Organisers: Pedro Barradas (EC – DG MOVE) and Timo Hoffmann (BASt)
For whom: NAP implementers, National Bodies
A special session was organised for National Bodies and National Access Point Operators. Theme of the session: Tackling common challenges.
On Wednesday, November 14th 2018, 32 representatives of 16 EU Member States met in Utrecht in a warm-up session to the ITS Forum 2018.The goal of this meeting was to discuss common issues that the Member States are faced with while setting up and operating the National Access Points (NAPs) and National Bodies (NBs) in their countries.
All participants first of all agreed, that there are indeed some challenges for NAPs and NBs that are common and for those it would be beneficial to discuss strategies to approach them with other EU Member States.
The most important of the issues according to some prioritization exercises in the session was found to be the lack of access to data.Mostly data from the private sector in the fields of real-time traffic information and safety-relevant traffic information is not yet made accessible via the NAPs although it is mandated by some EU delegated regulations.
Other topics identified included the setup phase of the NAPs and NBs (especially for multi-modal mobility data), data and metadata standardization and the communication and promotion aspects of NAPs and NBs.
In conclusion there was a consensus that even though there already are multiple projects and groups that support and promote the harmonization and standardization of traffic data exchange in general (like most notably EU EIP and the data task force of the high level meeting on connected and automated driving) there is a need to continue to work together as a group of NAP and National Body representatives, as they have a different focus.
A goal for the group should be to build and strengthen the community of NAPs and NBs to be able to tackle common issues together and act -where needed- as “one voice” towards the European Commission and the private sector.
The group decided to organize a next meeting in February. The EU commission will help to organize the meeting. Official representatives for NAPs and NBs of EU member states that could not participate in the first meeting now are still very welcome to join then.
The ITS Forum 2018 will be opened by 4 high-level officials of the European Commission, the Dutch Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, the Italian Ministry of Transport and private sector
For whom: All parties – public and private – involved in Road Traffic Management
The Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management and the Coordinator of the European ITS Platform will open the Forum.
Marinda Hall, facilitator at the LEF, will interview 4 important stakeholders on what they see as the major changes and ;challenges that traffic managers have to deal with.Roles of authorities, operators, stakeholders in keeping the traffic going and optimizing safety, efficiency and environment will be addressed. The challenge in terms of new emerging technologies will provide additional food for thoughts.
Presentation of cross corridor coordination of CEF ITS Corridors
12:30 – 13:45
Lunch break & Demonstrations
During lunch, delegates will have the opportunity to learn more about results of different road traffic management projects and new products and services.
13:45 – 15:15
Parallel Sessions – Round 1
Session 1A: Traffic Management and MaaS
Organiser: Jonas Sundberg (Sweco, SE)For whom: road operators, traffic managers, service providers, MaaS operators, Public Transport companies, policy makers
From the policy side there is an increased push towards intermodal passenger transport, in order to relieve congestion and CO2 emission.It means that road authorities have to optimize the interfaces with intermodal transport, e.g. by exchanging traffic information to MaaS (Mobility as a Service) operators, providing information about public transport schedules, etc.
We are looking at the role of the road operator in MaaS. Does MaaS has an impact on the road operators? Does MaaS require more information (data) from road operators (about congestion?)? What is the role of delegated regulation 2017/1926 (MMTIS) for traffic management? In short: what is the relevance of MaaS to the road operators and what should road operators/traffic manager do to prepare themselves?
The session dealt with the role of road operators in future mobility from two perspectives: “what is the relevance of MaaS to road operators” and “what is the relevance of MaaS to road operators?”
The starting point is that road operators and authorities above all have responsibility to contribute to a sustainable transport system offering safe, clean, inclusive and efficient mobility. In this, the role of the road operator is shifting from “managing safe flows” to offering high quality seamless mobility services in response to users’ needs. This shift from asset management to mobility orchestration will need development of governance related to mobility which puts new requirements on the road operators; they will need be agile actors, responsive to needs and interests of users and other actors.
From a user perspective, mobility sees no administrative borders as the journey or goods transport is carried out from door to door. Hence the road operator needs to engage in urban mobility, as the alternative ways to access a city is are key to city mobility. This means that the investment focus must change from creating more arterial capacity to development of the new physical infrastructure that is required for efficient intermodality.
