This page presents the Highlights of the European ITS Platform published in 2020. You may use the table of contents below to skip directly to the highlight of your interest and use the “back to the table of contents” link at the end of each highlight to return to the Table of Contents.
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of ITPS Quality Package discussed at EU EIP Online Workshop. 1
· Quality Package on C-ITS Information Quality introduced at EU EIP Online Workshop. 1
· Hard shoulders bus lanes in Northern Ireland (AA3 – UK). 6
· 2nd newsletter NAP&NB Harmonisation Group published 6
· EU EIP
has published the ‘Road map and action plan to facilitate automated driving on
TEN road network’. 6
Web ITS Forum Webinar – Perspectives and contribution of road operators for
facilitating automated driving. 7
Web ITS Forum Webinar – Actions for Core Network Corridor Digitalization. 9
DATEX II Forum – webinar series. 11
Web ITS Forum Webinar: “Digitalisation, best practices and best use of the
road: a preview of ITS Handbook for Road Operators” 12
ITS European Congress 2020: Paper of the Platform on Cross Corridor Cooperation
and the Reference Handbook. 17
NAP discusses registration and NAP user insights. 19
· EU EIP
workshop on facilitation of highly automated driving on TEN road network. 21
date: Online Workshop on C-ITS Information Quality. 22
date: Online Workshop on Truck Parking Information Quality. 24
Web ITS Forum invitation: Digitalisation, best practices and best use of the
road: a preview of ITS Handbook for Road Operators. 25
officers at the Italian webinar on “Autonomous driving and Smart Mobility” –
European ITS platform was there. 26
2020 Annual Report and upcoming PSA discussed in WG NAP meeting ITS Platform. 29
peak hour lane on E313 (AA3 – Belgium / Flanders) 30
Route Planner plays key role in re-developing Irish supply chains after Brexit 31
with Metadata for National Access Points. 32
assessment of ITP in the Netherlands. 34
newsletter of NAP & NB Harmonisation Group published. 35
Practices, Stakeholder Liaison and Cross Corridor Cooperation: new Reports from
EU EIP are available online. 36
of ITS and Traffic Control Center Systems (AA3 –
· Covid-19: what is happening in the European mobility? Ursa Major launched an Observatory 37
on needs for autonomics functions of the Platform relayed by the Italian press. 40
Deliverable: Highly automated driving – Identification of requirements towards network
updated Platform and Corridors fact-sheets are now on line. 43
Camera project Rijkswaterstaat successfully completed site acceptation test. 44
metering deployment on Paris peri-urban motorways (AA2 France) 45
vehicles detection project in the French Alps (AA3 France) 45
conference shows great interest from NAP and NB community to cooperate. 46
Corridor GIS tool published. 48
for autonomic functions in road operators’ ITS. Good and bad practices from
increasing the automation of road operators’ ITS – lessons learned – status
update 2019. 49
speed limits and ramp metering in Lille (AA3 – France) 50
speed limits and ramp metering in Bordeaux (AA3 – France) 51
and "Green deal" – the European perspective. 52
of impacts, benefits and costs of highly automated driving – New deliverable
Newsletter Nr 2. 54
· UMneo – Minister of
Transport Rheinland-Pfalz published federal state
wide Digital Roadworks Information: a Milestone for digitalisation. 54
the date: Roadmap for Automated Driving – Virtual Workshop. 56
presents first iRSU (movie) 58
Corridor Cooperation Workshop on Evaluation. 58
List of consolidated user requirements on data exchange. 59
4.0 – Upgrade of the Walloon traffic centre (AA3 – Belgium) 60
· The platform report shows 2019 uptake of National
Access Points: still work to be done!
Validation of ITPS Quality Package discussed at EU EIP
EU EIP sub-activity 4.1 “Determining Quality of
European ITS Services” has been dedicated to establish frameworks for quality assessment
in several ITS data and service domains.
One product of this sub-activity is a quality
framework for the domain of Intelligent Truck Parking Information Services
(ITPS). This framework, called the ITPS Quality Package, defines quality
criteria, quality requirements and assessment methods for ITPS across Europe.
It has been published here:
As a follow-up action, the ITPS Quality Package has
been validated under real-life operating conditions in the Netherlands and in
The quality framework documents are available on the achievement page
These EU EIP elaborations were presented to about 20
truck parking stakeholders during an online workshop on December 17, 2020.
The workshop goals were to:
learn about the current elaboration of
the ITPS Quality Package,
learn about the recent validation tests,
discuss quality aspects and issues with
the EU EIP team and other stakeholders, and
give input for the upcoming work by EU
In the first part, Peter Lubrich, Radu Milea, Florin Vaduva and Michel
Kusters from the EU EIP Quality group presented the background, motivation and
working structure for the ITPS Quality Package, as well as the validation
results, see the presentation.
Some new insights into the current ITPS Quality
situation could be derived from the recent validations in the Netherlands and
Germany. The Dutch validation looked on how individual quality criteria are met
by the information basis in the National Access Point, based on ground-truth
comparisons. One of the observations was that quality levels for public
vs. private truck parking operators were quite different. Additionally, it was
revealed that some private parking operators are not willing to expose their
data on the NAP, to keep the number of clients rather restricted.
Within the German validation, the completeness of
records about truck parking facilities, as provided in the National Access
Point, was checked, looking at the mandatory data fields from the DATEX II
profile. It was found that some basic data fields (such as geolocations) are
mostly provided, whereas some other fields (such as service facilities) are
only occasionally provided. Further, the completeness levels differ when looking
individually at the German Bundesländer.
Both validations also indicate that the definitions
from the ITPS Quality Package are stable. i.e. the criteria can be replicated
in real-life environments, and quality requirements seem to be at reasonable
Next, an open session was opened to review the
approach of the EU EIP activity, and explore quality requirements by present
ITPS experts. The following questions were discussed:
Are the EU EIP quality definitions
sufficient for a common understanding on Truck Parking Information quality?
What is your experience on data quality
from external providers?
What is the role of private parking
operators in the data eco-system?
How to do quality checks for data about
truck parking places?
The feedback on these questions was collected using a
Miro Board, see here for results. Accordingly, data quality issues are
important for the audience in terms of building a solid information base for
the individual services. However, other issues seemed to be also important, such
as the business perspectives of truck parking operators. It was stated that
costs and benefits for delivering data (according to EC Regulations) do not
always pay off. Further, audition procedures of truck parking facilities, to
meet EU minimum standards, is another burden for such operators. For the
Quality work, this means that the data perspective has to be put in a wider
context, also reaching out to strategic and business goals of stakeholders in
the ITPS domain
one of the workshop benefits, new relationships were built between the EU EIP
Quality group and dedicated ITPS experts and actors. The EU EIP Quality group
will foster future exchange with these experts and actors in terms of quality
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Quality Package on
C-ITS Information Quality introduced at EU EIP Online Workshop
A major milestone of this sub-activity is a brand-new
quality framework for the C-ITS domain. This framework, called the C-ITS
Quality Package, adds quality aspects to parallel implementation and pilot projects
The newest draft of the C-ITS Quality Package is now
ready for the C-ITS audience and can be downloaded on the achievement page.
The C-ITS Quality Package was presented to about 40
C-ITS stakeholders during an EU EIP Online Workshop on December 14, 2020.
learn about the current elaboration of
the C-ITS Quality Framework,
learn how “quality criteria”, “quality
requirements” and “assessment methods” could be defined,
In the first part, Peter Lubrich from the EU EIP
Quality group presented the background, motivation and working structure for
the C-ITS Quality Package, see his presentation.
