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EC PROJECTS TranSAFE-Alp


“The TranSAFE-Alp consortium has sought to define an innovative emergency management plan for the Alpine transport network”


The possibility to share risk and vulnerability data on Alpine crossing highway sections and getting rapid access to complex decisions and tasks is an assert that both motorway operators and public authorities must enhance


coordinated by Veneto Region) together with natural and technological risk data provided by Italian Civil Protections and the Austrian Ministry of Environment. One of the major goals of the vulnerability analysis


was to achieve a state-of-the-art on web-based applica- tions, Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), Traffic Message Channels (TMC) solutions and ICT knowledge provided by the TranSAFE-Alp partners and stakeholders. This was important in order to fully understand how the EU stand- ards are applied in a real world and operational context. Surveys implemented during the project have shown an


optimal use of very advanced technologies and tools also supported by a high level and well-functioning organiza- tional structure ensuring an effective cooperation in case of critical events. In particular, ITS technologies are the back- bone of toll motorway operators for the management of information to travellers concerning hazards, bottlenecks


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and deviations. On the other side, Local Authorities, Civil Protection and neighbouring countries prefer to use tradi- tional means of communication like radio, GPS, e-mailing and fax for the coordination of an early warning or a res- cuing operation. This is far more evident according to the interviews realized with 47 organizations belonging to road infrastructures operators, traffic management centres and civil protection units of Austria, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Switzerland and other EU member States. More than 91 per cent of the interviewed stakeholders are


using ICT platforms to deal with traffic management pro- cedures, but, in general, these are not connected with traf- fic management centres, civil protection operative centres or other relevant Decision Support Systems tools developed by European initiatives, with the exception of DATEX2 stand- ards for information exchange between Traffic Operative Centres and VMS management.


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