From SMInt (ITRACT Extened)  application


Accessibility and connectivity are key issues for areas located at the periphery of the North Sea Region. Being at a distance from the economic agglomerations , these remote areas usually lag behind in terms of socio-economic development. The project SMiNTSMart iNTeraction will develop noveiiCT applications to improve the transport infrastructure in these areas . 11 will in particular focus on transport systems to respectively integrate flows of freight and persons. SMiNT aims at the further specialization of the already developed information architecture of the project ITRACT. The applications developed so far for public transport or new car sharing systems are all based on the transport of persons. But there is a great opportunity to develop another branch for freight and combined services. SMiNT wants to extend !TRACT's IT platform to integrate various other means of transport, e.g. freight and courieror medical services, mobile libraries, or meals on wheels, to name just a few. This extension will be based on improved algorithms and dynamic scheduling and incentivizing strategies to provide far better co-<>rdination and indeed "smart" interaction of those services, which makes them more cost-effective, environmentally-friendly and enhances connectivity in general. Residents of remote areas, as well as the cottage industries or other SMEs would benefit on a large scale and new forms of business encouraged. With these innovative services SMiNT will contribute to the creation of sustainable communities and the improvement of the attractiveness and economic potential of places . In line with the European Commission strategy document "A sustainable Future for Transport- towards an integrated technology-led and user-friendly system", the SMiNT project aims to improve those capacities through innovative transport and communication concepts. Contributing also to the Digital Agenda of Europe 2020, the project will further develop and link ICT applications to boost smart and efficient combinations of transport in order to reverse the spiral of decline in remote areas.

As an extension of ITRACT, the project SMiNT wants to build on the already existing information architecture to broaden its radius by the implementation of improved smart algorithms in order to make it capable for the use of additional target groups like freight

operators and service providers. This will also stimulate new businesses and enable already existing SMEs in the remote areas to make use of transport services in a much more cost-effective way.Atthe same time, the radius of actions of the residents will be enhanced on a large scale. Combined transport modes based on smart communication tools are important for remote areas to reduce social and economic exclusion. in accordance with the Gothenburg agenda, our aim is to create sustainable and inclusive regional economies and communities throughout the North Sea Region by improving the virtual and physical modes of transport through Innovative technologies. In addition, we refer in particular to the Bristol Accord on Sustainable Communities in Europe under the UK presidency, where it is stated that sustainable communities are "safe and inclusive, well planned, built and run, and offer equality of opportunity and good services for all" (ODPM,2005, p6). The project wants to foster the success of the sustainable communities’ ¨policies by contributing to a more effective interaction of transportation, economic and environmental policies, social policy, finance and governance- all strategic policy EU interventions in the 2007-2013 and 2014-2020 European Union programmes. The objectives of the Lisbon agenda will be transferred throughout the whole North Sea Region by a multi-disciplinary team of partners .

A number of new partners in SMiNT will share their specific expertise with the current ITRACT partners : the MMM Group Edinburgh, UK with its focus is on the exploitation ofnewtechnologies in the design of user-focused mobility products; Alliance Healthcare, NL, an expert on delivering pharmaceutical services and products on time throughout the regions; the faculty of economics and business of the University of G roninge n, professor of Quantitative Logistics Kees J an Rood b erg en, expert in the fie Id of ope rations management to resolve logistic problems, Viirmland County Administrative Board, Karlstad, Sweden with its expertise in regional development and public relations. Karlstad University, Andreas Kassler, professor in Telematics- Multimedia Communication, will contribute with his special expertise in wireless ad-hoc and mesh networks and the improvement of algorithms for the transport sector. The Hanze University Groningen will further develop the information architecture in close co-<>peration with the other partners and taking account of their needs, namely transport operators and SMEs and residents of the re mote are as. The transnatio nal partnership brings log ether experts in transport operations and business development with technology experts- in the fields of noveiiCT, satellite, wireless broad band and sensor technology. Within the triple helix of business, governmental, and knowledge institutions, the information architecture already built in ITRACT will be further developed to create smart interactions between different transport services with a specific focus on remote areas . We will run pilot actions in order to test the newty implemented improved algorithms for dynamic scheduling and pricing of freight and pas se ng er traffic and to ere ate standardized tehnical procedures for effice nt and user-friendly transport services. As a result we will have an extended information architecture, we want to present a business case for dynamic scheduling and ince ntivizing strateg le s" . By running pilot actions, we will develop good practice guide on "Sustainable business models for dynamic scheduling and incentivizing strategies", and we will present a final paper on "Strategies for Smart Specialisation of the North Sea Region".

Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), as described above and being further developed and tested during the SMiNT project, create ¨clear benefits in terms of transport efficiency, sustainability, safety and security, whilst contributing to the EU internal market and competitiveness objectives. Referring to the European Commission's Transport and Mobility action plan , the projects !TRACT and SMiNT promote the transnational deployment of ITS, also as continuous cross-border services for travel information and traffic management which can not be achieved by one member state alone . ITRACT's and SMiNT's transnational co-<>peration aims at innovation and the transition to a competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy by creating a knowledge platform on Intelligent Transport Systems througout the NSR and thus contribute to Strategies for Smart Specialisation.

WP 7 goal and activities

Development and implementation of Improved smart algorithms

Responsible beneficiary University of Karlstad

Relation to projectobjectlw(s) -Broaden the scope ofthe existing information architecture


Cooperation between beneficiaries

WP leader Karlstad University will further develop the information architecture in close co-operation with the Hanze University Groningen. Implementing improved smart algorithms means that not only their usage should be flexible, but they should also be e aslly adjustable. To be able to sup port the imp le mentation of agile services and functionality and their eo nfig urab ility, it is necessary to extend the existing information architecture and the corresponding implementation of the IT platform. They will cooperate continuously with businesses, umbrella organisations, transport companies, and courier or other services from all the regions. Proposals will be discussed by experts from various sectors of the partnership and pilot actions drawn up for all the participating regions.

Activity Work Package Dewlopmentand Implementation of improved smart algorithms

Task 1 Additional dynamic properties: Extending the architecture with additional properties for moving people and freight, including amongst others their geographical positioning , capacity and various freight requirements, as well as adding facilities which allow the central platform to react in real-time and dynamically on changes in those properties. 

Task 2 Adding dynamic scheduling : Extending the architecture and its implementation to support dynamic scheduling and incentivizing strategies. 

Task 3 Dynamic exchange mechanisms: Extending the implementation of the architecture to support dynamic connections to external schedules, e.g. pharmacies and logistics companies, extending the exchange mechanisms implemented in the context of ITRACT. 

Task 4 Flexible services support: Extending the architecture and its implementation to support flexile services, amongst other to make it possible for users of the IT platform to easily modify the wo rkflow and required information sources .


An updated ICT architecture, an implementation of this in the form of an updated ICT platform, and a Best Practices specification based on the lessons learnt during the specification and implementation of the updates and during their usage in the pilots of WPS .

© Jan Frick 2014