The OPTIMUM project is always looking for ways to cooperate with related research activities and projects. Such cooperation is mutually beneficial in that it multiplies the potential for exploiting research results. Having already established contact with several similar projects (Timon, SocialCar, CREATE) and other initiatives (the ITS Cluster), the OPTIMUM team is now engaged in discussion with TransformingTransport.
TransformingTransport (or, TT) is one of the largest European Commission-funded projects, with a budget of EUR 18.7 million and a strong consortium of 47 leading transport, logistics and information technology stakeholders. The TT project aims to provide concrete, measurable and verifiable evidence of the data value that can be achieved in mobility and logistics. Thirteen large-scale pilot actions are being deployed with data-driven innovation: two of these, focusing on highway concessions in Portugal and Spain, offer great potential for cooperation with OPTIMUM’s proactive charging schemes for freight transport.
The wide range of cooperation options between OPTIMUM and TT includes: an understanding of traffic flows and mobility patterns via descriptive and prescriptive modelling of road traffic; and forecasting infrastructure use based on traffic flow. The two projects could also work together on finding out how to optimise highway operations cost via short to long-term forecasting, better distribution of resources, and optimisation of maintenance routes — not to mention the possibility of improved highway safety.
OPTIMUM’s technical partners that are currently working on proactive charging schemes pilot (IP, TIS, Luis Simoes) are holding fruitful talks with TT on how to share data with each other. Approaches towards deploying models might vary in several ways, but the sharing of experience and results can be beneficial and educational for partners from both projects. During an October teleconference between representatives from both projects, it was agreed that cooperation will continue, and that specific actions are in place to ensure a continuation of successful collaboration.