One basic element of the Quality Package is a set of
definitions in terms of various Quality Criteria. Realising that data
ecosystems in C-ITS may be very complex and diverse, the EU EIP activity
started with a “zooming-in” approach, looking at specific communication chains
and specific use cases. This way, some preliminary quality definitions were
developed for those specific cases. The resulting Quality Criteria (e.g., latency)
were quantified with (minimum) requirements per use case. In addition, these
Quality Criteria were correlated with data elements from ETSI specifications
(defining message contents in C-ITS) as well as evaluation techniques in
current C-ITS deployment projects.
To reflect how Quality aspects are covered in European
C-ITS projects so far, a “mini talk show” is held with the question “What
quality aspects did you encounter in your C-ITS project?”. Partners from the
projects C-Roads Germany [https://www.c-roads-germany.de/deutsch/pilotprojekt-hessen/], Nordic Way 2 [https://www.nordicway.net/] and C The Difference [http://c-thedifference.eu/] replied to this, linking to the individual
projects elaborations, e.g. explaining how certain Quality Criteria were
assessed within the project evaluations.
Next, an open session was opened to review the
approach of the EU EIP activity and explore requirements by present C-ITS
experts. The following questions were discussed:
Are the EU EIP quality definitions
sufficient for a common understanding on C-ITS quality?
How to embed the EU EIP Quality
definitions into the technology set-ups of C-ITS deployments?
Which part of the communication value
chain should we focus on?
What is the way forward for the EU EIP
The feedback on these questions was collected using a
Miro Board, see here for results. Accordingly, the audience put much
attention on the necessary differentiation of technologies, communication
actors and use cases, when describing and defining Quality Criteria. For
example, the choice of a specific communication technology clearly affects the
definition and setting of many Quality Criteria. The EU EIP Quality group will
consider the need for such differentiation when further working on the C-ITS
As one of the workshop benefits, new relationships
were built between the EU EIP Quality group and dedicated C-ITS experts and
actors. This way, relevant documents and outcomes from other C-ITS groups and
activities were recommended to the EU EIP Quality group to be considered, and
some participants showed interest in future exchange in terms of Quality
in all, the workshop served as an important milestone for the EU EIP Quality
activity, giving some orientation when developing the C-ITS Quality Package, and
bringing this elaboration closer to the on-going C-ITS deployments across
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Hard shoulders bus lanes in Northern
Ireland (AA3 – UK)
Additional Traffic management measures were needed to
mitigate the impacts of the construction of the proposed York Street
Interchange (YSI) scheme.
This project aims to improve the flow of traffic at
the confluence of two motorways and the Westlink in
Belfast, Northern Ireland. These measures include the introduction of hard
shoulder bus lanes on M1 and M2 motorways into Belfast along with the provision
of new CCTV Pan Tilt Zoom IP-based cameras for traffic monitoring purposes by
the Traffic Information and Control Contre (TICC).
The works started in 2018 and were completed in 2020,
with an estimated cost of 2234k€.
NAP&NB Harmonisation Group published
NAP&NB Harmonisation Groups has sent out its 2nd newsletter. In this newsletter the following topics are addressed:
· updates on the working group activities
· an invitation to Member State kick-off meeting/web calls for
participation in the CEF PSA project proposal (15th and 17th of December 2020)
· updates on the cooperation with related projects like DATEX II, TN-ITS
GO, EU EIP, DATA4PT, FRAME-NEXT and IDACS
· interesting events
Enjoy reading and feel free to get back to the
NAP&NB Harmonisation Group with questions and feedback!
EU EIP has published
the ‘Road map and action plan to facilitate automated driving on TEN road
Stakeholders in mobility need to consider their position and potential
benefits of automation. What is their vision, desired direction of development?
What are their interests? What options and power do they have to steer the
development? What can and should they practically do to prepare? In this
document, we looked at these questions mainly from the point of view of the
road authorities and operators – since they are core contributors to the EU EIP
project. This roadmap document focuses on the
· impact of connected and highly automated driving on
and role of physical and digital infrastructure, with a specific focus on the concept
of Operational Design Domain (ODD);
· cost and benefits of automation for road authorities
For both topics, the document focuses on findings and
efforts so far, and sets out a direction for future work. A stakeholder
consultation process was part of the preparation work for this document, so
various stakeholders’ views on future developments and roles are certainly part
of the process. The process has led to a wide range of information and
insights, and to a list of actions and recommendations.
It is premature to commence deployments unless road authorities and operators
are certain that the solutions invested in will not become obsolete in the
short term. This highlights the importance of research, field trials,
demonstrators, and deployment pilots, but also structured dialogue between the
road authorities/operators and the automated driving industry. Some of the
short-term actions, however, can be carried out with no regrets as they will
benefit the road network operations already today and involving human-operated
Regarding timing, most actions are for the medium term. Actually, for many
actions different phases can be distinguished: research, considering the
options, making choices, deployment, etcetera. This means that thinking may
need to start on the short term, while actual deployment (if chosen for) could
take place on the long term. The goal is to be prepared for automated driving,
have influence on the development so that road network operation does not suffer
but rather improves, avoid excessive investments in vain, and to reap the
potential benefits as soon as possible.
The final version of the Road
map and action plan to facilitate automated driving on TEN road network (version 2020) is available to download now.
3rd Web ITS Forum Webinar – Perspectives and
contribution of road operators for facilitating automated driving
SAVE THE DATE 11th December
2020, 09:30 – 11:00 CET
Automation and automated driving are key tools in
making the development to zero fatalities and low carbon emissions reality.
Automated driving is advancing to driverless and self-driving vehicles in the
road environments that enable this by providing the physical and digital
infrastructure required by such vehicles. The road operators are in key
position to provide those infrastructures as well as the traffic management
support needed. How road authorities and operators should now proceed is still
partly unclear due to many issues. The technology solutions are still evolving
fast with regard to the sensors, AI and software of the automated vehicles
making it difficult to predict what level of infrastructure support is needed
by automated vehicles rolled out in 2030 or 2040. The details of the future
automated vehicles’ behaviour, especially in critical situations where they
cannot continue automated driving, are not available. The legal frameworks for
driverless vehicles are not in place. These are only a few of the issues still
remaining before the full-scale roll-out of highly automated vehicles as well
as investments in the infrastructures to facilitate their operation on open
The European Commission has actively supported to move
towards connected and automated driving by enabling the necessary multi-stakeholder
cooperation in the domain. This is done in the form of CCAM Platform and the
CCAM Partnership and by funding support via the CEF, Horizon 2020 and the
Horizon Europe programmes. EU EIP has contributed to these via its activity
“Facilitating Automated Driving”.
Geert van der Linden – European Commission DG MOVE
Highlights of the EU EIP achievements
Requirements of highly automated driving
to road operators – Ludovic Simon, Cerema
Benefits and costs of highly automated driving
– Magnus Hjälmdal, Sweco
Roadmap and action plan to facilitate
automated driving on TEN road network – Maarten Amelink,
Automation of road operators’ own ITS
– Mihai Niculescu, ITS Romania
European ITS Platform
Anna Schirokoff, Finnish Transport and Communication Agency
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2nd Web ITS Forum
Webinar – Actions for Core Network Corridor Digitalization
THE DATE 4th December 2020, 10:30 – 12:30 CET
the Digital Agenda and further the European Strategy for Data, the European
Union has pointed at digitalization as a key element in future European
development. Digitalization and data-driven innovation is expected to bring
enormous benefits for citizens, not least within the mobility sector where
digitalization will contribute to safer and more efficient transport with far
less impact on the environment than what we currently see. Digitalization is a
prerequisite for electric and automated mobility which are important parts of
the European Green Deal.
growing economy and an increasing demand for transport of goods and people also
meet serious limitations to the possibility to expand the transport networks.
