Transportation Emissions Measurement and Reaction – TEMR
CERTH/ HIT participated in the TEMR project which was implemented within the "Bilateral R&D Cooperation between Greece and Israel 2013-2015" framework. The aim was for both countries to utilize the current technological advances, in order to improve the efficiency of transportation and logistics operations. The proposed solution is a system that regional authorities and private companies can use and afford in order to provide competitive traffic management decisions as well as improvements in terms of energy consumption and pollutant emissions reduction. The project brings together an Israeli company that provides real-time road traffic information and two highly dynamic SMEs in Greece, EMPHASIS TELEMATICS S.A. specializing on developing solutions for the management of remote information and ILIADIS TRANSPORTS S.A. providing road transport services.
The proposed scheme utilizes Floating Car Data (FCD) as a basis for calculating traffic flow conditions and an emissions model to estimate aggregate vehicle emissions at a "network" level. Individual vehicle data is utilized to calibrate the network level emission models. The project forms a win-win approach where public authorities (such as Municipalities) offer network traffic information for free to private transport companies, which in turn provide real data at the vehicle level, to feed into and calibrate parameters of the emissions model. This ensures product evolution using gradually improved and more accurate traffic models for decision support. The transportation emissions measurement and reaction scheme developed, assists fleet operators to make assessments on the relation between their business activity and the fuel consumption and emissions. The time reaction for the assessment is near real time. It allows for direct evaluation of new transportation and distribution strategies, evaluation of driver profiles, provision of focused training to drivers, improvement of scheduling and truck loading and selection of the most appropriate itineraries. From public authorities’ perspective overall traffic and environmental improvements at a network level (reduce traffic externalities and consequently mitigate high concentrations of pollutants) could be assessed in a short term basis. They could use traffic volume data to determine funding for the maintenance and improvement of highways and use simulated emission maps based on real base case to study future actions and plans.
A key challenge of a system as TEMR is to achieve collaboration among stakeholders and develop synergies even between companies from competing sectors, in order to allow data and experience sharing, which is critical for the system’s success and sustainability. TEMR reinforced added value through cooperation across borders, in a transnational and interregional level, since companies and research institutes from Greece and Israel worked together and developed decision support tools for controlling future macroeconomic impact and evaluating the environmental aspects of traffic management strategies in order to reduce energy consumption and negative environmental implications from transport.
Contact: Evangelia Papargyri