TELEMATICS SPECIAL EDITION • NEWSLETTER04 CONTENT OCTOBER2006 • THE ERA-NET TRANSPORT IN BRIEF • LAUNCH OF THE 1 ST COORDINATED CALL »INTELLIGENT LOGISTICS« • TELEMATICS RESEARCH COOPERATION ACTIONS - REAL-TIME DATA COLLECTION: OVERVIEW OF SENSOR RESEARCH AND INTELLIGENT LOGISTICS (ENT2) - TRANS-NATIONAL ARCHITECTURE FOR MULTIMODAL INFORMATION (ENT 3) - BUSINESS MODELS FOR DATA COLLECTION AND USE: FOCUS ON REAL-TIME DATA AND MULTI MODAL ISSUES (ENT 4) - A PLATFORM FOR DRIVER SUPPORT/ INTELLIGENT VEHICLES (ENT 11) - HAZARDOUS GOODS – TRACKING AND TRACING (ENT 12) • NON-TELEMATICS TRANSPORT RESEARCH COOPERATION • LATEST NEWS FROM THE NATIONAL TRANSPORT RESEARCH PROGRAMMES IN THE ENT COUNTRIES • PARTNERS AND MORE INFORMATION AND CONTACT THE ERA-NET TRANSPORT IN BRIEF The ERA-NET TRANSPORT (ENT) for the period 2004-2007 started in January 2004. It is comprised of 13 partners from 11 European countries aiming at efficient trans-national research cooperation in the field of transport. We can estimate that these 11 participating countries have a total transport research funding of EUR 294 million p.a. The ERA-NET TRANSPORT is financed from the EU’s 6th Framework Programme to strengthen the European scientific base and support the structuring of the European Research Area (ERA). The purpose of the ERA-NET TRANSPORT is to develop an European vision for transport research. The main objective is to build up a sustainable network of relevant public transport research programmes. This net- work will function as a service platform for the managers of these programmes and facilitate the required procedures to initiate and implement trans-national cooperation. The other objectives are to provide joint procedures, joint programming and joint project management mod- els and guidelines. The ERA-NET TRANSPORT aims at providing an instrument to transport and research policy-makers by offering information about future challenges and European research priorities in the field of transport. The ultimate goal is to open up national transport research programmes to European partners. Since February 2005, the ERA-NET TRANSPORT has moved on to »practice«, putting designed model rules, procedures and shared vision to the test. The website functions as the main repository of knowledge generated by the ERA-NET TRANSPORT. Please find more on the ENT website www.transport-era.net. • Basic information about the ERA-NET TRANSPORT • Trans-national transport research cooperation between partner countries - The Action Groups • Latest news and activities • Links to other transport research related websites LAUNCH OF THE 1 ST COORDINATED CALL »INTELLIGENT LOGISTICS« ERA-NET TRANSPORT provides support for transport research cooperation as a service platform in order to initiate cross border cooperation in that field. A number of Action Groups under ERA-NET TRANSPORT are working towards initiation of joint research activities. As a result of the Actions Groups first concrete co-operations have been initiated. In the field of transport tele- matics a co-ordinated call on »Intelligent Logistics« has been launched between Austria and Germany. The co- ordinated call consists of national calls by the German Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) (released on 15/09/2006) and the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) (released on 22/09/2006). Co-ordinated call »Intelligent Logistics« (major figures) RESPONSIBLE PROGRAMME NATIONAL CALL NAME OF THE CALL OWNERS AND –MANAGING INSTITUTIONS BUDGETS Mobilität und Verkehr German Ministry of Economics and Approximately »Intelligente Logistik im Güter- und Wirt- Technology (BMWi) 12-15 Mio. E GERMANY schaftsverkehr – Eine Innovationsoffensive supported by the TÜV Rheinland Group, des BMWi für die Märkte von morgen« PT MVBW Intelligent Infrastructure (I2) Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, 600.000 E »Intelligente Logistik« Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) AUSTRIA supported by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) This trans-national cooperation is focussing on the provision of new cooperative projects focussing on organi- zational solutions and operational concepts of goods transport for innovative logistics. The cooperative pro- ject consortia hand in the same R&D project to their respective national authorities, according to the regular national rules and guidelines of the call. German participants can receive funds from the German call budget and Austrian participants can receive funds from the Austrian call budget. In addition to Austria and