The COHESIVE project aims to progressively integrate and demonstrate the various technological innovations developed in the other IP4 projects. This objective will be achieved through specific activities: set up of a common technical approach for all IP4 projects allowing the collection of consistent results, definition of (three) successive releases based on use-cases with increased scope and market value, integration of the building blocks developed in the other IP4 projects, and flagship demonstrations which will pave the way of a solid market uptake.
Main objectives associated to the overall IP4 and its related demonstrations:
WP1 - Technical coordination of ITD4.7 and technical interface with IP4 The Technical coordination work package will address the following objectives:
Effective technical coordination of ITD4.7 and the close technical interface with the IP4 projects to guarantee homogeneity of goals and scheduling, as well as coordinated and cooperative communication and exchange of information.
Monitor and ensure the progress of the integration activities and the necessary coordination and communication amongst the various TD;
Definition of Technical Principles to be applied;WP2 - Engineering consistency management The Engineering consistency management work package will address the following objectives:
Establishment of Engineering methodology & guidelines and promote the application of a robust engineering system methodology.
Creation and update of a common Glossary to formalize the technical and business environment
Identification of a top level requirements’ baseline that will be applicable to all TDs
Interface consistency to guarantee the overall uniformity of concepts application and the interoperability and openness of the design
Configuration management of the different packages, modules or components.WP3 - End to end Use cases definition The End to end Use cases definition work package will address the following objectives:
Identification and characterization of major mobility distresses felt on Multimodal transportation environments, to be addressed on the project;
Definition of use cases that will enable to test the concepts, modules and tools developed on the different IP4 projects.
Definition of user profiles and personas;
Production of evaluation reports and results of tests;
Overall use cases planning covering: time (phases and iterations), spatial (projects, sites) and common methodology to be adopted.WP4 - Testing and Integration The Testing and Integration work package will address the following objectives:
Definition a set of integration tests to validate the communication and relationship between components of different TDs.
Ensure all requirements are met, and that all output are as expected for the given input.
Scenarios definition to test different inputs and conditions of the use cases defined in other WPs
Definition of integration procedures;
Perform the integration of the outcome of the different releasesWP5 - Demonstrations The Demonstrations work package will address the following objectives:
Define the functionalities for the demonstration scenarios
Design the evaluation framework for the demonstration scenarios
Perform the live testing in the selected scenariosWP6 - Dissemination and Communication WP7 - Project Management
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On 13th October, IP4 partners attended and presented at the online IRP Workshop on integrated ticketing and air-rail co-operation. Results of the IP4 programme pilots and demonstrations were presented by Marco Ferreira (Thales Portugal), as well as the wider technical achievements from COHESIVE and its partner projects in IP4 (ExtenSive and CONNECTIVE). Marcus De Paz and Khaled Mansour (Alstom) also presented the state of play of IP4’s route to market and exploitation, highlighting the phased expansion predicted for IP4 technologies as it builds from the ‘City Ecosystems’ that have been tested so far in pilots and demonstrations.
Between 20th and 23rd September, several members from the IP4 partnership joined tens of thousands of international transport professionals at InnoTrans in Berlin, successfully conducting the Integrated Technical Demonstrator for COHESIVE’s Final Release functionalities featured on the Travel Companion app and the Operator Portal. This demonstrator used scenarios in Berlin with VBB, and in Athens with multimodal options including OASA, Attiko, Brainbox, Taxiway andRide2Rail. These demonstrations showcased the possibilities enabled by the Final Release, with full functionality demonstrated in the end-to-end journey selection, including booking and payment of tickets as part of the ‘one-stop shop’ – a key functionality of the Travel Companion.
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On 8th November, the COHESIVE project was presented during the 3rd Innovation Days. Marco Ferreira (Thales Portugal) and Souheir Mili (CS Group) presented on the key functionalities that have been developed by IP4, including the Final Release functionalities of the Travel Companion and the Operator Portal. In addition, Khaled Mansour (Alstom) presented the state of play regarding route to market for IP4 technologies and the exploitation plan. This online event was recorded and can be found at the link below.
On 30th November, the 5thAdvisory Board Summit was held online, a forum set up to ensure impartial and objective expert feedback is received during the IP4 lifecycle. Anna Perras (HACON) provided an overview of the IP4 Ecosystem implementation, and Marie Masserey (IATA) presented insights from the world of aviation with a talk on the evolution of passenger air transport standards, identifying areas for collaboration between IATA and UIC. The 6th AB Summit will be held in May 2023 and is planned to be an in-person event, with the location to be confirmed.
