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Cooperative Systems on the Road

Invitation to international media event and live demonstrations

Tuesday 12 May 2009
10:00 – 13:45
Castle Helmond, Kasteelplein 1
5701 PP Helmond, The Netherlands

On Tuesday 12 May 2009, ERTICO- ITS Europe together with the Helmond local authority, Logica, Peek Traffic and TNO are organising a breakfast press briefing followed by live demonstrations and a press conference at the first European test site for vehicle to vehicle and vehicle to infrastructure communication services. This event will take place at Helmond Castle, Kasteelplein 1, Helmond from 10:00 to 13:45 and will present new innovative applications and services developed within the Cooperative Vehicle-Infrastructure Systems (CVIS) and Cooperative Systems for Road Safety (SAFESPOT) projects, two pan-European research initiatives, supported by the European Union.

The CVIS and the SAFESPOT projects, respectively coordinated by ERTICO-ITS Europe and by Centro Ricerche FIAT (Italy), aims to design, develop and test a communication platform that allows vehicles to talk to each other and with the nearby roadside infrastructure.

The SAFESPOT platform provides interfaces for wireless connections compliant to those defined by the Car to Car Communication Consortium and precise relative positiong to enable road safety related applications. The CVIS platform provides interfaces for both short-range and wide-area mobile communication, innovative techniques for positioning, as well as support for application software management.

The deployment of such technologies is expected to provide new systems and services for drivers, road operators as well as fleet managers. Vehicles and infrastructure will be able to produce and share real-time traffic and environment information, which, when processed and delivered to drivers, will lead to fewer traffic accidents, lower congestion delays and costs, and reduced fuel consumption and pollutant emissions.

The breakfast press briefing will take place from 10:00 to 11:00.
Industry experts and public authorities will give you a clear and detailed overview of the core technology and applications and their applicability for traffic management and road safety in the Netherlands. This country is the first in Europe to develop a policy regarding the use of cooperative systems to address challenges such as congestion, environmental sustainability and road safety.

Between 11:00 and 12:30 you will have the opportunity to participate directly in the static and mobile demonstrations of CVIS and SAFESPOT technology and applications. For the first time, the two projects will demonstrate real-life applications based on cooperative systems. During live demonstrations on public roads, you will experience the following scenarios:

  • Priority at traffic light on the basis of the vehicle properties
  • Re-routing advice based on delays in the network, incidents or environmental constraints
  • Safety collision and vulnerable road user warning
  • Accurate positioning combined with wrong-way driver warning application
  • Parking zone booking
  • Warning from assistance vehicles
  • Service announcement (access control to truck-restricted areas) using 5.9 GHz CALM M5 and cellular 3G communication media

Following the demonstrations, a press conference will take place featuring the presence of senior industry executives and Dutch government authorities.


  • Representative of Dutch Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management
  • Representative of City of Helmond and Noord-Brabant (TBC)
  • Paul Kompfner, CVIS Project Coordinator and Head of Sector, ERTICO-ITS Europe.
  • Roberto Brignlo, SAFESPOT Project Coordinator and head of Department, Centro Ricerche FIAT
  • Logica/Peek Traffic/TNO representative(s)
  • Senior industry executives

Language: English and Dutch

For Registrations please visit:

By 30th April 2009 to Alina Cornea ( Direct Tel: +32 2 400 07 27 / Mobile: +32 (0)473 660 558.