URSA MAJOR 2 is building on the results of a Taskforce in the predecessor project, that led to the development of a template for Traffic Management Plans. The combined expertise of the URSA MAJOR 2 practitioners from the beneficiaries DE, IT and NL – strongly supported by the partners from Switzerland – created a powerful tool that now will be used throughout the USRA MAJOR network for new TMPs (first example is the Gotthard TMP); but also all existing TMPs will be captured.
Quality package for safety related and real-time traffic information services
EIP+ has produced a quality package for safety-related and real-time traffic information listing the recommended quality criteria and requirements for the priority actions c) and b) of the ITS Directive.
The recommendations have been validated by studies in eight member states in 2015.
Since the publication of three ITS Delegated Regulations, the European ITS Platform (EIP) has undertaken activities to monitor the deployment of national access points, to organise workshops and to come up with practical harmonization solutions.
Several reports about Single Point of Access (SPA) where delivered:
On 18 September 2015 the kick-off meeting of the Activity 3 - "Feasibility study East-West Corridor and first pilot implementation" of the EU EIP project took place at the Ministerium für Bauen, Wohnen, Stadtentwicklung und Verkehr des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf (Germany). The meeting was attended by 11 participants from seven different Member States. The kick-off meeting was the first event of the new EU EIP project, the European ITS Platform, which will run until 2020.
On the 06/10/2015 EC and INEA organised the thematic session “smarter infrastructure” at the EC stand during the 22nd ITS World Congress in Bordeaux. Fotis Karamistos, EC DG Move - Deputy Director-General, opened the session with a short introduction highlighting the importance of harmonised ITS solutions to achieve an interconnected mobility throughout Europe. Afterwards he stayed to listen the presentations given.
The ITS projects selected under the 2013 TEN-T Calls for Proposal are highlighted with a special publication at the European Commission and the Innovation & Network Executive Agency (INEA) booth at the ITS World Congress in Bordeaux. In the morning of the first day the newly selected CEF ITS projects received from Commissioner Bulc a symbolic check representing the EU funding made available to them. Read the full acceptance speech by Stephanie Kleine on behalf of the ITS corridor coordinators and the consortia they represent:
“The Single Point of Access (SPA) is an intermediary digital platform and it is part of 3 Delegated Regulations following priority actions B, C and E of the EU ITS Directive 2010/40/EU. One of the main function of a SPA is providing information about existing traffic relevant data to every interested person or company. A detailed and standardized dataset description – the so-called METADATA - is needed to create a searchable, easy manageable and high quality register.”
The partners involved in the EIP+ activity on Cooperative ITS services have met on 17.06.2015 in Frankfurt. The meeting was hosted by Hessen Mobil.
Main purposes of the meeting were to check the progress of the different tasks of the activity and to plan the work of the upcoming months. Alongside the meeting the colleagues of Hessen Mobil demonstrated work in progress related to the Road Works Warning service in the Cooperative ITS Corridor.
Based on the first Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) – signed in the course of CROCODILE between AT-IT-HU-SI-HR – numerous coordination meetings between neighbouring countries took place in the first half of 2015. As the project CROCODILE is an important catalyst in defining the technical and legislative preconditions for cross-border data exchange, the coordination meetings have focussed on the cooperation in terms of traffic management and traffic information exchange.
Strada dei Parchi S.p.A., Italian road operator of the A24 and A25 motorways, in the framework of activities planned along the URSA MAJOR Corridor, has launched a pilot-project deploying drones for fire-safety and real-time navigation services in particular for heavy vehicles in tunnels.
For many years, Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) and core European ITS services have represented a major implementation objective of the road operators collaborating within the EasyWay community. The technological progress in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) has technically matured into Cooperative ITS (C-ITS) as the next generation of ITS. Its use has also become increasingly affordable. This process has been stimulated by research and development projects, followed by large scale Field Operational Tests on national and European level.