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CIMEC Report Summary

Project ID: 653637
Funded under: H2020-EU.3.4.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - CIMEC (Cooperative ITS for Mobility in European Cities)

Reporting period: 2015-06-01 to 2016-05-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

CIMEC is a city-focused project which will explore the role cooperative ITS systems (C-ITS) can play to support city authorities in managing their transport networks and the delivery of other transport-linked services.
The deployment of C-ITS has not kept pace with the technological development, implying that deployment is being restrained by non-technical factors. CIMEC, as a CSA for this topic, aims to support the accelerated take-up of C-ITS by increasing the alignment of technological solutions with user needs, thereby removing perceived barriers and risks in deployment.

European highways authorities are relatively well educated, prepared and supported regarding C-ITS, including through a series of EC- and national funded R&D projects. However the greatest benefits are expected through the more complex and fragmented city context, which up to now is much less understood. CIMEC focuses especially on this urban C-ITS context.

CIMEC brings together key collaborative institutions, supported by a panel of core cities and by the European city network Polis. This meta-network has extensive experience in bringing together cities and suppliers to optimise ITS, and has specific expertise in a range of C-ITS at national and European level.

CIMEC will reach out to key stakeholder groups (both public and private) to ensure a smooth and cost-effective deployment of C-ITS in cities around Europe. CIMEC will engage with the larger traffic system suppliers and reach out to the small and medium-sized ones, in order to ensure a rich and open market place for C-ITS.

The objectives of CIMEC are to
•capture and document a set of realistic use cases for C-ITS in cities, supported by robust business cases
•identify practical project structures which enable the deployment of these use cases
•identify how emerging standards for C-ITS will affect, and should respond to, urban systems and processes
•show possible system architecture and workflow of C-ITS support systems
•promote multi-sector stakeholder dialogue, engagement and collaboration

The principal output will be a roadmap for city deployment of C-ITS which has been validated against user needs and technology maturity, captured in meaningful project descriptions. By developing a single, coherent narrative and communicating it effectively to all relevant stakeholder groups, this will ensure that standards, product development, project management, and policy goals are fully aligned across the European urban C-ITS context.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

Dialogue with local authorities, agencies and stakeholders and engagement with suppliers and other C-ITS stakeholders have been the main activities during the first year of the CIMEC project.

The four partner cities Bilbao (ES), Kassel (DE), Reading (UK) and Trondheim (NO) have hosted two workshops each during the first three months of 2016, with a total of 108 participants representing a wide range of stakeholders in European cities:
• A local workshop aiming at a broad representation of stakeholders either having an interest in traffic management and use of ITS/C-ITS, or being affected by any (lack of) implementation and deployment of new technology in the city roads. Participants included representatives of transport and planning authorities, public transport and freight operators, emergency services, logistics trade union and chamber of commerce.
• A regional workshop involving participants from a wide range of small/medium sized cities within the region, focusing on the deployment of ITS/C-ITS in cities, challenges, requirements and barriers related to this

A wide range of city-relevant Use cases for C-ITS have been identified through these workshops and accompanying online surveys. These activities have also provided information about the cities' transport related challenges and strategies, prevalence of ITS applications, plans, requirements and barriers for further deployment of C-ITS.

To enhance the city participation beyond the workshops organised by the CIMEC city partners, the CIMEC City Pool has been established as a forum to enable a wider gathering of input from cities on urban transport needs and requirements and opportunities for C-ITS deployment. During this reporting period, one City Pool workshop has been held (London, March 3, 2016). This was a joint event with the CODECS project, and also back-to-back with the final event of the Vruits project, drawing 55 participants from a wide range of cities and stakeholders.

A supplier database has been established, comprising large ITS suppliers identified through the consortium, as well as small and medium sized suppliers identified by the participants in the online city surveys. These suppliers and other C-ITS stakeholders have been approached by means of an online survey, workshops and personal interviews, to collect information about emerging C-ITS products, the suppliers' views on benefits for cities and commercial expectations.

The work on user needs and on supplier offerings is being brought together in activities aiming at developing a realistic, constructive and practical roadmap for C-ITS in the urban area. The major part of this work will be carried out during the second year of the project. To date, this work includes the review of existing roadmapping work - both the theory and how this has been applied to C-ITS historically - and participating in both the city- and supplier-related activities to ensure that the parallel information gathering processes are as well aligned to the project goal as possible.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

Through city-focused multi-sector stakeholder discussions and processes, the CIMEC project activities raise awareness and provide a basis for better understanding of the challenges, enablers and barriers and strategies for use of C-ITS solutions in European cities. This knowledge will contribute to bridging the gap between C-ITS development and deployment in cities.
Key outputs of the first year CIMEC project activities will include city requirements for C-ITS, the main barriers and how these can be overcome, a set of realistic use cases for C-ITS in cities, together with outline business cases and an overview of anticipated market developments of C-ITS. During the next period of the project, the results of the first year activities will all be brought together in a roadmap for city deployment of C-ITS which will be validated against user needs and technology maturity.

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