In large parts of Europe investments in infrastructure are limited to
elimination of bottlenecks and safety hazards. Increasing capacity by adding
infrastructure has become very complicated and brings tremendous costs. Instead
increased capacity has to follow from better use of investments already made which
can be achieved through further digitalization. In addition, the users of the
transport network will experience new and better services through access to
digitalisation of road transport and new services provided by road operators
and other actors can make significant contributions to Europe. However,
experience shows that planning and budgets from a national perspective do not
give a sufficiently high priority to multi-national cross-border investments to
equip the European road corridors with the system and services needed and
possible. Data driven innovation is hampered by lack of harmonization and
the European ITS Platform has developed a set of recommended actions for Core
Network Corridor digitalization that go beyond the responsibilities of national
authorities and contribute to the build of a European road transport system.
These actions require European cooperation to take place and should be
considered as necessary building blocks of coming European initiatives
involving road authorities and operators.
– Head of Sustainable & Intelligent Transport Unit DG MOVE
of results of the Platform on the subject and outlook of the webinar
Arditi opening on behalf of European ITS Platform
Benchmarking Corridor Performance- Merja
Penttinen (VTT Research Manager, Finland)
Platforms and Champions for digitalization leadership – Jan Willem
Tierolf (RWS Coordinator ITS, The Netherlands)
7 Actions for CNC Digitalization – Jonas Sundberg (SWECO
Senior Adviser, Sweden)
Swedish Transport Administration, Senior Adviser ITS and Freight Transport
Willem Tierolf, Rijkswaterstaat, Coordinator ITS
Stefan Myhrberg Ericsson, Business
Development Manager, Connected Vehicle and Transport
Scania CV, Technology Leader Connectivity
ORGANIZER European ITS Platform
MODERATOR Roberto Arditi (SINA Scientific Coordinator – ASTM Group)
6th DATEX II Forum –
Version 3, DATEX II is now at the heart of connectivity, supporting
the digitalisation of road traffic and travel information. Next to important
updates implemented for national road operators and service providers, DATEX II
has broadened its focus to the domains of urban mobility, electromobility
charging infrastructure, logistics, electronic traffic regulations and
cooperative, connected and automated mobility. Both the Webinar Series and
the physical Forum in June 2021 will reflect these themes and topics in both
the management, functional and technical streams.
webinar on 25th of November
the first webinar day on the 25th of November, the 6th DATEX II Forum will open
its online doors to all system users, software developers, information
architects, ITS consultants as well as policy and decision-makers interested in
DATEX II. In this first webinar EU EIP will contribute with a presentation
about Recommended Service Profiles that have been developed together with EU
EIP experts for the Reference Handbook on ITS deployment.
the remaining four webinar days, two to three webinar talks will be
organized on a Wednesday morning every 6 weeks from January 2021 until the
physical Forum in June of 2021.
programme for day 1 of the webinar series (the 25th of November) can
be downloaded or viewed here.
webinar series programme can be downloaded or viewed here.
1st Web ITS Forum
Webinar: “Digitalisation, best practices and best use of the road: a preview of
ITS Handbook for Road Operators”
first webinar of the European ITS Platform took
place on 3rd November 2020. Its focus was on the preview of the
“Reference Handbook for harmonized ITS Core Service Deployment in Europe”
and on the European commitments towards a safer and sustainable road network.
than 130 users registered from 23 different countries all
over the world. More specifically, participants from the following countries
attended the webinar: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech
Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Hungary, Italy,
Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands,
event, moderated by Roberto Arditi (Scientific Coordinator of
SINA), delivered a great overview of the European agreed goals for the upcoming
years, derived from the Green Deal and Vision Zero, and emphasized the
important contribution that ITS can make to achieve them. It became clear that,
through the large collaboration of road authorities and road operators by
developing the “Reference Handbook for harmonized ITS Core Service
Deployment in Europe”, an important knowledge base for a harmonized
deployment of ITS on the Trans-European Transport Network was created.
Commission DG MOVE) summarized the European activities towards a sustainable
and smart transport system. The key elements consider the European
Strategy for Data and the new Green Deal. The importance of making data
available and accessible according to the ITS directive, which will be revised
next year, were underlined. To support the ITS digital infrastructure, the EC
points to the coming PSA on National Access Points. Moreover, the importance of
the “Reference Handbook for harmonized ITS Core Service Deployment in Europe”
for an efficient and harmonized deployment of ITS Services in Europe, as well
as the dissemination of accumulated knowledge was emphasized.
Giamarelos (Federal Highway Research Institute – BASt,
Research Engineer) introduced the topic of the webinar by presenting the
responses received from the participants of the webinar on two questions posed
to them upon registration:
1. Digitalization and Traffic
Management: What contribution can European road operators make to the Green
2. What is needed to
integrate road operators’ actions in the EU digital strategy?
responses are visualized in the word clouds below with the keywords/topics that
most respondents mentioned in their response being shown most prominently.
Highway Research Institute – BASt, Research Engineer)
then introduced the “Reference Handbook for harmonized ITS Core Service
Deployment in Europe”. His speech focused especially on the development of
interface requirements and information provision standards, which support the
users of the Reference Handbook in their efforts to make the available data
accessible and compliant to the ITS Directive. In addition, the bridge from ITS
services to C-ITS has been established within the EU EIP activities and 100
deployment references were collected (and shared with the ITS community in an
annex of the handbook) as part of the development process of the handbook,
providing significant knowledge and lessons learned derived from real ITS
the presentation of the reference handbook, a rich debate on perspectives took
place with Malika Seddi (ASECAP,
General Secretary and CEO) and Serge van Dam (Rijkswaterstaat,
Principal Advisor Traffic Management) as main contributors, complemented by all
speakers/panellists, as well as the audience. The necessity of European
harmonisation with a view towards connected and automated driving was commonly
shared by the panellists. Harmonisation activities with respect to new ITS
services and new mobility services are a key role to support the European road
operator and road authorities in the years to come. Finally, cooperation among
all actors is crucial in this path, as well as the need for technological
development which is harmonized across Europe, ensuring that “no one is left
behind”, as Edoardo Felici highlighted in his closing
those who could not attend the event (or those who would like to view it again)
the recording of the webinar is available. To gain access please create a free
account at the special website of the Web ITS Forum of the European
ITS Platform and register for
the webinar. If you had already registered for the event, you can log in with
your credentials and you will be automatically granted access to the video
Be sure not to miss the very interesting webinars that
will follow in this series. The upcoming webinars will be announced on
the EU EIP
Website. You will be able to find more
information about them and register on the website of the Web ITS Forum.
Virtual ITS European
Congress 2020: Paper of the Platform on Cross Corridor Cooperation and the
year the ITS European Congress takes place on November
9-10 in a virtual and more compact form due to the Covid pandemic.
you have registered for the event, make sure that you don’t miss the paper
and presentation of the Monitoring and Dissemination Activity of the European
ITS Platform, presenting the work and achievements of the Cross
Corridor Cooperation task of the Activity, introducing the
upcoming "Reference Handbook for harmonized ITS Core Service
Deployment in Europe" and providing an overview of
lessons learnt from the collection of approximately 100 ITS
Deployments within the framework of the Best Practice Collection task of the
paper and presentation are available via the digital content library.
You can find them under the following number and title: TP2228 – EU
ITS platform on future motorway traffic: Cross corridor cooperation.
you can find in the digital content library the paper on Road CID (Corridor Information
Document), under the number and title: TP2325 – Road CID, to work on
a corridor level!
information on the Virtual ITS European Congress 2020:
online event focused on Smart Mobility features live
sessions and debates in a dynamic, seamless virtual environment. In
the “High Level Sessions” policy makers and executives from the industry
will debate on the main themes of the Congress, while in the “Focus Sessions”
experts developing and deploying ITS will continue the discussion in detail.
