The objective of ROADIDEA was to study the potential of the European transport service sector for innovations, to analyse available data sources, to reveal existing problems and bottlenecks, and to develop better methods and models to be utilized in service platforms. These were to be capable of providing new, innovative transport services for various transport user groups, while trialling a formal innovation process to achieve this. The central issue was the Innovation Process itself and its value in undertaking this important task.
The work was organized in three main layers:
- Infrastructure layer: Analysis and development of transport infrastructure, in particular sources and collection of data, development of methods such as data filtering and fusion, and weather and road condition models.
- Innovation layer: New innovative transport service ideas were produced in a systematic way by organising two annual Futures Seminars.
- Exploitation layer: Piloting and testing a selection of the new innovations in real service platforms, evaluating their business potential and user acceptance.
ROADIDEA was focused on the most basic objective of ICT Theme of FP7, working towards a road map for improving the competitiveness of European industry and helping drive and stimulate creativity and process innovation in products and services. The following specific execution objectives of ROADIDEA were achieved:
- The ROADIDEA transport service platform was designed and implemented to test the use and integration of various data and models in the provision of new services.
- The availability of useful data for transport services was analysed.
- New types of data sources and the needs for new kind of services were analysed.
- Better tools and standards were defined to allow for data storage and mediation.
- Better transport and weather models were developed, using the new sources of data in an innovative way.
- Data analysis, fusion and mining features were studied and developed for utilization in services to several different user sectors.
- Innovative new knowledge-intensive products and services for transport users were identified.
The main project outcomes have been a documented and demonstrated trial of formal Innovation Processes applied to ITS services, resulting in a Roadmap and a White Paper “ITS deployment in the future”. Outcomes included an identification of the need for the European Transport Data Portal containing in the first phase an initial common minimum ITS data set and the criteria and processes for its expansion to secure the social and community gains available from the expansion of ITS services.
Information on ROADIDEA can be found on the TRIMIS website.