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S3Road project underway in Basque region

A major research project that aims to provide drivers with real-time traffic information is currently underway in the Basque region of northern Spain. In response to a European Union Directive that obliges all member states to provide traffic information to road users from 2014, the Basque Government subsidized project aims to improve traffic management by exploiting the information obtained from highway infrastructures and vehicles. The project aims to make use of new, already deployed technologies to get the best out of the public highway infrastructure, improve mobility, and contribute to cutting greenhouse gas emissions. The EUR6 million (US$7.8 million) S3Road (Smart, Sustainable and Safe Road) is being conducted by a consortium, led by Schneider Electric (formerly Telvent), and including: Ikusi, Ibermática, Cegasa, Maser, Fagor, CBT, Mobility and Logistics Cluster, Tecnalia, Tekniker, Vicomtech, Cidetec, Innovalia and iB3.

The S3Road project is divided into three main blocks. The first gathers information from the ‘infrastructure nodes’, including roadside or in-road sensors, traffic cameras and on-board units (OBUs) installed in vehicles travelling on public highways. Ikusi and Schneider Electric are focusing on two types of ‘non-intrusive’ nodes that send the data to a central system, assisted by Tecnalia and Vicomtech-IK4. Maser and Fagor are responsible for incorporating the OBUs in vehicles and CBT is defining optimum coverage deployment. The second block is the central control system, which gathers data from the nodes and processes it using intelligent algorithms, being developed by Schneider, Ibermática and Ikusi. The data will act as a base for the subsequent provision of advanced services that will be used by the region’s traffic management authorities. The third block of the project is developed from the information generated in the central management system and will provide real-time traffic information and other intelligent transport services.

March 11, 2013

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