CHARM

The CHARM programme is a co-operation of the English and Dutch road authorities Highways England and Rijkswaterstaat. They are together modernising their traffic management centres and innovate their traffic and incident management. To Dutch site CHARM
CHARM

INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATION

The unique, international CHARM programme (2011-2018) aims to modernise traffic management centres and innovate traffic and incident management in the Netherlands and in England. This programme is a co-operation of the Dutch road authority, Rijkswaterstaat (RWS), and the English road authority, Highways England (HE), their joint goal being to future-proof their traffic management centres in order to be able to facilitate smart cars and integrate other technological innovations. Under a joint procurement, they have selected COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) software which is to be implemented across both networks.

ATMS

INTEGRATED FUNCTIONS

Both roads authorities have explicitly chosen to replace their bespoke software with commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) software to revitalise their traffic management and to work more efficiently in their traffic management centres. Following a joint procurement process, the Advanced Traffic Management System DYNAC® by Kapsch TrafficCom was chosen. This software has already been successfully implemented in the USA, Australia, and in New Zealand. An essential feature of the ATMS DYNAC® open architecture software is that it can be extended by innovative modules of third-party developers.

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DEVELOPING INNOVATIVE MODULES

The CHARM Pre-Commercial Procurement project (CHARM PCP) challenged the market to develop traffic management innovation by creating new functions for Road Traffic Management Centres. This three phase project ended in September 2017. The modules do work with the ATMS DYNAC® system. This project is a co-operation of Rijkswaterstaat, Highways England, Vlaamse Departement voor Mobiliteit en Openbare Werken (Flemish), Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland and Innovate UK.

6 INNOVATIVE MODULES: EXCELLENT

In September 2017 the CHARM PCP project ended succesfully with a total of six working innovative modules. All do work with the ATMS DYNAC. The European Commission rated this results of the CHARM PCP project as being ‘excellent’.  All modules can be used traffic management centers and do work succesfully with the ATMS DYNAC. Also view the stories of the supervisors of Lot 1, 2 en 3.
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

Mott MacDonald Ltd, together with Fileradar B.V., are developing a module that guides vehicles via in-car systems. It combines algorithms, models and a rules engine to provide the most optimal route advice to drivers. This advice can be used throughout the whole road network and will improve total travel time, emissions and safety targets. It helps to reduce wasted time and emissions, and also helps drivers to avoid hazards.

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.