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Co-ordinated Dissemination in Europe of
Transport Telematics Achievements

CODE is one of the support actions within the Transport Sector of the Telematics Applications Programme. Working in conjunction with the other support actions, CODE has provided assistance to projects by way of organising and hosting convergence and dissemination activities.

Setting the Scene

Consistency between solutions to problems and dissemination of results are essential to success in a sector of the Telematics Applications Programme.
The concertation mechanism is a first step to enabling projects to share experience, discuss future directions, and identify issues that call for consensus formation.

A major task in the early part of the work of this project was to develop specific guidelines for the projects in the areas road traffic safety, system safety, human-machine interfaces, user needs analysis and digital road maps. The aim was to bridge the gap between the Third and Fourth Framework Programmes, to give projects with a consistent approach to these horizontal issues, and to provide direct support where required.

Initially, for CODE, these activities were aimed at projects solely within the road transport sector, but they were later expanded to embrace all transport modes. The horizontal issues are now covered under other support actions.


The needs and priorities for concertation were determined from the projects themselves. They were used to prepare a structure and plan for appropriate sessions and workshops, both within and outside the formal concertation process.

The structure consisted of Vertical Areas, representing the current focus:
o Traveller Intermodality
o Freight Intermodality
o Road Transport
o Air Transport
o Rail Transport
o Waterborne Transport.

and Horizontal Issues, from the previous focus:
o Digital Road Maps
o User Needs
o Demand management
o Road Traffic Safety
o Human-Machine Interface
o Deployment.

System Safety
o Integrated Demonstrations
o Dissemination of programme and project achievements was channelled through user fora, which CODE helped to organise and run
o Experts were employed to give assistance to projects on matters requiring specific expertise.

Results and Achievements

As a support action, CODE has actively facilitated the consensus formation activities within its assigned areas of responsibility. (These areas are identified in the box.)

Rapporteurs were appointed to organise and animate the formal meetings. Part of their role was to continue the dialogue between projects on common issues and to prepare an area report highlighting the achievements in each area. In addition, key concertation and dissemination activities organised included the IUTTF and UTTF meetings, Concertation Meetings and two Intermodality Workshops. The user fora involved both Project Participants and decision-makers and users. Themes included ├ČTelematics Applications Services Facilitating Intermodality├« and 'New Technologies for Travel Information Services and Network Control'

Within the horizontal areas, state-of-the-art reviews were performed and guidelines were developed to assist with the key issues. Reports have been produced on the main achievements associated with convergence of issues, and on specific achievements within the various areas of the Transport Sector of the Telematics Applications Programme. Several versions have been prepared of the reports on the different areas and on progress and achievements emerging from the concertation activities.

A key part of the dissemination task was the preparation of the Concertation Achievements Report for the Transport Sector (CARTS). This document is being assembled from the area reports, to present the overall achievements at programme level.

Conclusions and plans for the future

Final versions of the Area reports, incorporating all the projects, will be produced incorporating the more recent project results. They will provide an important basis for the exploitation of the Transport Telematics Applications Programme results, as well as serving as a useful reference document. They also form the basis for the final version of the CARTS report, which will highlight the added value of projects from the TAP Programme. In particular, based upon the outcomes of the reported projects, whether positive or negative, it will identify ways forward.

The task forces will finish their remaining activities. These include Traveller Intermodality (Real Time Information), Traveller Information User Needs Synthesis and Integrated Payment. The project is expected to finish in June 2000.

Contact Details

Project Coordinator

Fraser Sommerville
Tel: +44 121 643 9621
Fax: +44 121 643 9688
E-Mail: (email removed)
Research Area : Transport
Timescale : 01.01.96 - 31.10.00
Keywords : Concertation, convergence, dissemination
Key Project Participants :
Atkins Wootton Jeffreys Consultants Ltd (UK)
Eratosthenes Consultants Ltd. (GR)
Heusch/Boesefeldt GmbH (DE)
Transver (DE)

Public deliverables

B5.1 Subcontractor Area Reports

B5.2 Road Safety Guidelines

B5.3 Human-Machine Interface Guidelines

B5.5 Revised User Needs Guidelines

Area Reports


Transport Telematics Concertation Meeting minutes and presentations

IUTTF Proceedings

2 nd Intermodality Area Workshop

Synthesis of real traveller information needs within intermodal journeys (CODE D4.1.1)

Guidelines for Implementing Real-Time Information Projects for City Wide Public Transport<</i>