Joint Urban Project In Transport Energy Reduction

JUPITER is a major transport and energy initiative promoted by cities and industrial partners in seven member states of the European Union.

The main aim of JUPITER is to demonstrate the potential for energy reductions and environmental improvements in urban areas by:

  • implementing a range of integrated transport policies aimed at increasing the use of public transport and reducing the use of private transport,
  • introducing advanced system for both traffic and public transport management,
  • introducing new, fuel-efficient public transport vehicle,
  • evaluating alternative fuel technologies.

SOFTECO SISMAT is contributing to design, development and implementation of an advanced traffic management component to be integrated in an urban Traffic Control Centre (TCC).

The system is based on KITS, a multi-module, multi-function tool for traffic management designed and developed under the Transport Telematics programme (DRIVE I project V1055, DRIVE II project V2039 KITS).

The tool is conceived to operate in conjunction with traffic control systems available in today’s TCCs, supporting tasks such as traffic surveillance, detection of traffic congestion, management of traffic signal strategies.

The system is comprised of several functional components including:

  • management and completion of traffic data from sensors,
  • traffic classification and situation detection,
  • identification of critical conditions,
  • selection and management of remedial actions.

An application model of the KITS system has been developed under JUPITER for an area in the urban network of Florence.

Merseytravel, Liverpool (GB)

Aalborg Kommune (DK)

Ayuntamento de Bilbao (ES)

ATAF, Florence Public Transport Company (IT)

De Lijn, Flanders Bus Services, Gent (BE)

Municipality of Patra (GR)

Trends Consultancy, Patra (GR)

Lumiplan (FR)



KITS/JUPITER is based on Artificial Intelligence modelling and programming techniques.

The modelling approach is comprised of both process modelling (network and traffic flows modelling) and heuristic knowledge modelling (traffic analysis and management knowledge).

The tool includes several functional components based on different modelling and knowledge representation techniques, including object oriented domain knowledge representation, constraint-based reasoning, frame-based knowledge modelling and reasoning.

The system architecture is based on a client-server design.

The prototype KITS server system is running under Unix / Motif and is implemented in Common LISP, Common LISP Object System (CLOS), C++.

The User interface has been developed under Motif using Builder Xcessory, a GUI builder by ICS Inc. (USA) and Loox, a graphic environment by Xanth Informatique (FR).

Both products are marketed in Italy by Softeco Sismat.

Within the JUPITER consortium are involved municipalities from six European countries.

The cities involved include Aalborg (DK), Bilbao (E), Florence (I), Gent (B), Liverpool (UK) and Patra (GR).

SOFTECO SISMAT is involved in the JUPITER application in Florence.

The local authorities involved, here, include the Traffic and Transport Division of Florence City and ATAF, the public transport company of Florence area.

Demonstrations of JUPITER systems have been implemented in all of the six JUPITER cities.

The KITS JUPITER system has been tested in a part of the urban network of Florence.

Know how - Mobility


EC Programme

Grant agreement
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Start date
July 1993

42 months

Merseytravel, Liverpool (GB)


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