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TransafeAlp

The main objective of "TRANSAFE-Alp" is the improvement of decision-making skills for managing critical events and accidents (fires in tunnels, floods, landslides and avalanches) in Alpine transnational motorways, through direct sharing of emergency procedures for traffic and goods management as a result of prolonged closures of the border mountain passes.

The TranSafeAlp initiative was approved by the INTERREG IIIB Alpine Space 2007-2013 Interregional Cooperation Program and involves 12 partners from 4 different countries (Austria, Germany, Italy and Slovenia) involved in the creation of innovative activities in the field of road safety management and of traffic flows on transnational highway infrastructures, as the Frejus and Mont Blanc tunnels, or road networks connecting the Brennero Pass. The Fondazione Bruno Kessler will be working on the TRANSAFE-Alp project with its own "Predictive Models for Biomedicine and the Environment" research unit , coordinated by Cesare Furlanello.

In detail, the project’s objectives are the following:

1. Create a template for the collection and exploitation of data on the vulnerability of the motorway system in the Alps, from other projects funded by the European Union as well;

2. Develop and test JITES, a system for decision support that is innovative from an ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) point of view, which allows a higher level of preparedness and coordination between subjects, different by functions and nationality, engaged in the management of emergencies;

3. Organize two transnational simulations  through the sharing of intervention scenarios, rescue operations and traffic management through the JITES platform;

4. Provide guidelines for future development of new approaches in the management of transnational flows of traffic and goods in the event of a closure  of the network of Alpine transportation  connection infrastructures.

FBK will engage in the creation and testng stages of JITES. The vulnerability analysis has been completed and accident scenarios have been identified along the Brennero and Frejus passes. Furthermore, the  simulation scenarios have almost been completed; they are the result of a joint effort between the partners and the transportation and emergency operators of the countries involved in the project.

"Thanks to JITES - said Riccardo De Filippi (FBK), technical manager for the development of the platform – we will achieve, for the first time, real-time map monitoring of critical events for the motorways of the Alpine region, coordinating control and decision functions between transnational  actors and civil protection agencies. The JITES platform combines the functionality of a WebGIS to that of a web tool for emergency planning: it could also be used in practice sessions as a training tool to improve the actions and decision-making phases involved in emergency plans. "

On November 11, at the 5th German Conference on Logistics in Stuttgart, FBK presented the technology involved in the development of JITES for the TranSAFE-Alp project.

Goals: 
1. Create a template for the collection and exploitation of data on the vulnerability of the motorway system in the Alps, from other projects funded by the European Union as well; 2. Develop and test JITES, a system for decision support that is innovative from an ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) point of view, which allows a higher level of preparedness and coordination between subjects, different by functions and nationality, engaged in the management of emergencies; 3. Organize two transnational simulations through the sharing of intervention scenarios, rescue operations and traffic management through the JITES platform; 4. Provide guidelines for future development of new approaches in the management of transnational flows of traffic and goods in the event of a closure of the network of Alpine transportation connection infrastructures.
Partners: 
  • Veneto Region (Coordinator): Unità Progetto Logistica - Italia
  • AISCAT Servizi- Italia
  • Fondazione Bruno Kessler (main technical partner) – Italia
  • SITAF- Italia
  • Belluno Province Emergency Management Agency -Italia
  • Torino Province Emergency Management Agency - Italia
  • Valle d’Aosta Autonomous Region -Italia
  • Austrian Environment Ministry – Austria
  • University of Vorhalberg – Austria
  • University of Munich - AGIS – Germany
  • Steinbeis Innovation Center for logistics and sustainibility – Germany
  • Ljubljana Traffic and Transportation Institute – Slovenia
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