Cross-border transportation networks are taking advantage of technological improvements to provide more opportunities for seamless transport across boundaries. These are based on digital networks that are placed on top of transport infrastructure. Whereas changes to the physical transport infrastructure are slow and costly, digital networks are flexible in allowing system upgrades. For truck trips across countries there is need for improved information systems, safety and security for truckers, with concurrent improvements in traffic network management. The improved services face a number of challenges, certain of which are related to standards and technology while others are strategic, policy, organisational, and social.
In a paper submitted by Hungaria and Greek partners of the CROCODILE 2 corridor, an analysis is presented of the implications and challenges for the design and development of SSTPAs that focus on cross-border transport in Hungary and Greece. Emphasis is on three subsystems, information, safety and security. The information subsystem ensures the management of information on availability and use of SSTPA services, including space reservation, availability and use. The safety subsystem includes incident detection via intelligent cameras that can identify a range of incident types. The security subsystem includes detection of intrusion via cameras and license plate reading. Organisational issues arise as SSTPAs often are located in private properties that are overseen by public agencies. Benefits are expected from bottleneck removal in oversaturated truck parking areas, travel time reduction, reliability increase, safety and security improvements, and higher efficiency in logistics.
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