Germany several other ENT partners have expressed their interest to improve the cooperation and coordination in this thematic field. Due to national funding rules those countries were current- ly not in the position to join the coordinated call. Particularly Sweden has indicated its willingness to support the efforts of Swedish researchers in case of such an information exchange. Therefore in a second step interested ENT countries will examine the opportunities for an information ex- change between running and new projects. The »clustering of projects« primary aims at establishing informa- tion links between newly emerging projects as well as already running projects. It is envisaged to support a further internationalization of transport research and to broaden the basis of knowledge and excellence. The content and extent of the cooperation will be decided by the relevant project partners and has to be approved by the national providers of the project funds. Expressions of interest for project clustering of ongoing or finis- hed projects are already possible for Austrian project partners according to the national call of Austria. Further information on the coordinated call and the internationalization of existing or running projects can be found at www.transport-era.net/neu/index.php?id=252. 1 THE CO-ORDINATED PROCEDURE - TIMELINE THE CO-ORDINATED PROCEDURE - TIMELINE The procedure of this co-ordinated call for proposals will be a »parallel two-step-approach« based on the provisions of the national calls. STEP ONE 15/09/2006 Publication of the Call for project ideas in Germany 22/09/2006 Publication of the Call for project ideas in Austria 15/12/2006 Closure of the national calls in Germany and Austria Subsequently Evaluation of the project ideas STEP TWO immediately after Invitation to submit full proposals - incl. the formal (administrative/financial) the evaluation parts of project ideas that have been positively assessed in step 1 Deadline for submission of full Full proposals have to be submitted within 6 months after the invitation. proposals Download Information on the call texts and application forms The documents can be downloaded on the web at the ERA-NET TRANSPORT website under www.transport- era.net and on the relevant national pages: STEP ONE URL’s: GERMANY Projektträger Mobilität und Verkehr, Bauen und Wohnen (PT MVBW): http://www.tuvpt.de/neu/ AUSTRIA BMVIT http://www.bmvit.gv.at/innovation/verkehrstechnologie/index.html ERA-NET ERA-NET TRANSPORT ERA-NET TRANSPORT, TRANSPORT co-ordination and secretariat at TÜV Rheinland Consulting GmbH http://www.transport-era.net/neu/index.php?id=252 TELEMATICS RESEARCH COOPERATION ACTIONS ERA-NET Transport is providing the platform and support for research cooperation on subjects where coopera- tion across borders is necessary to provide the desired outcome. A number of Action Groups under ERA-NET Transport is currently working on making this happen. Telematics – as a more and more important tool in transport – is emphasised in ERA-NET Transport. 5 Action Groups of altogether 14 current concrete actions are on telematics: ENT 2 Intelligent Logistics and Real-time Data Collection ENT 3 Trans-national Architecture for Multimodal Information ENT 4 Business Models for Data Collection and Use ENT 11 A Platform for Driver Support/ Intelligent Vehicles ENT 12 Hazardous Goods – Tracking and Racing 2 REAL-TIME DATA COLLECTION: OVERVIEW OF SENSOR RESEARCH AND INTELLIGENT LOGISTICS (ENT2) BACKGROUND The need for the Action Group was identified as a result of Targeted Workshop on »ITS and reliability of trans- port« which was carried out on the 29th and 30th of November 2004 in Paris, France. Seven countries (Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden) expressed their interest for co-operation in the field of real-time data collection. OBJECTIVE AND AIM OF THE ACTION GROUP The action group ENT2 has two thematic focus points. On the one hand the topic of »Real-time data collection« and on the other hand »Telematics and Logistics«. During the work process in the action group it became obvious, that good opportunities for immediate co-ope- ration on logistics do exist between Germany and Austria. Similar research programme priorities allow the preparation of a coordinated call. ACTION GROUP DESCRIPTION The first meeting of this action group was a preparatory meeting among some key players of the national research arenas as well as programme managers and –executives. The recommendations formulated by this group were suggested as a common basis of research-interests. At the second