What is intelligent transport?
Intelligent transport refers to improving the flow or safety of traffic by means of information and communications technology (ICT). Examples of smart data and communications technology services are up-to-date traffic and logistics information, weather and road conditions-based information and an automatic emergency call system (eCall). With smart traffic, the mobility of citizens is facilitated by control and forecasting services, and the functionality of transport is improved.
Intelligent transport also offers possibilities for new business models. The goal of the national intelligent transport strategy is to raise Finland’s profile as a significant producer and exporter of intelligent transport services and products.
Goals of FITSRUS project
The purpose of the FITSRUS project was to promote the generation of services traversing national borders and thereby increase the smooth flow of traffic. For the promotion of new business operations-based models, a test area between Helsinki and St Petersburg was formed in the project. Principles were specified in the project whereby smart traffic between Finland and Russia – an Intelligent Corridor – can be realized.
Another goal is to increase cooperation between operators in the Finnish and Russian private and public sectors. In order to implement services, pilot plans were formulated in which the special expertise, products and systems of various operators as well as the needs of distance users will be combined into new service innovations.
The Ministry of Transport and Communications functions as orderer and supervisor of the FITSRUS project. In addition to Sito, those involved in the project from Finland were VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, TIEKE Finnish Information Society Development Centre, NSN Oy, Indagon Oy, Vaisala Oyj and Siemens Osakeyhtiö. In Russia, the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation was responsible for the project.
The website for the FITSRUS project can be found at: http://www.lvm.fi/alyliikenne