Opus RSE is a global leader is sustainable traffic research. We are continuously seeking improvement in our products and processes. We are leading think-tanks and research groups all over the world.
Opus RSE participates in many international research projects related to remote sensing of real-world traffic emissions, which shows the potential of our technology for the next decades. Opus RSE invest +60% of its budget in R&D, which allows us to be always in the vanguard and to anticipate the future.
Research and Innovation Action. May 2020 - May 2023.
"Noise and Emissions MOnitoring and Radical Mitigation".
NEMO is a research project funded by the European Commission to create a turn-key solution through which new systems are integrated into existing infrastructure to empirically measure emissions and noise emitted by individual vehicles. The new measurement systems to be developed in the project, together with the implementation of new mitigation solutions, will form a global and scalable solution to improve air quality and reduce noise impact in European cities. By the envisaged standardization, the systems will represent an instrument for enforcement against high-emitters in Low-Emission Zones and other sensitive areas.
The LIFE GySTRA is an EU-funded project that seeks to validate and demonstrate the feasibility of a continuous traffic emissions monitoring program in Europe, thanks to the improvement of remote sensing technology. During this project, 3 RSDs are continuously measuring traffic emissions in Madrid (Spain) and Sofia (Bulgaria) from 2018 to 2020.
In Madrid, Spain, we are monitoring traffic emissions in different roads of Madrid urban area. The national traffic authority of Spain is involved in the program. This program is characterizing the real-driving emissions of the city, looking for irregularities in the fleet and defining a protocol to identify and notify high-emitters in Europe. In Sofia, Bulgaria, we are monitoring the public buses in the entrance of a depot. The buses are continuously measured on their arrival, to find high-emitting buses, repair them and continue to monitor them afterwards to check the effectiveness of the repairs.
This continuous monitoring project is allowing us to understand the temporal evolution of real-driving emissions over a long period of time. The whole program is the first step to set-up long-term remote sensing monitoring programs in Europe.
n 2016 The FIA Foundation – which is working to reduce air pollution from vehicles as part of its safe, clean, fair and green mobility agenda -held an expert seminar to plan a response to the Dieselgate emissions scandal. A key conclusion of the discussion which is contained within the report ‘Can we prevent another Dieselgate?’ was:
“An independent, global, real-world testing initiative is a necessary, important step towards providing improved consumer information regarding emissions.”
The TRUE initiative exists to address this conclusion through collection of real world data on vehicle emissions. Within this project, Opus RSE has carried out 3 campaigns of massive characterization of the traffic emissions in London, Brussels and Warsaw:
Opus RSE is one of the partners of "C-Roads Spain", where different pilots are testing novelty traffic C-ITS services. The objective is that authorities and road operators join together to harmonise the deployment activities of cooperative intelligent transport systems across Europe. RSD technology delivers extra information about the traffic different to more traditional data. Real-driving emissions data will be captured and transfered to the C-Roads dataservers.
The C-Roads Platform is a joint initiative of European Member States and road operators for testing and implementing C-ITS services in light of cross-border harmonisation and interoperability.
In the framework of the project, Aimsun and Opus RSE have created a virtual model of Madrid M30, the major ring-road of the city and the busiest road in Spain, which allows us to simulate and calculate the emissions produced by circulating traffic throughout the ring road. Each individual vehicle has a profile of emissions that depends on its driving conditions, calculated from remote sensing data. The virtual model now allows to test different scenarios, such as changing speed limits or rearranging lanes, to check what is the change in total emissions produced by the circulating traffic.
The CONOX project is under a contract from the Federal Office for the Environment in Switzerland, BAFU (www.bafu.admin.ch). The CONOX project is the outcome of a common European and US collaborative effort to analyse how large datasets from remote sensing measurements carried out in various locations and countries across Europe can be used as a complement to existing approaches to measure road vehicle emissions, in order to achieve a better understanding of the European issue of air pollution from road transport.
The study focuses on NOx emissions from light-duty diesel vehicles, preferably passenger cars, corresponding to the Euro 4, 5 and 6 standards, since recent research has shown that these are key sources for NOX emissions in Europe. 1 MILLION emission data records of real-driving conditions have been captured from remote sensing measurements in Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom. It is the largest database of remote sensing measurements in Europe and is helping the Scientific Community to understand the exhaust emissions problem in the continent.