ENT2-meeting members of all seven countries participated, which announced their interest in this theme at TWS1 in Paris. This meeting had the high aim to form concrete trans-national cooperation in transport research and was addressed to national programme responsible. The delegates from the different countries came as well from Ministries as from subordinate agencies. The participants discussed the recom- mendations, brought in further suggestions for further cooperation and expressed their interests in cooperati- on activities. But it showed up very clearly that further specifications on the subtopics are needed and papers of joint research questions and research objectives have to be worked out in supplementary preparation- meetings for information exchange. 3 FORESEEN LEVEL AND WAY OF COOPERATION According to »Real-time data collection« following possible levels of cooperation have been identified, although not yet explicitly approved: • Knowledge Transfer • Project Clustering • Joint Projects A Co-ordinated call has been aimed in the field of logistics. Researches of Germany and Austria have the opportunity to hand in cooperative R&D projects in the thematic field of »Intelligent Logistic«. Synergies could be used and parallel work avoided. CURRENT SITUATION/ RESULTS AND TIMETABLE Referring to the first thematically focus four topics were identified by participants for trans-national cooperati- on, which could be addressed with further information exchange on demand: • Assessment of video-streams • Monitoring and tracing of pedestrian movements and flows (no security focus) • Mobile sensor systems • GSM-network based traffic detection • Data collection – data fusion, data interpretation, quality standards As a result out of the second thematic focus a co-ordinated call on »Intelligent Logistics« was launched by Austria and Germany (see previous chapter in this newsletter). Due to activities on preparation of the co-ordi- nated call other topics have been currently but on hold. PARTICIPANTS AND CONTACT INFORMATION Participating countries are: Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Norway and Sweden. Mr. Heimo Kropf Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology firstname.lastname@example.org Mr. Walter Wasner Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology email@example.com 4 TRANS NATIONAL ARCHITECTURE FOR MULTIMODAL INFORMATION (ENT3) BACKGROUND The need for the Action Group was identified as a result of Targeted Workshop on »ITS and reliability of pas- senger transport« which was carried out on the 29th and 30th of November 2004 in Paris, France. Five countries (Finland, France, Germany, Norway and Sweden) expressed their interest for co-operation on the subject of an international architecture for multimodal information. OBJECTIVE AND AIM OF THE ACTION GROUP The action group ENT3 has decided to produce a short report summarizing, on European level, the different topics that could be seen at prerequisites for building a transnational architecture for multimodal information (e.g. : database of stoppoints …). This report will mention the existing projects, standards, standardization works and then identify/synthetize the gaps or missing spots in these main topics relevant for ENT3 and list them with the different things that must be done on each point in order to promote the appearance of a transnational architecture for multimodal information. ACTION GROUP DESCRIPTION The ERA-NET TRANSPORT initiatives on the topic »Transnational architecture for multimodal information« was at first heading towards project clustering of currently ongoing national projects or setting up new joint projects in the field of architecture for multi-modal information. First of all, the key ideas for this topic for cooperation were : The kick-off meeting of this action group was held between France and Norway. The discussions went on pre- trip planning and the foreseen developments for the Action Group based on several key topics : back-office architecture, business models, disabilities, different languages, interoperability with other services have to be taken into account…. The second meeting gathered all 5 participating countries together. A large overview of participating countries ongoing research program related with ENT3 was presented. Various existing architectures were presented (Arktrans, MeriArkki, ACTIF, TosiArkki…). After the two first meetings, the participating countries to this Action Group have come to the conclusion that it will be difficult, regarding to existing architectures, to achieve an European framework architecture without working on either standardization or interoperability on several key issues. These reflexions and agreements must exist before building a transnational global architecture. 