Between 14th and 17thNovember, several members from the IP4 partnership attended the Transport Research Arena (TRA) held in Lisbon, demonstrating COHESIVE’s Final Release functionalities featured on the Travel Companion app and the Operator Portal. The Travel Companion was presented on a large interactive screen, showcasing the results of several European pilots. Further demonstrations of the Travel Companion were also offered following the ExtenSive Mid Term Event, and Marco Ferreira (Thales Portugal) presented the tools developed by IP4 at the UITP stand, and data sharing as an enabler for multimodality at a special invitational session.
The pilots showcased included those in Berlin with VBB, and Athens with OASA, Attiko, Brainbox (bike-sharing), Taxiway and Ride2Rail (ride-sharing), Helsinki and Brno. These results demonstrate the full end-to-end proposition of the Travel Companion, from journey selection to ticket purchase.
COHESIVE participated on the Shift2Rail InnovationDays 2021, one more time in an online format promoting the last advances on theIP4 ecosystem focused on the new functionalities delivered on the Beta release with the demonstration of new scenarios and the preparation of new pilots.
This session can be revisited here:
In June 2021, the COHESIVE project had finished one of its main integrations introducing all MaaSive project results on the IP4 ecosystem.
In collaboration with MaaSive andShift2MaaS project it was done an online event to present the project results and also to present the results of Beta release focusing on the new functionalities of this release. Some demonstrations were realized creating Mobility packages and providing it to the travellers, using Mixed reality to provide location-based experiences, using multi-user capabilities for travelling in group, a new Travel companion for Kids and others.
COHESIVE, Ride2Rail and IP4MaaS projects have join strengths to deliver the best pilots with the technology integrated by COHESIVE project. This combined collaboration has started and very close collaboration will be done within IP4 projects to guarantee the execution of successful pilots on new sites in 2022 and 2023. The sites planned for the new pilots are spread around Europe: Athens, Padua, Helsinki, Brno, Barcelona, Liberec, Warsaw and Osijek.
From the 19 April 2021 to the 30 of April2021, the Shift2MaaS project realized its pilot in Central-East Corridor, testing the Shift2Rail Travel Companion app provided by COHESIVE with real passengers. Over two weeks, participants will test the app in Brno (Czech Republic) and Frankfurt (Germany). The pilot is the last in a series ofShift2MaaS pilots taking place across Europe testing the Travel Companion app.
The pilot started with an online event for users where participants tested cross-border travel between Brno (CzechRepublic) and Austria and Slovakia, and in Frankfurt (Germany).
During the pilot, participants use the Travel Companion app during their journey, testing functionalities such as the journey planner, offer building (showing the price for a trip), ticketing, and ticketing validation.
By the end of February 2021 Shift2MaaS launched his second pilot. This pilot, also dedicated to the traveller, have been focused on the urban mobility with the support of shared-bikes, but it also focused on a national journey scenario connecting Malaga and Madrid.
In January 2021 Shift2MaaS launched his first pilot dedicated for the traveller. The first pilot of this project will be held in Lisbon, testing IP4 technologies provided by COHESIVE in real life.In the pilot, passengers tested the ‘Travel Companion app’ during different journey scenarios using multimodal trips in Lisbon. The pilot tested functionalities such as the journey planner, trip tracking, and ticket purchasing and cancellation. Entertainment features of the app, such as a quiz about the area, have also been tried out. Furthermore, in Lisbon, pilot participants tested the so-called ‘Mobility Packages’: a MaaS subscription that includes for example a monthly ticket to all modes of public transport.
Due to the pandemic, during the past months a series of events have been cancelled.
So, in October 2020, COHESIVE together with Shift2Rail JU prepared sessions for the European railway community to see how far IP4 innovations have come.
COHESIVE took this opportunity to realize his Mid-Term event, focusing on topics like the IP4 ecosystem architecture, integration release planning, user needs and profiles, route-to-market and collaboration with Shift2MaaS for pilot realization.
This session can be seen on the following link:
Shift2MaaS started his pilot phases in July2020. Two services provided by the COHESIVE project were tested by the TransportService Providers (TSP) partners of Shift2MaaS. The Asset Manager, a placewhere the TSPs can manage all their assets (e.g., timetables, differentdatasets), and the Contractual Management Market Place (CMMP): a tool thathelps TSPs to manage agreements among them for the development of mobilitysubscription packages.
The TSPs pilots already showed positiveresults. The Asset Manager was labeled as an easy-to-use one-stop-shop, with100% of participants saying they would like to have the tool developed in theircity. For the CCMP feedback received was also positive, with recommendationsfor improvement including more clarity around legal obligations and an improveduser interface.
