WHY SMARTI ETN?
The world’s surface transport network has developed over thousands of years; emerging from the need of allowing more comfortable trips to roman soldiers to the modern infrastructure enabling modern vehicles to travel at high speed. However, in the last two decades, the world is changing very fast in terms of population growth, mobility and business trades creating greater traffic volumes and demand for minimal disruption to users, but also challenges such as climate change and more extreme weather events. At the same time, developments in digitalisation, vehicle design, mobile and wireless communications and sensor technologies continue apace. It is within this environment and in close consultation with key stakeholders, that this consortium consider of paramount importance the shift to SMARTI – SUSTAINABLE MULTI-FUNCTIONAL AUTOMATED RESILIENT TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURES.
Designed by using improved decision frameworks aimed at improving durability, maximise recycling and minimising environmental, economic and social impacts
Conceived not for transport purposes only and towards optimisation of land use by adding energy harvesting capabilities
Equipped with low-cost, wireless sensors to allow pro-active communication towards a more intuitive use and a simplified management
Conceived to self-repair and be adaptable to changes due to natural and anthropogenic hazards