The opportunity to connect with leading mobility experts is
also there, albeit again in a virtual form.
can view the full programme of the event here:
A special feature of exceptional value that the
Virtual ITS European Congress 2020 offers its delegates is the “digital
content library”. It comes packed with more than 200 high
quality papers and presentations, thereby providing the delegate with rich
additional quality content, evaluated through the usual strict submission
guidelines of the ITS European Congress.
WG NAP discusses
registration and NAP user insights
NAP Consumer Registration – the pros and cons
We’ve all had an online shopping experience where we can’t complete a
purchase because we can’t remember a username or password. Registration and
user accounts also apply to NAPs, WG NAP discussed the pros and cons of NAP
registration and thought it would be interesting to open this up to a wider
We had previously agreed that those supplying their traffic and travel
data (or metadata) to the NAP should be required to register; but more recently
we discussed registration for anyone that wanted to consume the NAP data, a
user account model.
For the NAP, a user account model can be defined as:
A system that permits
the user to register for an account or profile which uniquely identifies them
in the NAP. Such a system provides a way to sign in to a previously-created
account. Typically, in order to create an account, the user will be required to
provide identification details such as a name, email address, phone number.
There are both advantages and
disadvantages of requiring NAP consumers to register:
· Captures information about users that enables NAP
providers to present relevant services & information to them immediately,
and then during subsequent visits
· User preferences and profiles can be saved
· NAP providers can communicate with users when they
are not interacting with the NAP, i.e. let them know about planned NAP
maintenance, events, changes to any datasets they are using
· Privacy and security for sensitive transactions
· Gives the user a sense of involvement, the anonymous
user becomes a NAP community member, this can facilitate a conversation
between data consumers, NAP providers and data providers
· NAP operator has more control over access and can
increase NAP security
· Registration can be perceived as a barrier to
potential NAP users, and can frustrate users who want to get information
· Mandatory registration can lead to the creation of
dummy contact data from visitors who want to investigate the NAP but don’t
want to share real contact details
· GDPR regulation compliance, with respect to personal
data and privacy
· It requires secure storage and back-up of personally
· Resources required to provide users with forgotten
usernames and passwords
Across Europe NAPs have different structures; for example, there are
data warehouses, market places, metadata registries, web portals; each has its
own access features, some require registration of data consumers and some do
We concluded the user registration model depends on existing services,
national guidance and the way data access has been carried out previously. In
many cases there are existing systems or procedures in place, or an existing
precedence that led to a service being delivered in a specific way.
Even so, it should be possible for any user to read or view basic
information, in order to gain a level of access to the NAP without going
through a registration procedure, with any mandatory registration requirements
being straightforward and clearly communicated.
NAP User Insight
What’s it like to be a new NAP user?
If NAPs are to help stimulate development of new data services and open
up data sets to new data users – they need meet user needs and expectations.
So far the focus of the WG NAP has been on set
up and implementation based on the delegated regulation text, not covering the
data or NAP contents. Now we consider what it’s like to be a new NAP user
looking for data.
To gain further insight into the user experience we have set up a WG NAP
Data Content Analysis task. This task has explored several European Truck
Parking NAPs from an “outsiders” point of view. We looked five national
NAPs examining the following aspects:
· How to search the NAP
· How to access the data (guest, registration)
· Description of data /metadata
· Format / language of
· How to use the data (API existence, push/pull
This exercise showed that most Truck Parking NAPs have well designed
user-friendly interfaces, with effective search facilities to find information
and datasets. Most NAPs allow users to view dataset information and metadata
without registration, which makes the NAPs more accessible.
On the ease of registration, in some cases it was difficult to register
for the NAP, with multiple processes to complete, and limited information on
the registration process available.
A fuller analysis of Truck Parking, RTTI and SRTI datasets, along with
recommendations will be published in the 2020 NAP Annual Report on the NAP achievement page.
If you have any questions or comments on these topics, please
contact Louis Hendriks.
EU EIP workshop on
facilitation of highly automated driving on TEN road network
EU EIP sub-activity 4.2 “Facilitating automated Driving” organised a
virtual workshop on 30 September to validate the “Road map and action plan to facilitate
automated driving on TEN road network” document’s
final draft. The workshop focused on two aspects of highly automated driving –
the requirements towards physical and digital infrastructure as well as the
benefits and costs of automated driving.
The workshop attracted 90 experts from around Europe, and their
interactions and the panel discussions gave valuable insights into the topics
validating the roadmap while also providing specific additional inputs to it.
The workshop highlighted the importance of having all stakeholders
working together, communication and exchange of views between the stakeholders,
importance and inclusion of end users as well as regulation to safeguard the
wellbeing of travellers.
The workshop presentations and proceedings are available on the achievement webpage.
Save-the date: Online
Workshop on C-ITS Information Quality
EU EIP sub-activity 4.1 is dedicated to establishing Quality Frameworks for various
domains of ITS.
the domain of C-ITS services, we are currently drafting a first elaboration of
such Quality Framework, taken into consideration quality aspects from ongoing
C-ITS deployments, such as in C-Roads.
exchange the first outcomes, EU EIP is inviting C-ITS stakeholders to join our:
EIP Workshop on C-ITS Information Quality
December 14, 10:00-12:00 ET
WebEx Online Conference
you will have the opportunity:
· To learn about the current elaboration of the C-ITS Quality Framework
· To learn how “quality criteria”, “quality requirements” and “assessment
methods” could be defined
· To discuss quality aspects and issues with the EU EIP team and other
· To give input for the upcoming work by EU EIP
workshop is free of charge, but a registration is needed.
send a short email to Peter Lubrich,
member of EU EIP sub-activity 4.1.
An agenda and a login information will be sent to
registered participants ahead of time.
Save-the date: Online
Workshop on Truck Parking Information Quality
the domain of Truck Parking Information Services, we have previously published
a first version of a Quality Framework .
improve and validate this effort, the Quality Framework was recently
tested with real-life truck parking data from the Netherlands and Germany.
reports can be found at the achievement webpage.
exchange the latest outcomes, EU EIP is inviting Truck Parking Information
stakeholders to join our:
EIP Workshop on Truck Parking Information Quality
December 17, 10:00-12:00 CET Via WebEx Online
· To learn about the current elaboration of the Quality Framework
· To learn about the recent validation tests
· To give input for the upcoming work by EU EIP
workshop is free of charge, but a registration is needed. Please send a short
email to Peter Lubrich, member of EU EIP sub-activity 4.1. An agenda and a
login information will be sent to registered participants ahead of time.
1st Web ITS Forum
invitation: Digitalisation, best practices and best use of the road: a preview
of ITS Handbook for Road Operators
European ITS Platform invites you to the 1st Webinar of the Web ITS Forum
Webinar series. The full programme of the Webinar series will be announced
1st Webinar of the series on "Digitalisation, best practices and best
use of the road: a preview of the ITS Handbook for Road Operators"
will take place on Tuesday, 3rd November 2020.
save the date and register for the event (registration in advance is required).
Details on the programme of the 1st Webinar is provided below. We hope to see
Web ITS Forum:
Digitalisation, best practices and best use of the road: a preview of the ITS
Handbook for Road Operators
3rd November 2020,
11:00 – 12:30 CET
Commission DG MOVE Claire Depré
of ITS Handbook
digitalization and road operators can contribute to European societal
challenges – Tobias Reiff (Federal Highway Research
Institute – BASt, Research Engineer)
Seddi (ASECAP, General Secretary and CEO)
van Dam (Rijkswaterstaat, Principal Advisor Traffic Management)
Organizer European ITS Platform
Moderator Roberto Arditi (SINA Scientific Coordinator – ASTM Group)
The European ITS Platform is hosting online this
event. To join the meeting and take part in the debate with the panellists,
registration in advance is required.
