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IT Solutions for Attractive Railway Services

IP Coordinator: Yves Perreal - THA

Overview


Topic:
S2R-CFM-IP4-01-2020
Total Project Value:
€ 11 308 534,27
Duration:
from 01/12/2020 to 30/06/2023
S2R (Of H2020) co-funding:
€ 5 025 512,63
Coordinator:
Souheir Mili
CS SYSTEMES D'INFORMATION SA
Complementary projects:

Objectives

The main challenges for the transport sector in the EU are aiming to provide multi-modal door-to-door intermodal journeys, and at the same time, shifting towards low-emission mobility. Efficient transport services and infrastructure are then, vital to enabling economic and social cohesion and to target these new challenges. Cities, especially in terms of urban transport, have a crucial role to play in addressing these challenges. In this way, huge strides have to be done in improving customer needs to support seamless door-to-door intermodal journeys encompassing different modes of transport. 

To achieve a full seamless multimodal travel experience, the customers should be able to easily plan, book and purchase door-to-door journeys without dealing with different tools, procedures and interfaces. Hence, to become more attractive, rail must achieve interoperability with other transport modes and mobility services, within different regions, cities and across borders and face the lack of modal interoperability. 
Understanding and differentiating the performance and potential of emerging new and innovative transport and mobility systems will be fundamental to implement successful and sustainable transport solutions. This is one of the main objectives of Shift2Rail. Where the traveller journey should become the norm, digitalisation is reshaping the sector. Web, mobile and big data applications are changing new mobility and transport services and systems. Based on these new solutions and taking advantage of new technologies, the traveller expects a more attractive offer, without interruptions, that allows him to access the entire service. 

In fact, encouraging the acceptance of new transport solution requires the development of measures that make the journey more pleasurable. The implementation of solutions increases the provision and the communication of information, enhances the convenience, improves the travel experience and facilitates journey planning. In this context and in addition to the MaaS (Mobility as a Service) solutions nowadays proposed to the travellers, the stage that allows data sharing should also be considered and progressively developed using appropriate standards and specifications to enable travellers with more and more services that they need and expect. Within this context, solutions based on SaaS (Software as a Service) for the development of truly multimodal infrastructure provide simple and seamless interchanges that include different transport modes (urban and regional rail, public transport including demand transport, air transport, road transport, cycling and walking, “shared services” - car sharing, bike sharing etc.). 

The use of this emerging technology is accelerating the maturation of transportation. Instead of working separately on a solution, different providers can now take part as a community in order to find real, workable solutions. The use the software as a service solution will assure compatibility and ease the collaboration. 

Within the IP4 (IT solutions for attractive Railway services), the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking is aiming to improve the current transport solutions aligned with the challenge of the European Commission´s White Paper for Transport 2011: “By 2020, establish the framework for a European multimodal transport information, management and payment system”. 

ExtenSive provides complementary and continuous solutions already started within previous projects, MaaSive, ATTRACkTIVE, Co-Active and the lighthouse project IT2Rail, to enhance the traveller experience and improve the travel services (in the areas of travel shopping, trip tracking, booking and ticketing and aligned with Mobility as a Service paradigms) and deal with Software as a Service approach. ExtenSive will improve and enhance the current functionalities of IP4 and create synergies with the other S2R IPs to enhance services for users and operators and facilitate information flow among IP4 services and other railway systems.

Project Structure



WP01 - Traveller Concerns Specification

The traveller concerns specification work package aims to provide a novel Travel companion and enhance the traveller’s journey. This work package aims at:

  • Completion of previous developments and filling gaps related to intermodality
  • Enhance user experience by optimizing the balance between information requirements of the transport providers, individual information needs of the passengers as well as transparency and overview within the complexity of available information.
  • Provide a collaborative space for user feedback
  • Maintain and improve a framework that allows the integration of the new components.
  • New HMI for the different components of ExtenSive project
  • A Web Front End enabling to access Travel Companion services from Web Browsers
  • Update the traveller experiences with up to date mixed reality solutions.
  • An orchestration Engine, enabling a Travel Expert to experiment orchestration of travellers during their LBE experiences
  • A personal application including a new interactive interface based on map solutions.