One can argue that other actors should take the lead in governance of future mobility, but it remains a fact that the organization that is in control of the infrastructure, the surface used for mobility, has a leading role. Hence the relevance of road operators as leaders in development of future mobility solutions is very high.
Session 1B: National Access Points (NAPs) in the value chain
Organiser: Louis Hendriks (Rijkswaterstaat, NL)For whom: NAP implementers, National Bodies, service providers, road operators
The past five years have shown that the development of National Access Points (NAPs) in Europe was first focused on the technical development (establish a NAP), then on the content (fill the NAP with data) and that the third phase (user orientation) is still largely missing.
Through a series of short introductions this session will position the NAP in the value chain, discussing the different perspectives, from data provider to information service provider. Also the architecture of NAPs and the potential synergy with the Open Data community will be discussed.
The session started with an interactive element: each participant was asked to stand in one corner of the room, this way indicating his or her personal role and interest in the context of NAPs. Based on this, a series of short presentations explored various perspectives of using NAPs in Europe:
Louis Hendriks (Rijkswaterstaat, NL) explained the evolution of NAPs across Europe and the corresponding support actions by EU EIP.
Suku Phull (Department for Transport, UK) summarized a road operator’s view on the NAP implementation in the UK. Dirk Penasse (ESPORG, BE) pointed out service providers’ requirements on NAPs, referring to specific user needs of truck parking information services.
Christian Kleine (HERE, DE) highlighted the benefits of NAPs for service providers, facilitating easier access and standardized interfaces to many data sources of real-time traffic information.
Stefan de Konink (OpenGeo, NL) gave an overview on the European progress and challenges for establishing NAPS for multi-modal traveler information.
Vincent Buller (Rijkswaterstaat, NL) stressed the need to harmonize NAPs across Europe, by aligning the system architectures of individual NAPs.
Finally, Lars-Olof Hjärp (Trafikverket, SE) gave an outlook how to involve communities such as Open Data to increase the relevance of NAPs in a large scale.
The concluding discussion focused on concepts and means of motivation how to bring the NAPs to the next level.
Key aspects are communicating of NAP benefits to different stakeholders, increasing data assets and data quality, and establishing fair cooperation between data suppliers and data users. The lesson-learnt from this session is that NAPs have clear benefits and potentials for any data actor.
However, there is a need to foster a community of NAP stakeholders, to further promote the NAP usage and eventually establish NAPs as a key element of data eco-systems in European ITS.
Parallel Session 1C: C-ITS deployment support for traffic managersOrganisers: Torsten Geissler (BASt, DE), and Wolfgang Kernstock (Austriatech, AT)For whom: Policy level, road operators and road authorities, OEMs, cellular industry (operators, providers, suppliers), (ITS) service providers
This session deals with various aspects relevant for C-ITS Deployment (especially in Europe) and preparing C-ITS deployment and operation.
Some focus is put on a road operator perspective and preparing C-ITS for regular operation across European road networks, nevertheless the session addresses a wide and mixed audience.
The session has taken up the very recent topic of deploying C-ITS services in Europe starting by 2019.
The preparation of deployment has been reflected by short introductory presentations from key actors – amongst others European Commission and road operators managing traffic on the European high-level road network – providing complementing perspectives on amongst others the deployment framework, service harmonisation and evaluation.
While reaping the early benefits of C-ITS for traffic managers, the longer-term deployment path has been put as the central issue for the interactive part: How can we capitalize on the initial services when deploying more advanced services in the future?The session participants have worked together on figuring out the strengths and weaknesses, opportunities and threats of this approach.
Presentations and SWOT analysis have reconfirmed the precondition of a European C-ITS deployment fundament providing legal certainty and coherence of services whereas business cases can and will show a larger regional variety. The final elements – key questions to the presenters – have comprised amongst others the timeframe to full deployment and the game changing nature of the services.
Parallel session 1D: Automation in Traffic Management and Traffic Centres – Experiences and plans (part I of workshop)
Organiser: Mihai Niculescu (ITS Romania, RO)For whom: road operators, traffic managers, ITS equipment and solutions providers, transport management authorities (local and central), vehicle manufacturers, ITS experts/consultants
This session is organized by the EU EIP Activity 4.2 “Facilitating automated driving” and it is the first part of the workshop focused on benefits of introducing automated functionalities in Traffic Management Centres.
