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Vision for Innovative Transport

Objective

The VIT project (Vision for Innovative Transport) is about the development of computer vision technologies for an innovative system for intermodal shipment of containers and swap bodies named Metrocargo. Currently contain-ers are only shipped by complete trains from point A to point B, because they loaded vertically, which cannot be done on the regular railway track under the electric feeding line. Trains must be shunted to loading yards using diesel traction, loaded, brought back to the electrified line with diesel locomotives, have the electric locomotive attached and the brakes checked. These operations are time consuming and costly. Metrocargo loads and unloads trains horizontally on the regular railway track in less than on hour. In the Metrocargo vision a network of terminals, connected by scheduled freight trains, will be set up all over the European territory. Containers will be transferred from one train to another, as it happens to passengers, and carried by lorry to their final destination. In the next few years 8-10% of current long distance road traffic can be transferred to rail, with comparable deliv-ery time and lower costs. To finalize the design of the Metrocargo equipment vision systems need to be devel-oped to assure precise handling, verification of train composition and plant safety and security. The VIT research program will respond to such needs and give the SME participants market-ready and pat-entable know-how . The scientific and technological objectives are the study, design and development of (i) a robust and redundant vision system for precise positioning of the lifting units for automatic load/unload, (ii) vision functionalities to check the correctness of train loading, (iii) an innovative prototype of a low-cost 2D visual mod-ule to scan the train composition, (iv) a video-surveillance system to monitor automatic operation areas where personnel should not enter, (v) a system security infrastructure to detect possible system failures.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/artificial intelligence/computer vision
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

I.LOG INIZIATIVE LOGISTICHE SRL*
Address
Corso Perrone Ferdinando Maria 28
16152 Genova
Italy
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 470 450
Administrative Contact
Renzo Ferraris (Mr.)

Participants (8)

MOLINARI RAIL AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 243 750
Address
Schulstrasse 11
8542 Wiesendangen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michele Molinari (Mr.)
WITT INDUSTRIEELEKTRONIK GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 189 750
Address
Weststrasse 1
13405 Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thomas Keese (Mr.)
SYSTEMS NAVIGATOR CONSULTANTS BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 203 750
Address
Delftechpark 38
2628 XH Delft
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rienk Bijlsma (Mr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI GENOVA
Italy
Address
Via Balbi 5
16126 Genova
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Laura Montanari (Ms.)
SPEED POLAND SPOLKA Z OGRANICZONA ODPOWIEDZIALNOSCIA
Poland
Address
Wlodkowica 21
50072 Wroclaw
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Agata Gorwa (Ms.)
SAT Simulations- und Automations-Technologie AG
Germany
Address
Badenweilerstrasse 4
79115 Freidburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thomas Arzt (Dr.)
IMAVIS SRL
Italy
Address
Via F. Lli Carpigiani 4
40138 Bologna
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alberto Lovato (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY OF DUNDEE
United Kingdom
Address
Nethergate
DD1 4HN Dundee
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Lynn Mackintosh