Mar 05 Newsletter

Latest news from the 'Transport Research Knowledge Centre' funded by the European Commission

NEW PUBLICATION: Reporting how research is contributing to inland waterway policy
For transport in the European Union (EU) the main potential barriers to sustainable socio-economic development are traffic congestion, environmental impacts, and economic costs. With accession, future enlargement and economic growth the stage is set for such problems to increase. But what can be done?

European researchers have engaged in a raft of pioneering projects that bring the latest developments in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to support traffic and transport management in inland navigation, including interfaces to other modes of transport.

Providing such support through harmonised ICT-based information services is called 'RIS' - River Information Services - and is explained, along with the political context, in our latest brochure River Information Services: As policy implementation flows from research. The publication outlines how inland waterway transport is seen as a reliable, economical, and environmentally-friendly mode of transport, recognised by the EU as a key means of transport in the European inter-modal transport system. It reveals how the Commission aims to create favourable conditions for the further development of the sector through the proposed Directive 'Harmonised River Information Services (RIS) on Inland Waterways in the Community'.

FIRST BATCH OF PROJECT INFORMATION related to 'River Information Services'
In addition to the policy brochure more information can be found on the research projects (former and ongoing) that have contributed 
significantly to the development and deployment of new RIS technologies. These research, demonstration and implementation activities have helped, at the levels of technology, organisation and policy, to clear the obstacles to effective realisation of pan-European RIS. 

For more information, please consult the Projects & Analysis section and request the following project acronyms:

COMPRIS which deals with pan-European standardisation and harmonisation of RIS by linking existing and future initiatives in the participating countries; D4D which set the first milestone in the exchange of waterway related data between the responsible authorities; WATERMAN-TS offering a platform bringing together representatives of the end users of multimodal transport services and disseminating facts, results and actions to European audiences; SPIN-TN informing key stakeholders from the public and private sector about the current status and opportunities of RIS; THEMIS which coordinates research and development in European multimodal transport information systems contributing to a sustainable European freight transport system; ALSO DANUBE which has tested specific vessel tracking and tracing technologies and EMBARC which assessed the benefits that may arise from the deployment of these technologies and traffic management measures, how these benefits may be attained and the budget costs of their introduction.

See also What's new for all new web items this month.

DON'T FORGET: Submit your project information online via the Reporting Scheme
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