STRAIGHTSOL Newsletter - Issue 6 available (pdf, 688Kb)
See our animations
New deliverables available
Summary results booklet available
STRAIGHTSOL evaluation framework resources available
Open ENLoCC event videos available
STRAIGHTSOL Newsletter - Issue 5 available (pdf, 193Kb)
Kuehne-Nagel's video: Rail tracking and warehouse management (6:50 mins)
Demonstration poster presentations available to download
Tuesday 27th March 2012 - Lisbon
Presentations available to access:
The speakers included Prof Rosário Macário, from IST, who welcomed participants and gave a brief outline of what they should expect from the workshop. Then Prof. Tiago Farias, a member of the board of directors of EMEL, gave a very vivid presentation of the company and its main activities (controlling parking, loading and unloading activities and access to the historical neighbourhoods in Lisbon); he also gave an outlook of the main issues regarding these activities, as well as the ongoing and forthcoming projects regarding mobility in which the company is involved.
Mr. Jardar Andersen from TOI presented the STRAIGHTSOL project to the audience, followed by Mr. Paulo Simões, from the Municipality of Lisbon, who presented a comprehensive framework of mobility and freight deliveries inside the city of Lisbon, including the latest developments, main problems and restrictions.
After this, Mr. Óscar Rodrigues from EMEL presented the EMEL demo, which in short comprises the simultaneous test of two different technologies - adapted parking meters and ground vehicle detectors - to control freight activities in one street of the city (Guerra Junqueiro Avenue). He presented the objectives for implementing the demo, as well as the concepts and technological aspects behind both solutions being tested.
Mr. Nuno Bonneville, also from EMEL, presented the preliminary findings of the data analysis that has been carried out on the data automatically gathered by the two technologies, and Mr. Luis N. Filipe, from IST, presented the first results of the field surveys that were carried out by the IST team on the demo site.
Finally, Mr. Carlos Moura Carvalho, the owner of 'Mercearia Criativa' - a modern grocery shop located in the avenue where the demo is being implemented - gave a very interesting presentation about a freight receiver's perspective of freight problems in the city of Lisbon.
These presentations were followed by a visit to EMEL's demo site on Guerra Junqueiro Avenue, where they could see both solutions, on site, and receive full explanations of their functioning. They were even able to see the solutions in action as a small demonstration was staged to show how everything works.
The audience of the workshop totalled 38 people from stakeholder groups, consultancy firms and academia.
In this context, public authorities felt the need to find a new solution that helps to mitigate or to solve the problems identified above. EMEL, Lisbon's Municipal Company for Mobility and Parking, has been responsible for this, and it's participation in the STRAIGHTSOL project brought about the opportunity to test new solutions and help to choose the best one. More specifically, EMEL's goals for implementing the demo are:
The two technological schemes are applied simultaneously on the same street with each one on both sides of the street.
In order to assess the solutions being tested, the following actions will be carried out in parallel with the demonstration:
The demo started on Dec 5th 2011 and is due to last until the end of April.
IST, the academic partner responsible for assessing EMEL's demo, has conducted field observations to gather data that enables the assessment. These observations were carried out on two weeks before the start of the demo and two weeks during the demo. Observations were made in the whole period covered by the regulation (9.00-19.00 on weekdays, 9.00-13.00 on Saturdays), and in the whole avenue. The data gathered is still being processed but has already enabled some interesting conclusions to be drawn.
The number of deliveries remains fairly constant throughout the working week, with a sharp decrease on Saturday, as expected. On the other hand, illegal parking on the loading and unloading bays reaches its peak on Saturdays, when the bays are totally occupied by vehicles of residents and shoppers in the area. During the day, there is a peak of deliveries in the morning (at around 11 o'clock) and a more spread peak in the afternoon, from 3 to 4pm. Illegal parking remains almost constant throughout the day, with a slight increase towards the end of the afternoon - perhaps caused by residents returning home or by parents picking up their children, as there is a language school and a music school on the street.
Most of the deliveries take 5 to 10 minutes to complete but there are also a lot of delivery vehicles parked for more than 30 minutes - it was not possible to identify the reason for this yet.
Prior to the implementation of the demo, EMEL held meetings with the main stakeholders (logistics service providers (LSPs) and shopkeepers) to make them familiar with the demo and get their cooperation in the use of the smartcard solution. All stakeholders contacted were willing to cooperate.
Throughout the running of the demo, LSPs seemed happier to use the sensors than the parking meters, because the former do not require any action from the operator, whereas the use of the parking meter solution requires the use of the contactless card.
During the demo some sensors were vandalised and stopped working. There were also some issues with the accuracy of the data transmitted by the sensors to the EMEL control centre, for which no reason has been identified yet.
Another issue affecting the results might be the presence of illegal 'parking facilitators', who can influence drivers' behaviour while parking - sometimes telling them to park in places reserved for loading and unloading activities.
Future plans/ Potential new research/ Exploitation potential
In parallel, a new Municipal Regulation for loading and unloading operations will be developed, taking into account the findings of the demo.