Participants will learn about existing automation, will have the opportunity to discuss about those ITS functions that can be automated, how to plan the automation and what KPIs can be used to assess the level of automation.
EU EIP Activity 4.2 “Facilitating automated driving” organized a workshop with the topic “Automation in Traffic Management and Traffic Centres: Experiences and Plans” included as Sessions 1D and 2D at the EU EIP Forum. The aim of the workshop was to promote a discussion on benefits of introducing automated/autonomic functionalities in the operation of the Traffic Centres.
The two sessions were well attended having around 40 participants both inside and outside of the EU EIP community, representing the industry and authorities managing traffic centres. The presentations resulted in interesting and fruitful discussions on existing automation experiences in different European countries or projects, on ITS functions that can be automated, how to plan the automation and what KPIs can be used to assess the level of automation.
The main conclusion coming out of the workshop is that there are already experiences with automation in TMCs showing benefits like operator workload reduction, increased efficiency in operations, increase of road network capacity and safety, and reduction of traffic delays. Also, there is potential for further advances of TMC automation in close cooperation with vehicle manufacturers. The workshop mostly confirmed the work carried out so far in Activity 4.2 and gave useful feedback for further developments.
Parallel session 1E: The future of Traffic Management is now!
Organiser: Tobias Reiff (BASt, DE)
For whom: Public Authorities, Road Operators, Traffic Managers, Traffic Information Service Providers, DG MOVE
In this session we will enable the EU EIP Traffic Management Deployment Guidelines for the future.
By presenting implemented Best Practices and new approaches in Traffic management, we will have the opportunity to hear different experts and learn from them.
The experiences gained from the European road network, especially in the ITS Corridors, are a valuable asset, in order to develop solutions for the existing and upcoming challenges in the sector of road transport.
The session “The future of Traffic Management is now!“ had the aim to name the advantages and challenges that occur by using the EU EIP Deployment Guidelines and to work out the room for improvement, to be prepared for the future.
To receive answers to these questions six presenters shared their experiences with regards to ITS implementations, harmonization processes and new approaches to connect and operate Traffic Management Centers.
The presentations were followed by two interactive sessions. One of the outcomes was that motorway to motorway ramp metering, which is implemented and tested in Scotland, could be considered to the TMS-DG03 Ramp Metering.In the same DG it should be checked if the currently just advised yellow contrast shield for ramp metering installations could be a requirement to foster the common look and feel.
The Corridor Information Document (CID) should be established to foster the connection of Traffic Management Centres cross border, like it is already in place for railway management. Urban ITS implementations are currently not considered in the EU EIP Deployment Guidelines but will play an important role in future and there is a need to share lessons learned in this field.
16:00 – 17:30
Parallel Sessions – Round 2
Session 2A: Traffic Management: From System to Services
Organiser: Johanna Tzanidaki (ERTICO, BE) and Stephanie Leonard (TomTom, BE)For whom: Public Authorities, Road Operators, Traffic Information Service Providers, DG MOVE, Road Infrastructure Service Providers. We also wish to invite Consultancies and Concessionaries
This Session aims at discussing the change of mind in Traffic Management and the operational developments this necessitates. A new organizational culture, where private and public stakeholders cooperate on a win-win basis can only succeed if the roles of the stakeholders are re-visited and re-defined on a new basis. The governance of the Traffic Management system is key to the Traffic Management of the future that see the needs individual as important as those of the collective. The Session will discuss both the ecosystem of future Traffic Management and the components needed for this to succeed.
The Session on Traffic Management: From System to Services was organised by ERTICO and TomTom.
The speakers discussed with the audience on the change of mentality and the new attitude towards Traffic Management and its operational development. A new organisational culture, were public-private cooperation in managing traffic on a win-win basis is already established as a target while there is already a discussion taking place on how to ensure a triple win, where the third win is the user.
The latter has to be the recipient of the better and more enhanced services of managing traffic in an optimal way that relates to her needs and is easily understood and followed.
