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MITRA

Project ID: 511361
Funded under

Monitoring and Intervention for the TRAnsportation of Dangerous Goods

From 2004-09-01 to 2006-10-31, closed project | MITRA Website

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 2 822 793

EU contribution:

EUR 1 450 000

Coordinated in:

France

Call for proposal:

FP6-2003-IST-2See other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Description

System tracks Europe’s dangerous goods

A new tracking system inspired by that used for air traffic control will help monitor the progress and condition of dangerous goods transported across Europe’s roads.

The system will automatically warn emergency services of potentially dangerous situations, helping them to respond rapidly if an accident or other problem does occur. The more effective emergency teams are in responding to a crisis, the more chance they have of saving lives and preventing damage to property.

European researchers in the Mitra project created the system to provide emergency services with information about the real-time location of radioactive materials, toxic chemicals and hazardous waste being transported in Europe.

Dangerous goods travel across Europe’s roads every day. Currently, only a label identifies the contents of a tanker. Emergency services do not know what they will face when they reach the scene. It may be impossible to approach the tanker, or the label warning of dangerous contents may have been destroyed.

But the Mitra system can ensure that emergency services can respond quickly and efficiently to a crisis if it does occur.

How it works

The Mitra system tracks trucks and trains through an on-board terminal (OBT), made up of telecommunication systems like GSM, SMS and global positioning satellite (GPS) navigation services.

The OBT can relay the location, speed, direction and contents of the vehicle to a central information exchange server.

The server routes the information to a variety of databases, for example those holding road, event and risk assessment information. The road databases contain detailed information about the road system, such as when and where roadworks are underway or the proximity of schools and hospitals. Such databases also provide details about critical infrastructure and other sensitive areas.

An events database might list public holidays, festivals and sporting events. The information is vital to assess the potential impact of a crisis along the vehicle’s route.

Risk assessment

The risk assessment database contains information about how lethal the dangerous goods are, the required security perimeter and propagation models if a spill does occur. A propagation model simply describes how fast and in what manner hazardous materials are likely to spread.

All this information is presented on the user terminal. The terminal details the position of the vehicle on a map, its cargo and the risk the cargo presents.

The terminal also provides alerts when vehicles pass through densely populated areas or if there is a collision. If there is an accident, the system provides vital information for emergency response.

The end-users, emergency services, played an active part in the development of the system.

The French, German and Spanish partners in the project combined expertise in dangerous goods transport, risk prevention and crisis management, satellite positioning and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to develop the system.

Real-scale emergency

The team delivered a prototype system, including three user monitoring terminals, which were tested at major emergency service centres in France, Germany and Spain.

The tests included field trials and validation. The system was used in real-scale emergency scenarios.

The Mitra system will provide emergency services with real-time information about the position and contents of dangerous vehicles circulating in their area.

It will provide alerts in dangerous situations, and allow emergency services to respond faster and more effectively, potentially saving many lives.

Objective

The objective of MITRA is to prototype a new operational system based on regional responsibilities for the monitoring of dangerous goods transportation in Europe. This concept, derived from the Air Traffic Control domain, aims at providing the Civil Security centres with a real-time knowledge of the position and contents of dangerous vehicles circulating in their responsibility area, warning and alert displays in case of dangerous situations, and crisis management information, allowing intervention teams to react immediately in case of an accident, with a maximum of safety. MITRA will entail cooperation between different European actors: Civil Security authorities, research organisations, industrial companies. The active participation of the end-users throughout the whole project duration will ensure adequate requirements capture. They will also be involved in the different project reviews (To+ 4, 7, 16, 21). The project will deliver (To+17) a prototype consisting of 3 User Monitoring Terminals, with the appropriate decision support software modules, together with a Risk-Knowledge platform, containing all information about dangerous goods and propagation models. Deployed in 3 major Civil Security centres (France, Germany and Spain) for field-trials and validation campaign, the system will be submitted to real-scale emergency scenarios. MITRA will contribute to paving the way to the evolution of the European legislation in terms of dangerous goods transportation, through a long-haul dissemination campaign. A Web site (public/private) will be established at To+3, and two major User workshops will be organised at To+4 & To+22. Deploying MITRA in the regional Civil Security Centres in Europe is expected to save many lives among intervention forces and civil populations, improve the efficiency of the operations by at least 10%,.and contribute to the improvement of the interoperability between regional Centres, based on INSPIRE interface requirements.

