ICT-Emissions project: technical workshop and visit to Calle 30 Control Center in Madrid

ICT-Emissions members met in Madrid from 8 to 10 May for a techical workhop. On day 1 and 3 meetings were hosted by Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de Caminos Canales y Puertos, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), partnering in the project.

In the past months, ICT-Emissions has developed a novel and comprehensive methodology to evaluate the impact of ICT/ITS-related measures on mobility, vehicle energy consumption and CO2 emissions of vehicle fleets at the city scale. Scope of the exercise was to achieve an applicable methodology to evaluate the overall advantages or disadvantages of such measures and promote the application of the most appropriate.

During the techincal workshop consortium members discussed project related matters and defined next steps. Experts in the consortium tabled a discussion on the actual campaign measurements in the three cities: Madrid, Turin, and Rome.

On day 2 a stakeholders workshop was hosted by Ayuntamiento de Madrid. The first part of the workshop looked at the importance of traffic control measures to reduce emissions, including an overview of the ICT-Emissions project and presentations of the different case studies that have been conducted during the past months in Turin, Rome and Madrid. The event was opened by Mr. Francisco Javier Rubio de Urquía, Director General of Susteinability and Mobility, on Madrid's measures to improve mobility and air quality through its sustainability and efficient use of energy plans. The workshop was attended by over 50 registered participants, including Madrid local authorities, researchers, and industry.

The workshop ended with a technical visit to the Calle30 Control Center from where the ICT systems are managed. Calle30, Madrid's inner ring road, is again fully operative since 2007 after a deep renovation of its layout. This is a 3+3 lanes urban motorway 38 km long, including 12 km of tunnels. The road is equipped with the most advanced ICT-based solutions such as variable message signs, traffic sensors or vision cameras which allow stakeholders to collect real time information. All these equipments are managed from a Control Center operating 24 hours a day with highly specialized staff.

For more information, please visit the project website.