SURFACE is a Joint Research Project coordinated by INRIM, belonging to the European Metrology Research Programme for Innovation and Research (EMPIR) of the European Metrology Association of National Metrology Institutes (EURAMET).

It also involves the National Metrology Institutes of Finland, France, Estonia, Sweden and Switzerland as well as three industrial partners: the Centre d’études et d’expertise sur les risques, l’environnement, la mobilité et l’aménagement (CEREMA), the Swiss company Zehnter, which designs and realises portable measurement instruments, and the French software company Optis, which develops software for optical simulation and driving simulators.

The project aims at providing metrological foundations for the photometric characterisation of road surfaces in order to realise lighting systems, such as smart and adaptative lighting systems, and self driving cars systems.

SURFACE’s main goals are as follows:

  • to provide the European Community, CEN (review EN 13201 road lighting) and CIE (TC4-50, review of CIE/PIARC TR 66), with data on the existing materials considering the measurement uncertainty
  • to define new measuring geometries to meet present and future lighting requirements concerning LED-smart lighting systems, adaptative systems and self driving car
  • to produce reference materials to calibrate measurement systems of the road surfaces photometric properties
  • to provide an open source software to calculate the measurement uncertainty of the measured photometric properties
  • to organise a Workshop on road surfaces photometric properties to be be held in October 2017 during the CIE Mid-term Conference (Korea)
  • to disseminate the project final results through an Intenational Symposium on road surfaces in 2019 with special focus on photometric properties
  • to set up a stakeholder group, including industries, road constructors and operators, lighting designers, and associations, to whom the project final results will be transmitted free of charge (the participation in the project as a stakeholder is totally free).

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