ITS in Your Pocket 2014 is a development competition that provides an opportunity for companies, teams and individuals to learn more about intelligent traffic systems from the best experts in the field. The competition provides an opportunity to get Europe-wide publicity and funding for further development.
For cities, ITS in Your Pocket is a chance to take steps forward in their smart city development by opening interesting data sources for the international network and developers. By submitting your product, you have a chance to get European wide publicity and funding for further development.
Note: The competition application period ends on May 11.
ITS in your pocket – competition is a part of ITS Europe Helsinki 2014 Congress. The ITS Congress & Exhibition is one Europe's largest events in Intelligent Transport Systems and Services. Best traffic applications are going to be awarded in ITS Europe Helsinki 2014.
Trafisafe will help to prevent young driver's global safety problem
Trafisafe is a Finnish-Austrian ITS safety project studying the use of new technology to improve driver safety, especially in the case of young drivers.
The first two years are the riskiest among novice drivers. For young drivers the parents are the most important factor to assist in learning a safe driving behavior. There is need for a tool to assist parents in advising young drivers to safe driving behavior.
New technology allows young drivers to receive clearer, more precise feedback about their driving behaviour.
In VTT-conducted field tests 75 farther-son -pairs are experimenting Trafisafe-system. The first data shows that the feedback improves more responsible driving and parents are interested in their youth's driving. To calculate risk Trafisafe uses an in-vehicle data recorder, based on driving behaviour analysing tool Driveco, a plug and play install device, that collects data from vehicle internal sensor system.
The data is transferred wirelessly to internet, and you can use any fixed or handheld device to see your personal reports. With the report tools driver is encouraged to responsible, economic and ecological driving.
You can have weekly safety reports. The young driver and parent sings off the reports and can comment on events. Risk events can be looked on map and the route history is saved automatically.
The service can be easily used by the whole family, and the parents can participate in advising the young driver to be responsible driver.
Check Trafisafe video here.
At 10th ITS European Congress in Helsinki there will be a driving simulator at Trafi's stand. Welcome!
Dr. Sami Mynttinen
Finnish Transport Safety Agency
Smoother passenger traffic across the Finnish–Russian border
The Smart Transport Corridor between Helsinki and St. Petersburg will bring new services for passengers, car drivers and public transport. Development of the VEDIA Multi-Service concept, led by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Vediafi Ltd, brings together newly opened mobile services that will result in smoother passenger traffic across the Finnish–Russian border. The services will also enhance passenger experience and traffic safety.
The VEDIA Multi-Service is a key element of the Finnish–Russian intelligent transport spearhead project, the Helsinki–St. Petersburg Smart Transport Corridor (STC). The project will create new intelligent transport services for passenger traffic crossing the Finnish–Russian border, in collaboration involving authorities, research institutes and enterprises.
The services opened in the first phase will be available to road and railway transport users, but will later also cover travel chains using other forms of transport. First to be introduced will be automatic services for road weather and driving conditions, an automatic system issuing bulletins and warnings on traffic disruption, a real-time traffic and congestion information service, and a public transport information service.
For those travelling by train, the VEDIA services will become available in the fast Allegro trains travelling between Helsinki and St. Petersburg. The services will be implemented on the Finnish National Railway Company VR Group Ltd on-board wireless Internet, and are available to all train passengers via smart phones and mobile devices. VEDIA train services provide passengers with additional information on journey progress, train station bulletins, news headlines, weather information, and connecting traffic data at the destination. The VEDIA services will be produced on board the train, and are therefore unaffected by poor reception, particularly in the border zone. Key problems for border crossers have been identified, including roaming charges and reliability of operation, poor accessibility of weather and driving condition information throughout the journey, and poor usability and availability of services in various languages. These issues arose in the survey conducted among border crossers, particularly Russians, by Kymenlaakso University of Applied Sciences.
In the VEDIA Multi-Service, the problems associated with roaming will be reduced by making the Internet connection and VEDIA services available free of charge on board Allegro trains and at the Vaalimaa border crossing station. The Russian Yandex-Money payment solution will enable unlimited data use with the Finnish teleoperator DNA Ltd's prepaid subscription SIM cards on VEDIA's SIM card (Subscriber Indentity Module) top-up service. There are also plans for developing a similar service for those travelling to Russia.
The solution to be piloted in the project is based on open data exchange in which cooperation is being built between the authorities and enterprises in both countries. This will allow traffic and road condition information to be made available to consumers, for example, via Rajaliikenne.fi, which is the inform ation service for road users, and VEDIA applications. Other additions to the VEDIA Multi-Service will include an online translation service and public transport information that will introduce connecting traffic as part of the application. In addition to this, VEDIA's mobile SMS payment system can be used, for example, to pay for single tickets in rail traffic within Helsinki. A service consortium, FOR VEDIA, has been established to implement the services, including about a dozen companies both in Finland and Russia. The implementing consortium will be managed by Vediafi Ltd. New services will also be introduced at the ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) Europe 2014 conference, to be held in Helsinki in June.
The multi-service platform functions in all mobile devices
"Our VEDIA Multi-Service is based on a device-independent HTML5-based user interface that functions in all mobile devices. The VEDIA Multi-Service incorporates our consortium's long experience of various service trials and development of cooperation with Russia, in collaboration with VTT in particular, which will create excellent conditions for a growing service provision in Finland and on the export market," says Lauri Lankinen, CEO of Vediafi Ltd.
"It is important that services are being developed in collaboration with the public sector, enterprises and research institutes. This will guarantee a comprehensive range of services for those on the move, and also ensure their compatibility and continuity and the development of new innovative services in the future," says Karri Rantasila, Key Account Manager from VTT.
The project will be implemented in cooperation between public and private organisations in Finland and Russia. In Finland, the responsible party is the Ministry of Transport and Communications. Other parties also closely involved in service implementation include the Finnish Transport Agency and the Finnish Transport Safety Agency Trafi. The VEDIA Multi-Service is available through the link: http://www.vedia.fi
For further information, please contact:
+358 40 718 7474
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Key Account Manager
+358 40 156 0107