The research and development programme activities on ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) of the Ministy of Transport and Communications in Finland continues in 2004-2007 in the form of the R&D programme on real time transport information AINO.
The goal of AINO is to develop the collection, management and utilisation of real time information in transport and thereby to create prerequisites for concrete ITS services, which will improve the safety, efficiency and sustainability of the transport systems as well as increase the well-being of citizens and the competitiveness of Finnish companies.
The programme has five sub-programmes:
- Public transport information
- Goods transport information
- Transport network status information, and
- Driver support and service framework.
Each sub-programme has a dedicated steering group involving the actors participating in the funding of the projects as well as other actors crucial to the success of the programme, excluding the project partners receiving funding from the programme. The programme management is assisted by the programme co-ordinator and management secretary. The sub-programme steering group leaders and the co-ordinator form the programme working committee, which also acts as the steering group of the service framework sub-programme dealing with generic issues common to several sub-programmes. The programme working committee allocates the programme funds to the sub-programmes and makes also other decisions concerning the whole programme.
ITS Finland acts as the AINO expert network, making initiatives concerning the orientation and content of the calls for project proposals as well as promoting the exploitation of the programme results in service development and provision.
Projects can be proposed into the sub-programmes in periodical open calls for proposals.
The total funding for the years 2004-2007 is estimated to amount to 20 million euros. The funding is provided by the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MinTC) and the transport mode-specific administrations, the municipalities, companies, the National Technology Agency, Finnish Academy and the European Union.