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Indicator Monitoring for a new railway PAradigm in seamlessly integrated Cross modal Transport chains – Phase 2

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - IMPACT-2 (Indicator Monitoring for a new railway PAradigm in seamlessly integrated Cross modalTransport chains – Phase 2)

Reporting period: 2017-09-01 to 2018-12-31

This project aims to perform the socio-economic research for Shift2Rail, to develop the SPD Scenarios and the KPI integrated assessment. Smart Maintenance, Standardisation, Integrated Mobility Management and Human Resources are cross-cutting activities of Shift2Rail as well and consequently topics of the project, too. The objectives of the proposal IMPACT-2 are:

• Evaluating the effects for mobility, society and environment induced by new technology solutions and developments,
• Introducing relevant targets and needs to create a more attractive, a more competitive and more sustainable rail system
• Defining System Platform Demonstrators (SPD) that represent future application use cases
• Defining Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that enable the monitoring and assessment of the Shift2Rail overall target achievement.
• Smart Maintenance
• Prepare an efficient process for bringing Shift2Rail results into standardisation
• Develop a common platform for the intelligent mobility management
• Human Resources

The importance for society and the overall objectives from an EU perspective resides in the ambition to further develop the single market. To that end the European Commission is working towards the creation of a Single European Railway Area (SERA), and has promoted a modal shift from road to rail in order to achieve a more competitive and resource-efficient European transport system that at the same time addresses climate change concerns. IMPACT-2 is a small piece in the much broader S2R effort to achieve this.
The following deliverables planned for period 1 have been uploaded:

WP1 D1.1 Quality Management Plan
WP4 D4.1 Initial quantitative KPI model
WP4 D4.2 Initial estimation of the KPIs
WP6 D6.1 Scope of WP 6
WP8 D8.1 Job profiles and Customer-oriented design of mobility
WP8 D8.2 Skills and qualifications and Creating agile organizations
WP9 D9.1 Data Management Plan
WP9 D9.2 Communication and Exploitation Plan
IMPACT-2 was launched in September 2017. The official kick off was held in Berlin at the DLR premises on 4 October. The project has 9 WPs and will end in August 2022. IMPACT-2 is for WP 2-4 a successor project to IMPACT-1. As such it ran in parallel with IMPACT-1 during autumn 2017 to April 2018 when IMPACT-1 was terminated. This means that another important objective has been to transition IMPACT-1 into IMPACT-2. In addition to IMPACT-1 the successor project IMPACT-2 also has four completely new WPs. Finally and of substantial importance for WP 6 and 8, the COLA between the Open Call project SMaRTE and IMPACT-2 was completed and signed by all parties in December 2018.

WP2 aims are to evaluate the rail system’s as well as S2R’s possible contribution to achieve societal objectives, analyse obstacles for rail freight growth and freight customer requirements. During the period relevant studies on trends futurescopings has been gathered and reviewed. WP2 covers WA1 in the MAAP.

Most important result during the period for WP3: Contributing to WA1.2 in the MAAP, the main result of the WP3 work during the period is that the WP has come a fair bit in implementing transport models for the four SPDs that are able to quantitatively evaluate the mode choice effects of shift2rail innovations.

WP4´s objective of showing how the expected results of the key Shift2Rail targets are achieved through the TDs’ work, has been partially fulfilled through the development of the first initial KPI model, documented in deliverable D4.1 and the reporting of first rough estimations, described in deliverable D4.2. This partial achievement was also what was planned for the first reporting period. The next step of developing the first version of the model has been started, too. This will be documented in D4.3 during the next reporting period.

WP5 main output is to come up with a standardisation roadmap. For the reporting period design and sending of questionnaire to approx. half of the S2R current or completed projects have been done as well as design and complement of a Standardisation Rolling Development Plan to collect standardisation proposals and exchange with outside stakeholders. Regular meetings have been held with JPCR and RASCOP. WP5 covers WA 3.2.

WP6 deals with Smart Maintenance Concept for the whole railway system and demonstrators for Condition Based Maintenance for passenger trains and covers WA 3.3. Results during the first reporting period are collection of data and set up of collaboration with Huddersfield university who is working in the sister open call project SMaRTE.

WP7’s objective is to increase the efficiency, capacity and punctuality of freight train operations by introducing novel TMS software applications. A set of collaborative specifications has been delivered during the period which will be taken forward in demonstrations.

WP8 addresses human capital needs in the backdrop of the changes resulting from new technologies, digitalisation and automation and how demographic challenges can be met. During the period analyses of skill sets and future job profiles has been done.

WP9 deals with the dissemination of results in the project. During the period discussions about how to best organise dissemination events has been held with the JU. IMPACT-2 has also benefitted from the commission service CDB. The main work in WP9 will be for the next reporting period when a mid-term conference will be organised foreseen in autumn 2020.