Project Title

Research and workshop on strategies and best practices to reduce road traffic related to trade in APEC economies using technology and artificial intelligence 

Project Year

2023   

Project Number

TPTWG_202_2023A 

Project Session

Session 2   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

TPTWG_202_2023A 

Project Title

Research and workshop on strategies and best practices to reduce road traffic related to trade in APEC economies using technology and artificial intelligence 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: Digital Innovation 

Project Year

2023 

Project Session

Session 2 

APEC Funding

169,899 

Co-funding Amount

18,354 

Total Project Value

188,253 

Sponsoring Forum

Transportation Working Group (TPTWG) 

Topics

Transportation 

Committee

SOM Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation (SCE) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

Mexico 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Peru; Chinese Taipei; Thailand; United States 

Expected Start Date

01/05/2024 

Expected Completion Date

30/06/2025 

Project Proponent Name 1

Alejandro Ascencio 

Job Title 1

Investigator 

Organization 1

Mexican Institute of Transport 

Postal Address 1

Not Applicable 

Telephone 1

+52 4422169777 (ext. 2102) 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

aascencio@imt.mx 

Project Proponent Name 2

Not Applicable 

Job Title 2

Not Applicable 

Organization 2

Not Applicable 

Postal Address 2

Not Applicable 

Telephone 2

Not Applicable 

Fax 2

Not Applicable 

Email 2

Not Applicable 

Declaration

Alejandro Ascencio 

Project Summary

One of the main objectives of trade flows is to minimize delays in road systems, specifically in loading and unloading areas, such as intermodal terminals, seaports airports and physical borders. The main problem of congestion in these environments is that when capacity is exceeded, vehicle speed losses are generated and therefore saturation, causing negative effects not only in the operation, but also in society. This project consists on exploring good practices in the use of technology and/or artificial intelligence by APEC economies on traffic mitigation related to trade, and to propose technology or an artificial technology based solution to this problem, which will be available for implementation to all APEC economies.

It is proposed in this project to the Laboratorio de Visión Artificial del Transporte (LabVAT), in English "Transportation Artificial Vision Laboratory", is a technological initiative that seeks to develop solution modules for traffic reduction, such as vehicle detection, traffic calculation, queue prediction and geographic positioning management.

Relevance

Benefits to Region

This project seeks to address the problem of congestion in loading and unloading areas and problematic environments where traffic capacity has been exceeded. For example in intermodal terminals, seaports, airports and physical borders. Taking into consideration that this is a problem not from a single economy, it′s important to understand the way APEC economies are dealing with it in order to propose non-intrusive strategies related to the use of technology and artificial intelligence that could include digitizing and publishing automatically and in real-time, traffic factors and predictions. The study forecasts the improvement of the standard of living of the population in urban areas nearby this traffic areas and promotes a reduction on the time spent related to shunting in seaports, airports and other spaces where the movement of people and goods happen. This project aims to present a different strategy to address this type or problems minimizing public spending related to road infrastructure construction or adaptations. Finally, it is considered highly replicable to any problem of vehicular congestion, through non-intrusive solutions.

Eligibility and Fund Priorities

-Development of digital infrastructure. With the generation of an implementation methodology for the use of non-intrusive Artificial Intelligence technologies for the management and digitization of problematic environments in vehicular congestion and fed by the best practices of the different APEC economies.

-Promotion of interoperability. Enable access to traffic information and methodologies between APEC economies through systematic data structures and effective communication channels.

-Promoting innovation and adoption of enabling technologies and services. Generate a collaborative environment between APEC economies for the review of commercial technologies, methodologies and techniques to improve traffic in problem areas.Enhancing trust and security in the use of ICTs. Analyze the methodologies for digitalization and data sharing.

This project is aligned to Framework-Objectives:

-Enhancing cooperation between public and private sectors, including on consumer protection. Explore the communication between the carrier (private sector) and the technological applications promoted by the APEC economies for the management of access to terminals, ports and borders.

This project is aligned in developing NCs:

-Explore the participation and/or planning inputs of a wide range of stakeholders, including the private sector and/or civil society in road traffic management and emerging technologies between the various APEC economies.

Capacity Building

Regarding capacity building for APEC economies, this project will allow economies to socialize good practice regarding traffic mitigation related to trade flows. Good practice and experience will take into consideration ideas regarding the use of technology and artificial intelligence in order to generate a proposal that will consider the possibility of replication, for APEC economies facing similar problematics.



Objectives

The objective of this project is to analyze the capacity of APEC economies on dealing with traffic in intermodal stations, seaports, airports and borders in order to identify good practices  for minimizing waiting time in loading and unloading areas and to discuss and propose a technology or artificial intelligence model as  a non-intrusive alternative solution, instead of the creation or modification of road infrastructure, consequently minimizing public spending.

