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Collaborative cApacity Programme on Its Training-educAtion and Liaison

Periodic Reporting for period 2 - CAPITAL (Collaborative cApacity Programme on Its Training-educAtion and Liaison)

Reporting period: 2018-04-01 to 2019-09-30

Intelligent Transport Solutions (ITS) and cooperative ITS (C-ITS) offer many benefits, such as increased transport efficiency and road safety by informing drivers of suitable routes or dangers ahead them on the road; by informing traveler of the best travel options and multi-modal connections; and logistics companies about traffic flow status on planned routes.

Educating stakeholders of ITS and C-ITS benefits is of essence if these benefits are to be leveraged. CAPITAL has therefore developed a set of training courses, based on both traditional classroom training as well as MOOC business model (massive open online courses) offering training on the deployment of ITS. Concretely, the project has addressed following objectives:

Objective 1: Create a platform of practitioners in the public and private sector in the field of (Cooperative) ITS deployment by establishing synergies with existing regional, European and international activities.
Achievement: Through face-to-face training events, online training platform, webinars, advisory group and broad dissemination of its results, consortium has developed a platform of practitioners of ITS and C-ITS. A CAPITAL stakeholder matrix, as living document, is presented as annex in the deliverable D2.1 and provides in the first step the relevant stakeholder networks, platforms, key stakeholders that can be reached within the CAPITAL network. A concrete stakeholder database has been implemented in the second part of the period as part of the platform development. The students enrolled to the online courses, are part of the international community built within the project. To complete the strategy and strengthening the built community, the ambassador’s role has been added for advocating the benefits of CAPITAL outcome.

Objective 2: Identify and assess the capacity needs and knowledge gaps and constraints of the practitioners in the field of (Cooperative) ITS.
Achievement: Numerous stakeholders (i.a. 117 respondents from 23 different countries in an online-survey, 9 ITS experts and the consortium members itself) have been involved in the project’s assessment of the capacity needs. The whole approach, results and recommendations are described in report “Capacity needs and knowledge gaps of ITS stakeholder groups and case studies collection”.

Objective 3: Develop an ITS deployment transferability handbook of case studies (including their respective business models and value propositions) and support decision making process for deploying C‐ITS.
Achievement: This objective has been met (and overachieved) through development of the D2.3 Transferability handbook deliverable. The number of best practices collected was 36, which is well above the “minimum 10 good practices” which were stated in the original grant agreement. Furthermore, adding the online version of the transferability handbook makes the entire experience of searching for best ITS and C-ITS practices more user friendly.

Objective 4: Design, implement and assess the collaborative capacity‐building programme in 6 European cities.
Achievement: As a part of designing the collaborative capacity-building programme 9 specific training programmes have been developed and delivered in 8 European cities (Turin, Lahti, Split, Newcastle, Athens, Helmond, Vigo and Rome). This has also been complemented by the usage of the CAPITAL online training platform which has attracted more than 500 users to follow 1200+ training programmes.

Objective 5: Develop a user awareness strategy and promote dissemination and awareness of ITS benefits to public and private stakeholders.
Achievement: In the second reporting period communication and dissemination activities have been further strengthened. Communication and dissemination of the project was done through dissemination tools, such as the website, promotional video, e-learning platform, printed material as well as participation in showcases in Europe and China. All of these activities have contributing to further strengthen the community that has been established. In total the project has reached out to an estimated 176.000 persons.
CAPITAL has delivered 9 training programmes available through an online training platform (http://capital-project.its-elearning.eu). Example of these programmes are: 1. Introduction to ITS and C-ITS; 2. ITS and C-ITS user services; and 7. Cost-benefit analyses of ITS services. These preogrammes have been validated through 8 different training events in all parts of Europe.

Another project output is the Transferability Handbook, which is available both in document (report) as well as online format. Consortium partners have gone beyond 10 best practices which were agreed contractually and delivered 36 best practices from Europe and China.

Following the project end, the project partners, with ERTICO - ITS Europe in the lead as the project coordinator have committed to strong exploitation efforts. All partners will continue delivering using the project material through their work in the ITS field.

As the direct exploitation from the CAPITAL project, the project coordinator has in June 2019 launched ERTICO Academy (https://ertico.com/academy) which offers classroom training on (C-)ITS. All CAPITAL partners are invited to join the activity and to help deliver training through ERTICO Academy. First training occasions for 2020 have already been agreed, while discussions are ongoing for training delivery in additional countries. Strategy for further updates of the existing material as well as development of new material have also been agreed, thus guaranteeing successful and long term impact of the CAPITAL project.
Developing, deploying, and diffusing technology requires the active collaboration of all sectors of the economy: government at all levels, industry, education, and the research community. These sectors must pool their resources to ensure that a capable well-trained workforce is readily available – one with the skills to create, embrace, and use rapidly evolving ITS technologies. ITS also requires unprecedented cooperation between public authorities and private sectors, necessitating new skills in partnering, contracting, and negotiations. Much work has been done to highlight the full potential of ITS and C-ITS. As presented above, this work continues even after the end of the project.

CAPITAL training programmes target a transportation workforce with the skills to create, embrace, and use the transportation innovations of the 21st century. Education and training have been tailored, targeted and made accessible. CAPITAL e-learning platform provides the ITS workforce with flexible, accessible ITS learning through a variety of training opportunities. The program assists transportation professionals in developing their skills to build technical proficiency while furthering their career paths. Through its outreach, coordination, and instructional products, the CAPITAL e-learning platform is integral in aiding stakeholders to gain better understanding of ITS and C-ITS. The results demonstrate that CAPITAL’s online learning platform is impactful in stimulating growth of the ITS community that shares its knowledge and experience to foster the uptake, development and deployment of ITS services.
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