Although ITS for roads has been applied by EU Member States with great success already since decades, there is still the need and the willingness to continue the existing cooperation. Such a joint effort improves cross-border continuity of services and coordination, the exchange of knowledge as well as sharing best practices. Harmonised deployment of ITS services across the EU helps overcoming fragmentation which hinders the efficiency and competitiveness of road transport along EU corridors.
One of the major achievements of the ITS related cooperation of European road operators so far has been the DG 2012 set of ITS Deployment Guidelines, which were created and adopted by the Member States in the scope of the EasyWay 2 project. This process – especially the adoption – required a significant amount of time so that the Deployment Guidelines (DG) could not be used widely within the EasyWay 2 deployments.
Therefore, the Part B of the DG documents has so far contained only National examples of deployment of the related services, rather than actual Best Practice deployment for DG requirements as had originally been foreseen for this section and would be of highest benefit for the users.
European road operators took the initiative to carry on the DG work to continuously monitor and collect feedback from the application of the DGs in the context of national projects proposing two major DG related activities under the umbrella of the so-called 'European ITS Platform – EIP' that is co-funded by the European Commission:
- Activity 2 in the EIP work programme provided essential post-processing steps to improve the usability of the DGs in ITS deployments and to reflect the initial experiences and feedback gained with the guidelines since their release at the end of the year 2012.
A final report entitled “Recommendations for the maintenance and further enhancement of the DG2012” summarizes the results of a questionnaire study made in 2014 and gives specific recommendations for each guideline and for the complete set of Deployment Guidelines as a whole.
- Activity 21 in the EIP+ work programme (ending in December 2015) is now the follower activity with the goal to monitor and collect feedback on the application of the DGs in the European Corridor projects (Deployments) and to consolidate reporting of the results, lessons learned and best practices concerning the DGs requirements on a European scale.
Until now EasyWay DG development and evolution processes were driven and conducted by national ITS-experts on a rather theoretic and visionary level. With the EIP+ activity 21, there is the chance to benefit of the DG application and assessment by real practitioners in real deployments (probably more than 100 ITS implementation projects).
An EIP+ DG questionnaire package has been developed. Each questionnaire is dedicated to one specific guideline and is expected to be answered in the frame of specific deployment projects. Nevertheless, it serves as well to collect information about the general concept of deployment guidelines and the question of cost-benefit ratio from the perspective of ITS deployment practitioners, the operational level. The questionnaire is divided in five sections:
- Compliance checklists
- Operating Environment
- VMS – Variable Message Signs
- DATEX II – standardized data exchange profiles
Questions to this questionnaire document can be raised using the EW website helpdesk and user support. If you have been using the Deployment Guidelines in one of your projects, we would of course appreciate your feedback as well. Please download the questionnaire here: PDF or Word Version and send it to Stephanie Kleine.
Thank you very much for your support.
The EasyWay Deployment Guideline Team