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ATTRACkTIVE Report Summary

Project ID: 730822
Funded under: H2020-EU.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - ATTRACkTIVE (Advanced Travel Companion and Tracking Services)

Reporting period: 2016-09-01 to 2016-12-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

ATTRACkTIVE aims to provide new concepts, tools, and systems to improve the attractiveness of rail transport by offering more intuitive and engaging travel experiences to customers while shielding them from the complexity and heterogeneity of services for door to door intermodal journeys. This includes disruption handling, navigation and user centric ubiquitous applications as well as the required tooling and modular design to foster adoption and enable future refinements, new concepts and ideas.The journey shall become attractive for travellers and offer a seamless, stress free, and even engaging experience.

Increasing the attractiveness of rail transport requires a novel and integrated solution that will be developed in the IP4 part of the Shift2Rail project. In particular, ATTRACkTIVE proposes new capabilities such as the capacity to create a “one stop shop” that helps customers to easily select and purchase an itinerary and assist her/him throughout her/his whole journey. In this respect the solutions of IT2Rail will be expanded and further developed. It will guide, support, inform, and even entertain users throughout their entire itinerary, adapting to unforeseeable interruptions and events in order to propose alternative routes, including in the first and last miles. A real door-to-door travel solution including all modes of transport will be developed along with new forms of traveller experiences aiming to transform the travel itself into an “ATTRACkTIVE” part of the journey. This proposal aims to implement both the Shift2Rail Trip Tracker (TD4.4) and Travel Companion (TD4.5), two major components to materialise this vision and deliver seamless door-to-door travel support encompassing both public and private transportation portions of a journey. This includes disruption handling, navigation and user centric ubiquitous applications as well as the required tooling and modular design to foster adoption and enable future refinements, new concepts and ideas.

The H2020 Lighthouse project IT2Rail initiated this shift in a first step. Its ideas are continued and further developed to a higher level of readiness in the frame of a Shift2Rail IP4 project.

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

"The Innovation Program 4 within the Shift2Rail initiative shall develop IT solutions for attractive railway services. Within the Annual Work Plan 2016 two projects have been defined which started in September 2016. One is Co-Active and the other one “Advanced Travel Companion and Tracking Services” called ATTRACkTIVE where this technical report belongs to. The project is divided into the two technical work packages Trip Tracker (WP1) and Travel Companion (WP2).

The first period of ATTRACkTIVE was been characterised by
• Organizing the project internally
• Setting up roles
• Defining the coordination between and collaboration with related projects
• Collecting expectations from all partners
• Discussing the contributions of all partners
• Starting requirements engineering

The main work carried out was the requirement engineering and the establishing of the collaboration with other projects ""IT2Rail"", Shift2Rail open calls (""GoF4R"" and ""ST4RT"") and the Shift2Rail IP4 CFM ""Co-Active"". In addition two meetings the overall Kick Off Meeting and a technical Kick Off Workshop was held."

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)

During the start process of a project requirements engineering is an essential step and important investigation necessary to reach the main goals. Within ATTRACkTIVE for WP1 and WP2 all expectations and requirements of all partners have been collected down to subtask level. These points have been examined:
• Scope, where each partner had to define his view on the task
• Extension to IT2Rail to clarify and to point out where to take attention on
• Use Cases and Scenarios that will be used as demonstrator
• Pre-conditions and post-conditions per task and subtask to start the development of the interfaces between functions
• Dependencies between other TDs
The requirements engineering cannot be finalised as it is an ongoing process. All intermediate results will be proofed against the requirements defined so far which will be adapted if necessary or applicable according to the developed results

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