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Cooperation between Europe and India on eSafety

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The EU-India eSafety cooperation project aims to boost cooperation between stakeholders in Europe and India in order to improve road safety and the efficiency of transport in India. The project organised events to explore opportunities to develop intelligent integated safety systems in India. The objectives of the EU-India cooperation in the long term are described below with an overview of how the project activities have contributed as a first stage in this cooperation. 1. Enhance road safety and sustainable mobility in India through implementation of eSafety systems and services The project events and activities have made a strong case to the Indian government and authorities to implement eSafety systems. Activities have raised awareness on how EU technologies can help improve road safety and sustainable mobility in India. The road safety policies in India are favourable towards implementing technologies to improve road safety and efficiency of transport in India. eSafety areas of major interest to India were real time traffic information and eCall. 2. Support the strategic objectives of the IST programme, to prepare, support and facilitate the rapid adoption and transfer of technologies and research results The EU-India project has supported the transfer of EU technologies and research results of the eSafety initiative. At events information has been exchanged and a great deal of dissemination made in India on eSafety and EU technologies. Presentations of eSafety topics in India during the course of the EU-India project include real time traffic information, eCall, accident causation data collection. Other EU technologies disclosed include traffic management, enforcement, tolling, EU FRAME Forum. The project has endeavoured to raise awareness in India of the existing technologies in Europe which could be adopted by India. The project has also allowed exchange between networks of European stakeholders amongst themselves on EU ITS development and had the same effect in India. This may be viewed as a by product of the results. The project has also been an important example of IST international cooperation and one of the first projects for exploring demand for eSafety systems within emerging markets. The results could be explored within other future international cooperation projects. 3. Assist the Indian authorities in creating efficient traffic management solutions for major future events like the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi in 2010 Solutions for the Commonwealth Games were discussed in most major EU-India meetings, but in particular the conference in Brussels 1 June was where European organisations such as Seimens and DLR showed how they had managed traffic of major sporting events in Europe and how similar models could be used in India. Furthermore, during the visit to Antwerp Traffic Management Centre on 2 June, the coordinator requested the representatives of the centre to relate their presentation according to the current requirements in India. Representatives described how the centre diverted traffic during events and roadworks which was relevant to how Indian authorities may manage traffic during the Commonwealth Games. The project consortium also noted a great deal of support for setting up a joint EU-India Traffic Management Centre pilot project in time for the Commonwealth Games 2010. 4. Support the European industry to respond to emerging business opportunities Project activities have not only identified what business opportunities exist in India for the transfer of EU systems and technologies in India, but have made the case for early market penetration cf EU systems in India. Furthermore, activities have allowed EU companies to present their services, technologies and applications to the Indian authorities and make the case for their adoption in India. Project events have allowed European companies to make important contacts in India, meet government officials, understand the context and requirements in India and offer their services to the development of ITS in India. Therefore project activities have supported strengthening the competitiveness of the EU industry in a global market. 5. Transfer European standards on new innovative ITS solutions to the Indian market During the project meetings, EU stakeholders have encouraged Indian authorities to adopt EU standards of ITS technologies. Examples of the European standards which have been promoted during the course of the project are TMC and tolling. Both EU and Indian stakeholders have agreed the importance to avoid reinventing the wheel. Indian authorities have stressed the importance of adapting EU technologies to the Indian context and not plugging in existing solutions Furthermore, the FRAME team for developing ITS architecture has expressed support to assist the Indian authorities to design an ITS architecture for India. It is important that the architecture ensures interoperability between systems. 6. Support consortia of European and Indian ITS experts from the industry, research sector and public authorities EU-India events have invited experts from not only public authorities, ITS national networks, local authorities but also industry and research sector. Careful attention has been made to represent the broad range of interests gathered at meetings. The project activities built up a network of EU-India ITS cooperation. The final project event went further as to define demand for and potential members of future ITS expert working groups in areas including ITS architecture, real-time traffic information, traffic management, emergency response service and tolling. This would mean the working groups would be able to develop activities in a more focused context, similar to the set up of the working groups of the eSafety Forum. 7. Support the development of public-private partnerships The EU-India project was the first time that Indian stakeholders gathered under a public private set up. Using the European eSafety initiative as a model for not only technological development, but also the political and organisational set ups which enable the systems to develop and reach the market, recommendations were made in the base report sent to the government of India to set up public-private partnerships within each field of ITS application. The report supported the working groups to be set up including members from authorities, industry and research (from Europe and India) to work under the same umbrella towards the same goal. This would allow access to some of the best pools of knowledge within the domains. It would also avoid isolated ITS initiative which is currently a major barrier in India- meaning that there is not yet central coordination of ITS. 8. Make recommendations for new innovative ITS research activities to be launched in India The D4.2 exploitation plan used the results from the EU-India project in order to present a feasible action plan and project ideas beyond the scope of the scope of the project. These projects could be undertaken in future relevant Framework Programmes or through initiatives/funding nude available by the government of India involving EU expertise. Actions required to enable progress are the setting up of multi-stakeholder joint EU-India expert working groups in each of the following areas. Within the plan, concrete recommendations are made on how to direct future actions. The plan suggests that the working groups would define requirements in each of the areas, commission feasibility studies, set up some pilot projects/demonstrations to select and develop the right solutions for India. 9. Develop cooperation for targeted ITS development for the following priority fields: integrated traffic management systems, traffic and traveller information, location-based services, emergency response services and public transport management All of the above topics were presented and discussed at the various meetings. Research was carried out by AITS and Ertico ITS-Europe in the context and requirements within all of these areas in India The consortium used project results to prioritise on areas for targeted ITS development. These areas were reported in D3.3 priority applications. More concrete recommendations for targeted cooperation were made in D4. 2 exploitation plan. The EU-India project coordinated by Ertico ITS-Europe had the advantage of input from house ITS experts which could lend their technical expertise to the project activities, including the meeting (presentations on EU technologies / initiatives and also within the base report. The latter report particularly benefited from valuable input from the tolling expert and the TMC expert. The project meetings also benefited from expertise from the eSafety team and eCall expert. The EU-India project has already candidate parties interested in joining the working groups. These working groups would be responsible in defining the key relevant applications for India, commissioring feasibility studies and analysing what should be piloted. The most reoccurring arguments for next steps in India, have been the establishment of an ITS roadmap or architecture and for some pilot testing projects to be implemented. This report has established some initial concepts for pilot projects which should be explored by the relevant working groups. The pilot projects could explore how existing European standards and technologies maybe applied or adapted to suit the Indian context. The EU-India consortium recommends closer dialogue between the experts in the eSafety Forum and Indian stakeholders. A base for this was created in the EU-India eSafety cooperation However, a dissemination of the standards, technologies, services the eSafety Forum's working groups find as high priority for deployment in emerging markets is necessary. This is a horizontal issue across the various existing technical/topical working groups. The relevant experts from the eSafety working Groups would be invited to join EU-India working groups.