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Monitoring and Intervention for the TRAnsportation of Dangerous Goods

Project description


Improving Risk management
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.

Call for proposal

FP6-2003-IST-2
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

M3 SYSTEMS SAS
Address
Rue Du Soleil Levant 26
31410 Lavernose Lacasse
France
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 203 540

Participants (13)

MOVINGWORLD KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 42 372
Address
Am Argelsrieder Feld 22
82234 We�ing
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 44 796
Address
Linder Hohe
51147 Koln
Activity type
Research Organisations
ERWIN KAYSER-THREDE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 164 081
Address
Wolfratshauser Strasse 48
81379 Munchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TELEMATICA E.K.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 168 648
Address
Baiernrainer Weg 6
83623 Dietramszell - Linden
CENTRO DE OBSERVACION Y TELEDETECCION ESPACIAL S.A.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 105 677
Address
Parque Tecnol�gico De Boecillo, Parcela 207
47151 Boecillo (Valladolid)
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 37 166
Address
Calle Jordi Girona 31
08034 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
DEIMOS SPACE SOCIEDAD LIMITADA UNIPERSONAL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 180 125
Address
Ronda De Poniente, Edificio Fiteni Vi, 2, 2º 19
28760 Tres Cantos (Madrid)
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INGENIERIA DE SISTEMAS PARA LA DEFENSA DE ESPANA SA-SME MP
Spain
EU contribution
€ 126 149
Address
Calle Beatriz De Bobadilla 3
28040 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE L ENVIRONNEMENT ET DES RISQUES INERIS
France
EU contribution
€ 96 130
Address
Parc Technologique Alata
60550 Verneuil En Halatte
Activity type
Research Organisations
CGX Syst�s SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 112 679
Address
2, Rue Victor Hugo
81100 Castres
ADVANTEAM & PARTNERS SARL
France
EU contribution
€ 61 001
Address
15 Rue Jean-paul Laurens
31400 Toulouse
ECOLE NATIONALE SUPERIEURE DES OFFICIERS DE SAPEURS-POMPIERS
France
EU contribution
€ 47 105
Address
Bp 36
91750 Nainville Les Roches
Activity type
Other
ASSOCIATION POUR LA RECHERCHE ET LE DEVELOPPEMENT DES METHODES ET PROCESSUS INDUSTRIELS
France
EU contribution
€ 60 531
Address
Boulevard Saint Michel 60
75272 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations