Integrated system for safe and secure transpor- tation system for students - "i-student trip"
The "Integrated system for safe and secure transportation system for students - i-student trip" project is a partnership project implemented by CERTH/ HIT and four private companies of Greece. It was funded by the National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF) 2007-2013, had a duration of two years and was completed during the period March 2013 - March 2015. CERTH/ HIT was the coordinator of the project, the companies INFOTRIP and G4S the technical providers and system integrators and Mantoulides and KTEL Veroias the user and pilot evaluation partners.
The project’s main objective was to develop measures in order to increase the levels of safety and security of students’ transportation, focusing on the entire route to and from their school unit. Many of the proposed measures are also recommended in the European Union proposal entitled "Road safety in school transport" (2004).
The achievement of the above mentioned objectives resulted in the design and development of the integrated “i-student” system which ensures and offers safe transportation to students, during their route to and from their school units, through the:
- Drivers’ behavior monitoring (speed, aggressive driving etc);
- Recording of students embarking/ disembarking school buses;
- Recording of students using seat belts throughout the journey;
- Provision of information to parents regarding issues relevant to their children transportation;
- Interconnection of school vehicles (school buses) with a security center (Control Center) for immediate and effective response to any emergency occurs;
- Total travel cost reduction.
The "i-student" system is consisted of the below units:
- Black Box: This device records all events relating to the vehicle and road network traffic and sends it to the server fleet management.
- Student’s list application: It records the student’s absence through the use of RFID/ NFC cards and sends data to the server of the student’s list.
- Fleet Man Server and Student’s list Server: These servers manage the applications, as well as the web services that communicate with the Control Center. This unit may be one or separate depending on school’s capabilities and is responsible for informing parents, drivers and Security Authorities.
The above units create four sub-systems. The subsystem of monitoring students’ embarkation/ disembarkation using the student’s list application, the fleet tracking subsystem which records the vehicle’s route, the reporting subsystem which records the routes' and students' historical data and create specific reports and finally the security subsystem which provides information to the Control Center and emergencies. The system’s architecture, all the subsystems’ interconnection as well as, the information flow are presented in the following diagram.
New knowledge in combination with the existing one may have created new products, such as new services, software and equipment commercially exploitable by current or new customers.
The project’s research findings present three kinds of positive impacts:
- Social impacts on road safety, leading to accident reduction, better driving behavior and monitoring of students’ transportation system.
- Environmental impacts associated with the reduction of the number of vehicle-km that are daily executed as well as the route optimization that brings about reduction to environmental contaminants.
- Economic impacts related to the use of new products in the intelligent transport systems industry
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