The public-private cooperation of public authorities and industry (including Service Providers, OEMs, Infrastructure providers) can only succeed if the new roles of the actors involved in interactive (or enhanced) Traffic Management are re-visited and re-defined on the new win-win-win basis.
As the aspects of governance, plans, services, operations and possible MoUs were discussed, the audience and speakers deliberated on how necessary it is to have the involvement of Service Providers in the interactive traffic management scheme of TM 2.0 concept that also SOCRATES 2.0 is mostly following. The fact that Public Authorities do not have other means of directly reaching out to the individual drivers, other than the channel of communication provided by Service providers, is a key factor for this cooperation.
The lack of an optimal business model in deploying the win-win-win is a challenge that all actors are working towards overcoming but the goal remains to see the needs of the individual (user of the road network/driver) as important as those of the collective (the mass traffic on the road network).
An interesting point raised time and again during the interactive discussion was the need to understand the real needs of the user – be she the driver or the pedestrian and the cyclist. At a time when mobility is becoming more and more multi-modal, the use of data and sensors should cater for the needs of vulnerable users on the road network.
Traffic management should encompass all road network user groups and as a result all related services should be provided accordingly. ‘Blind’ cross-roads in rural Europe are not equipped with C-ITS technologies and that is something we should not ignore.
Public Authorities present in the Session agreed that orchestrating Traffic Management is a responsibility ultimately falling under their remit and that “looking for the benefits in the entire value system” would ensure a more robust system of enhanced Traffic Management.
Nonetheless, everyone agreed that the commitment of Service Providers (traffic information services and also infrastructure services) is not enough if the user/driver does not see that the perceived benefits are relevant to her. The user should not have to make a choice between the ‘optimal’ advice to the collective or the one offered to the individual. The parallel was made in explaining how in environmental conscious human conduct (such as recycling) the ‘optimal’ advice should result from the education the user has received in his training (also by providing clear incentives).
Finally, the Session discussed that in defining the Common Operation Picture in enhanced Traffic Management, we have to understand ‘who does what and when’. Orchestration may allow Public Authorities to scope when the ‘win-win-win’ should fall back to the ‘win-win’ as there are cases where “somebody loses for the benefit of the public good”. In relation to that statement, a new concept was mentioned during the Session: “Traffic Management related data”. This is a term describing dynamic road network and traffic status data related to enhanced Traffic Management Information and Services. This term is expected to appear more and more in Traffic Management discussions at EU level and EU legislative initiatives alike.
The Session closed with the agreement of all participants that contractual agreements, rather than MoUs, still remain the best way to forge cooperation among traffic stakeholders as described on the TM 2.0 concept.
Parallel session 2B: Evaluation and future scenarios
Organisers: Daniel Cullern (Capita, UK), Vivi Michalaki ;(Highways England, UK), Biagio Ciuffo (EC Joint Research Centre, IT)
For whom: Policy makers, researchers in the transport field, evaluators, traffic managers, road operators, etc.
Historically, piecemeal approaches to ITS evaluation have struggled to demonstrate the wider positive impacts of ITS service deployment on the network as a whole. The EU EIP has nurtured a harmonized evaluation approach, which can enable a more coherent “global” assessment of the impacts of ITS deployment.Looking forward, road transport connectivity and automation will cause the disruption of a sector, which has not changed significantly in decades. The session will stimulate discussion on the possible implications of its introduction for the transport sector, as well as for society and the economy, through different scenarios for the future of transport and mobility.
Download the session 2B combined presentation, splitted in two parts: part1 part2
The first part of the session considered approaches to and issues around ITS evaluation within the current ITS corridors and wider ITS community.It featured the presentation of best practice examples and discussions around the harmonization of evaluation approaches to measure the impact of ITS implementation across Europe.
In so doing, it demonstrated the real benefits of the implementation of various ITS measures across the network in terms of improved safety, reduced emissions and improved traffic flows. Following the presentations, a workshop was held wherein the importance of combining ex-post evaluation results with ex-ante studies was identified and the importance of providing and making available the relevant tools to undertake this kind of assessment was agreed. This outcome will in turn be taken forward by the EU EIP Evaluation expert group in the development of the EU EIP Evaluation Toolkit.
