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MISS
Monitor Integrated Safety System

MISS aims to develop an innovative platform to dynamically sense and predict natural and infrastructure conditions. This project wants to increase the safety of both citizens and operators by enabling a just-in-time intelligent computation of an open dynamic road surveillance network.

Tags: Road

Background

The MISS project aims at fulfilling an objective of the Sustainable Surface Transport Priority – “Objective 4: Increasing road, rail and waterborne safety and avoiding traffic congestion”. More specifically it focuses on the Road Safety Strategies issue. Currently, more than 40 000 people are killed every year on EU roads and under 1 000 in other modes of transport. The short-term strategic objective of the Community is to halve the number of fatalities by 2010. The medium-term objective for MISS is to cut the number of persons killed or severely injured by around 50% by 2010. To be effective, road safety policy and the supporting research must target the human, the vehicle and the infrastructure environment. In addition, the interaction between these elements must be considered, as well as the acceptability and cost-effectiveness of the proposed measures in a wider socio-economic context. Research should devise the economic mechanisms necessary to reward the introduction of advanced technologies with a view to their overall safety benefits, instead of the defensive approach taken today to avert possible liability risks.

Objectives

The main objective of the MISS project is building a Unified Operative Centre (UOC), aimed at improving vehicle safety and mobility. This Unified Operative Centre has to support and integrate the activities of different structures at provincial level. It will manage the road monitoring activity of these organisations: the urban police, the civil protection and the road services. We estimate that each entity will improve its efficiency, starting from these operational points:

  • defining some guidelines to coordinate the institutional working activities
  • integrating the communication and effort among the operators and vehicles of the three entities.

By building on these points within the UOC we will:

  • tie together the three entities, improving their administrative and operational processes
  • guarantee efficiency and effectiveness when managing events
  • satisfy the optimisation needs of resources on the ground and inside the operative centre
  • extend the road safety among citizens and throughout the area.

The UOC will support the operational, planning and policy decisions to extend road knowledge, using information technology tools to store and extract all the information needed. It will also support the prevention and forewarnings of the events, analysing all the basic aspects.

Description of work

The MISS project is being developed along two main parallel but co-related lines:

  • establishing and demonstrating an innovative and co-operative platform aimed at controlling road infrastructures and transport operations
  • setting the basis for effective demonstration and exploitation.

Work Package (WP) 2 will fully identify the user requirements and the potential service scenario provided by test users with the support of UNIUD, CERTH, AUTH, CTL and CRF.

WP3 and WP4 are cascaded work packages aiming at establishing the system infrastructure design and develop the components and the services needed to improve the efficiency of transport operations.

In WP5, the user feedback, gained from collecting extensive data, will be mastered by the coordinator (PROBO). Meanwhile the validation outcome will be gathered and analysed by the other two public partners (SAAR and BVG together with BLIC), so that value and strength are added to the efficiency of our adopted solution.

In WP6, industrial exploitation will play a role in selecting the market and the appropriate distribution channels. The legal framework will play a fundamental role for the exploitation stages later on.

WP7 will include participating in public events, taking input from the results of WP5 and WP6. For details, please refer to the dissemination plan. It will be mainly managed by SRM, COI and CTL.

Results

The Monitor Integrated Safety System (MISS) is an integrated platform of sensing, communication, and algorithmic designs that can collect, process and disseminate information on roadway hazards. Specifically, the MISS platform will consist of:

  1. Innovative onboard vehicle-based detection kit (MSCU).
  2. Existing communication technologies (via a GPRS or TETRA network) to transmit the detected information to a UOC; the same network will be used by the vehicles to receive information.
  3. A geo-reference database to store this information as raw data on a geo-coded network.
  4. Advanced algorithms to fuse the detected real-time data gathered by several organisations with static infrastructure and historical traffic and control information, In addition, dynamic route planning algorithms will be developed specifically for emergency vehicles (police, fire department, emergency medical services, hazardous materials response, towing services, etc.) to and/or from the scene of an incident.
  5. Intelligent communication schemes to allow targeted information dissemination to clerical staff and drivers, based on their location and projected route (they will be informed if they are likely to use the problematic area), thus avoiding problems with information overloading.


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