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A system of cellular radio for traffic efficiency and safety

Progress is being maintained towards the development of a pan European traffic information and communication system. The system of cellular radio for traffic efficiency and safety (SOCRATES) project was further developed to include the kernel. The kernel provides the bridge between existing research and development, the pilot projects and the final goal.

The kernel responds to specific requests from SOCRATES pilots, and will issue recommendations to pilots in order to achieve convergence. It is organized into 5 main work areas: liaison and coordination; implementation and operational aspects; standardization; development aspects; and DRIVE normalized transmission (DNT) coordination.

The concept of the kernel as a centre of excellence has been successfully demonstrated in a number of technical developments.
These include the following:
the development of a common approach to system design in the pilot projects;
the implementation of common communication protocols;
SOCRATES application centre development;
floating cardata handling techniques;
communications modelling;
development of application protocols;
innovative work on dynamic route planning;
man machine interface activities;
progress on the coordination of DNT implementation.

The role of the kernel in providing a level of coordination between the 3 SOCRATES pilot projects has been demonstrated to be essential and provides the path to full commercial implementation.

Reported by

Ian Catling Consultancy
Ash Meadow Bridge Way Chipstead
CR5 3PX Croydon
United Kingdom
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