7th Framework Programme
10 10 10 iTETRIS Community

Project Partners

Countries involved in the Project

  • Thales
  • cbt
  • Comune di Bologna
  • DLR
  • Eurecom
  • Hitachi
  • Innovalia Association
  • Peek
  • UMH


Introduction to iTETRIS


The most important question raised today by road authorities is: how can the actual worth of investment and effectiveness of traffic engineering applications on city road traffic be estimated? The European Commission estimates that road traffic congestion costs Europe around E50 billion per year, or 0.5% of community GDP, and this is expected to increase to 1% by 2010. The majority of European citizens live in urban areas where there is increasing demand for mobility of people and goods. Given that urban environments do not generally allow for building additional roads to deal with this situation, wireless vehicular cooperative systems are an attractive solution to improve road traffic management. V2V/V2I communication technologies can improve traffic management through real-time exchange of traffic information (RTTI). However, before cooperative ITS systems are widely deployed and evaluated in field operational tests (FOTs), road authorities need clear evidence at city level of the benefits and impact of these solutions for their own particular scenarios.

The iTETRIS project has set out to satisfy this need through the development of an open, ETSI standard, compliant, and flexible simulation platform that will create close collaboration between engineering companies, road authorities, and communications experts, and enable them to develop adequate solutions for the key issues of cooperative ITS. How does cooperative ITS contribute to traffic policy objectives satisfaction? Under which conditions is cooperative ITS more effective and better performing? Which traffic management strategies for public transportation and freight management should be considered? Which are the most suitable communications technologies to support the cooperative ITS traffic management applications? How would low penetration rates be effectively handled? How is it possible to assess traffic management policy portability across cities?

To meet this aim, iTETRIS integrates wireless communications and road traffic simulation platforms in an environment that is easily tailored to specific situations allowing performance analysis of cooperative ITS at city level. Engineered for collaboration, it enables each stakeholder of a cooperative ITS project to benefit from functionalities exposed through open interfaces and to provide others with its own expertise. The accuracy and scale of the simulations leveraged by iTETRIS reveal the impact of traffic engineering on city road traffic efficiency, operational strategy, and communications interoperability. Therefore, quantifiable results of city level deployment and investment on cooperative ITS applications can be presented to road authorities.


iTETRIS platform for real-time road traffic management solutions successfully presented at ETSI TC ITS Workshop
During the 2nd ETSI TC ITS Workshop, which took place in Sophia-Antipolis from 10th to 12th February 2010, the iTETRIS consortium successfully presented the scenarios for simulation of real-time road traffic management solutions over the integrated wireless communication and traffic platforms developed by the project. Moreover, iTETRIS exploitation potentials were highlighted.
iTETRIS invited to take part in November at C2C-CC Forum 2010
iTETRIS was invited by the CAR 2 CAR Communication Consortium to take part in the 4th C2C-CC Forum that took place on 23rd and 24th November 2010. Apart from being presented in the session about key components of the C2C-CC system, iTETRIS consortium was available in the exhibition space in order to provide information about the first simulation results obtained in the project.
iTETRIS presented to road authorities the tool for impact assessment of Cooperative ITS on urban traffic efficiency in November 2010 at POLIS Annual Conference
iTETRIS presented at POLIS Annual Conference the capabilities of iTETRIS simulation platform to evaluate the impact of deploying Cooperative ITS on urban traffic mobility efficiency. iTETRIS project also showed how the platform can be used to assess the effectiveness of Cooperative ITS to acquire traffic information and building strong and effective traffic management strategies.