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Development in route planning optimization to take account of transport infrastructure and the latest information

The aim is research and development in route planning optimization to take account of transport infrastructure and the latest information affecting the flow of traffic.

The basic principle of the project is to provide comprehensive solutions in logistics, ranging from the display of maps with added value (current status of roads and flooded areas with an overview of the current positions of vehicles and their states), to the possibility to plan the optimal route for a vehicle taking into account the above parameters. Afterwards, the planned route will be transferred to the terminal of the vehicle and, together with information on the respective orders, drivers will be provided with direct navigation using a graphical terminal, including the automatic monitoring of road traffic, so that the drivers can react to the current situation. Another added feature is represented by the navigation in the actual terminal, without predefined routes, where the current state of the roads is monitored automatically. The uniqueness and originality of the project lies in its complexity and compact form within a single system that can process a large variety of heterogeneous information and data about the current state of traffic on the roads, flooded areas, elevation differences, etc. By linking these resources and processing them uniformly, they can be classified as inputs to specialized algorithms, which will be able to provide outputs in the form of an optimally planned route, taking into account all relevant parameters and conditions. As a result, this will enable intelligent routing as a new comprehensive approach to logistics. Further added value lies in the fact that the customer will be provided with a single system covering the whole spectrum of logistics from displaying map information through optimizing routes, navigation, to communication with the driver. The solution includes transfer of the planned route to the terminal as planned by the dispatcher. Our approach has the advantage that the driver gets an already planned route, processed by the terminal only for the purpose of navigation, therefore no re-routing occurs in the terminal and the planned route is not changed. The main benefit and advantage of this solution is the combination of existing or new algorithms for processing and optimizing large amounts of heterogeneous data. The already processed data will become input for other specific algorithms in order to gain predictions based on current and historical knowledge. Data on the current state and the anticipated predicted traffic condition along with data on the infrastructure, logistics, etc., will become the input for intelligent routing resulting in an optimum route for further processing and actual navigation. The entire solution will be deployed in a test mode and subsequently incorporated into the real-life operation of any company owning vehicles or machines. The project aims to create and optimize comprehensive maps or map data to enable developing an intelligent routing algorithm for route planning across all Europe. Such maps or map data will also open new possibilities in searching for defined information. The "intelligence" of the routing algorithm lies above all in the inclusion of relevant information such as data on the current traffic flow and bottlenecks on roads, weather, characteristics of road sections, as well as the use of such information while searching for optimal travel routes. The routing algorithm will collect traffic data from both its own and third-party sources, in particular from RODOS, the Transport Systems Development Centre. Traffic information will cover not only traffic restrictions, but also road utilization and traffic flow with respect to the current situation (e.g. flooding or congestion). In addition, the algorithm will also factor in specific routing parameters such as vehicle load capacity, maximum height etc. Algorithm outputs will form a structured definition of the route to be then displayed in various forms and situations. The route description will also be transferred to the vehicle terminal for the purpose of direct navigation etc. The benefits of the project as a whole can significantly affect not only the efficiency of transport companies (cost savings, time reduction, improved planning efficiency and vehicle usage etc.), but they will also influence transport in general since the more efficient "behaviour" of individual vehicles has an impact on the overall efficiency of transport networks. The outputs can be applied in other solutions as well. The practical benefit for our customers does not only cover fuel savings, but also shortened transport time, streamlining of logistics, and savings on the purchase of technical equipment and applications that would be otherwise needed for such a solution the in its entirety. The project will be designed with the latest, state-of-the-art techniques in computer science and transport telemetry, as well as the current knowledge of algorithms, data processing, etc. The development will take advantage of the presently used methods in project management, agile methods.
Acronym: 
OPTITRACK
Project ID: 
9 545
Start date: 
01-03-2015
Project Duration: 
34months
Project costs: 
410 000.00€
Technological Area: 
Software for transport, logisitics and human resources (Enterprise Resource Planning - ERP)
Market Area: 
TRANSPORTATION

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