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The aim of HANNIBAL is to test advanced telematics applications for better mountain road traffic management consistent with all user requirements. The project will be conducted on the often congested Alpine motorways between France and Italy, where high density freight and holiday throughput can be blocked by bad weather. Among innovative components and prototypes to be demonstrated at various sites will be traffic forecast and decision support tools, automatic tolling and peak demand control. A global control strategy will be validated during the 1997 World Skiing Championship in Sestriere, Italy. It is intended that project results should bolster other busy regional networks where the topography makes telematics control essential.

The level of traffic on the motorway network between Paris, Lyon, Fréjus (France) and Turin, Milan and Trieste (Italy) is currently reaching its capacity.

The main problems on this motorway network include:

- significant percentage of heavy freight vehicles,

- high peaks in traffic, particularly during holiday departures, and

- climatic conditions often unfavourable to crossing the Alps.

With the choice between the Mont-Blanc, Fréjus tunnels and the Montgenevre pass, optimal management of this trans-alpine road network could increase capacity, reduce congestion and also minimise adverse environmental effects.

The aim of the HANNIBAL Project (High Altitude Network for the Needs of Integrated Border-crossing Applications and Links) is to create, develop, and test several advanced transport telematics applications permitting better traffic management for increased transport efficiency and meeting user requirements.

A global control strategy will be implemented on the Alps Crossing, with validation being the occasion of the 1997 World Skiing Championships in Sestriere, Italy.

The project includes three main demonstrations (Corridor, Alps Crossing, and Sestriere) and several innovative components and prototypes in the traffic management domain:

- Data exchange

-User information

- Traffic forecast and decision support tools

- Automatic tolling

- Exceptional traffic demand control (1997 World Skiing Championships in Sestriere, weather events, holiday traffic flows)

- Automatic incident detection.

Applications developed within the framework of Drive II-ATT projects will be called into use. The results of the HANNIBAL project will permit an improved exploitation of the Paris-Lyon-Turin-Milan-Trieste road network and, even more importantly, the results will be easily applicable to other road networks whose variable topographical characteristics require a capacity for adaptation and a speed of reaction for which a telematics-based control strategy is an essential element.

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