WP02 - Traveller Concerns Implementation

The traveller concerns implementation work package aims at improving the traveller concerns specification as well as the implementation of its different modules. This work package aims at:
  • Implementing new ExtenSive Travel Companion modules and different interfaces
  • Implementing the ExtenSive Web Front End specified on WP1
  • An orchestration Engine, enabling a Travel Expert to experiment orchestration of travellers during their LBE experiences


WP03 - Evolution of IP4 components Specification

Evolution of IP4 components WPs (WP3, WP4) are linked to TD4.2, TD4.3 and TD4.4, and specially to all the modules and components deployed at the core of the IP4 ecosystem that make possible all the flows such a shopping, ticketing and trip tracking, as well as those tools created for TSP to manage these aspects. The activities take as input the works of previous projects (ATTRACkTIVE, Co-Active and MaaSive) with the following objectives:
  • Enhance orchestration components, taking into account new needs, shortcomings detected in previous versions, new flows of information and secure data exchange.
  • Improvement of journey planning by optimizing the algorithms for intermodal needs and enabling the IP4 ecosystem for a multi-client approach.
  • Assure compatibility with different validation schemas and technologies, proposing optimal ticketing solutions for MaaS and intermodal environment. Make a better management of customers’ accounts and TSPs revenues, reinforcing also security and anti-fraud mechanisms.
  • Enhance and create new tools to be used by TSPs. The existing Contractual Management Market place, that allows them to register multimodal contractual agreements and MaaS packages will be enhanced with new capabilities. A new tool will be proposed for TSPs for events and real time information management, facilitating also the dispatching of events to the users.
  • WP3 will focus on providing the specifications that will guide the implementations done in WP4.


WP04 - Evolution of IP4 components Implementation

Evolution of IP4 components WPs (WP3, WP4) are linked to TD4.2, TD4.3 and TD4.4, and specially to all the modules and components deployed at the core of the IP4 ecosystem that make possible all the flows such a shopping, ticketing and trip tracking, as well as those tools created for TSP to manage this aspects. WP4 will focus on implementing the specifications designed in WP3, including updates of specifications when needed.


WP05 - Software as a Service Solutions Specification

The general objective of this work package is to provide a seamless door-to-door travel experience, realised “as a Service” and able to integrate small PTOs fast and easily. This work package aims at:
  • Building an intelligent Software as a Service (SaaS) architecture, providing a complex and scalable data management system
  • Fast and easy deployment, including a standardised integration and registration of new TSPs, as complement of the activities already started in CONNECTIVE
  • Provision of a wide range of functionalities available “as a Service”, including Journey Planning, Offer Building, Real Time Information handling and further evolution and adaptation of the Ticketing components and Operators services already implemented within MaaSive


WP06 - Software as a Service Solutions Implementation

The Software as a Service (SaaS) Solution Implementation work package is linked to previous activities on a SaaS approach already started in other S2R projects. WP6 aims at complementing these activities, by improving the SaaS Solution specification and implementing the different components and by demonstrating a possible solution for real time handling “as a Service” as Proof of Concept.


WP07 - IP4-IP2 Collaboration Specification

As part of Shift2rail JU initiative and in line with the 2020 annual work plan objectives, Extensive project partners are committed to tighten the link with other IPs and CCA projects and exploit synergies. In this context, this work package aims at enhancing the passengers and operators’ services through integration with IP2 Traffic Management system especially for an automated integration layer using data structures following the conceptual data model. This would allow for new business analytics development for a better management of traffic and stations.

This work package will address the below specific objectives:
  • Define decision support algorithms specifications to support operators with disruption management through multimodal alternative paths;
  • Define the functional architecture for data interaction with the TMS, necessary for the CDM data model extension;
  • Define enhanced business analytics specifications for both passengers and operators;
  • Improve cooperation between operators through multimodal service management and performance evaluation;
  • Foster data integration definition and interoperability towards the overall railway system architecture.