5 During the third meeting, ENT3 decided to build a final report (could be regarded as the technical annex of the MoU) that will include following components : A short overview on »political organization for travel information« a summary of the different topics of interest for ENT3 and that could be seen at prerequisites for building a transnational architecture for multimodal information. A final document will identify and synthetize the gaps or missing spots in these main topics and list them with the different things that must be done on each point. In order to promote activities and works in ENT3 to a wider audience and also to get other european countries involved in this Action Group, ENT3 partners have decided to : • participate at IST conference 21-23 November in Helsinki • use ITS international network to enlarge our cooperation • organize a meeting in Brussels with the DG-TREN and get a cross-presentation with the TransportDirect team The fourth meeting was held in Brüssels with the participation of DG-TREN and TransportDirect as foreseen. FORESEEN LEVEL AND WAY OF COOPERATION According to »Transnational Architecture for Multimodal Information« following possible levels of cooperation have been identified, although not yet explicitly approved: • Knowledge Transfer • Project Clustering • Joint projects The possibility of a co-ordinated call has not been turned down. Informations exchanges on the national existing projects and architectures, as well as on the standardization works at the national and CEN levels, allow each country to better synergies and avoid parallel works. Networking will then make easier common calls answers. CURRENT SITUATION/ RESULTS AND TIMETABLE The fourth meeting has fixed the work planning for the production of ENT3 final report defining each step. The draft report shall be delivered for end of february 2007. The presentation of the report will be done in May 2007. PARTICIPANTS AND CONTACT INFORMATION Participating countries are: Finland, France, Germany, Norway and Sweden. Mr. Roland Cotte Center for Studies on urban planning, transportation and public facilities – French Ministry for Transport firstname.lastname@example.org 6 BUSINESS MODELS FOR DATA COLLECTION AND USE (ENT 4) BACKGROUND Successful exploitation of a mobility information service or dynamic traffic management depends upon a solid business case. Too often a new instrument, product or service is developed, a pilot is started or the public authorities start as a launching customer without an unambiguous business case present. Depending on the vision of the Public Authorities on their role and the number of actors different business models can be derived. In each model the choices in the division of tasks, responsibilities etc. differ. Complex cube of roles OBJECTIVE AND AIM OF THE ACTION GROUP The domain of ENT4 is: »Business models for data collection and use«. Traffic and travel data is needed for both traffic management and travel information. From a technical point of view many tools are developed, tested and researched. ENT4 works on identifying the bottlenecks for implementation and defining the research questions. Starting with the exchange of existing information and viewpoints from each country ENT4 should lead to defin- ing research topics and clustering of the research efforts. ACTION GROUP DESCRIPTION The Workpackages are A Current situation (questionnaire) B Preferred future situations (questionnaire) C Stakeholders’ analysis and differences – why differences in the participating EU countries. (report) D Some bottlenecks identified on which future research is requested in relation to the business case and market model: (topics of workshop) E Dissemination expert workshop in 2007 FORESEEN LEVEL AND WAY OF COOPERATION • exchange of information • defining research topics • clustering of research efforts 7 CURRENT SITUATION/ RESULTS AND TIMETABLE The working group has met three times between November 2005 and June 2006. A questionnaire on current situation and a draft of a questionnaire on preferred future situations have been finished. Topics found for the workshop are: MODELS EXAMPLE NETHERLANDS TRAFFIC INFORMATION: 8 A Current situation (questionnaire), finished. • How to deal with data ownership? • How to deal with privacy matters? • Roles and responsibilities of Public / Private Stakeholders and Public / Public stakeholders? • How to deal with the quality of data and data management? • How to improve the cooperation between modes? • How to improve the cost benefit of multimodal services? • Who should be in charge of providing multimodal information? • Who should have access to data and information? • How to support the development of architecture and standards? • How to harmonize the legal framework? B Dissemination workshop in 2007 is under preparation. Last meeting before expert workshop is scheduled to November in 2006 and workshop will be held in June 2007 in Aalborg, Denmark. PARTICIPANTS AND CONTACT INFORMATION Participating countries are: France, Finland, Norway , the Netherlands and Poland Mr. Paul Potters CONNEKT - ITS Netherlands email@example.com 9 DRIVER SUPPORT SYSTEMS (ENT 11) BACKGROUND The need for the Action Group was identified as a result of Targeted Workshop on »Safety and Security Improvements through transport and infrastructure manage- ment« which was carried out on the 8 and 9th of February 2006 in Paris, France. 7 of the 8 participating countries expressed their interest in co-operation for proposal »A platform for driver support/Intelligent vehicles«, which was renamed as »Driver support systems«. An identified common problem concerning European research in general is that results/analysis and further recommendations concerning different topics are not easily available. Some European countries have nationally tested analysis of the research results of some themes / topics but with little success due to rea- son that resources of one country are not enough. Benefits of multinational co-operation in analysis of dif- ferent themes are obvious. OBJECTIVE AND AIM OF THE ACTION GROUP Action Group is bringing together policy planners from national ministries of Transport to narrow the gap between transport policy planning and transport research both on national and European level. The main objective of the project is to produce recommendations for transport policy decision makers (min- istries, the European Commission) concerning driver support systems: • actions that ministries and the Commission should start immediately and • future research at national, trans-national and European levels. Secondary objective of the project is to create a procedure that could be used to other actual/interesting themes from transport policy point of view. 10 ACTION GROUP DESCRIPTION WORKPACKAGES (draft, to be reconsidered). A INVENTORY: state of the art of current r&d in participating countries, EC Framework Programme and other European research, international research (USA, Japan) B ANALYSIS identifying »black spots« not covered by current research draft recommendations C RECOMMENDATIONS high level workshop including policy makers from ENT countries, Commission and important stake holders D DISSEMINATION OF RESULTS FORESEEN LEVEL AND WAY OF COOPERATION • joint project • defining research topics • clustering of research efforts 11 So far ENT11 has produced draft project plan and draft letter of intent concerning co-operation in the field of its activities. During preparation phase of the AG European Commission / Directorate-General Information Society and Media started a study »Benchmarking study on activities in promoting and deploying Intelligent Vehicle Safety Systems in the EU« (SMART). Significant overlaps with the Action Group ENT11 original project plan and the SMART project were identified. Because of the overlaps work plan of the ENT11 will be reconsid- ered and further actions will be decided later. ENT11 aim is to co-operate with SMART project in order to help SMART to take account ENT11 member countries national policy makers opinions. PARTICIPANTS AND CONTACT INFORMATION Participating countries are Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Norway , the Netherlands, Poland and the United Kingdom Mr. Martti Mäkelä Ministry of Transport and Communications of Finland firstname.lastname@example.org Mr. Ad van Ommen Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management, Netherlands Ad.van.Ommen@minvenw.nl Mr. Juhani Vehviläinen Jussa Consulting, Finland email@example.com 12 (HAZARDOUS) GOODS – TRACKING AND TRACING (ENT 12) BACKGROUND The need for the Action Group was defined as a result of Exploratory Workshop on Security and safety held in October 12 and 13, 2005 in The Hague, Netherlands. In the targeted workshop in Paris on 8th and 9th of February 2006 it was agreed on that the Action would concentrate on • Technical means for tracking & tracing of (dangerous) goods • Information exchanges to