In-Time is a response to the European ICT PSP second call for proposals 2008, addressing Objective 2.2 ICT - for adaptive urban transport management infrastructure and services.
The main focus of In-Time will be with Multimodal Real Time Traffic and Travel Information (RTTI) services provided to drivers and travellers with the goal to reduce drastically energy consumption in urban transport, resulting in:
- Less pollution, including CO2 emissions, particle emissions and noise
- Less traffic congestion
- Less energy consumption
- A shift away from individual transport towards public transport
- Responsive and adaptive traffic management
It is expected that travel behaviour of the single citizen will change with the use of In-Time services. During the pilot operation, individual traveller behaviour data will be collected with quantitative methods with a required minimum number of 150 test persons, thus giving an insight into the global changes expected.
Web-based interoperable and intermodal pre-trip and on-trip information will result in optimised journeys for the traveller, who will be informed about the different transport possibilities - including different modes.
"Pre-trip information is already an important contribution to sustainable mobility" (Final Report of the eSafety RTTI WG), but has in many cases the disadvantage that a door-to door trip planning taking different modes into account is currently impossible. This is a result of isolated systems that are operated by single operators with no or only reduced interaction to systems of parallel operators. So the operator of train-services can provide information about his network, but he has only limited access to other infrastructure operators, like road operators for the individual traffic situation.
The new approach within In-Time will ensure that each pilot side will have complete travel information (public and individual traffic) combined and interpreted at one location - the Interoperable and Multimodal In-Time Regional Data/Service Server (RDSS).
The RDSS will be operated by a regional operator, either an existing operator or a newly established one. This approach ensures that the user gets accurate and precise door-to-door information on the current travel times within the city, including alternative routes and alternative modes to be used. The setup of the RDSS will give also the possibility for a seamless transition of data and services between the single regions that result in interoperable cross-border travel information. It is expected that this service will facilitate inter-modal changes, thus attracting travellers to less energy consuming transport modes.
eServices are delivered by an established European TISP (Traffic Information Service Providers) to the traveller and will provide seamless multi-modal Real-time Traffic and Travel Information by using a high performing and innovative traffic management infrastructure. This e-service might be provided via a navigational device or a smart phone to the end-user, who could then avoid congestion and bottlenecks, select alternative routes and/or alternative transport modes.
The use of modern traffic management equipment will also contribute to a drastic reduction of energy consumption. This reduction will be achieved by optimising traffic control (Eco-flow), enhancing product life-cycles, and by reducing power consumption by using LED technologies. The reduction on energy consumption of traffic management will be measured in Bucharest, where in 2007 the installation of a new traffic control system started, which will be fully operational in 2009. Already in 2006 traffic data and environmental data have been collected to have a "before"-status. In the pilot the "after"-status will be collected and compared with results coming from the other In-Time pilot cities.