Strasbourg Round-up: TP0804 - C-ITS Deployment Programme Framework

Simon Edwards, from Newcastle University, presented a paper during the session on ‘Connected and automated transport’ about the C-ITS Deployment Programme Framework.

The paper outlines methods for raising awareness of C-ITS benefits through the provision of training and education. This is one of the main goals of the CAPITAL project – to design and deliver a collaborative capacity‐building programme supported by an online training platform offering training and education courses. This programme will provide training and further education for practitioners in the public and private sectors in the field of (Cooperative) ITS deployment and aims to address existing gaps between R&D and deployment.

Mr Edwards explained that C-ITS is understood as “a subset of ITS which communicates and shares information between ITS stations to provide advice or facilitate actions with the objective of improving safety, sustainability, efficiency and comfort beyond the scope of stand-alone systems” (Horton et al, 2016). The CAPITAL project aims to raise awareness of C-ITS by conducting liaison activities highlighting the benefits of C-ITS and providing hands-on training in seven cities. Elaborating, Mr Edwards listed some of the actions of the CAPITAL project, including:

  • Raise awareness of C‐ITS benefits
  • Enhance education and training practices
  • Establish new financing measures
  • Build new ITS business models
  • Support public/private stakeholders through different tools & guidance
  • Twin with entities & exploit synergies

These activities will support the CAPITAL project’s overall objectives, including the following:

  • Creation of a platform of practitioners in the public and private sector in the field of C- ITS deployment by establishing synergies with existing regional, European and international activities
  • Identification and assessment of capacity needs, knowledge gaps and constraints of the practitioners in the C-ITS field
  • Development of an ITS deployment transferability handbook of case studies (including their respective business models) and support the decision making process for deploying C-ITS
  • Design, implementation and assessment of the collaborative capacity-building programme in 7 European cities
  • Development of a user awareness strategy and raising awareness of the collaborative capacity building programme to other ITS stakeholders

Mr Edwards explained that the CAPITAL projects hopes that, by using a dedicated training programme, stakeholders will have the opportunity to learn about the state of the art in (Cooperative) ITS, deployment options and barriers and opportunities in the C-ITS field. The end result being that stakeholders can then explore pragmatic, solution oriented approaches and become part of an information-oriented ITS-community where best practices are shared.

Mr Edwards noted that, in order to properly assess stakeholders’ needs and knowledge of C-ITS, the CAPITAL project ran a questionnaire in May, 2017, targeting each of the project’s target groups: transport institutions, policymakers and technicians, which are divided into three levels of ITS deployment and received different questions. For example:

  • Level 1: ITS start-up communities – users with very limited or no experience in traditional ITS deployment and no experience of C-ITS. Main question: “What is ITS/C-ITS and why is it relevant for me?”
  • Level 2: Advanced and intermediary communities – users who have already deployed ITS or communities experienced or familiar with different ITS systems. Main question: “How can I best use ITS/C-ITS technologies and which actions should be taken to realise the potential of ITS/C-ITS?”
  • Level 3: ‘Train the trainer’ for professional use - stakeholders and staff with extensive experience in ITS/C-ITS deployment or research and development of ITS/C-ITS technologies. Main question: “What should I advise or encourage others to do in regards to ITS/C-ITS? ”

Following this process and once the training needs for public and private stakeholders are known, training by accredited universities, associations specialising on the deployment will be offered, based on the MOOC/COOC (massive or corporate open online courses) business model, said Mr Edwards. This model will provide unique pedagogic opportunities for educators to experiment and evaluate different online learning approaches using more flexible learning and assessment methods. The courses will be community-based as well as content-based models of learning and using several education portals, such as: ITS-EduNet , PIARC ITS handbook , US DoT ITS Professional Capacity Building Program and ITS Toolkit (2DECIDE EU project); or individual universities, offering Masters or training on ITS.

Mr Edwards added that apart from the existing educational materials on ITS, new training topic based material will be developed. Topics include: Financial Incentives, Business Models and Procurement Models for C-ITS Deployment, Guidance in Deploying ITS (C-ITS), (including policy frameworks, deployment and implementation strategies, roadmaps and international best practices), or TMC and Roadside Technologies for C-ITS.

In his closing remarts, Mr Edwards said capacity and knowledge gaps identified by the survey results, along with the knowledge and experience of the consortium, will form the basis for the development of new C-ITS strategies. The development of these strategies will be validated with a survey and include stakeholder feedback after the training programmes.