Officially launched in September 2009 at the ITS World Congress in Stockholm, and coordinated by ERTICO - ITS Europe, VIAJEO is funded under the ‘Transport’ theme of the EU’s Seventh Research Framework Programme (FP7).
As an international co-operative initiative, VIAJEO is part of a larger EU push to promote transport research projects with developing countries.
These include the FP6-funded SIMBA project, aimed at fostering European collaboration on road transport research with emerging economies, including Brazil, South-Africa, India and China. SIMBA is also coordinated by ERTICO.
The ‘open platform’ proposed by VIAJEO facilitate information exchange and centralise data from various sources, providing needed support to transport management and city planners.
Objectives of the Viajeo project are:
• Design of an open platform with interfaces to a wide range of mobility services.
• Identification of the needs of local transport planner, policy makers, transport operators and end users for traffic and transport information.
• Investigation of current use of standards and protocols and identification of the gaps between these and the available standards and protocols from Europe.
• Design of core functionalities of the open platform.
• Design of interfaces of the open platform to a wide range of mobility services.
The demonstration of the project has already started in a number of selected cities:
Beijing: The Viajeo project in Beijing aims to encourage usage of public transport, so improving passenger information service is one of the main tasks. The project in Beijing collects real time traffic data using GPS/GPRS equipped public transport vehicles (over 200 buses from 6 bus lines), taxis and private cars.
Shanghai: The open platform in Shanghai will integrate data from different data sources, such as floating vehicles and existing traffic data to deliver real-time estimation and short-term forecast of traffic conditions.
São Paulo:The open platform will access motorway traffic data via MIST platform which was developed by IPTand is currently used to collect traffic data on motorway networks from different operators.
Note: The fifth of the i-Mobility Network Webinars on the topic of “International Cooperation on ITS: the Viajeo Project and Beyond” will take place on Tuesday 19 April. More information can be found here.