IP protection

 

1

Please provide a short description of the state-of-the-art and/or current trends in the field? How does the result fit into it?

In Italy an important example of public transport on demand was developed in Genoa and is called ”Drin Bus”. This is an experimental service that develops a new concept of public transport: “on demand” services, where there are no predefined lines, but the service is programmed according to user requests, you can book their trips through phone or internet, choosing source and destination within the same area. The service takes the name of ”Drin Bus” and is carried out by means of seven minibuses Mercedes Benz 214 with methane feed and air conditioning and involves initially two districts. In 2004, thanks to the European Project SIDDHARTA, the service is expanded to other areas of the city, and the fleet is increased with two minibuses. Another similar project was TWIST – Transport with social target implement by Abruzzo region. The positive conclusion of the experimentation of TWIST has given the possibility to Region Abruzzo to study the conditions for a future technical replicable of TWIST in other difficult areas with a social target and, as a result, to have to possibility to replicate the Demand Service Transport as a constant component, and not only with a pilot project of the Local Public Transport.

2

What is the problem/need/knowledge gap that the research result is responding to?  How was it addressed before?

The project attempts to solve the problem of inadequate public transport observed in low density areas. This element strongly penalizes those areas with high potential tourist places in non-urban areas. The service’s quality of the conventional bus routes is low, offering only infrequent services that did not cover the whole area.

3

What is the potential for further research?
The development potential of the research can be focused on:

- the improvement of software for mobile devices for the booking service,

- improving management control device,

- the improvement in terms of environmental sustainability of transport shuttles.

4

What is the proposed method of IPR-protection? (patent, license, trademark etc.)

There are no methods of protection as regards. Patents can be assumed instead for innovative technologies developed for the devices.

5

What are the steps that need to be taken in order to secure the IPR-protection? What is the cost of IPR-protection?
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6

What is you overall assessment of the scientific maturity of the research result?

Thanks to the different studied already mentioned in the 1st paragraph, it can be assumed that the scientific maturity is high. The added value is that this result can be used for different sectors, from tourism to social target.

KEYWORDS QUANTITATIVE ASSESSMENT (0-5).

Scientific maturity

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x

5

Synergies

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x

5

State-of-the-art/innovation

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x

4

5

IPR-potential

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x

5

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