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CANTANA provides a management framework for telematics

CANTANA (Comprehensive Analysis of Trans-European Aspects of Telematics Applications) provides a management framework for systematically identifying, addressing and resolving issues and problems unique to Trans-European Telematic Applications.

The CANTANA model is a project f...
CANTANA (Comprehensive Analysis of Trans-European Aspects of Telematics Applications) provides a management framework for systematically identifying, addressing and resolving issues and problems unique to Trans-European Telematic Applications.

The CANTANA model is a project funded under the MANDATE (Management of the Development of Applications in Telematics Engineering) project under the Fourth Framework Programme.

"CANTANA is not yet another methodology for designing and implementing telematics networks", nor is it intended "to replace available, proven project management techniques", according to its authors, Bernard Delcourt, Hymie Smith and Alan Whall.

The MANDATE team describes CANTANA as "an organized set of guidelines of good management practice which integrates and reconciles a number of existing project-management methods, tools and techniques." It aims to provide those setting out to create Trans-European Telematic Applications, whether strategist decision-makers, or project managers, with guidance concerning tools and techniques that can be used to solve the various problems they may encounter.

The authors of CANTANA recognize that the common usage of words and concepts can help to reduce misunderstanding, particularly when a project embraces a mix of cultures and a diversity of organisations are involved. There is five separate elements of the CANTANA model:

- An organization model to provide a framework for the effective exchange and transfer of data;
- A Telematic model designed to create a common understanding of the telematics environment prior to architectural modelling;
- A Security model covering security relationships and contracts;
- A Management model which distinguishes the CANTANA approach in that it focuses upon those factors that distinguish Trans-European Telematic Applications from other forms of projects at each stage of a typical project's life cycle.

Source: European Commission, DG XIII

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