facilitate pan-European tracking & tracing OBJECTIVE AND AIM OF THE ACTION GROUP There are a number of localised projects piloting various aspects of tracking & tracing (dangerous) goods in the participating countries: • SAFESEANET (EC Directive 2002/59) • TEMPO ARTS satellite tracking of multimodal dangerous goods transportation • MITRA • E-CALL implementation • RIS (River Information Services) • MVS (Dutch project on Tracking & Tracing of hazardous goods) • SHAFT (Austrian tracking & tracing of hazardous and heavy goods transportation) • TR@IN-MD (French project on Tracking &Tracing on hazardous goods transport by train – SNCF) • DETRACE (Technical specifications for interoperability of IC systems on behalf of a French pole of competitiveness) • SISTTEMS (French tracking & tracing of hazardous goods containers from Le Havre to North Italy using @Freight study specifications) • GRAILCHEM (Franco-German project on management of transport and incidents on a railways corridor) • ULISSE (Italian project of integrate management of hazardous goods in Campany) • SIMAGE (DG-JRC and Italy project for monitoring -and control of the risk associated with- the trans port of dangerous substances) • GemoG (Capture and monitoring of hazardous goods shipments at Austrian borders in rail goods traffic) • EWAS (Electronic Wagon Alerting System in Austria) • SEC Trans (Security system and process identification for hazardous goods transports on mode rail in Austria) • EMOGES (Evaluation of positioning technologies for monitoring of dangerous goods on the Austrian trans European road network … We hope additional participating countries will enter their developments here. The aim of this Action Group is to give these projects a European platform for their work in order to draw out best practices and facilitate European harmonisation. This cooperation should reduce individual proj- ect costs through the sharing of experience and common goals and give new EU member states quick access to best practice. 13 ACTION GROUP DESCRIPTION The following themes for cooperation have been identified so far by the participating countries: • What have been the lessons learnt from pilots that have already taken place in the field of tracking and tracing? • What is the range of information required by stakeholders in the transportation of (dangerous) goods? • What are we trying to achieve at a national and pan-European level in terms of: Accident handling Security Inspection and enforcement Traffic Management Risk management for external safety and the environment • Is there an opportunity to make use the developments and findings of the E-call and GST projects? • What standardisation will be required to support pan-European tracking & tracing of (dangerous) goods? • What would be the common platform required to support projects such as electronic signature and electronic bill of loading in order to facilitate harmonisation and abolition of the paper trail through- out Europe? • What are the data sensitivities in terms of national security and what will be the systems solution to overcome these? The first ENT meeting, held in Paris on 18-19 September 2006, was a preparatory meeting among Dutch and French co-leaders and Swedish and Austrian representatives. The other countries which declared their interest could not attend. So the participants discussed the recommendations and brought in further suggestions regarding user needs survey : availability of information of goods transports in nominal and crisis situations, traffic data, inspection enforcement, archives, crossborder platform, standard alert sys- tems and tracking tools, tunnel safety, security issues. Nevertheless a mid-day meeting gave occasion to exchange a lot of information about dangerous goods tracking & tracing beeween the participant countries and French workshop for DG transportation »telem- atics« systems. 14 FORESEEN LEVEL AND WAY OF COOPERATION • Joint project CURRENT SITUATION/RESULTS AND TIMETABLE The common platform elements and harmonisation aspects of this Action Group mean that joint project coope- ration is essential to achieve the objectives. However all the partners have to approve a final consultation paper to move on (workplan and MoU) according to the ERA-Net work process. The second meeting will be held in the beginning 2007. PARTICIPANTS AND CONTACT INFORMATION Participating countries are: Austria, The Netherlands, Finland, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden and United Kingdom. Mr. Eric Louette Ministry for Transport, Infrastructure, Tourism and Sea