Top officers at the
Italian webinar on “Autonomous driving and Smart Mobility” – European ITS
platform was there
opening was performed by the European Commissioner for Transport Adina-Ioana Vălean and
the Italian Minister of Infrastructure and Transport Paola De Micheli. Interventions of top
level speakers (see hereinafter) have brought from the analyses of the
current situation on “Automated vehicles: challenges and opportunities for road
operators and road authorities” until the perspective of future developments
seminar was promoted by Italian PIARC in partnership with the Italian Ministry
of Infrastructure and Transport (MIT), ANAS (Italian Road Administration) and
the role of Engineers of Rome. It was be impeccably moderated by Domenico Crocco (Head of International Affairs in ANAS and First
Delegate of PIARC Italy).
European ITS Platform had the opportunity to contribute to the event and
contribute to the International and European “mood” of the event.
only success of contents: the webinar had a huge success on figures with about
1.000 delegates connected. Next event of this series will be held on November
16, 2020 and it will focus on Road safety.
invite you to follow the registration of the event, available in the ANAS
of International Affairs ANAS (Italian – starting 47.08)
Adina-Ioana Vălean European Commissioner for Transport (English – starting
De Micheli Italian
Minister of Infrastructure and Transport (Italian – starting 1:07:34)
President ANAS (Italian – starting
President of World Road Association, (English – starting 1:33:36)
Role of Engineers of Rome (Italian – starting 1:41:16)
Sticchi Damiani, President ACI – Automobile Club d’Italia
(Italian – starting 1:49:21)
President AIIT/Association engineering, traffic and transport (Italian –
Rossella Panero, President TTS
Italian (Italian – starting
Nobile Director General Italian Ministry of
Infrastructure and Transport (Italian – starting 2:04_11 )
Project Manager Smart Road ANAS (Italian – starting 2:22:30)
General Manager Vislab/Ambarella (Italian – starting
President Transport Automotive Cluster 2020 (Italian – starting 2:49:17)
from members of the PIARC Task Force “Automated
vehicles: challenges and opportunities for road operators and road authorities”
and best practices:
· Katherine Kortum, USA Senior Program Officer TRB -Transportation Research Board
Bonshtien, ISRAEL Chairman and Director of the Fuel Choices and Smart Mobility
Initiative at Israel Prime Minister’s Office (English – starting
Sethon, ISRAEL Deputy General Manager Mobileye/Intel (English
– starting 3:19:14)
· Sun Zhonghua, CHINA Huawei, Director
of Department (English – starting 3:45:03)
Arditi, SINA – Director Road Safety and President Italian
Technical Committee on National policies and programs for road safety of PIARC
– EU EIP (Italian – starting
CEO and General Manager ANAS, President PIARC Italia (Italian – starting 4:17:11)
NAP 2020 Annual
Report and upcoming PSA discussed in WG NAP meeting ITS Platform
October 7th and 8th members of the EU EIP WG NAP (National
Access Points) held their online project meeting. Main topics discussed were
(1) the preparation of the EU EIP NAP 2020 Annual Report and (2) the upcoming
Programme Support Action (PSA) for a “Coordination mechanism for NAPs in
the WG NAP partners are working hard to finalize the respective sections of the
NAP Annual Report 2020. This will be the 5th edition since the
first Annual Report was published in 2016. The NAP 2020 Annual Report is
expected to be ready in December 2020.
of the WG NAP of EU EIP also keep a close look on the expected EC call for
proposal for the PSA for a coordination mechanism for NAPs in Europe. It is
expected that the PSA call will be published in November 2020. WG NAP foresees
that many of their activities will be taken over by this new NAP platform,
which is expected also to join forces with two other PSAs currently running,
i.e. DATEX II and TN-ITS GO.
National Access Points and National Bodies that are
interested to participate in this PSA can send an e-mail to Louis Hendriks –
Rijkswaterstaat (co-chair of the NAP&NB Harmonisation
Group that will prepare a proposal for this upcoming PSA call.)
On Monday 28 September 2020 at 6 AM the new peak hour
lane on the E313 between Lummen and Beringen in both directions is inaugurated by the Flemish
In the press release it was mentioned that the
realisation of this project was supported by the EC via the Arc Atlantique 3 program.
The peak hour lane with a length of 6 km in both
directions will solve the congestion in the morning and the evening peak.
The Flemish traffic centre will monitor traffic in
order to produce an evaluation report.
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Planner plays key role in re-developing Irish supply chains after Brexit
Brexit transition period will come to an end on 31st December
2020. No matter what, if any, trade agreement between Great Britain and the EU
is put into place every vehicle travelling between Continental Europe and
Ireland using Landbridge across Britain from then on
will be subject to Customs and other Border controls.
150,000 trucks use the Landbridge each year securing
a Dublin to Calais transit time of under 20 hours based on multiple daily
sailings and carrying mainly food, pharmaceutical and other high-tech products.
It is now clear that the new border controls at EU and UK Ports will undermine
the effectiveness of the Landbridge model leading to
significant additional costs and uncertain timelines.
overall Irish trade with Europe has increased, and particularly since Brexit
was announced, there has been a substantial development of direct ro-ro and
lo-lo services to Atlantic Arc ports. Much of the trailer traffic using the
direct services is shipped on an unaccompanied basis and increasingly trailers
and containers are on-forwarded using port connected rail and barge services to
Distribution Centres located close to shipment destination.
the appropriate intermodal solution for their shipments has emerged as a
significant issue for shippers and forwarders. The intermodal route planner,
developed as a component of the EU EIP project,
is now proving its worth and provides the knowledge base required. It is being
actively promoted by the Irish Exporters Association and other partners in the
project. The planner is found at: https://eastwestcorridor.eu.
The intermodal route planner contains approximately
1.000 terminals, almost 200 intermodal operators (sea, barge, rail), 20.000 direct
connections (and innumerable indirect connections) and 37.000 weekly
Metadata for National Access Points
many years, the NAP Working Group has fostered the harmonised usage of Metadata
across European NAPs.
major milestone is the “Coordinated Metadata Catalogue” as a blueprint for
Metadata structures in NAP data portals. The “Catalogue document” was updated
in 2019 and can be accessed at the NAP achievement webpage.
far, the “Catalogue” has been implemented in many NAPs and is often considered
by other NAPs, whenever these are upgraded or newly created. See the German
example of such implementation in the next figure.
the world of Metadata is evolving. Today, everyone speaks about
interoperability, harvesting and linking of Metadata. While the “Catalogue” is
a proprietary approach to define Metadata elements, a more advanced and
interoperable approach is now needed. This way, we want to bring the
“Catalogue” to a new stage, allowing interoperability with other data domains,
in particular open data, and reusing established Metadata techniques.
established technique is the Resource Description Framework (RDF) and the
RDF-based DCAT-AP Metadata specification, as developed by a joint initiative of
NAP working group has now drafted a DCAT-AP extension for the NAP domain,
namely “napDCAT-AP”. Here, we will build upon the
DCAT-AP specification and adopt it to the particular domain of NAP Metadata.
next figure shows how some essential elements from the DCAT-AP data model are
mapped to the NAP domain:
on this mapping, “napDCAT-AP” adopts and adds
elements to the DCAT-AP data model, with the goal to describe NAP-specific
Metadata. It is further compatible with the “Coordinated Metadata
more details on the “napDCAT-AP” concept, see the Powerpoint
draft of the “napDCAT-AP” specification can be
of this work will be reported on the EU EIP website.
