GP: Satellite control (GPS-GPRS) for water PT services in Venice - Italy PDF Print E-mail

This measure focuses on integrating the municipal police control centre with the ACTV public transport operations centre in order to optimise traffic in the lagoon.

Objectives / Innovative Aspects

To assist transport services and optimise water traffic in the lagoon through the integration of the Municipal Police control centre (under construction) and the Actv operations centre (already working for the company’s vessels) with an “external” system.

The need to set up a joint centre arises because the Municipal Police centre under construction and the functioning Actv centre are dedicated to specific traffic sub-systems, and cannot be used for overall management of the water transport system, because of the sensitivity of the data handled and the safeguarding of privacy. Furthermore, the possibility of obtaining information about the general water traffic situation will provide complete data for simulations and consequent traffic control and wake reduction regulations.

The Measures

The work involves:
•Acquisition and installation of hardware, work station for auxiliary control centre, external communication system;
•Development of software, connection with auxiliary control centre;
•Updating the Actv operations centre and implement ingthe functions necessary for interface with the new joint centre;
• Modifying the Actv data processing software so that it can be used on the new simulation and control applications;
•Testing of the system;
•Communication campaign for potential external users (transport companies etc);
• A hardware and software training manual.

Implementation status

This measure is managed by the Commissario and by ACTV.
The City of Venice boats (circa 50 boats) have been connected to the control centre and the control centre has thus been tested on these boats.

The feasibility study for the connection of the control centre with ACTV and other public traffic has been carried out.
During the meetings with ACTV an agreement protocol between the two partners that will permit the concrete realisation of the activity has been reached and it was decided that in 2006, ACTV would install six onboard GPS systems which would conform to the necessary standards.
The boats are made of iron which could have an impact on the system due to electromagnetism so they had to be tested.

The database for the public transport boats have been inserted into the municipal police programme and it has been given an identification colour.
The installation of GPS-GPRS systems in the new waterbuses as well as the replacement of the new technologies in the old waterbuses are proceeding. (M 12.5 V-2 delivery month 10): it will provided the possibility to integrate the ACTV system with the City of Venice system.

One of the measure partners, the CDG TALV, Commissioner of Waterborne Traffic, ceased to exist on the 31th January 2007. They have asked for an extension of the date only for continuing to carry out administrative activities.
The development of Software suffers from a delay.

(Expected) results

Optimisation and reduction of water traffic, reduction in wash, better management of individual transport services in the Venice lagoon, overall improvement in navigation. Assistance for the implementation of the dynamic water plan model (see specific project). Better information for water transport users: passenger transport companies, goods transport operators, public transport users.


The above project is part of the CIVITAS - MOBILIS initiative

CIVITAS MOBILIS partners cities of Toulouse (France), Debrecen (Hungary), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Venice (Italy) and Odense (Denmark), and their local mobility stakeholders – strive to create a culture for clean urban mobility in the framework of sustainable development, ensuring involvement of all relevant stakeholders and participation of

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