performances in mobility management.

Today V2V cooperation can be reasonably proposed thanks to the constant technical evolution in mobile communication and to the growing support of geo-localization technologies: all these factors play a key role and allow to conceive new cooperation models.

Selex Communications (IT)

Alcatel (IT)

Ansaldo Segnalamento Ferroviario (IT)

Bombardier Transportation (IT)

Elsag Datamat (IT)

Softeco Sismat (IT)

Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (IMATI, ISSIA) (IT)

Aitek (IT)

Fos (IT)

Iris (IT)

TechnoAware (IT)

Università di Genova (DIBE, DIMSET, DISI, DIST) (IT)

Starting from the aforementioned objectives, shared by all different infomobility sectors, the ACIS project establish its final goal in the study, development and validation of innovative solutions in Advanced Cooperative Infomobility Systems. To this purpose, the project intends to include these solutions in a framework hosting shared innovative infomobility functionalities and technologies. This framework includes:

  • a technological and functional platform including tools and functionalities independent from the specific application scenario;
  • two specialized modules managing urban road network and urban train/metro network, both characterized by specific infrastructural and functional requirements.

The features of the common platform will be studied and defined to be independent from the specific scenarios considered and compatible with complementary scenarios (e.g. extra-urban traffic and public urban transport).

The validation of the solutions considered includes the development of their main functionalities, by mean of the implementation of software modules whose functional behavior will be verified by mean of dedicated demonstration prototypes, to be tested in proper simulation environments including real infrastructural modules – in particular for communication subsystems – so to extract meaningful test results and operational figures. In the case functionalities cannot be directly related to measurable performance values and merit factors, a different comparison methodology with available contextual data and figures will be adopted to ensure anyway a proper evaluation of the results achieved.

Softeco Sismat is specifically involved in the following technical work packages:

  • Study and definition of a middleware to support communication and favour interoperability between fixed infrastructures and ad-hoc vehicular network
  • Definition of algorithms and methodologies for the efficient information exchange in urban scenarios
  • Development of methodologies for the dynamic control of urban traffic systems and validation
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Marco Boero

Marco Gorini

Know how - Mobility


Area Tematica: Infomobilità

Grant agreement
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Start date
October 2007

24 months

Selex Communications S.p.A. (IT)


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