If you are interested in this work or want to comment
on this, please contact EU EIP member Peter Lubrich (BASt).
Quality assessment of
ITP in the Netherlands
2015 the National Data Warehouse for Traffic Information (NDW) is responsible
for the publication of data related to safe and secure Truck Parking
Facilities, according to the delegated Regulation (EU) No 885/2013 (part of ITS
Directive 2010/40/EU). Data on both public and private truck parking facilities
(TP’s) is accessible on the Dutch “National Access Point (NAP)” (https://nt.ndw.nu/).
the Sub-Activity EU EIP 4.1 (Quality of ITS services) quality criteria and service
levels are proposed in so called Quality Packages (QP) to determine the quality
of several ITS services in the different member states. For the service ITP
Rijkswaterstaat (Dutch national Road Authority) carried out an assessment on
truck parking facilities located in a range of max. 5 km from the priority
highways, including the European Core Network. This article gives an overview
of the main findings. A more extensive version, including the data collection,
the assessment method, the results and the conclusions, can be downloaded here.
on the quality assessment of truck parking facilities carried out in the
Netherlands, the following can be concluded:
information of the public TP’s on the NAP is complete and up to date (100%
coverage). The information of private TP’s on the NAP is for half of the cases
incomplete and out of date (+/- 55% coverage).
of the assessed private TP’s (the selection of TP’s that have information on
the NAP) have correctly presented their parking capacity, driver facilities and
labeling is not uniform; information about security
facilities (e.g. fence, CCTV) seem to be more reliable.
all private TP’s have information on the NAP that’s >5 years old.
NAP price setting option (€/hr) doesn’t match with the TP’s business format
(e.g. buy a meal & get parking ticket).
Some private TP’s have concerns about (negative) impact on their business
adding information on the NAP.
The assessment will be used to validate and enhance a
formerly released Quality Framework for Intelligent Truck Parking
Services. A formal deliverable on this validation, also looking into a similar
assessment of truck parking data in Germany, will be published at the EU EIP website at the end of 2020.
First newsletter of
NAP & NB Harmonisation Group published
Working Group NAP (National Access Points) of the EU EIP project was one of the
initiators of the NAP&NB Harmonisation Group. This week the NAP&NB
Harmonisation Group has published its first Newsletter,
covering the following topics:
· The goals of this group of National Access Points (NAPs) and National
Bodies (NBs): Primarily to strengthen the position and role of NAPs as backbone
of European ITS, transport and mobility data infrastructure.
· The organisation of the NAP & NB Harmonisation Group. Five working
groups have been established:
– WG1 Data standards and NAP architecture
– WG2 National Body processes
– WG3 Best practices
– WG4 External Connections, influencing and communications
– WG5 Proposal Coordination
· The Concept Paper of the European Commission (DG MOVE) which outlines
their preparation of a CEF PSA call on a “Coordination mechanism to federate
the National Access Points established under the ITS Directive”.
· The upcoming Programme Support Action and the role of the NAP & NB
Harmonisation Group to submit a project proposal for this call.
major producers and users of data and insights partners in the EU EIP project
do see real benefits and good ground for a valuable cooperation between the
future NAP platform and EU EIP in their respective roles, which was also
expressed in an EU EIP position paper. In this collaboration, the EU EIP and
its successor together with the new CEF PSA project will discuss the needs,
challenges and opportunities provided by traffic and transport data for the
delivery of the future traffic management services, both from a deployment
standpoint as well as in terms of operation and coordination of traffic
management in Europe.
Stakeholder Liaison and Cross Corridor Cooperation: new Reports from EU EIP are
for something to read during the summer holidays? If so, then it is the right
time to remind you of the annual reports of Activity 2, which you can download
Achievements Report on collecting best practice in ITS deployment 2019
report presents an overview of the accomplishments of the Platform in the
collection of new and updated Best Practices (BPs). After a statistical
analysis of the collected Best Practices, the report goes on to describe the
actions taken to not only increase their number but also improve their quality.
report is available here.
Report on Stakeholder Liaison and Cross Corridor Cooperation 2019
liaises with external stakeholders in order to disseminate EU EIP results,
discuss framework conditions, elicit requirements and follow ITS deployment in
other projects (Urban, C-ITS…) in the vast and still growing landscape of ITS.
To this end, A2 organises targeted stakeholder workshops and participates in
major events in the field presenting its tasks and results, as well as taking
an active part in the strategic dialogue with stakeholders by participating in
round table discussions.
report presents the major events of the year 2019, which concern the liaison
with external stakeholders. It contains short reports of these events in
chronological order. Links to the relevant websites or the EU EIP portal (www.its-platform.eu)
are provided at the end of each event report, in order to provide the
interested user with more detailed information.
year the annual report on Stakeholder Liaison has been extended to additionally
present in the same manner the results of the Cross Corridor
Cooperation task, which started in 2018 and strongly intensified in 2019. First
results of cooperation between the ITS Corridors are already visible with
commonly organised meetings and workshops taking place, as well as an increased
participation in corridor meetings and workshops of members of other corridors
and/or the A2 Expert Groups, achieving this way a significant knowledge gain
for all parties.
The report is available here.
Upgrade, extension and renewal of ITS sub-systems and
road equipment in 235km of Portugal Core network (including a tunnel) to
improve traffic condition and travel time information services, as well as
incident detection, thus allowing for better journey planning and safer
travelling for different types of end users. The works started in 2017 and will
end in 2020, with an estimated cost of 850k€.
ArcAtlantique3 project POR-03 addresses the efficient
provision of real time traffic information for end users, improving the level
of service. As it involves a long section of core network highways (A1, A3, A4,
A25, A17, A29, A44), it will allow the improvement of the information inputs to
the existing road operation and traffic management systems, also integrating
the road incidents’ detection with traffic management. This project addresses a
section of core urban highway network, as well as a tunnel, in which traffic
management can significantly improve the level of service.
Covid-19: what is
happening in the European mobility? Ursa Major
launched an Observatory
May URSA MAJOR neo Corridor launched an "Observatory of the Mobility
during Covid" within the Evaluation task, led by
SINA. This Observatory targets to monitor the mobility and traffic volumes
trying to understand trends during the Covid-19 Pandemic on part of the
European transport network of interest for URSA MAJOR.
Covid-19 Pandemic mobility was completely transformed and dramatically reduced
with relevant consequences on countries’ economies and mobility operators’
conditions. Since it is a unique situation in the history, it is very
interesting to analyse this event, to see what has changed and which the trends
of recovery of this situation are.
volumes were very low, especially private cars, but heavy vehicles and private
cars traffic is increasing again with different trends. But the increase and
recovery to high volumes will, as well known, depend on national GDP trends.
The use of private car could change in future. A more diffuse use of smart
working habits (including working from home) could change the traffic demand
and modify traffic distribution during the day with the reduction of peak
kind of analysis will be performed with the help of the data provided by UM
Partners and the results and trends given back to URSA MAJOR neo community.
the aim to draft a first report, implementing bodies of UM decided to collect
and share data to understand what happened e.g. each Wednesday, Sunday and an
aggregated data for the week referring to the months of February, March and
April 2020. The reference data (to be compared with) should be pre-Covid and ideally of the same period of the year before.
Afterwards the collection will be on a bi-monthly basis.
analysis will be based on fixed Traffic Indicators on different motorway (road)
sections and from Ports and Interports involved in UMneo Corridor such as:
· Traffic volumes for LV and HV (veh/h)
· Share of HV traffic
· Average speeds for LV and HV (km/h)
· Actual usage of rest areas and remaining capacity
· Number of accidents
· Cross Border Traffic for LV and HV (veh/h)
(trains, loading units – trailers, swap bodies, containers, trucks generated)
· KPI for Ports (movements, tons, containers, trailers)
will allow URSA MAJOR neo community to take advantage on traffic and mobility
trends on the UM neo network and thus better compare local, with regional,
national and international tendencies.
Furthermore findings will be shared with other ITS Corridors and the EU EIP
Report on needs for
autonomics functions of the Platform relayed by the Italian press
Italian magazine "LeStrade",
specialized in mobility infrastructures, published an article devoted to
the report "Needs for autonomic function in ITS road
(April 2020) by the European ITS Platform.
The article drafted by the journalist
Stefano Chiara, was published on the
issue 5/2020 of the magazine.
report was drafted by a working group coordinated by ITS Romania (Mihai
Niculescu) and DGT Spain (Ana Blanco), with the participation of partners from
Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and the UK.
article briefly presents the structure of the document, a QR code allowing the
download of the original document from the EUEIP website.
· Chapter 1, introduction: aims, the working methodology and the
· Chapter 2: main needs of road operators that could be supported by the
autonomous functions of ITS systems. The authors propose some of the autonomous
functions they consider most relevant and for each function, they outline a map
presenting the possible correlations between specific needs and solving
· Chapter 3: the point of view of the autonomic implementation within the
operations and services of a traffic control center.
The focus is mainly related on a series of services already selected in the
context of a previous report dedicated to "Autonomic functions implemented
in existing ITS contexts (update 2019)".
· Chapter 4: a SWOT analysis on the topic of the introduction of
automation in traffic control centers and a roadmap
to 2030 for the implementation of autonomic functions in current and future
· Chapter 5: a set of key performance indicators (KPI) that can be used to
test the effects of the introduction of automation and autonomic functions. The
definition of the required targets as well as of the related indicators is
based on existing implementations, as well as on the direct experience of the
main purpose of task 4 work group is correctly identified, defining the
requirements to increase the level of automation both of the road side ITS
systems and the traffic control centers (TCC) to
facilitate the development of automated driving.
The article summarized from the report a list of "best practices"
that can be adopted by road operators/authority to implement the automation
procedures presented, as well as some of the "bad practices"
obviously to be avoided.
approach does not target binding requirements for road operators/road
authorities, but rather provides a series of useful suggestions to make
operators able to evaluate advantages of a possible investment in automation.
document is proposing an interesting roadmap based on three main stages to
2021, 2024 and 2027: 2030 is therefore considered as the final objective of a
ten-year period, characterized by relevant technological developments (both in
the automated driving sector and in the C-ITS/TCC field) that road operators and
road authority should consider to update their systems. The roadmap is
discussed in detail.
article presents a brief conclusion to sum up the whole argument:
on autonomic functions in the ITS road context must continue. Its cornerstones are:
· To improve the quality of the data collected, better integration of TCC
and road environment, so that autonomic systems could operate in safety and
reliability without human intervention.
· The development of Artificial Intelligence software for autonomic
functions and, in particular, self-management.
Highly automated driving – Identification of requirements towards network
EU EIP has produced an updated version of its deliverable ”Identification
of requirements towards network operators” with regard to highly
automated driving. The deliverable elaborates on the expectations that the
general public, owners of commercial vehicles and fleets, and road network
managers have on automated driving. Then the deliverable looks at determining
the requirements of automated vehicles via their Operational Design Domain
(ODD) towards physical and digital infrastructure. In addition, it discusses
topics related to legal and regulation framework, and lists the related
national strategies and actions. Finally, the deliverable concludes with
recommendations of next steps for the road operators.
Download the updated deliverable here.
The updated Platform
and Corridors fact-sheets are now on line
reports including the collection of highlights published by the EU EIP and
corridors in 2019 and in the 2015-2016 two-year period have been drafted and
published. This way the “fact sheet”
page of the platform was duly updated. The full set of reports (including all
similar reports previously published) are now available online and accessible
through the following page.
information collected in the Reports is divided into three sections:
Section 1 – News on direct activities of the Platform
Section 2 – Communication liaise with Corridors: news published in Corridor
sections of the website its-platform.eu
Section 3 – Other news and announcements
Reports also include links and QR codes that allow the
reader to easily reach full articles and relevant results.
Smart Camera project
Rijkswaterstaat successfully completed site acceptation test.
Rijkswaterstaat achieved a new milestone in Rijkswaterstaat’s traffic centre Rhoon (close to Rotterdam). The Site Acceptation Test of
the video analysis system was successfully completed, which is an important
step in this Proof of Concept of the Smart Cameras project. Now a development
and optimisation period of six month will start in which we will jointly
further develop the quality and functionality of the system. The Smart Cameras
project is part of the Arc Atlantique project, cofunded by the European CEF programme.
If you want to know more about the aims of
Rijkswaterstaat’s project Smart Cameras, please watch the movie at this link.
More than 4 millions road
users are travelling every day on highways and national roads of Île-de-France.
These roads carry a very dense traffic and are often congested. At the moment,
DIRIF is implementing, on highways access ramps, traffic management measures
(ramp metering, dynamic speed limits) to reduce congestion and travel times
during peak hours.
The project is part of a global plan which consists in
equipping 75 access ramps on the highways of the Ile de France Region.
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Accidents caused by ghost vehicles, although few in
number (merely 0.3% of total accidents in 2017), are often very serious (almost
14% of deadly accidents in 2017) and generally produce a strong media impact.
The responses to prevent such incidents are often insufficient. To develop new
ideas and experiments, one must rather look at the implementation of a warning
system as quick as possible to warn car-drivers riding the right direction and
facing such behavior. The Ghost vehicle detection
project which has been deployed on French motorway network of APRR and AREA
concessionaires, aims to try to respond to that issue.
Web conference shows
great interest from NAP and NB community to cooperate
30 April 2020 a web conference was organized for the community of National Access
Points and National Bodies. No less than 57 participants from over 20 countries
participated in this online event, showing that there is a great interest
in understanding how we can harmonize the NAPs, share best practices and
cooperate on improving quality and access to data in order to facilitate and
increase the use of data by information service providers.
their first gathering in November 2018 this NAP & NB Harmonisation Group
has underlined the need for cooperation. At the end of 2019 a small group was
established to write a position paper. During the web
conference this paper was discussed, including an organizational structure and
temporary chairs for the Harmonisation Group and the various Working Groups.
important topic presented during the web conference was the concept
paper of DG MOVE concerning a so-called federated platform of
NAPs. In this paper DG MOVE describes the foreseen coordination mechanism for
NAPs, including a first description of a number of possible work packages. A
call for proposals for this Programme Support Action is expected to be
published in 2020.
the web conference it was concluded that the NAP & NB Harmonisation Group
is perfectly suited to address this call, since this group already has the
major stakeholders onboard, knows the needs and the issues of the stakeholders,
and last but not least has an organisation in place with Working Groups
matching the proposed work packages mentioned in DG MOVE’s concept paper.
relevant documents and the Powerpoint of the meeting
can be downloaded here:
– PowerPoint of meeting 30 April 2020
– Summary Report of meeting 30 April 2020
– Position paper NAP and National Body
– Concept paper – Coordination mechanism to federate the National Access Points
established under the ITS Directive.
For more information about the NAP & NB
Harmonisation Group contact Timo Hoffmann.
GIS tool published
the past two years the East-West Corridor of the EU EIP project has made an
inventory of ITS projects that are or have been implemented on the EWC and these
projects have been categorised. The results are now accessible via the EWC GIS
tool at the following url: www.mobycon.nl/eastwestcorridor.
