T-TRANS project aims at providing information on innovation mechanisms for the Intelligent Transportation Systems domain, encouraging and facilitating an accelerated market deployment of related innovative products and services. A deep analysis of the current activity in Intelligent Transportation Systems shows an increasing importance of this transport research and application domain to support major EU priorities as regard of economic growth objectives by 2020 and beyond. ttrans-main-diagram
T-TRANS project will focus on the need to streamline the key factors influencing in the innovation chain for ITS in order to bring out a better understanding of their market potential and to provide a guideline for their future exploitation. For this particular, a set of 4 case studies have been pre-selected from key ITS areas so the T-TRANS consortium can detect the features of the innovation chain, analyze the ITS market, evaluate the evolution for the specific cases and applications involved and provide solid guidelines for ITS innovation commercialization.
In parallel and linked to this in-depth analysis of pre-selected cases in several ITS domains and their innovation chains for their transfer to market, T-TRANS project will focus in strengthening the innovation and cooperation chain for the ITS domain. For this ambitious objective, the consortium will design and operate ITS innovation pilot nodes (G-local Communities of Interest to Market) as a first stage for a future EU Innovation Network on ITS. Following key criteria determined by the Transport 2012 Work Programme, T-TRANS G-local CIMs will be launched in regions of the EU27 where there is a clear untapped potential to reinforce the links of the innovation chain on the one side, and to assess and promote the development of key elements in their respective transport systems on the other, pushing towards a better integration into the international transport networks through the enhancement of the application of ITS.
T-TRANS aims at providing information on innovation mechanisms for the ITS, facilitating the transfer of related innovative products and services to the market.
The project involves all stakeholders of the transport and ITS innovation chain: Universities, R&D and technology centres, enterprises of any size, regional clusters, public authorities and policy makers, venture capital and other investors, with special focus on SMEs.
The project addresses the difficulty of transferring to market developing technologies with a significant potential for improvement, both in terms of efficiency and costs, once they could be commercialised.
The starting point is a comprehensive analysis of the transport and ITS innovation chains, identifying in four specific case studies, the stages of technology development and time to market, the risk profile and the funding sources and gaps. Moreover, the evaluation of the market commercialization of research will be performed with a holistic approach that includes the mapping of instruments that support commercialization of research and technologies, the identification of the market drivers for transport innovation and of the channels and options for the commercialization of research.
Project results will contribute to fostering the development and deployment of new technologies in ITS development areas related to the four case studies.
The following four case studies will be elaborated during the project implementation.
Smart grid: connection, charging and storage of energy. Efficient use of intelligent control systems for battery and network management. Smart integration of electric vehicles into the distribution level networks by means of information and communication technologies.
Revenue management technologies for freight transport. Gradual application of revenue management in air cargo market in terms of product-oriented and price-oriented demands.
Revolution in intermodal transport units: Intelligent inter-modality. Key technologies for Intelligent Transport Units (ITUs) to increase efficiency, sustainability and transparency of logistic chains with real time information. Advanced information services for freight transportation in Europe with intelligent cargo units that are able to interact with the surrounding environment and autonomously make context-aware decisions.
Rail network technological system wide approach. Deployment of new technologies to efficiently gain capability in the European rail network, thus providing opportunity to fulfill the increasing freight traffic demands.
T-TRANS consortium will analyze the “Innovation Chain” operating the pre-selected technologies, set of technologies and applications in order to emphasize all the components necessary to maximize economic benefits from the particular domain.
“Innovation chains” are defined as the paths for bringing an idea to the market. An idea must typically be researched, developed into individual technologies, assembled into systems addressing targeted applications, transformed into a set of usable products and/or services to be inserted into existing value chains. Innovation chains represent therefore a new dimension alongside value chains.
Analysing innovation chains is a prerequisite for ITS as they will significantly impact most links of the current value chains. They represent a systemic adaptation which is nothing but easy.
A first necessary step in order to implement this analysis has been the selection of the case studies, which has been carried out according to identified and validated European Commission roadmaps for Intelligent Transport System research, current trends in the area and relevant priorities identified by EU initiatives (such as the under development Strategic Transport Technology Plan6).
ITS systems will significantly impact current businesses and societies. Their successful diffusion demands to adopt a holistic approach, covering all dimensions together: technology, economy, business, value chains, society, culture, policy, industry, direct and indirect stakeholders, skills and education, etc.
For the specific objective of T-TRANS project of creating a systemic approach for Technology Commercialization strategy analysis, it will be necessary to succeed in the analysis of the operational framework for public research funding (environment for innovation) and the absorptive capacity to exploit the knowledge generated.
These specific objectives will be achieved by implementing this holistic approach for evaluating market commercialization of research activities and new technologies, regarding essentially Intelligent Transport Systems through the analysis of the above mentioned case studies. The methodology that will be followed will be based on three highly interconnected tasks: first, map instruments to support commercialization of research (at national and EU level); second, highlight key factors influencing performance of commercialization research; finally, identify channels and options for the commercialization of research applicable for the ITS case studies.
i) Mapping instruments to support commercialization of research and technologies: analyzing the environment with a focus on Intelligent Transport Systems
ii) Identification of key factors influencing performance in commercialization transport innovations
iii) Identification of channels and options for the commercialization of research: case studies
One of the major objectives of T-TRANS project is to reinforce and accelerate the process of innovation diffusion by enhancing the capabilities of existing Innovation support mechanisms and networks for granting better access to the know-how, setting an effective experimental framework for defining effective innovation diffusion strategies for the selected ITS case studies at national and regional level.
T-TRANS project will not start up from scratch a network in innovation for transport in general and Intelligent Transport Systems in particular. We consider that the efforts and resources on this direction have been flowing in enough quantity and intensity in every Member State over the past few years. In the particular case of new accession countries, there should be a deep reflexion on what structures are needed according to a bottom up approach analysis of the flagship strengths and weaknesses of their respective economic strategic areas. Although this in depth reflexion is out of the scope of this project, T-TRANS will actually provide with valuable information about the obstacles for accessing knowledge by SMEs and end users in the ITS domain, which it is expected to be taken into consideration by local policy makers in future actions (attached letter of support from the relevant Ministry).
Following the concept of G-Localization (G-local serves as a mean of combining the needs and impacts derived from globalization with that of local considerations), T-TRANS consortium partners have preselected 3 regions-countries to be the first pilot nodes of the Network. In those 3 regions, 3 ITS specifically driven Communities of Interest to Market (CIM) will be implemented in Central Macedonia (Greece), Galicia (Spain) and Latvia.