The second part of the session presented future mobility scenarios and explored the expected impacts of new technologies such as connected vehicles and automation on the future of transport and society.New technologies offer new options for a better and deeper management of road transport and for its better integration in the overall multi-modal transport system. Road authorities and traffic management centers will probably be asked to play a new role in the future and different scenarios are possible.
The discussion held during the workshop focused on the concept of the public authorities acting as “Orchestra Conductor” in the future traffic management. Views expressed by participants (both from private and public entities) were in favor of such a role although it was difficult to define it in practice. Key issues are the resources (both in terms of monetary budget and human capital) that will be made available to play such a crucial role.
Parallel session 2C: URSA MAJOR neo workshop on long-distance freight issues: Traffic Management and intermodal freight transport
Organiser: Gilberto Tognoni (with support from Valeria Cipollone, RAM, IT and Henk Jansma, Rijkswaterstaat, NL)
For whom:Road operators, freight transport managers/associations, inland terminal and port operators, logistic hubs operators.
URSA MAJOR Neo is one of the five ITS corridor projects in Europe. The focus of UMneo is on facilitating long-distance freight transport on the corridor from the Netherlands via Germany and the Alpes to Southern Italy. Up to five speakers will give an introduction about the (potential) integration of traffic management information and (intermodal) transport management information. Typical examples are coordinated management of bridges, traffic delay forecasts in transport planning software, synchromodal transport, integration of traffic management with Port Community Systems, etc.
Interaction between (intermodal) freight operators, road operators and other stakeholders will be a significant part of the session, aiming at identifying elements for a road map for future developments.
With reference in particular to long-distance freight transport along the Ursa Major corridor, the first part of the workshop was dedicated to the multimodal aspects, considering ports, roads, railways and villages of freight.The two related presentations promoted various questions leading to the following principal conclusions highlighted during the subsequent discussion:
The second part of the workshop faced mainly the transport and traffic management issues, with three different presentations. Here as well a heated debate took place, whose main conclusions were:
Parallel session 2D: Automation in Traffic Management and Traffic Centres – Experiences and plans (part II of workshop)
Organiser: Mihai Niculescu (ITS Romania, RO)
For whom: road operators, traffic managers, ITS equipment and solutions providers, transport management authorities (local and central), vehicle manufacturers, ITS experts/consultants
This session is organized by the EU EIP Activity 4.2 “Facilitating automated driving” and it is the second part of the workshop focused on benefits of introducing automated functionalities in Traffic Centres. Participants will learn about existing automation, will have the opportunity to discuss about those ITS functions that can be automated, how to plan the automation and what KPIs can be used to assess the level of automation.
See summary 1D
Parallel session 2E: Best Practices in Traffic Information Services
Organisers: Enrico Ferrante (Autovie Venete, IT) and Malika Seddi (ASFA, FR)
For whom: road operators, traffic managers, service providers.
Traffic information services (TIS) aim to provide road users with useful, accurate and up-to-date information on the road network, traffic circulation plans, traffic regulations, recommended driving routes and real-time traffic data. Providing seamless traffic information services has been a priority action in the ITS corridors.This session will give an update on the expectations of the EC, including an overview of delegated regulations and its impact on ITS deployment. Main achievements made so far by the project partners from different corridors and other parties will be presented. Finally, the way forward to meet objectives of improved mobility services in a changing era with digitalization of road infrastructure will be discussed.
The session on Travel Information Services (TIS) has posted the question to the participants “how TIS will be in future, particularly with automation in transport?”
The session opened by the speech of Isabelle Vandoorne (EC) focused on the relevance of Deployment Guidelines and the impact of Delegate Regulations (DR) on the implementation of services across Europe, which has been complicated by the DRs. The main issues highlighted by the EC in the acts published and the effects expected are:
At the end, the objective of the EU EIP and the work to be carried out will be on translating in practice the legal messages outcomes from the acts and regulations of the EU institutions.
After the presentation of the speakers, two groups debated on what are the expectation on TIS on the ground of above mentioned, from different perspectives:
There was a good participation of the audience which was split in two groups after the presentation made illustrating the subject with concrete examples. The first Group (namely the “private sector”) reported about quality of data and information to be provided; information on traffic has to be available free (forever), data have to be reliable and accurate. Possibly the services have to be sent directly in vehicle and with multimodal approach, in order to allow the best choice of transport modality; TIS have to be available when the end users really need it, independent from mode of transport and the device used; moving from the “driver” perspective to the “passenger” point of view.
