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Type: Field operational test
Tested system/service: Cooperative Systems, Infrastructure
Countries: Spain, Portugal, Germany, Greece ? test users
25 partners ? vehicles
Active from 2011/04/01 to 2014
Miguel Seisdedos
Iridium Concesiones de Infraestructuras, S.A.
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FOTsis (European Field Operational Test on Safe, Intelligent and Sustainable Road Operation) is a large-scale field testing of the road infrastructure management systems needed for the operation of seven close-to-market cooperative I2V, V2I & I2I technologies (the FOTsis Services), in order to assess in detail both

  1. their effectiveness and
  2. their potential for a full-scale deployment in European roads.

Specifically, FOTsis will test the road infrastructure’s capability to incorporate the new cooperative systems technology at 9 Test Sites in four European Test-Communities (Spain, Portugal, Germany and Greece), providing the following services:

  • S1: Emergency Management
  • S2: Safety Incident Management
  • S3: Intelligent Congestion Control
  • S4: Dynamic Route Planning
  • S5: Special Vehicle Tracking
  • S6: Advanced Enforcement
  • S7: Infrastructure Safety Assessment

Using an integral and comprehensive approach, FOTsis will therefore review the road infrastructure and communication networks required to secure a proper connectivity from the traffic control centres (and all the information they already have available, enhanced with the V2I data) with the users/vehicles.

Relying on the common European and open ITS architecture guideline proposal (supported by the project COMeSafety), able to incorporate available and future ITS services and systems, FOTsis aims to contribute to the safety, mobility and sustainability challenges faced nowadays by the European road transport system.

The project represents a major step forward to better connect vehicles, infrastructures and traffic management centres, the main focus being placed on the responsibilities of the road operator.

European Integrated Project (IP) under Framework Program FP7

Details of Field Operational Test

Start date and duration of FOT execution

Geographical Coverage

The geographical coverage of the FOTsis project is Europe wide. There will be four "test-communities": in Spain, Portugal, Germany and Greece.

More specifically, test sites include the following:

  • Spain
    • A2 (1st stretch). Road Operator Autovía de Aragón Tramo 1 S.A.(OHL CONCESIONES)
    • A2 (3rd stretch). Road Operator: AUMECSA
    • M-12 (Airport Axis). Road Operator: Autopista Eje del Aeropuerto S.A.C.E. (OHL CONCESIONES)
  • Portugal
    • Baixo Alentejo (IP8 Sines + A26). Road Operator: PLANESTRADA
    • Algarve Litoral (EN125 IC4 + EN125 10 + EN125 Faro). Road Operator: MARESTRADA
  • Germany
    • A99. Road Operator: South-Bavarian Motorway Authority (ABDS)
    • A9. Road Operator: South-Bavarian Motorway Authority (ABDS)
    • A92. Road Operator: South-Bavarian Motorway Authority (ABDS)
  • Greece
    • PATHE Motorway. Road Operator: NEA ODOS

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  • The main objective of FOTsis is to design, develop and validate four test-communities (in Spain, Portugal, Germany and Greece) by means of conducting both large-scale and detailed trials for assessing the road infrastructure management systems needed for the operation of the seven cooperative I2V & V2I & I2I FOTsis services.
  • Develop, test and evaluate 7 FOTsis Cooperative Services within 9 European test sites
  • Develop a common ITS Communications Architecture for the European infrastructures according to European Standards
  • Promote the implementation of this Architecture and the deployment of these Cooperative Services in the existing and future highways
  • Ensure that the Infrastructure is prepared to run current and future Cooperative Services
  • Generate Business Models to promote these Cooperative Services
  • Cooperate with parallel FOTs and related R&D initiatives towards an European interoperability & standardization of Cooperative Services
  • Dissemination of FOTsis results


