Application

The accessibility of regions is a clear advantage in terms of their social-economic development. With new technologies, such as satellite and integrated sensor networks, transport and accessibility of remote areas can be improved in innovative ways. We intend to develop and test innovative tools for efficient, user- and environment-friendly transport networks across the NSR. Our aim is to create sustainable and inclusive regional economies and communities throughout the North Sea Region by improving the virtual and physical modes of transport on a large scale.    

ITRACT aims to improve the connectivity and accessibility of remote areas in the North Sea Region through the integration of innovative transport and communication infrastructure. The project will focus on the development and use of novel ICT applications and brings together technology experts - in the fields of ICT, satellite, wireless broadband and sensor technology - with socio-economic experts.

ITRACT is funded by InterReg IVb NorthSea

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From the ITRACT application:

Background:

The accessibility of regions is a clear advantage in terms of their social-economic development. Not only does accessibility enhance the quality of life of the inhabitants of remote areas, it is also a vital economic factor regarding the transport of goods, the enhancement of employment, the improvement of arrangements for the tourist sector, and the connection with the rest of the world in general. Throughout the North Sea Region there are a number of areas with well-developed transport corridors via the sea, on road or railway systems. But there still remain a high number of underdeveloped rural areas, who have to cope with poor accessibility, high unemployment rates, an ageing population and hardly any broadband access to be at least virtually connected with other regions of the world.

Earlier launched Interreg projects, such as “BIRD – Broadband Access for Innovative Regional Development” and “E-CLIC – European Innovative Centres for Media and Broadband Services” have demonstrated that broadband access is a great stimulus for the economic development of regions, because it enables SMEs, educational and cultural institutes, the tourist sector etc. to enhance their radius of actions on a large scale. But next to virtual, also physical transport plays an important role for remote areas, because they can prevent them from social and economic exclusion. To strengthen the social and economic development of those areas, new ICT technologies, including satellite, broadband wireless and sensor technologies combined with novel software solutions can boost the level of accessibility and therefore the quality of life of the inhabitants. In terms of the demographic change with which all areas of the North Sea Region have to cope, virtual and physical transport facilities also help to prevent the regions from brain-drain by starting pilot actions on mobility, offering easy access to educational and knowledge institutions and stimulate SMEs to invest, thus creating competitive advantage. In accordance with the Gothenburg agenda, our aim is to create sustainable and inclusive regional economies and communities throughout the North Sea Region by improving the virtual and physical modes of transport on a large scale with new technologies.

Within the triple helix of organizational capacity, governmental, educational and knowledge institutions will take part in pilot actions together with private businesses. Especially the region North Netherlands and North Germany consists of a well-established cross-border partnership of municipalities, businesses and knowledge institutes. But the objectives of the Lisbon agenda will be even better transfered throughout the whole North Sea Region by our complementary partnership with a diversity of partners from North Sea Region countries. The project combines experts' knowledge on novel ICT such as satellite, wireless broadband and sensortechnology with research on the needs of the SMEs and the inhabitants of remote areas. Activities like pilots and best practice examples will be shared within the transnational partnership. With our transnational co-operation we aim at innovation and the transition to a knowledge-based economy especially in the field of environmental- and user-friendly transport management by ICT applications. By sharing knowledge and develop new transport solutions we aim to create a sustainable collective learning environment throughout the North Sea Region.

Objectives:

To improve transport and accessibility throughout the NSR by new technologies

Share knowledge and innovative approaches in the field of transport and ICT technology such as satellite, wireless broadband and sensortechnology between experts, users, knowledge institutions, local government and private businesses. Disseminate the results and create a sustainable collective learning environment throughout the North Sea Region.

To promote transnational activities on innovative transport models as a tool for territorial integration and the European Commission’s strategy for sustainable development. Work on the regions’ development towards attractive places to live, work and inves

Research on needs for transport in remote areas followed by the development of virtual and physical services in these areas. Linking these services cross-border wise as well as cross-sectoral in terms of work, care, school, private or other necessary means of transport to set up environmental- and user friendly systems which take into account the different needs of a variety of target groups and to enable SMEs and (young) families in remote areas to match their wishes for jobs and qualified personnel and, therefore, to improve the work-life balance of the residents in these areas. Tangible outputs will be shared within the transnational partnership and be fed into local and regional strategies for transport and accessibility and will enhance social and economic inclusion.

To contribute by pilot activities linking governmental, educational and knowledge institutions with private businesses to a powerful cluster of shared knowledge, innovative tools and best practice on transport and ICT

Demonstrate the effectiveness and efficiency of sharing expert knowledge within a transnational partnership and with various cross-sectoral stakeholders. Develop and test innovative tools for transport and accessibility of regions and disseminate the outputs throughout the North Sea Region and wider Europe to foster the competitiveness of the North Sea Region

© Jan Frick 2014