eMOTION

Europe-wide multimodal traffic information service

www.emotion-project.eu
Fact Sheet on EC CORDIS

eMOTION investigated and defined an integrated framework and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) for the creation, use and deployment of real time information services on Europe-wide multimodal traffic and mobility. Architectural investigation and specification addressed both technical and non-technical issues, highlighting legal, organizational and business aspects related to the information integration process and defining a distributed reference architecture based on shared international data standards.

The provision of geo-referenced data and information within eMOTION is based on the specifications of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) including support for Location Based Services (LBS). Compliant to OGC specifications, the eMOTION information system includes service metadata managed and searched using a catalogue service as for dataset metadata.

eMOTION aimed at investigating and specifying a framework for a Europe-wide multimodal traffic information service offering real time information and special services for the road and public transport user, making information and various types of digital contents available for European travellers via on-trip-devices like PDA/Smart Phones or in-car-systems.

The range of services includes real time traffic information for road traffic and public transport, dynamic (and multimodal) routing services and special services like reservation of parking space, booking of personalized public transport services (e.g. Demand Responsive Transport) as well as additional travel-related services such as tourist information or hotel reservation.

Policies and scenarios for a Europe-wide information service have been investigated and developed that integrate different types of partners like content providers, service operators, service providers etc. from different transport modes (road, rail etc.) with different legal status, public and commercial partners, from countries all over Europe. The policies and scenarios covered legal aspects as well as implementation policies and data safety policies and meet in an organizational and legal framework for the service architecture. This framework offers the basis for the development of business cases that are particularly important for operating such an information service in e.g. a public-private partnership cooperation as well as for the exploitation and transfer of project experiences and results on a European level. In this context, also member states not participating in the consortium will be addressed explicitly, e.g. in co-ordination with other initiatives like the TEMPO projects.

eMOTION also aimed at defining the specification of technical options of this Europe-wide service architecture, including the adoption of the relevant standards as well as the validation of the framework conditions identified to show the feasibility of the concept.

ASFINAG Verkehrstelematik GmbH (AT)

HiTec (AT)

Austrian Traffic Telematics Cluster (ATTC) (AT)

Tele Atlas (BE)

Telematix Services (CZ)

Momatec (DE)

OneStepAhead (DE)

interactive instruments (DE)

micKS (DE)

Softeco Sismat S.p.A. (IT)

Municipality of Genoa (IT)

Azienda Mobilità e Infrastrutture (IT)

Telecom Italia (IT)

Transport Simulation Systems (ES)

The project approach basically rested upon two conceptual pillars: one referring to the organizational, legal and economic issues and the second addressing its technical aspects.

Referring to the first pillar, policies and scenarios for a Europe-wide traffic information service were developed that integrated different types of public and commercial partners like content providers, service operators, service providers etc. from different modes of transport (road, rail etc.) with different legal status from countries all over Europe.

The policies and scenarios met in an organizational and legal framework for the service architecture covering the structure of service delivery and contractual relations between stakeholders involved. This framework provides the basis for the development of business cases to operate such information services in e.g. a public-private partnership cooperation, and for the exploitation and transfer of project experiences and results on a European level.

The second pillar of the project was the specification of technical aspects of the service architecture, including applicable standards and their integration, and the service architecture addressing the deployment of the eMOTION service and its availability form a technology point of view. Finally, all framework conditions identified were subjected to an extensive validation, including an assessment of the service range and of acceptance indicators, to demonstrate the feasibility of the concept.

The envisaged eMOTION service architecture calculated the information request of the user. The data content was organised in data sets, which use common data protocols and interfaces. This includes common procedures describing and ensuring the quality of data as well as giving the basic figures for invoicing.

To ensure Europe-wide access and data communication between partners with different sub-systems in different countries, the eMOTION system approach is based on common standards in the area of data communication and data protocols. For data retrieval in a specific language, standardized user interfaces with defined text modules were applied, whereas to enable the provision of location-based services the devices had to use appropriate means for positioning.

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Marco Boero


Michele Masnata

Know how - Mobility

Synopsis

EC Programme
FP6-IST (SUSTDEV)

Start date
May 2006

Duration
24 months

Coordinator
ASFINAG Verkehrstelematik GmbH (AT)

Flyer

EMOTION project flyer (EN)