Alignment

APEC

The project is aligned with the priority 2, set for this year 2023: Innovative, by generating discussion related to creating a digitized environment in loading and unloading areas and traffic congestion problems, promoting science and technology in the use of the emerging Internet of Things, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence  specifically in models of prediction and automatic assignment of trips, digitization and communication protocols in real time, consequently climate mitigation is forecast by minimizing traffic queues in said ecosystems.

In this sense, alignment with Putrajaya Vision 2040 is set forward by this project since in will explore good practices in the areas of innovation and digitalization, regarding traffic in trade flows, and enabling an environment that is, among others supported by innovation to improve productivity and dynamism in APEC economies.

Forum

This project is aligned to the TPTWG strategic focus 3, Embracing Technology and

Innovation since it aims to focus on innovation and technology, in order to encourage the rapid uptake of new technology to deliver on transport outcomes by collaborating and fostering sharing of best practices from APEC economies on how traffic environments in intermodal, seaports, airports and borders are addressed.

On the other hand, this project is also aligned with the 2023 plan of the Digital Economy Working Group, promoting innovation and digitization as an economic engine, seeking not only to propose non-intrusive technologies in conjunction with the APEC economies to reduce traffic and consequently reducing public spending, but also establishing communication channels to share good practices and with digitized data pools for the exploration and detection of patterns.

It is aligned with the technological innovation strategy that allows communication and replication between APEC regions.


TILF/ASF Justification

Not Applicable.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs

1) Summary of Research and Recommendations

The publication considers the following topics:
-Literature review on the application of technology and artificial intelligence to reduce traffic in loading-unloading areas and/or problematic environments. The selection of the target economies will depend on the cases found in the literature, however, there is detailed information about Mexico that is available and with the assumption that the problems in this type of environment are similar to other economies APEC. To collect the data, an online survey is proposed through a Google form, without specifying target economies, to obtain a description of problems, areas of opportunity and good practices for traffic management, in addition to describing the technologies and use. of artificial intelligence to minimize congestion in their economies. This process is not considered additional research and is requested before the workshop.

- Methodology description for traffic mitigation and findings from experiences in the APEC economies.

- Bibliographic review of artificial intelligence technologies for traffic reduction in loading-unloading areas and a description of a technological methodology for optimizing vehicle congestion. Copyright permission would be submitted and requested from the APEC Secretariat following the APEC Intellectual Property Policy.

-The Transportation Artificial Vision Laboratory (LabVAT) is a technological methodology that seeks to present the bases for combining software applications oriented to artificial intelligence for traffic reduction. It is intended for the future and with the possibility of showing the results in a physical environment, but it is important to clarify that the development of an application is not the scope of this project. It is worth mentioning that what is an output of this project is the compilation of APEC contributions and the document that describes the LabVAT methodology. To obtain this information, an online survey is proposed through a Google form, without specifying the target economies to obtain the recommendations and opportunity areas of the LabVAT methodology. This process does not consider additional research and is requested after having been presented in the workshop.
The following content is considered:

--Index.
--Summary.
--Literature review.
--Technology and artificial intelligence for traffic reduction
--APEC experiences.
--LabVAT and APEC recommendations.
--Conclusions

Approximately consider a minimum of 40 pages.

2) Workshop


The purpose of this event is to present some works related to traffic management through artificial intelligence, share the best practices of APEC economies, present the LabVAT methodologies and collect contributions from APEC experts and members. These actions will take place in Querétaro, Mexico, specifically at the facilities of the Mexican Transport Institute (IMT)for three days. The target audience is APEC members from eleven economies that detect their best practices and areas of opportunity in the context of how they manage traffic in their home economy, regardless of whether they solve it through technology or not.

Agenda proposal:
Day 1
- Attendance record.
- Welcome and opening words.
- Set of conferences (traffic management between different economies).
- Questions and answers session.
- Break.
- Presentation of the LabVAT methodology.
- Expert intervention from experts (4).
- Discussion panel on operational methodologies for traffic management inloading and unloading areas, and borders.

Day 2
- Set of conferences (traffic management between different economies).
- Questions and answers session.
- Break.
- Expert intervention (4)
- Discussion panel on technological methodologies for traffic management inloading and unloading areas, and borders.
- Work table for the compilation of the best technical-technological practices for traffic management.
Day 3.
- Working group for the compilation of contributions and improvement of theLabVAT methodology (Intervention of 4 experts and APEC representatives).
- Discussion on the promotion of female participation in the transportation sector and technological development of artificial intelligence solutions.
- Closing words.
- Dissemination of the post-event evaluation by gender

Outcomes
1) This product will make it possible to publicize APEC's efforts to develop social impact methodologies, such as reducing mobility times and reducing CO2 in a non-intrusive manner, increased knowledge of the participants on the mechanisms and key success factors in traffic mitigation in loading and unloading areas, it will allow us to know the mechanisms and success cases in traffic mitigation in this context and it will show a technological methodology that could become an important tool for traffic reduction in the Asia Pacific.