The “institutional” Group mainly focused the discussion – and conclusions – on data quality (Quality is the Key factor), on who will be responsible of the data collected, processed and provided, in particular if it is cooperation with private sector. Regulations and harmonization of Open Data remarked, the same attention on the theme of Cybersecurity and compliance with GDPR.
The two groups agreed on the following items:
19:00 – 23:00
Network dinner, location: Paushuize (Pope House).
All delegates are invited to join the Network dinner at ‘Paushuize’ (Pope House) located at the historical city centre of Utrecht.
15 November 2018
09:00 – 10:30
Plenary Opening – DAY 2: How the CEF ITS programme optimizes the Core Corridors
Organisers: Alessandro Iavicoli (Ministry of Transport, IT), Jan Willem Tierolf (Rijkswaterstaat, NL)For whom: All parties involved in road traffic management, being them traffic managers, automotive sector, IT providers, service providers, etc.
TEN-T Core network corridors are the backbone of the European traffic and transport system. However, these cannot be extended indefinitely. CEF ITS corridor projects are improving efficiency and safety of traffic and transport at a pan-European scale, while reducing environmental pollution and contributing to the mitigation of climate change. This session had highlighted the potential of the CEF ITS corridor projects and identified the potential for further cooperation with the TEN-T core network corridors.
The session will start with a keynote speech from the EC director and presentations about the TEN-T core corridors and CEF ITS corridor projects, followed by a panel discussion.
Mr. Ruijters and the six ITS corridor coordinators:
Stephanie Kleine (Ursa Major), Wolfgang Kernstock (Crocodile), Arne Lindeberg (Next-ITS), Paul Wadsworth (Arc Atlantique), Malika Seddi (MedTIS) and Jan Willem Tierolf (East West Corridor)
Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) are vital to make transport safer, more efficient and more sustainable. It is the best way Member State authorities can improve the existing infrastructure instead of building new ones.
In Europe there are five ITS Corridors, which deploy ITS services on most of the nine Core network Corridors.They are all co-funded by CEF and coordinated by the European ITS Platform.
The aim of the Platform, also co-funded by CEF, is to promote and facilitate the implementation of the EU Directive on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) and the deployment of ITS to foster a harmonized and efficient European transport network, and to support interoperability and continuity of ITS services.
Herald Ruijters invited CEF ITS Corridors to share their objectives with the Core Network Corridors, playing an active role within Core Network Corridor Fora on a permanent basis.This way, a pertinent representative of the Platform (e.g. the ITS Corridor Coordinator or a leader of the Platform) would attend Fora meetings and make the link between ITS corridors and the Core Network Corridor Fora. This is even more important now, in view of the CEF2 programme and the foreseen investments in the field of ITS and other “soft” infrastructures.
Both the potential and the challenges arising from the digitalization of transport, connected and automated mobility, the European dimension of services, multimodality (passenger/freight) and Mobility as a Service, will require even closer collaboration. This message will be delivered to all Corridor Fora.
11:00 – 12:30
Parallel Sessions – Round 3
Session 3A: Management of Digital Traffic Regulations
Organizer: Stephanie Kleine (MWVLW RP, DE)
For whom: Road authorities, road operators, traffic managers, data aggregators, (on-trip) service providers
Accurate and reliable real-time information on any kind of traffic regulation in place would highly leverage today’s ITS services, e.g. navigation services could avoid that their users end up in front of ‘road closed’ signs. For future connected and automated mobility, such data – with even higher accuracy and reliability requirements – will be mandatory. This implies substantial – potentially disruptive – changes in the roles and responsibilities of the relevant actors, both public and private, and also on the way these actors interact (e.g. data sharing governance). This session will elaborate about steps already taken, experiences made, but also discuss expectations regarding future requirements.
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With support from the LEF moderator, the participants were asked to imagine the following scenario: The year is 2030, traffic regulations are highly available and completely accurate. How would this influence you on a day in this future scenario waking up, planning you day, getting to work and having a meeting about “DTR 2030”?