WP08 - IP4-IP2 Collaboration Implementation

The IP4- IP2 Collaboration Implementation work package is linked to the previous tasks and activities in WP7 laying the foundation for IP2 – IP4 data integration requirements and DSS algorithms specifications. WP8 has the objective of completing these activities by enhancing and updating previous specifications and implementing different components.


WP09 - Infrastructure on stations and their surrounding Specification

Give travellers an overview of the station as well as information about railway station points of interest (POI) and the nearest surrounding through integration with In2Stempo project (IP3):
  • Enhance the existing proprietary indoor navigation in the Travel Companion, during specification phase by usage of the assumptions of WP7 In2Stempo project (IP3) – the DT (Digital Twin) of a station as well as BMS (Building Management System) and business information. Business specification for railway station indoor navigation module building and technical conditions for data delivery from infrastructure (IP3) side.
  • Describe devices (staying at the traveller’s path at the railway station area) status confirmation mechanisms, as well as the way for transferring status to the system.
  • Transform data from 3D model and BMS into a mobile usable equivalent (e.g. OSM – Open Street Map), as baseline for the calculation of indoor routes.
  • Preparation of a map showing POI’s statuses according to the OSM standard.
  • Verification of the possibility of using the IFC (OpenBIM) standard in digitization processes for MaaS.
  • Enhancements of the screen reader for TC HMI (TC Human Machine Interface) with the intention to improve voice assistance for travellers when moving at the station or its surrounding. Specify the utility of the voice assistance for ticketing vending machines at stations, informing and assisting travellers to purchase their tickets.
  • Specification of the database combining information based on different data sources, as infrastructure solutions from In2Stempo or digital solutions from MaaSive combined with currently running information systems - in order to give the best answer to a request to the application.


WP10 - Infrastructure on stations and their surrounding Implementation

The Infrastructure on stations and their surroundings work package is linked to the previous tasks and activities as described in WP9, with the intention to give travellers an overview of the station and its nearest surroundings, by integrating and using the data of WP7 in IN2Stempo project (IP3).
  • WP10 aims at completing these activities by enhancing and updating the specifications and implementing the components. In addition, a demonstrator at the Jurata station (or another station attached to the project) shall be realised.


WP11 - Large-scale Implementation and Technical Coordination

As part of the Shift2Rail initiative, the ExtenSive project partners have a strong commitment to organise and develop their search activities in line with all other Shift2Rail projects and within an efficient engineering framework. The methodologies, the tools, the quality of the work product and the coordination are considered as key factors to deliver high quality work product in timely manner. This work package, covering “Large-scale Implementation” and Technical Coordination, will address the following objectives:
  • Define and apply the proven best practices in system engineering;
  • Enhance the Shift2Rail IP4 glossary including new concepts related to ExtenSive activities and provide feedback to enhance the IP4 reference ontology;
  • Guarantee the technical consistency across the project;
  • Manage the technical coordination and mitigate strategy to bypass or resolve the technical issues;
  • Foster of the convergences of technologies to facilitate the adoption across the Railway industry;
  • Define testing strategy and create testing material and means;
  • Pre-integrate software components inside the project and provide active support for the iTD4.7;
  • Elaborate technical and business studies on how to realize large-scale implementation.


WP12 - Dissemination and Communication

Communicate on the project vision and results are important tasks to promote the ExtenSive and Shift2Rail purposes. With a consistent approach with the Shift2Rail objective, the Dissemination and Communication work package will address the following objectives:
  • Establish the Data Management Plan
  • Put in place communication tools and channels to guarantee seamless exchange between partners and to have a permanent link with a large audience
  • Ensure that the outcomes of the project will be produced at time and with a high quality
  • To disseminate the project goals and results to the interested audiences.
  • Set up and maintain a qualified audience to communicate results and share knowledge
  • Organise and conduct public events to share the acquired experience and know-know of partners
  • Manage the experts consultancy in order to collect recommendations and advices about the project requirements and solutions
  • Foster the application of search results across the industry
  • Align the search activities with the existing standards
  • To expand the adoption and maximize the impact of the ExtenSive results and S2R IP4 platform.