Lessons learned

Main events


Summary, type of funding and budget


13.8 Mio Eur


EC 7.8 Mio Eur

Cooperation partners and contact persons

  • Infrastructure operators:
    • O.H.L. Concesiones
    • Planestrada
    • Marestrada
    • NEA ODOS
  • Technology integrators:
    • Indra
    • SICE
    • G.M.V.
    • A.C.B.-Systems
  • Telecom operators:
    • France Telecom
    • Optimus
  • Universities:
    • Polytechnic University of Madrid (U.P.M.)
    • University of Murcia (UMU)
    • Aalto University Foundation
  • Research Centres:
    • Finnish Meteorological Institute
    • Centre for research and technology Hellas (CERTH)
    • Centre of Innovation on Intelligent Infrastructures (C.I.3.)
  • Map and Content Providers:
    • Geoville
  • User Associations:
    • International Automobile Federation (F.I.A.)
  • Industry Associations:
    • European Union Road Federation (E.R.F.)
    • the European Association of Operators of Toll Road Infrastructures (ASECAP)
  • Socio-Economic Research organisations:
    • A.S.M.-Poland

Applications and equipment

Applications tested

Service 1 (S1): Emergency Management The infrastructure centred e-Call service represents a step forward for services involving information generated from the vehicle, as it takes into consideration two possible scenarios: 1) the usual one, where the call to the PSAP is originated from the vehicle and 2) a new approach where the call is made by the infrastructure itself. In this second scenario, the incident (accident) is detected via the infrastructure’s own systems (DAI, CCTV, etc.) and the call is triggered.

Service 2 (S2): Safety Incident Management This Service provides real time embedded information to drivers to warn them on any given situation that may reveal associated dangers or risks and that have been detected from elements in the infrastructure (I2V warning communications).

Service 3 (S3): Intelligent Congestion Control This Service improves the traffic load balancing in the road networks by introducing new predictive algorithms to integrate dynamic data from diverse traffic information sources - as well as public traffic management and control strategies - into a comprehensive integrated system.

Service 4 (S4): Dynamic Route Planning This Service manages traffic based on the dynamic route calculation and journey times, from the known traffic image. The infrastructure will receive destination and positioning of the vehicle (V2I), and will calculate and return optimal route for the vehicle (I2V). The infrastructure will deal factors such traffic conditions, incidents on the road, weather conditions, etc. It brings the advantage of having a real - or quasireal - traffic status image.

Service 5 (S5): Special Vehicle Tracking Making use of the infrastructure equipment, this Service detects and monitors vehicles which can be considered as special. It is based on analysing how effective the combination of in-vehicle information and information provided by the infrastructure (mainly pre-trip information and conditions, traffic information, meteorological information) can minimize the negative impact that the transportation of special vehicles can have on the infrastructure. The approach is no longer locating these vehicles, but managing and exploiting this information by combining it with data on traffic movements and the structure of the motorway network.

Service 6 (S6): Advanced Enforcement This Service uses alternative means and technologies to carry out enforcement (compliance with the existing rules), either in real-time, or in post-processing the information. It addresses the joint exploitation of information coming from the infrastructure and the information recorded by vehicles (using the OBU as a black box), having a potential impact on the monitoring of road safety behaviours).

Service 7 (S7): Infrastructure Safety Assessment The Service addresses the joint exploitation of the information coming from the infrastructure and the information recorded by vehicles (using the OBU as a black box) in order to reconstruct specific safetyrelated “situations”. The analysis of multi-source information to reconstruct a situation can be very useful as a feedback to the highway operator for the future management of emergencies, maintenance, design of new infrastructure, etc., as well as to other third parties, such as insurance companies.


Equipment carried by test users


Test equipment


Pre-simulation / Piloting of the FOT

Method for the baseline

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Methods for the liaison with the drivers during the FOT execution

Methods for data analysis, evaluation, synthesis and conclusions

Sources of information

FOTsis Website

PRESERVE project

DRIVE C2X project

EuroFOT project

TeleFOT project