Stage 4: Commission and Assessment

Strategic Actions associated with this stage. This step signifies the hand over point from the innovation provider to the Agency. This step aims to optimise the overall performance of the innovation through a period of calibration and fine tuning. This stage includes the overall innovation’s commissioning, its calibration and fine tuning and subsequent assessment in accordance with the predefined assessment framework. Through this stage it is unlikely that a pilot will be terminated however unforeseen results may become apparent with any pilot. The business case should be reviewed to ensure that assumptions made are still valid. The continuous monitoring and assessment of the pilot is an integral element of this stage and any adverse occurrences should be rapidly identified. Response to such situations, particularly those in connection with safety and the environments, must be swiftly implemented and appropriate consideration given to the termination or modification of the pilot. Typical outputs that might be expected from this stage. Stage 3 Stage 2 Stage 5 Stage 5 Yes No

Step 4.2 - Operational Optimisation

NB This step must only commence following the successful completion of all steps within stage 3.

The innovation may require calibration and fine tuning to ensure that the optimum performance on site can be attained. This is particularly true for pilots involving the consideration of ITS solutions. This may take some considerable time before it is suitable to undergo overall assessment in accordance with the framework determined in Stage 2. The Highways Agency Ramp Metering – Summary Report[HA 2005D] provides an insight into the issues involved in the calibration of systems.

For implementation, all roles and responsibility should be clearly defined and agreed by all parties.