WP13 - PROJECT MANAGEMENT

The Project Management work package will be conducted in compliance with the general conditions and provisions set forth within the Grant Agreement and the Horizon 2020 guidelines for the successful implementation of the Project. The objectives of this work package are:
  • To guarantee the efficient coordination of the project work package and tasks
  • To ensure effective consortium management
  • To ensure efficient overall administrative and financial management of the Project
  • To ensure the running of a quality assurance process.


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Projects News & Events

First Technical Management Team meeting is behind us

On January 20th, the first ExtenSive Technical Management Team (TMT) meeting took place online.

The main focus of the meeting was to create detailed action plan for each work package within the project, to enable its smooth start.

The meeting was attended by all work package leaders and representatives from all project partners who concluded how optimistic and enthusiastic they are to commence the project work.

ExtenSive kicks off!

On December 17th, the formal kick-off meeting of the final Shift2Rail’s Innovation Programme 4 (IP4) Call for Members project -ExtenSive - took place online. 

ExtenSive, which is 31 months long project co-funded by the EU’s Shift2Rail programme, aims to extend the attractiveness of public transport for passengers by offering Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions. By enhancing developments from previous IP4 projects, the project aims to make the travel system more flexible by allowing small to medium sized transport providers to be part a of the IP4 ecosystem. It also improves passenger information and the overall experience of multi-modal travel across Europe.
The consortium of ExtenSive includes partners from the UK, Spain, Germany, Poland, Italy, Portugal and is led by Dr Souheir Coniglio Mili from CS Group based in France.

During this successful meeting, consortium partners presented all work packages, as well as pinpointed the next steps and actions to be taken within the project in upcoming months. In addition, two projects from Innovation Programme 3 (In2Stempo) and Cross-Cutting Activities programme (Linx4Rail2) were presented by their project coordinators – Aneta Tumilowicz (Network Rail) and Pierre-Etienne Gautier (SNCF-R). These two projects were identified as possible cross-innovation programmes synergies to be explored within ExtenSive project.

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First Technical Management Team meeting is behind us

On January 20th, the first ExtenSive Technical Management Team (TMT) meeting took place online.

The main focus of the meeting was to create detailed action plan for each work package within the project, to enable its smooth start.

The meeting was attended by all work package leaders and representatives from all project partners who concluded how optimistic and enthusiastic they are to commence the project work.

ExtenSive kicks off!

On December 17th, the formal kick-off meeting of the final Shift2Rail’s Innovation Programme 4 (IP4) Call for Members project -ExtenSive - took place online. 

ExtenSive, which is 31 months long project co-funded by the EU’s Shift2Rail programme, aims to extend the attractiveness of public transport for passengers by offering Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions. By enhancing developments from previous IP4 projects, the project aims to make the travel system more flexible by allowing small to medium sized transport providers to be part a of the IP4 ecosystem. It also improves passenger information and the overall experience of multi-modal travel across Europe.
The consortium of ExtenSive includes partners from the UK, Spain, Germany, Poland, Italy, Portugal and is led by Dr Souheir Coniglio Mili from CS Group based in France.

During this successful meeting, consortium partners presented all work packages, as well as pinpointed the next steps and actions to be taken within the project in upcoming months. In addition, two projects from Innovation Programme 3 (In2Stempo) and Cross-Cutting Activities programme (Linx4Rail2) were presented by their project coordinators – Aneta Tumilowicz (Network Rail) and Pierre-Etienne Gautier (SNCF-R). These two projects were identified as possible cross-innovation programmes synergies to be explored within ExtenSive project.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No: 101015462