CHARM PROGRAMME

FUTURE PROOFING TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT

CHARM is the programme (2015-2020) that will help us to continue to shape traffic management in the right way in the future. The smart ICT platform ‘ATMS DYNAC’ will be used in the traffic centers and along the road by road inspectors and officers on duty. In 2018 the traffic center in the south of the Netherlands will be the first to switch to the new platform. The other traffic centers will follow. More information see CHARM Programme website.

CHARM PCP

DEVELOPING INNOVATIVE MODULES

Improve traffic management

Rijkswaterstaat and Highways England want to significantly improve traffic management with innovative functions. The market does not yet provide these functions and they have therefore been developed in the CHARM PCP (Pre-Commercial Procurement) project.

 

Development of innovative functionalities

Some specific functions that significantly improve traffic management are not yet available on the market. The new ATMS DYNAC is expandable with innovative functionalities. As part of the CHARM program, a pre-commercial procurement (PCP) project is designed to develop these functions. The PCP project (2012-2017) challenged the market to develop prototypes for innovative functionalities in the areas of: 1. Advanced distributed network management, 2. Detection and prediction of incidents and 3. In-car systems.

Market parties have developed six new prototypes for incident detection, network management and in-car systems. A process in 3 phases, which ended in September 2017 with six new, innovative and working solutions. These prototypes work with ATMS DYNAC.

 

Continuation of prototypes

All delivered prototypes for new functions come in a certain form and order in the Road Traffic Management Implementation of Rijkswaterstaat and are important building blocks in such projects as Probe Vehicle Data, Floating Car Data and Talking Traffic. More information about a sequel to CHARM PCP will follow at the end of 2018.

Project partners and contractors

The CHARM PCP project partners are Rijkswaterstaat, Highways England, Flemish Department for Mobility and Public Works, Netherlands Enterprise Agency ad Innovate UK. The contractors of the six prototypes are Mott MacDonald Limites, PSI Mines & Roads GmbH, Fileradar B.V., Goudappel Coffeng, Beijer Automotive B.V. and Cubic Transportation Systems (ITMS) Limited.

Lot 1
ADVANCED DISTRIBUTED NETWORK MANAGEMENT

PSI Mines & Roads GmbH are using their expertise in logistics in the Qualicision® module. This decision support system lightens the workload of traffic controllers. It helps their choosing of the most optimal service for drivers, for every traffic situation at any moment. The intelligent self-learning model informs traffic controllers based on current traffic information and environment data. It improves traffic safety and decreases environmental pollution.

Lot 2
DETECTION AND PREDICTION OF INCIDENTS

Fileradar B.V., in cooperation with Be-Mobile, are developing ADAPT (Advanced Data Patrolling). This module automatically identifies, classifies and predicts traffic related events throughout the road network. It helps traffic controllers to easily monitor, prioritise and anticipate incidents throughout the region via a standard web browser. The module contains a series of radar and emergency services reports, resulting in superior quality data.

Lot 3
SUPPORT OF COOPERATIVE ITS FUNCTIONS

The uCanData® module of Beijer Automotive B.V. connects cars for autonomous traffic flow management. This scalable and independent transmissible solution uses a combination of proven in-car technologies, independent from road-side systems, traffic management centres or vehicle brand. It combines in-car sensor data (such as speed and use of brakes) and produces information about traffic situations. Data operators can use this to provide traffic guidance to vehicles.

Lot 1
ADVANCED DISTRIBUTED NETWORK MANAGEMENT

Guiding vehicles on the network by providing them with their most optimal route. Mott MacDonald Ltd, and partner Fileradar B.V. are developing a module that combines algorithms, models and a rules engine: a practical combination to tackle network problems. The module provides advice to drivers through in-car systems. Advice that can be used throughout the whole road network. This will improve total travel time, emissions and safety targets.

Lot 2
DETECTION AND PREDICTION OF INCIDENTS

Goudappel Coffeng, with Mott McDonald Ltd, are developing a system that detects and predicts all types of incidents. A learning algorithm system combines loop detector data, floating car data and Can bus data. It predicts and detects congestion and incidents such as car breakdowns and accidents. This incident logging data as available in the traffic management centres is currently being used. By using data fusion, the reliance on loop detector data will be minimalised.

Lot 3
SUPPORT OF COOPERATIVE ITS FUNCTIONS

The Next Vehicle™ module of Cubic Transportation Systems (ITMS) Ltd will implement a cost effective intelligent interface between the traffic management centres and drivers through in-vehicle equipment and a Smart Phone mobile application. The module provides classification and aggregation of individual vehicle data and notification of vehicle event data. It allows the road user to receive high quality, targeted information that can be tailored to specific journeys.