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.
The A21 Workshop objective on 16th April 2015 was to inform and prepare the EIP+ ITS Deployment Guideline Team for the peak working period that lies ahead in EIP+ Activity 2.1 . In preparation of the meeting feedback from the five ITS implementation corridor was collected which Deployment Guidelines will be applied in the particular corridor ITS implementations. On the basis of this input an important outline about the upcoming work could be discussed and gained.
The URSA MAJOR ITS deployment project has conducted a very successful stakeholder workshop on 25/26 March 2015 in Prien/Germany. One main conclusion was evident: it’s time for improved services on safe and secure truck parking. New services emerge and the service industry applauds the emerging access to static and dynamic information by parking operators in the light of the European Commission’s delegated regulation on the subject matter. But now new questions appear. What interface do I need to provide this data for my parking / access this data for my service?
The partners involved in the EIP+ activity on Cooperative ITS services have met on 18.03.2015 in Brussels. The meeting was hosted by Rijkswaterstaat in its Office for European Programmes. The meeting took advantage of the Brussels location to exchange information with the European Commission (DG MOVE ITS Unit and INEA) on expectations towards the activity and the collaboration process with the EC Cooperative ITS Deployment Platform.
Since the 3rd of February 2015, the new Lane Control System near Limburg is in operation. The system is able to reduce the risk of congestion on the motorway A3 between Limburg and the border of Rheinland-Pfalz significantly. In case of high traffic, the hard shoulder will be enabled in order to increase capacity. Through an intelligent traffic control, the system reduces congestion, accidents and exhaust gas pollution and therefore relieves the environment as well. This contributes to a more efficient use of road network without additional infrastructure investment.
The second CROCODILE workshop took place on the 18th and 19th of February in Warsaw and was focused on organisational issues (such as setting up MoUs) as well as on technical issues for data exchange related to the EU ITS Directive. Participants from several CROCODILE Member States together with representatives from the DATEX II Strategic Group discussed their approaches to these topics.
The partners involved in the EIP+ activity on Cooperative ITS services have met on 12.01.2015 at BASt in Bergisch Gladbach, Germany. The activity brings together road authorities’ and road operators’ experts from ten EU Member States involved in various stages towards deployment of Cooperative ITS. It continues the fruitful work of the Cooperative Systems Task Force from EasyWay phase 2 (2010-12).
The meeting of the EIP+ subactivity 3.1 Testing and Validating of the Quality Recommendations and Results for Traffic Information from EIP” was hosted by the Danish Road Directorate in Copenhagen. The meeting discussed and elaborated on the test plan for the validations of the quality criteria, requirements and assessment methods produced by EIP. The tests will be carried out in Finland, Denmark, England, Germany, Sweden, Romania and Greece with support from the Netherlands. The tests are planned to be completed in August 2015.
The workshop had been split into two separate days, following the agenda below. Day 1 mainly addressed road operators’ experiences and their particular point of view, whereas the second day focused on truck drivers’ and service providers’ needs and proposals.