firstname.lastname@example.org Mr. Gert Jan Prummel, MInistry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management, the Netherlands email@example.com Mr. Jaap van der Heide, Transport and Water Management Inspectorate, the Netherlands Jaap.vander.Heide@ivw.nl 15 NON-TELEMATICS TRANSPORT RESEARCH COOPERATION The other currently running ERA-NET TRANSPORT Actions promote safety, environment and accessibility. Ongoing Actions concern maritime safety, safety and security across modes, alternative fuels and propulsion systems, envi- ronmental performance indicators for heavy duty vehicles, policy tools to influence vehicle purchase and accessibi- lity of transport system especially for elderly people SURSHIP, MARITIME SAFETY (ENT5) Participants Sweden, Germany, Finland, France, the Netherlands, Poland, Denmark and UK participate Action The project will over time improve technologies for the prediction of risks, safety and survivability of passenger ships and apply the gained knowledge for ship designs and safety rules. The part- ners come from both marine administrations and the scientific community. The ambitious project has the overall strategic objective to strengthen the competitiveness of the European maritime industry, to provide improved know-how and support the national authorities to provide inputs to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). Contact Mr. Per Ekberg (VINNOVA, Sweden) firstname.lastname@example.org ALTERNATIVE FUELS AND PROPULSION– A TRANS-NATIONAL STRATEGY (ENT6) Participants The Netherlands, UK, Austria, Poland, Sweden, Germany, France and Norway. Action First an inventory on the state of the art is developed, afterwards a joint strategy for R & D in the participating countries will be drawn. Contact Mr. Jörg Heinzelmann (BMWi, Germany) Peter.Heinzelmann@bmwi.bund.de Mr. Pascal Bain (MTETM/DRAST, France) email@example.com Ms. Nilgün Parker (BMVBS, Germany) Nilguen.Parker@bmvbs.bund.de ALTERNATIVE FUELS AND PROPULSION – DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS (ENT7) Participants The Netherlands, Austria, Germany and Finland. Action An overview of ongoing activities will be developed. Joint demonstration projects and accompanying measures are the proposed outcome. Contact Mr. Floris Mulder (SenterNovem, the Netherlands) firstname.lastname@example.org Mr. Heimo Kropf (BMVIT, Austria) email@example.com ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE INDICATORS FOR HEAVY DUTY VEHICLES (ENT9) Participants Finland, UK and Sweden. Action The objective is to develop a rating system for heavy-duty vehicles, resulting in, inter alia, a proposal for a harmonised system for measuring and expressing the fuel consumption in this category. The Action Group had its first meeting in May. Contact Mr. Juhani Laurikko (VTT, Finland) firstname.lastname@example.org 16 POLICY TOOLS TO INFLUENCE VEHICLE PURCHASE (ENT10) Participants Denmark, Belgium, Germany, Finland, Norway, UK and the Netherlands. Action The focus is on experiences with economic measures and surveys. Contact Mrs Stéphanie Vincent Lyk-Jensen (Danish Transport Research Institute, Denmark) email@example.com SAFETY AND SECURITY ACROSS MODES (ENT13) Participants Norway, France, Denmark and the UK. Action The wide differences in how traffic and transport risks are understood and dealt with between dif- ferent transport modes is the focus of the initiative. In aviation the safety focus is far more devel- oped than in e.g. road transport, even though the safety margins between conflicting vehicles are often extremely small and a lot smaller than in aviation. The goal is to ensure a better information exchange on safety and security issues and a joint proj ect comparing methods and means. Contact Mr. Halvdan Buflod (Norwegian Research Council, Norway) firstname.lastname@example.org KEEP MOVING-DEMOGRAPHIC CHANGES AND TRANSPORT (ENT14) Participants The Netherlands, UK, Sweden, Germany. Action The countries have agreed on a work plan and time schedule which foresees a joint programme and a first call in the beginning of 2007. Contact Mr Tobias Thomae (Federal Ministry of Economy and Technology, Germany) email@example.com On www.transport-era.net more information is available on the aims, goals and progress of the respective research cooperation within the Action Groups. LATEST NEWS FROM THE NATIONAL TRANSPORT RESEARCH PROGRAMMES IN THE ENT COUNTRIES AUSTRIA Announcement of interest on joint research activities on »railway research« Austria is searching for partners within programme owners of transport research programmes (ministries or