In December 2019 the COHESIVE projectpresent the session “Shift2Rail as an enabler for Mobility as a Service throughinnovation” in the The Future of transportation World Conference.
It was tackling Mobility and the undergoingsignificant transformations but also facing challenges. Hyperconnectivity ischanging the way people address mobility and the paradigm of seamless travel.Mobility as a Service (MaaS) is an emerging concept that considers the mobilitysystem as a whole, improving its efficiency and sustainability, and benefitingoperators and travelers. The session focused on the active position taken byShift2Rail; proposing and demonstrating a technological enabler addressingMaaS; aiming to provide tools and guidelines to ease the entry of transportoperators into fully multimodal ecosystems; supporting efficient, seamless andpleasant travel experiences for passengers; and strongly contributing to areduction in the impact of transport on the environment.
A Shift2Rail webinar series entitled “Moving Around Europe Seamlessly!” were held on May 2020 presenting and discussing mobility topics and seamless door-to-door traveltools under development. Two exciting webinars demonstrated the current results of key projects working under Shift2Rail’s Innovation Programme 4 (IP4), dedicated to digital services facilitating mobility as a service in rail. The first session, held on 12th May explored Shift2Rail innovations from the travellers’ perspective, and the second one, held on 14thMay looked at Shift2Rail innovations from a transport service providers’perspective. Both of them presented topics with their point of view and its relevance for the IP4 ecosystem development. These innovative results were showcasedby the following Shift2Rail projects: COHESIVE, CONNECTIVE, MaaSive, Shift2Maas, My-TRAC and SPRINT.
Those can be reviewed in Youtube:
Travellers’perspective - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuTT3FxgDMY
Transport service providers’ perspective - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SpLT7aL4N0
The IP4 Workshop and Meeting has occurred from 27th to 28th November 2019 in Malaga. The event included a COHESIVE Alpha release presentation and demonstration of available functionalities (also containing results from IT2Rail/Co-Active/ATTRACkTIVE/CONNECTIVE projects), and a presentation ofMaaSive/CONNECTIVE planned technologies for 2020. Furthermore, a presentation of SPRINT and My-TRAC projects and demonstration of available functionalities was held, plus presentation of starting project Ride2Rail. Additionally, Shift2MaaSproject presented its scope for the demonstrationsplanned in three locations: Lisbon, Malaga and Central-East corridor (Austria,Germany, Czech Republic). This workshop was a great way to share knowledge and define collaborations between projects, where It was also defined a dissemination strategy and event coordination for TRA2020 and InnoTrans2020.
The COHESIVE Project Alpha release demonstration was held in Brussels on 5th November 2019. The event was planned in collaboration with projects ATTRACkTIVE and Co-Active final events. The aim of the session was to demonstrate that all IP4 concepts and building blocks developed by the different CFM projects are integrated and working in a coherent ecosystem that could provide to the travellers a seamless journey experience across Europe. The COHESIVE Alpha Release demonstration was thus the first step in a line of demonstrations that took the results of ATTRACkTIVE, Co-Active and the first outcomes of CONNECTIVE into consideration. It could be shown that all systems were integrated with success allowing to perform the demonstration in two different corridors (“Berlin > Amsterdam” and “Barcelona > Madrid”).
From Monday the 23rd to Thursday the 26th of September, representatives of project partners met at HaCon premises in Hanover, Germany, for a TMT meeting week. The current status of CONNECTIVE, MaaSive and COHESIVE were presented, open points discussed and the next steps planned. As ATTRACkTIVE and Co-Active have officially ended, the final event and review were planned. The get-together ended after several productive days filled with fruitful discussions and exciting outlooks as to what will be developed during the scope of the respective projects.
On July 23rd and 24th COHESIVE and My-TRAC partners met at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia for an integration meeting. During the fruitful gathering, the work conducted in both projects was presented and compared. The strategies were also elaborated to link the project results and are to be incorporated in the near future as both projects aim to develop user friendly personal applications to enhance Europe-wide travel experiences.
The TMT meetings for Co-Active on May 13th and ATTRACkTIVE, CONNECTIVE and COHESIVE on May 14th took place at Thales Portugal premises is Lisbon. Work done in all TDs was presented and discussed, and next steps were agreed on. Special attention was paid to the final steps for Co-Active and ATTRACkTIVE, which currently are in their end phase. The steering committee meeting on May 17th rounded off the TMT meetings.
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