The IP4 of the S2R Master Plan focuses on developing innovative IT services for rail and other transport modes in order to increase the attractiveness of greener transport modes to passengers. The backbone for offering new services to users will be the establishment and growth of a sustainable travel and transport eco-system characterised by a seamless access to new technologies and functionalities. This will significantly enhance the communication and integration of the full range of transport modes, their offers and services, to the travelling public. The specific challenge is to develop the IP4 Integrated Technologies Demonstrator (ITD) by proceeding to the progressive integration of the various technological innovations developed in IP4.
The results of intermediate steps of this integration should demonstrate the value added by the technological developments accumulated from the different IP4 projects, in terms of sustainability and attractiveness features, and the final integration should pave the way for a large scale deployment in the market place ranging from urban and suburban (commuter transport) subsystem to long distance subsystem, beyond the official project end.
Proposals should address the following elements, in line with the S2R MAAP (ITD4.7).
By using an agile development life-cycle, the integration of current and future IP4 projects should enrich progressively the IP4 content with new business services and technologies, addressing the end-to-end aspects of a journey. The scope of the ITD is to develop a stepwise integration of the individual technological developments on shopping, booking, ticketing and settlement, travel companion and trip tracking concepts, using all the potential of the interoperability framework and the business analytics environment.
The action will provide a demonstrator of the integration of all IT services to provide a seamless travel experience to the passengers. Based on a smart platform, taking into account all the necessary security measures, the integration will run several use cases with increasing complexity (number of modes, variety of payment schemes, different business models, additional functionalities), and representativeness (from simulated mock-up to real-life implementation) to reach at least TRL6 by the end of this project timeframe.
The implementation of this action requires close collaboration with IT2Rail project (‘lighthouse’ project resulting from H2020 call MG2.2-2014)35.
35 However, as the EC Work Programme 2014-2015 does not contain sufficiently detailed requirements, the provisions on complementary grants in the S2R MGA are not mandatory for the beneficiaries of IT2Rail project , who may accept them on a voluntary basis, subject to their explicit agreement.
The action that is expected to be funded under this topic will be complementary to the actions that are expected to be funded under the following topics:
S2R-OC-IP4-01-2017: Smart technologies for trip tracking and improved travel companion
S2R-CFM-IP4-01-2017: Technical framework for attractive railway services
The action expected to be funded from this topic will also be complementary to actions carried out within the following topics:
S2R-CFM-IP4-01-2015 – Shopping, booking and ticketing of multimodal travel solutions,
S2R-CFM-IP4-02-2015: Travel companion and tracking services,
As specified in section 2.3.1 of S2R AWP for 2017, in order to facilitate the contribution to the achievement of S2R objectives, the options regarding 'complementary grants' of the S2R Model Grant Agreement and the provisions therein, including with regard to additional access rights to background and results for the purposes of the complementary grant(s), will be enabled in the corresponding S2R Grant Agreements.
The S2R JU will only fund one proposal under this topic.
The activities are designed to demonstrate the seamlessness of overall IP4 concepts, developed to respond to the policy objectives formulated in the White paper on transport 2011 “Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area – Towards a competitive and resource efficient transport system”36 and further operationalised in the S2R Master Plan.
The main expected impact will be to present the passenger with a single access to the multimodal market-place in a way which eliminates or reduces the risk, effort and cost associated to navigating the current silo transport markets.
At the same time, the activities are expected to provide a sustainable environment for operators in which they can more easily extend the marketing reach of their services both competitively and collaboratively with other eco-system players.
Most passengers are today digitally connected, and expect this same level of connectivity when they travel, in particular automating the parameterisation of their personal preferences (e.g. for people with reduced mobility, or aiming at reducing their carbon footprint…), driving their travel search and planning activities and acquiring their right to travel.
In the case of multimodal journey, the activities are expected to allow a smooth integration for the provision of alternatives in the case of service disruptions affecting multimodal itineraries.
Moreover the activities should provide operators an effective environment for better monitoring and adaptation of their transport offers to customers’ actual demand.
Specific metrics and methods to measure and achieve impacts should be included in the proposals, with the objective to achieve by the end of the S2R Programme the quantitative and qualitative targets defined in the S2R MAAP related to ITD4.7 in line with the relative planning and budget.
Type of Action: Innovation Actions