Six small groups were formed under the direction of the lead contributors to discuss this scenario. The first feedback was then briefly presented by the respective contributors. Then, two groups each merged into one group to further discuss two concrete steps to be taken now to prepare this future scenario best. The main conclusion could be summarized as follows:
At the end of the session, Stephanie Kleine promises to organise a follow up event with key stakeholders and stakeholder groups in 2019 to advance the issue further as a common initiative and effort. In preparation of this event she will organise a meeting at DG Move premises early 2019.
Parallel session 3B: Data, data and more data: Trailblazing opportunities for traffic management, safety and analysis.
Organiser: Edoardo Felici (NDW, NL)
For whom: Road operators, traffic managers, civil servants, service providers
The success of many ITS services depends on the provision of accurate and up-to-date data and information. Thus, data and information suppliers are required to monitor data quality, report quality levels and continuously improve data provision. To harmonize the handling of ITS data and information quality, applicable frameworks on a European level are required. This session will report on on-going activities to establish such frameworks and exchange individual aspects of ITS actors.
In this session we welcomed five very interesting speakers from different parts of Europe. They each have worked with Floating Car Data to feed new information and traffic management services.
Marthe Uenk from the National Data Warehouse for Traffic Information in the Netherlands showed us novel applications of FCD, stretching its use to get even more value for money.Reiner Dölger showed us the use of FCD to detect congestion on corridors in the URSA MAJOR project, determining which decision points can be used to spread traffic more efficiently over a network. Ulrich Haspel talked about the various applications of FCD in Bavaria, from dynamic rerouting to plausibility checks for sensors, roadworks and traffic lights.The Italian insights were given to us by Gianluigi Ragno from InfoBlu, which processes data from millions of vehicles to give better traffic information and services to their clients.
Magnus Hjälmdahl from Sweco in Sweden told us about the use of FCD in Nordic Way and the different services it has fostered. These presentations were proof that data from mobile devices is starting to become a commodity, implemented in a large variety of applications and systems to improve quality and coverage of traffic information. More and more road operators are discovering novel uses for FCD to make their work more efficient and to complement existing data sources. In the future this use will undoubtedly expand further as coverage of mobile devices increases.
Session 3C: Automated vehicles: What will happen on the network?
Organisers: Risto Kulmala (Traficon Oy, FI) & Tom Alkim (Rijkswaterstaat, NL)
For whom: Owners, managers and operators of physical and digital road traffic infrastructures, automotive and telecom industry, transport data suppliers and users, researchers.
Higher level (Level 3-4) automated vehicles will be on our roads in the next five years. The session will discuss, what this will mean to the drivers, traffic, the physical infrastructure and the digital infrastructure including the positioning and communication networks.Topics to be discussed:
The automated vehicle session had a good turnout of 65 participants.
The session started with describing the state of the art from different perspectives and stakeholders: accurate vehicle positioning via satellite positioning and other means, road vehicle automation roll-out timescales, automated vehicle connectivity, freight vehicle automation including platooning, road operator preparedness, and the impact of vehicle automation on road safety.After this the participants split in five groups to discuss and respond to the questions of:
The discussions produced valuable responses and insights, which will be utilized in the work of EU EIP activity 4.2 Facilitating automated driving.
Session 3D: Quality of ITS data and services
Organiser: Peter Lubrich (BASt, DE)
For whom: ITS service operators, traffic managers, data suppliers, data users, IT / data specialists, user service providers
The success of many ITS services depends on the provision of accurate and up-to-date data and information. Thus, data and information suppliers are required to monitor data quality, report quality levels and continuously improve data provision. To harmonize the handling of ITS data and information quality, applicable frameworks on a European level are required. This session reported on on-going activities to establish such frameworks and exchange individual aspects of ITS actors.
Download the session 3D combined presentation
The session aimed to raise awareness among ITS stakeholders for the importance of data and service quality, and to exchange individual perspectives on that matter.
