CROCODILE

Benjamin Witsch / 14 Jul 2016 19:39

Description

Within CROCODILE public authorities, road administrations and traffic information service providers of 13 European Member States work on setting up and operating a data exchange infrastructure based on DATEX II until the end of 2015 and beyond. That infrastructure will be used to exchange data and information between all involved stakeholders with the goal to provide harmonised cross-border traveller information along the whole corridor with focus on safety-related and truck parking information services.
The participating Member States include Austria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania and Slovenia, as well as Bulgaria, Croatia and
Slovakia in the status of associated Member States

Objectives of the project

Frequently unexpected extreme winter weather conditions paralyse traffic as it was the case in March 2013 in Hungary and Slovakia or in December 2012 in Hungary, Austria, Slovenia and Croatia. Such breakdowns were accompanied by either slow-going or non-existent information flow to neighbouring countries. Motorists were stopped at borders because of the severe winter conditions, but did not receive information about alternative routes or expected delays. This of course resulted in huge traffic jams and displeased travellers. The necessary communication between public authorities and transport operators from all countries involved was often carried out via telephone and, due to the lack of a common protocol, revealed serious organisational barriers. Consequently the major issue is proper information across national borders, safety-critical information on the one hand and information on truck parking places on the other. There is a need for a common transnational instrument to display real-time events and information to drivers, commuters, HGV drivers and tourists equally. Especially in Central and East Europe where several smaller countries (most of them having different languages) with lots of cross-border traffic adjoin, cooperation and information exchange is obligatory. This starts with overcoming organisational barriers, continues with data and information exchange based on common standards and protocols and ultimately leads to high-quality end user information services.</p>

Challenges addressed
  • Traveller information
  • Traffic management & control
  • Highway management

Benefits achieved

CROCODILE defined a minimum reference data set

Results/Lessons Learnt

That infrastructure within CROCODILE will be used to exchange data and information between all involved stakeholders with the goal to provide harmonised cross-border traveller information along the whole corridor with focus on safety-related and truck parking information services.

The participating Member States include Austria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania and Slovenia, as well as Bulgaria, Croatia and Slovakia in the status of associated Member States.

CROCODILE involves the Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries and focuses on data exchange and service provision along three main road corridors (Baltic – Adriatic, Rhine – Danube and Orient-East-Med). The project will directly contribute to implementing the Delegated Regulations 886/2013 and 885/2013.

Based on the EasyWay Deployment Guidelines (especially on DTX-DG01 - DATEX II) CROCODILE mainly focuses on the implementation of DATEX II notes for data availability and exchange. For proper data availability additional data collection infrastructure, relevant for road-safety and truck-parking information services, will be deployed on specific road sections along the CROCODILE.

To ensure data access the CROCODILE partners will set up access points in accordance to mentioned delegated regulations. Finally the data exchanged will be integrated in end-user services by the project partners as well as interested ITS Associations. Participating Member States include Austria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania and Slovenia, as well as Bulgaria, Croatia and Slovakia in the status of associated Member States.

Crocodile is funded under the CEF - Transport Programme: The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for Transport is the funding instrument to realise European transport infrastructure policy. It aims at supporting investments in building new transport infrastructure in Europe or rehabilitating and upgrading the existing one. CEF Transport focuses on cross-border projects and projects aiming at removing bottlenecks or bridging missing links in various sections of the Core Network and on the Comprehensive Network (link), as well as for horizontal priorities such as traffic management systems

Total budget
€31,420,180
Funding instrument
  • OTHER
  • Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for Transport

Cross-boder data exchange and harmonisation

Data exchange was done via DATEX II nodes and in conformity to EU Legislation
Bettina Neuhäuser
Partners
  • redWEB ApS
  • 10 Partners, the Memner States of Austria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovenia.

    3 Observers: Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovakia

Technology readiness level
  • TRL 7 - System prototype demonstration in operational environment
  • TRL 8 - System complete and qualified
Start date
01-Jan-2013
End date
03-Dec-2015
Status
Completed
Duration
2 years 11 months
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Tags / keywords:
traffic management
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