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A Decision Support System for Reducing CO2 and Black Carbon Emissions by Adaptive Traffic Management

PROJECTS
Funding
European
European Union
Duration
-
Geo-spatial type
Other
Total project cost
€4 353 637
EU Contribution
€3 060 000
Project website
Project Acronym
CARBOTRAF
STRIA Roadmaps
Network and traffic management systems (NTM)
Transport mode
Road icon
Transport policies
Decarbonisation,
Environmental/Emissions aspects,
Digitalisation
Transport sectors
Passenger transport,
Freight transport

Overview

Call for proposal
FP7-ICT-2011-7
Link to CORDIS
Background & Policy context

The CARBOTRAF project aims to realize a method, system and tools for adaptively influencing traffic in real-time to reduce carbon dioxide CO2and black carbon (BC) emissions caused by road transport in urban and inter-urban areas.

The inter-relationships between traffic states and CO2 and BC emissions will be investigated. In particular a model linking traffic states to emission levels will be established on the basis of existing and new simulation methods and tools.A decision support system for online prediction of emission levels will use real-time and simulated traffic and air-quality data. Based on this prediction a low emission traffic scenario will be achieved by imposing ITS measures (re-routing, adjustment of traffic light sequences).

Objectives

The main goal of the project is the development, integration and evaluation of a real-time decision support system for adaptive traffic control and management. Real-time traffic information will be delivered by existing sensors and by a novel technology vision sensor, air quality sensors and additional data sources (e.g. weather conditions) enrich the data base to provide all relevant information in a unified fashion. Based on a data base of predefined traffic scenarios traffic control measures will be dynamically imposed. The impact of the measures on the overall CO2 - and BC emissions will be accounted for in the decision support system and will be assessed in the evaluation. Furthermore, the effects of reduced traffic on urban air pollutants (relevant for human health), with a special focus on BC as a pollutant, will also be considered, thus allowing to evaluate the value added of climate protection measures for the urban population.

The system will be implemented and tested in two EU cities (Graz,AT and Glasgow,UK).
This project brings together two important communities. The traffic community is represented by AIT, IBM, VITO, Osterreichisches Forschungs- und Prufzentrum Arsenal (OFPZ) and EBE-Solutions Austria with long standing experience in traffic monitoring, simulation, analysis and management. The air quality community is represented by Air Monitors UK, ETS, London Imperial College and again by VITO.

Methodology

Main methodological elements:

  • Create a proven concept involving sensors & technologies for CO2 and BC emissions reduction for urban traffic
  • Investigate BC emission factors and integrate with traffic and air quality models
  • Create and refine a traffic data sensor for sensing emission relevant traffic parameters
  • Create a decision support system and tools with a catalogue of traffic scenarios to support traffic control centres towards adaptive traffic mamagement aimed at emission reduction
  • Use the test sites in different European countries in order to evaluate the results independently
  • Provide a handbook with recommendations for emission reduction strategies

Funding

Parent Programmes
Institution Type
Public institution
Institution Name
European Commission
Type of funding
Public (EU)

Partners

Lead Organisation
Organisation
Ait- Austrian Institute Of Technology Gmbh
Address
Donau-City-Strasse 1, 1210 WIEN, Austria
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€951 006
Partner Organisations
Organisation
Vlaams Instituut Voor De Zee Vzw
Address
WANDELAARKAAI 7, 8400 OOSTENDE, Belgium
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€464 108
Organisation
Imperial College Of Science Technology And Medicine
Address
Exhibition Road, South Kensington, LONDON, SW7 2AZ, United Kingdom
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€367 962
Organisation
Österreichisches Forschungs- Und Prüfzentrum Arsenal Ges.m.b.h
Address
Giefinggasse 2, 1210 VIENNA, Austria
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€0
Organisation
Ebe Solutions Gmbh
Address
Breitenfurter Strasse 274/2, 1230 Wien, Austria
EU Contribution
€279 964
Organisation
Ibm Osterreich Internationale Buromaschinen Gesellschaft Mbh
Address
Obere Donaustrasse 95, 1020 Wien, Austria
EU Contribution
€126 255
Organisation
European Tech Serv Nv
Address
Essenlaan 7, 9130 Kieldrecht, Belgium
EU Contribution
€232 696
Organisation
Air Monitors Ltd
Address
Bredon Court Brockeridge Park Unit 2, Twyning, GL20 6FF, United Kingdom
EU Contribution
€269 691
Organisation
Ibm Ireland Product Distribution Limited
Address
Shelbourne Road Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, 4, Ireland
EU Contribution
€368 318

Technologies

Technology Theme
Road and traffic management systems
Technology
Visual and data analysis of traffic
Development phase
Research/Invention

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