The session started with a warm-up presentation called “Why Quality of ITS Data?“ by Peter Lubrich (BASt, DE), introducing the benefits of ITS data quality, pointing out legal implications by the EU ITS Directive and summarising existing frameworks for quality management by EU EIP. ITS data quality has different meanings depending on the data domain.EU EIP partners gave an introduction to quality aspects of two of the most important domains: Tomi Laine (Strafica Oy, FI) talked about the domain of Safety-Related and Real-Time Traffic Information (SRTI/RTTI) Services, introducing validated quality criteria and recommendations by EU EIP, to be used among European ITS stakeholders. Martin Jansen (Plannerstack, NL) talked about the domain of Multi-Modal Travel Information Services (MMTIS), relating to specific needs of typical multimodal travellers and stressing the importance of a seamless information chain.
In the following group work, participants were asked to explore, what they feel is crucial in data quality, from a traveller perspective. A second task was to think how this quality could be measured.One group dealt with SRTI/RTTI, another group with MMTIS. For the SRTI/RTTI group, it became evident that beyond the current focus on the content part of the information chain, the end-user perspective should be also considered. This would allow a holistic quality approach among the entire information chain. Looking at quality criteria, the criterion “data completeness” seems important to achieve some value of the information towards the user. This criterion has not been covered by EU EIP so far. Looking into the near-term future, new technologies such as C-ITS will bring a lot of changes to the quality framework and quality itself.
Quality aspects related to these technologies should be explored, eventually redefining the quality criteria and requirements (e.g. looking at “latency” in the range of milliseconds) and exploring new quality methods (e.g. checking the reliability of C-ITS data sources and using C-ITS as an independent ground truth). For the MMTIS group, the user perspective seems to be relevant again, resulting in a need for trustworthy data, and for a focus on information rather than only on the underlying data. The complexity of the many data types should be reflected in the provision of suitable data standards and formats. Finally, the measuring should look for real-time capabilities of MMTIS, among others, and take into account non-conventional sources such as social media.
The lesson-learnt from this session is that quality is considered crucial for any ITS stakeholder and use case, but has to be carefully interpreted depending on the context. The group work revealed different quality aspects both for SRTI/RTTI and MMTIS. Also, the underlying data sources, use cases and end-user expectations seem to have an impact. Further, a continuous exchange among European partners on these aspects should be fostered. The present participants are invited to stay in touch with EU EIP on quality-related issues.
Parallel session 3E: Intelligence in Freight Transport
Organisers: Jens Dierke (BASt, DE) Arne Lindeberg (Swedish Transport Administration, SE) Nils Heine (CPL Competence in Ports and Logistics GmbH, DE)
For whom: Road operators, service providers, hauliers, harbours, cities, …
After forming a background by explaining Intelligent Truck Parking and presenting related Best Practices, an interactive discussion on “Intelligence in Freight Transport” will take place, covering the following topics:
The session looked into the present and future of “Intelligence in Freight Transport”, presenting existing best practices and giving a glimpse of what to expect in the future through digitalization.
The interactive sessions that followed enabled the participants to express their ideas to address specific questions. Regarding the type of information that should be made available to truck drivers, the participants mentioned the location/distance to the truck parking area, the number of free parking places, as well as the available facilities.
They underlined the importance of prediction of free parking places and also made a distinction between truck parking on hubs and on motorways. As means to provide this information to the driver, apart from signs, websites or dedicated apps, it was stressed that the integration of this information into the driver’s navigation system and/or the fleet management system is of high importance and value.
As main challenges that need to be tackled in order to take advantage of the new possibilities that digitalisation brings, the participants recognised the data exchange, especially motivating companies to exchange anonymous data with each other, creating win-win opportunities for all companies involved.
Quality management and protection of the exchanged data is also an issue, as well as the development of business cases and the calculations of cost of investment and ROI. Finally, interoperability between systems, as well as integration of data from various sources, are main challenges to be tackled in the future.
12:30 – 13:30
During lunch, delegates had the opportunity to learn more about results of different road traffic management projects and new products and services.
13:30 – 14:30
Closing Plenary DAY 2: Stakeholders’ reflection
In the first part of the session, key stakeholders reflected on key results of the two day event.They reacted on questions/remarks from the audience collected over the past two days through the so-called ‘squads’.This had be done through a panel discussion with representatives from the EC DG MOVE and various stakeholder organisations active in the domain of ITS.
ITS and the Dutch culture Johan Diepens (Mobycon, NL)