fun- ding agencies) of European countries, leading towards joint activities like joint-calls in the field of railway research or related subjects. Ministries and funding agencies are welcome to address their interest for cooperation. The announced interest can lead to a theme related Action Group within ERA-NET TRANSPORT. Thematic focus/interest from the Austrian side: •Solutions to strengthen the position of railway in an intermodal and interoperable transport system (e.g. har monised vehicle concepts, loading and unloading technologies, etc.) •Increase of energy efficiency in infrastructure, operation and construction of vehicles in railway Possible R&D project categories: •Technology and component development •Applied research Organisational issues of the joint activities: •target group for funding: universities, non university research institutes, operators, industry, SME, consultants •A minimum of three countries •A minimum of one project partners from each project participating country 17 Interested Partners please contact: Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology Unit of Mobility and Transport Technologies (III/I4) Renngasse 5 A-1010 Vienna – Austria Frank Michelberger Tel.: +43-1–53464–3211 firstname.lastname@example.org COMBINED INTERMODAL GOODS TRANSPORT ON RAIL – ROAD – WATERWAY Austria’s national funding of research activities in the area of combined intermodal goods transportation is ope- ning national calls for proposals twice a year. The cut-off dates of the calls in 2007 are the 30th of March (3rd call) and the 28th of September (4th call). Funding will be provided for activities regarding: • Transport devices for combined transport, • Special vehicles and adoptions, • Innovative technologies in combined transportation, Feasibility studies, • Cost for special educations on combined transportation. CONTACT Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology Unit of Mobility and Transport Technologies (III/I4) Renngasse 5 A-1010 Vienna – Austria DI Kurt Schreitl Tel: +43-1-534 64-3206 email@example.com NETHERLANDS New Netherlands Institute for Transport Policy Analysis On the 1st of September 2006 the KiM Netherlands Institute for Transport Analysis was founded. KiM is an inde- pendent institute within the Dutch Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management that aims to streng- then the strategic knowledge base of transport policies in the Netherlands. It will give an answer to the need of the policy departments and the transport inspectorate of the Ministry for systematic, well based and long-term transport policy analyses. The institute is also able to conduct research on request of the Dutch parliament. KiM is an additional Institute in the Dutch Ministry next to the AVV Transport Research Centre. The AVV focuses on research concerning more operational transport policy issues, the products of KiM will be policy oriented foresight studies, trend-analyses, cost-benefit analyses and benchmark reports (international and intersectoral). Its activi- ties include interpretations and syntheses of existing research results and additional new research regarding sur- face and air transport. All products of KiM will be published publicly. The director of KiM is Prof. Carl Koopmans. The Institute intends to have a staff of 40 persons by the end of 2007. More information about KiM can be found on www.kimnet.nl. 18 PARTNERS AND CONTACT INFORMATION AUSTRIA Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology B E LG I U M Federal Public Planning Service Science Policy DENMARK Ministry of Transport FINLAND Ministry of Transport and Communications FRANCE Ministry of infrastructure, transport, housing, tourism and the sea FRANCE Institut des sciences et des techniques de l’équipement et de l’environnement pour le développement – ISTED GERMANY Federal Ministry of Economy and Technology GERMANY TÜV Rheinland Group GmbH NETHERLANDS Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management N O R WAY Ministry of Transport and Communications POLAND Silesian University of Technology POLAND Ministry of Science and Higher Education SWEDEN Swedish Agency for Innovations Systems – VINNOVA UNITED Department for Transport KINGDOM Programme coordination TÜV Rheinland Group, Research Management Mr. Oliver Althoff Am Grauen Stein 33 D-51105 Köln (Cologne) Phone +49 221 806 4141 Fax +49 221 806 3496 firstname.lastname@example.org www.transport-era.net This newsletter is sent according to the target group survey of the ERA-NET TRANSPORT programme. 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