The Amsterdam Field Trials (PPA) are large-scale tests using the latest innovations in cars and on the roads. Nowhere else in the world has intelligent technology in the area of traffic management been tested on such a large scale in everyday traffic. The goal of the field trials is to gradually work towards a future where cars, traffic lights and information displays are digitally linked and work together. The trial will therefore contribute towards traffic moving more fluidly, fewer traffic jams and a cleaner city.
PPA involves the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, RWS, the municipality of Amsterdam, the province of North Holland and the City of Amsterdam all working together. In the second phase of this project, the integration of technology along the side of the road and in cars was brought a step closer, as well as the roll-out and strengthening of private and public partnerships. In Phase 2, four sub-projects were undertaken, each with a different focus: PPA In-car, PPA Noord, PPA West and PPA Zuidoost.
AT Osborne took on the role of Integration Evaluator for phase 2 of the PPA. The integration evaluation had to provide a full and transparent overview of the results and conclusions of PPA phase 2. Based on these insights, the evaluation included conclusions and recommendations for PPA itself and other projects in the ITS field. The results of the Integrated Evaluation were used to take decisions for the follow-up to the PPA (phase 3).
The interesting thing about the Integrated Evaluation of the PPA is that this contract involved many different aspects. It is an innovative project, meaning it is uncertain which measures will deliver which results, and there was therefore a need for fine-tuning and adjustments. For the Integrated Evaluation, that meant being closely involved throughout the implementation. In addition, this project concerns developments that are related to many other (inter)national developments in the area of intelligent transport systems (ITS), both on the technical front as well as the division of roles between the market and the authorities, or the costs for the authorities involved. This all serves to make the integrated evaluation especially exciting on the operational, tactical and strategic levels.
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