Activity 5 within the European ITS Platform project (EIP) build upon the EasyWay ITS Deployment Road Map developed within the EasyWay 2 project, by developing a framework which will contribute to future ITS harmonization and deployment in Europe. The Activity includes the development of an approach balancing voluntary harmonization (e.g. through Deployment Guidelines) with regulatory measures (e.g. ITS Directive specifications) and standards in order to create a solid basis for the roll out of interoperable and continuous ITS services across the EU. This workshop is an important part of this work.
The European Commission initiated the work on the ITS Action Plan and the ITS Directive in order to cope with a situation where a patchwork of national, regional and local solutions led to a slow overall ITS deployment and a lack of seamless services. Stakeholder consultations further concluded that the slow uptake of ITS in Europe to a large extent was due to a lack of a consistent Europe-wide harmonised deployment. The ITS directive actions and the launch of the EasyWay projects shall be seen as measures taken in response to this situation.
The EasyWay project has developed and endorsed Deployment Guidelines concerning a set of core European ITS services. These Deployment Guidelines are used across Europe on a voluntary or contractual basis and constitute thereby a voluntary harmonisation complementary to the legally binding specifications within the framework of the ITS directive and they are also complementary to results from ITS standardisation.
The need for harmonisation will increase as transport becomes more and more international and more and more dependent on a continuous provision of ITS services. ITS services will also be crucial for making the best possible use of existing infrastructure. The EIP project has launched an activity exploring the possibility to develop a “European approach to harmonisation”. This approach will describe how voluntary harmonisation (e.g. through Deployment Guidelines) can balance with regulatory measures like EC ITS Directive Specification and standards in order to create a solid basis for ITS harmonisation which avoids overlaps, causing possible inconsistencies, and unnecessary workload.
By adding this dimension to the development, EIP will contribute to the build-up of a well-functioning innovation system for ITS, supporting different groups of stakeholders in their respective development activities
The workshop will focus on the following questions:
- What experiences have been made so far in ITS harmonisation?
- Which criteria could indicate the selection of a harmonisation method?
- How can we identify which ITS systems and services that are suitable subjects to harmonisation?
The workshop will include presentations from different groups of stakeholders in ITS deployment (industry, road operators) and ITS harmonisation (CEN standardisation, EasyWay) on the basis of a memorandum launched by EIP Activity 5.
The detailed program and the memorandum will be issued around 11 October.
Who should attend?
As ITS harmonisation concerns a wide range of stakeholders, we think that it is important to open up as well the work in EIP Activity 5 as the workshop for all groups of stakeholders. This means that the workshop is open for participation within the ITS community.
Start: 21 October at 10.15 (registration and coffee from 9.30)
End: 21 October at 16:00
EC INEA Offices
Chaussée de Wavre 910
B-1040 Brussels, Belgium
Contact person: Arne Lindeberg, EIP Activity 5 leader (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Swedish Transport Administration
See also : http://inea.ec.europa.eu/