2) This workshop will allow the analysis and improvement of a technological tool for traffic reduction through a nonintrusive solution, and will also allow APEC experts to present their ideas and results in the context.

Beneficiaries
The beneficiaries of the project are all APEC economies interested in improving regional economic connectivity by developing policies that promote the safe, efficient and sustainable movement of goods, the impact and challenges of the transport sector on climate change and air pollution, sustainable transportation, and the adoption of technology and innovation. The participants and beneficiaries of this project will be:

Primary beneficieries:

1. Government Institutions from APEC economies: Includes Ministries responsible for disaster management and other authorities, or other bodies responsible for disaster management and regulatory frameworks on climate change and technology, as well as institutions that manage, monitor, and ensure their implementation.

2. International Organisation and Non-Govermental Organisations: such as UNDRR,IFRC, World Vision, OCDE, others that work in prevention and risk reduction for climate change adaptation, and that seek to compare experiences, identify good practices and coordinate policies between different economies.

3. Researchers and experts from academia: such as professionals and members of university institutions, who develop research on adaptation measures to climate change and present innovative alternatives to provide solutions to social and economic challenges. They will be motivated by being able to generate links for the continuation or development of new research in coordination with governments and private companies.

Secondary beneficiaries:
1. Representatives of the private sector: Industrial sectors such as mining, electricity, technology, transportation, etc., especially those that may be directly affected by climate change, traffic, and efficiency in operation and import-export laws, with high risk of presenting socio-environmental conflicts and in the activities of citizens in general. They will benefit from the project by being informed by the representatives of their economy who participate in the Workshop, about good practices and implementation of technology to minimize congestion in loading and unloading areas, and reduce emissions in the area.

2. Local communities: located in problem areas, they will benefit from the project by being informed by the representatives of their economy who participate in the Workshop, about the activities and implementation of technology to reduce the negative effects of traffic, as well as the minimization of emissions in the area.

Dissemination

The Summary of research and recommendation, which will summarize the findings of the 3-day workshop will be compiled into a written document as an APEC publication with the approval of the APEC Secretariat. Digital copies will be made available athttps://www.apec.org/. The electronic publication will include as part of the annexes the workshop agenda and presentations. This information will be accessible to the public following the workshop to ensure that only updates information is reflected therein. It is expected that the number of pages will be a minimum of 40 excluding annexes. Following the workshop, all meeting documents will be uploaded to the Meeting Document Data Base (MDDB).

The target audience of the document would include policymakers, representatives of industries and academia of APEC member economies audiences. Member economies will be encouraged to disseminate the results of the workshop with their respective agencies and business communities through different platforms, such as email, conducting meetings, etc. The document will be prepared by an appointed contractor, and all publications will feature the APEC intellectual property and Logo. It is important to note that the PO has no intention to sell any outputs arising from this project.

Gender

Please see Project Proposal in Supporting Documents folder.

Work Plan

Please see Project Proposal in Supporting Documents folder.

Risks

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Monitoring and Evaluation

Please see Project Proposal in Supporting Documents folder.

Linkages

As for now there is no public evidence of a digitized platform or solution using technology or artificial intelligence that provides real-time data on the flow of traffic in intermodal terminals, ports or physical border crossings.

Information collected from APEC economies regarding best practices, will be accompanied by expert presentations on the topic addressed and the workshop proposed will allow cross fora collaboration between APEC economies and experts.

It is also intended to invite academic experts in Mexico and other economies, the Mexican Institute of Transportation and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation Infrastructure.

Sustainability

This project is intended to evaluate non-intrusive solution methodologies every two years, carrying out a review of the new artificial intelligence technologies applied in the world and their implementation in APEC economies. With these actions and their publication we seek to ensure the impact of the project, in the same way the next steps consist of carrying out multi-year planning to carry out these activities.

Project Overseers

Specialist in computer systems, an area where he has experience in the development of intelligent agents for the operation and monitoring of transportation. Within her experience, she has developed projects where automation models are proposed in route planning and design, artificial vision and Machine Learning. She is currently developing artificial algorithms for traffic vision monitoring in problem areas and search algorithms for solving np-hard problems.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

Please see Project Proposal in Supporting Documents folder.

Waivers

Not Applicable.

Are there any supporting document attached?

Yes 
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