Project Objectives

The objectives of the GHOST project are:

  • To design and implement an intelligent system for public transport vehicles fleet enabling the automatic capture of video snapshot of POI thanks to the accurate position provided by a GALILEO receiver.
  • To implement the centralized database of POI snapshots and provide the interfaces for the integration the GHOST ground system with the existing IT system of the city operation center.
  • To experiment and demonstrate with three types of use cases:

    • Reporting of street lighting anomalies or road deteriorations.
    • Monitoring of public garbage completion level.
    • Detection of double parking or unauthorized occupation of parking space reserved for handicapped drivers.
  • To demonstrate the automatic low cost population and update of the GHOST database thanks to the periodic rotations of the public transport vehicles fleet by applying a cost/benefit analysis to the previous experimentation in order to build a consolidated business plan.
  • To establish, operate and maintain the GHOST Special Interest Group (SIG) in order to anticipate commercial exploitation phase and disseminate the project results to organisations outside the GHOST Consortium.

Main Concept

The GHOST concept is based on the following principles:

  • Deployment of the GHOST intelligent transport system on vehicles of the public networks (buses & cars).
  • Pre-defined localization of the Points Of Interest along the bus lines (or postman round).
  • Automatic snapshots collection of POI during the operation of the bus lines and automatic transfer to a centralized database.
  • Processing of the snapshots by the end users’ applications:

    • Reporting of street lighting anomalies or road deteriorations.
    • Monitoring of public garbage completion level.
    • Detection for policemen of doubled parking or occupied parking reserved for disabled drivers by unauthorized vehicles.

Main Concept

Possible end application areas

The GHOST intelligent system will be validated at an operational environment, by demonstrating and experimenting various use cases of the GHOST applications including (not exhaustive list):

  • Reporting of street lighting anomalies or road deteriorations (ex: pothole).
  • Detection of double parking or occupied parking reserved for disabled drivers by unauthorized vehicles.
  • Monitoring of public garbage collection status.

These applications shall highly improve the efficiency of the city operating actors and they shall reduce the number of accidents and the associated traffic/pollution.
Although the current application of the GHOST concept is in road public transportation, the solution is generic enough and applicable for other markets and location based services including rail infrastructures management, airport platforms, industrial sites and others.