Coordinator contact

Franck Presutto, (M3 SYSTEMS SARL)
Tel.: +33-5-62231085
Fax: +33-5-62231081
E-mail

Coordinator

M3 SYSTEMS SAS
France

EU contribution: EUR 203 540


RUE DU SOLEIL LEVANT 26
31410 Lavernose Lacasse
France
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Franck PRESUTTO
Tel.: +33 5 6223 1085
Fax: +33 5 6223 1081
E-mail

Participants

MOVINGWORLD KG
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 42 372


Am Argelsrieder Feld 22
82234 We�ing
Germany
Activity type:
Administrative contact: Moritz Gaupp
Tel.: +49 8153-907166
Fax: +49 8153-281933
E-mail
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 44 796


Linder Hoehe
51147 KOELN
Germany
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: Jens Hammesfahr
Tel.: +49-8153-282317
Fax: +49-8153-281135
E-mail
ERWIN KAYSER-THREDE GMBH
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 164 081


WOLFRATSHAUSER STRASSE 48
81379 MUNCHEN
Germany
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Sven M�ncheberg
Tel.: +49 89 72495121
Fax: +49 89 72495104
E-mail
TELEMATICA E.K.
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 168 648


BAIERNRAINER WEG 6
83623 DIETRAMSZELL - LINDEN
Germany
Activity type:
Administrative contact: Stefan Baumann
Tel.: +49-8027-9316
Fax: +49-8027-9315
E-mail
CENTRO DE OBSERVACION Y TELEDETECCION ESPACIAL S.A.
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 105 677


Parque Tecnol�gico de Boecillo, parcela 207
47151 Boecillo (VALLADOLID)
Spain
Activity type:
Administrative contact: Francisca G�mez Fern�ez
Tel.: + 34 983 140600
Fax: + 34 983 140601
E-mail
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 37 166


CALLE JORDI GIRONA 31
08034 BARCELONA
Spain
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Eulalia Planas
Tel.: +34 93 401 1736
Fax: +34 93 401 1932
E-mail
DEIMOS SPACE SOCIEDAD LIMITADA UNIPERSONAL
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 180 125


RONDA DE PONIENTE, Edificio Fiteni VI, 2, 2º 19
28760 TRES CANTOS (MADRID)
Spain
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Carlos Fern�ez de la Pe�a
Tel.: +34 918063450
Fax: +34 918063451
E-mail
INGENIERA DE SISTEMAS PARA LA DEFENSA DE ESPANA SA-ISDEFE
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 126 149


CALLE BEATRIZ DE BOBADILLA 3
28040 MADRID
Spain
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Marcial Valmorisco
Tel.: +34 91 271 1752
Fax: +34 91 564 5108
E-mail
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE L ENVIRONNEMENT ET DES RISQUES INERIS
France

EU contribution: EUR 96 130


Parc Technologique Alata
60550 VERNEUIL EN HALATTE
France
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: Fran�s FONTAINE
Tel.: + 33 3 44556817
Fax: + 33 3 44556200
E-mail
CGX Syst�s SAS
France

EU contribution: EUR 112 679


2, rue Victor Hugo
81100 CASTRES
France
Activity type:
Administrative contact: R� GLAUSINGER
Tel.: +33-5-63735050
Fax: +33-5-63735051
E-mail
ADVANTEAM & PARTNERS SARL
France

EU contribution: EUR 61 001


15 rue Jean-Paul LAURENS
31400 Toulouse
France
Activity type:
Administrative contact: Didier PERARNAUD
Tel.: +33 603518474
Fax: +33 561804247
E-mail
ECOLE NATIONALE SUPERIEURE DES OFFICIERS DE SAPEURS-POMPIERS
France

EU contribution: EUR 47 105


BP 36
91750 NAINVILLE LES ROCHES
France
Activity type: Other
Administrative contact: Marc BEAUDROIT
Tel.: +33 1 64982070
Fax: +33 1 64982156
E-mail
ASSOCIATION POUR LA RECHERCHE ET LE DEVELOPPEMENT DES METHODES ET PROCESSUS INDUSTRIELS - ARMINES
France

EU contribution: EUR 60 531


Boulevard Saint-Michel 60
75272 PARIS
France
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: J�me TIXIER
Tel.: +33 4 66782753
Fax: +33 4 66782701
E-mail
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