Road Safety

While road safety in the EU has improved greatly in recent decades (and EU roads are the safest in the world), the number of deaths and injuries is still far too high. This is why the EU has adopted the Vision Zero and Safe System approach, to eliminate deaths and serious injuries on European roads. The EU works closely on road safety with the authorities in its member countries. It seeks to build on national initiatives, setting targets and addressing all factors that play a role in crashes (infrastructure, vehicle safety, driver behaviour, emergency response). It does so by adopting laws, supporting public education campaigns, helping member countries and other road safety actors share relevant experience and providing funding.

The European Union Road Federation (ERF) is a non-profit association which coordinates the views of Europe’s road infrastructure sector and acts as a platform for research and dialogue on mobility issues between stakeholders and institutional players

ASECAP is the European Association of Operators of Toll Road Infrastructures, whose members’ networks today span more than 50,000 km of motorways, bridges and tunnels across 21 member countries (Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Morocco, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, the Russian Federation, Serbia, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom). Furthermore, ASECAP has a Supporting Partner from Ukraine.

Critical Infrastructure

The European Reference Network for Critical Infrastructure Protection (ERNCIP) aims at providing a framework within which experimental facilities and laboratories will share knowledge and expertise in order to harmonise test protocols throughout Europe, leading to better protection of critical infrastructures against all types of threats and hazards and to the creation of a single market for security solutions.

European Reference Network for Critical Infrastructure Protection: ERNCIP Handbook 2018 edition. The ERNCIP network has been established to improve the protection of critical infrastructures in the EU. The European Reference Network for Critical Infrastructure Protection (ERNCIP) therefore works in close cooperation with all types of CIP stakeholders, focusing particularly on the technical protective security solutions. This handbook aims to assist the dissemination of the activities and results of ERNCIP.

Digitalization Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems

Cooperative, connected and automated mobility (CCAM). In many respects today’s vehicles are already connected devices. However, in the very near future they will also interact directly with each other and with the road infrastructure. This interaction is the domain of Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS), which will allow road users and traffic managers to share information and use it to coordinate their actions. This cooperative element – enabled by digital connectivity between vehicles and between vehicles and transport infrastructure – is expected to significantly improve road safety, traffic efficiency and comfort of driving, by helping the driver to take the right decisions and adapt to the traffic situation.

Many of the Panoptis partners have experience of and come from the following EU funded projects

An AErial RObotic System for In-Depth Bridge Inspection, adapts and integrates recent research results in low flying unmanned robots with arms, intelligent control in robotics, computer vision and sensing, in an innovative, integrated, low flying, robotic system with a specialised multi-joint arm that will scan concrete beams and piers in a bridge for potential cracks on the surface or concrete swelling or spalling.

ROBOSPECT targets at the development of a new, automated cognitive system for the inspection and structural assessment of transportation tunnels. The platform will use multisensory approaches in order to detect and identify structural defects, emphasizing on cracks. The robot is able to navigate in the tunnels, acquire RGB data and analyse them. When specific criteria are met, additional sensors (i.e. laser scanners) provide further information on structural status. The modular design allow the easy parameterization depending on the assessment needs and provides easily maintenance and hardware upgrades. A main target is to develop new robot controllers capable of being tuned through the interaction with a reasoning agent and to design the controlling agent parameters to be able to incrementally learn from the reasoning agent. The current platform is suited for assessment of road tunnels 4 to 7 meter radius range. Inspection outputs will be transmitted and stored in specially designed control rooms.

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No  769129