In SCRIPT, efforts will be made to compensate for poor public services in small and often remote communities, where the need for ensuring the provision of and access to such services is especially important. An initial feasibility study will examine the viability and benefits of demonstrating integrated cross-sector telematics applications in eight regions to facilitate access of such groups to comprehensive reliable information and support. Among the proposed target services are demand-responsive public transport and distance learning for small and medium-sized enterprises. The study is expected to set the basis for a future demonstration of the most promising cross-sector telematics services in the regions concerned.
A significant portion of Europeans live in smaller towns and rural areas. Many are remote, and most do not enjoy anywhere near the same level of access to services and information as do city dwellers while sections such as disabled and elderly are often deprived. Telematics offers an obvious means of improving not only access, but also the levels and quality of information available to these people, so real solutions are now available for tackling a real and European wide problem.
The work from this first phase of the overall SCRIPT programme will be a feasibility study to establish the viability and benefits from demonstrating integrated and cross sector telematics applications over a wide geographically distributed area.
Specific services for which users needs will be confirmed, and which are proposed for integration, demonstration and evaluation in SCRIPT, will improve access to information using multi media self service terminals at remote sites. They include:
- demand responsive Public Transport;
- multi modal journey planning and tourist information;
- improved access to administrative data and services; and
- distance learning modules, especially for Small and Medium sized Enterprises.
A special work module on Monitoring and Evaluation is proposed to underpin and co-ordinate the above tasks on behalf of all regions; also to develop guide lines for evaluation methodologies that will ensure the effects of integration are measured, and to ensure that results obtained across the project are consistent, comparable and interoperable.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
EX2 4QD Exeter