Smart Enforcement of Transport Operations

SETO Newsletter #1 – June 2024


We are excited to launch the first newsletter for the SETO (Smart Enforcement of Transport Operations) project funded by the European Union’s Horizon Europe programme! In this issue, we will provide an overview of the project, report about the presence of SETO project within TRA 2024 Conference, and introduce you to the project coordinator, University College Dublin (UCD).

In the next issue, we will dive deeper into the project’s technical work packages and solutions being developed. We will also feature interviews with other key partners. Stay tuned!

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Streamlining Enforcement with Digital Solutions

The current system for enforcing transport directives and regulations is highly inefficient – it’s time-consuming, labour-intensive, applied randomly, and beyond the capability of human enforcers to effectively utilise all relevant data. This leads to issues like road congestion, accidents, infrastructure damage, supply chain disruptions, increased emissions and social impacts.

SETO aims to solve this by developing a digital enforcement Platform that integrates data from diverse sources using cutting-edge technologies like IoT and blockchain. This will provide easy access to real-time information related to specific regulations, enabling consistent, efficient and resilient enforcement across modes and borders.

Optimising Resources and Driving Broader Impacts

Through its digital solutions, SETO aims to optimise the use of human and economic resources in the enforcement process. But the ambitions go beyond that – SETO wants to strengthen economic growth by reducing supply chain costs, decrease the number of accidents, increase sustainability of transport operations, accelerate e-government services, and improve working conditions for transport workers.

To realise this vision, SETO is pursuing pioneering solutions across six technical work packages:

WP1: Digital Solution – Developing the core digital enforcement platform integrating data from authorities and integrating blockchain for security.

WP2: Assistive Technologies – Creating protocols to advance weigh-in-motion (WIM) data for overload enforcement and tamper-proof onboard weighing systems.

WP3: Pilot Demonstrations – Validating the solutions in real-life scenarios across trucking, shipping and last-mile delivery operations.

WP4: Impact Groundwork – Assessing impacts on technology, economics, society and environment through KPIs and modelling.

WP5: Outreach & Dissemination – Driving awareness, engagement and future adoption among stakeholders.

WP6: Project Management – Ensuring effective coordination, risk management and quality implementation.

The project consortium comprises 14 partners from 7 European countries, bringing together diverse expertise from across the transportation value chain.


Showcasing SETO at the Transport Research Arena 2024

In April 2024, SETO took center stage at the Transport Research Arena (TRA) conference in Dublin, representing a significant milestone for the project. This event, the largest of its kind to date with over 4,000 delegates, served as a prime platform for engaging with a diverse audience that included EU institutions, industry leaders, business partners, innovators, and authorities at various levels, as well as the research community.

SETO was proudly featured at the Irish Transport Research Network (ITRN) stand. Dr. Beatriz Martinez-Pastor, SETO Coordinator from UCD, along with Dr. Miguel Casero, also from UCD, presented a detailed poster that highlighted the key tasks and objectives of the SETO project. The poster presentation aimed to provide the scientific community, industry representatives, and policymakers with an insightful overview of the project’s ambitions and progress.

Keystone and SETO Join Forces at TRA2024

In a bid to foster collaboration and seek out potential synergies, representatives from Projects Keystone and SETO recently convened for a strategic meeting. The gathering brought together key players from both projects, including Giulia Renzi from ICOOR, Alex Papacharalampous from AETHON, and Friederike L. Kühl from Etelätär Innovation representing Keystone, alongside Bernard Jacob, David Betaille from UGE, and Beatriz Martinez-Pastor and Miguel Casero Florez from UCD, representing SETO.

The aim of the meeting was twofold: to identify areas of common interest and to chart a course for future collaboration. Through fruitful discussions and idea exchange, the participants explored avenues for joint initiatives and coordinated efforts in the near future.

Spreading the Word: SETO at the First European PhD and Postdoc Symposium

SETO made also a significant impact at the First European PhD and Postdoc Symposium on delivering the future of infrastructure management, organized by the Conference of European Directors of Roads (CEDR). Held in Dublin from the 15th to the 17th, this symposium ran parallel to the TRA conference, bringing together researchers from various European countries to discuss advancements in infrastructure management.

The primary goal of SETO’s participation was to disseminate information about the project to researchers specializing in infrastructure management. Representatives from UCD provided an insightful overview of the SETO project, detailing its main objectives and activities. The presentation was followed by a lively Q&A session with the audience.

The attendees included researchers from countries like Norway, the UK, and the Netherlands, along with some of their supervisors. This setting offered a unique opportunity for SETO to engage directly with experts and emerging leaders in the field.

Stay tuned for more updates as SETO continues to progress and engage with the research communit.

Partner Spotlight: University College Dublin

University College Dublin (UCD) is the coordinator of the SETO project. As one of Europe’s leading research-intensive universities, UCD brings a wealth of expertise in areas like risk and resilience analysis, connected and automated mobility (CCAM), environmental impact assessment, and studying human behaviour in transport systems.

UCD’s Civil Engineering department provides strong technical capabilities and extensive experience in managing EU-funded research projects. As the project coordinator, UCD will ensure effective administration, financial management, risk mitigation, quality control and intellectual property protection throughout SETO’s implementation.