East-West Corridor project inventory GIS tool is a web application designed to
visualize the various types of ITS projects implemented on the EWC network. It
can be used without particular expertise by all interested parties that want to
know more about the type of ITS projects implemented on this corridor. It
allows the users to search for specific ITS implementations on the EWC.
GIS tool provides an overview of approximately 250 ITS projects on the East
West Corridor. The ITS projects included are provided by partners of the EU EIP
project. These projects can be financed either nationally or with European
co-funding (e.g. CEF). The projects in the GIS tool come from either of the
· Arc Atlantique (CEF ITS corridor project)
· Next-ITS (CEF ITS Corridor project)
· URSA MAJOR (CEF ITS Corridor project)
· Project lists from Belgium, Estonia, Germany, Ireland, Poland, The
of ITS projects
ITS projects in this GIS tool have been categorised under one or more of the
following types of ITS implementations:
· Dynamic lane
· Speed Limit Information & Variable Speed Limit
· Hard Shoulder
· HGV Overtaking Ban
· Ramp Metering
· Roadwork and Hazard
· Static Truck Parking Information including Security
· Dynamic Truck
· Truck Parking
· National Traffic
Traffic Management Plans
Traffic Management Plans
· National Access Point for Safe and Secure Truck Parking (NAP SSTP)
· National Access Point for Safety Related Traffic Information Services
· National Access Point for Real-Time Traffic Information Services (NAP
· National Access Point for Multimodal Travel Information Services (NAP
· Floating Car Data / Probe Vehicle Data
· DATEX II
· Traffic Management
Centre (TMC) systems
· Traffic Information
· Other (e.g. port related projects).
user can select one or more of these types of ITS implementations, which will
then be shown on the map.
the East-West Corridor
East-West Corridor (EWC) integrates the European CEF corridors North Sea –
Baltic and North Sea – Mediterranean, including links to crossing North – South
corridors. It runs from Ireland/UK via the Benelux, Northern France and Germany
to Poland, the Baltic States and Southern Finland (and vice versa).
The East-West Corridor is a sub-activity of the
European ITS Platform (www.its-platform.eu) and aims at the promotion of the use of harmonized ITS for an
optimized utilization of the physical infrastructure on the East-West Corridor,
including intermodal transport.
Needs for autonomic
functions in road operators’ ITS. Good and bad practices from increasing the
automation of road operators’ ITS – lessons learned – status update 2019
The deliverable “Needs for autonomic functions in road operators’
ITS. Good and bad practices from increasing the automation of road operators’
ITS – lessons learned – status update 2019” is now available. The document
is the 2019 update of the “Needs for autonomic functions in road operators’
ITS” and “Good and bad practices from increasing the automation of road
operators’ ITS – Lessons learned” reports first delivered in 2017. It is based
on the most recent developments in the partners’ countries and the feedback
received from the stakeholder engagement activities carried out after the first
edition was presented. The main objective of the report was to describe what
autonomic functions could benefit road operators, in improving their
operations, maintenance and provision of ITS services. The work was carried out
using input from the participating partners in Finland, Germany – Hessen,
Romania, Spain, and UK – Scotland.
The document gives you an overview on how major needs of road operators
can be supported with autonomic functions of ITS systems, including the
functional architecture for an autonomic TMC. Another important outcome of this
report is a set of KPIs that can be used to measure the effects of introducing
automation and autonomic functions. Also, targets for those KPIs are introduced
for two foreseen time horizons: 2021 and 2030. Both the KPIs and their targets
are not meant to impose any mandatory requirements on the implementers of TMCs,
but rather they provide an expert advice on assessing the benefits and return
of investment from introducing automation into daily operations.
Download the report here.
In order to deal
with recurrent congestion on motorway A25 when arriving in Lille, Dir Nord has
decided to implement ramp metering in junction 8 combined with dynamic speed
regulation over a length of 23km from Bailleul to Englos.
This project is
part of the dynamic traffic management program on Lille Urban AreaN89) called
The project is
co-funded by the Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition and the
European Union. Ramp metering has been commissioned in 2015, and dynamic speed
regulation, which is functioning since 2016, will be extended in 2020 on the
south ring road of Lille.
speed limits and ramp metering on the access to the Bordeaux ring road
DIR Atlantique is implementing progressively a ramp-metering
system in the Bordeaux ring-road. The main objective is to improve traffic
flows on this road during peaks hours.
This project is
part of the dynamic traffic management program of the Bordeaux ring-road and the
main access roads to Bordeaux (A62, A63, A10, N89) called Alienor II. The
project is co-funded by the Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive
Transition, the European Union, the Department of Gironde and Bordeaux Métropole.
"Green deal" – the European perspective
and "Green deal" – the European perspective
Deal" is the strategy that commits the EU to make the European economy
neutral with regard to carbon by 2050. Transport is expected to make a
significant contribution to achieving this goal of sustainability and safety.
The innovations in the European institutions and the green deal are the subject
of the editorial written by SINA for the issue 2/2020 of "Le Strade" magazine.
Please read the articleon
the magazine’s website by following this link.
Summary of impacts,
benefits and costs of highly automated driving – New deliverable online
On March 17th the EU EIP Activity 4.2, Task 2 published “Summary of
impacts, benefits and costs of highly automated driving”. The work for this
report is carried out within EU EIP Activity 4.2, Task 2: Impacts and economic
feasibility of automated driving aiming to identify and discuss the likely
direct and indirect impacts of automated driving on mobility, traffic and the
operations of road authorities and operators.
The report took references from project inventory of latest relevant projects
and studies like ERTRAC, CARTRE, MANTRA etc. as well as results from a workshop with representatives from Road operators and OEM’s.
The report highlights impacts of automation of vehicles in 11 main areas
namely; Traffic safety, Capacity & traffic flow, Parking, Public transport,
Environment, Physical Infrastructure, Digital infrastructure, Planning, Active
travel and health and Cyber security. The report further points out the
cumulative benefits of automation of vehicles and the costs associated along
with how these costs might be distributed among different actors.
The report considers five major Connected Automated Vehicle (CAV) systems to
understand and describe their impacts on society and the road operators. These
CAV systems include; Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control (CACC), Truck
platooning, Highway pilot, Automated shuttles, Automated valet parking (AVP)
and Robo-taxi. The report concludes with some recommendations for the automated
driving ecosystem, recommendations around need to promote pilots, need of
infrastructure, data sharing and need of stakeholders pushing each other to
The second newsletter
of NEXT-ITS is now available.
UMneo – Minister of Transport Rheinland-Pfalz published federal state
wide Digital Roadworks Information: a Milestone for digitalisation
f.l.t.r. Stephanie Kleine, UMneo International Coordinator, Dr. Volker Wissing,
Minister of Transport RP, Arno Trauden, Managing Director at Landesbetrieb
Minister Dr. Volker Wissing
has activated "Baustelleninfo digital". All
roadworks sites and diversions managed by the Rheinland-Pfalz
road operator LBM are digitally recorded and published at www.verkehr.rlp.de.
The data will be fed into the German National Access Point – the Mobility Data
Marketplace (MDM) – and will be available there free of charge for navigation
system manufacturers, other service providers or app developers.
are consistently pursuing the path of digitization in the transport
sector," said Transport Minister Dr. Volker Wissing. "Digital solutions make traffic safer and
smoother, they facilitate planning and coordination and help to avoid traffic
jams. With ‘Baustelleninfo digital’ Rheinland-Pfalz has done pioneering work. For the first
time, digital data for roadworks, including diversions on federal, state and
district roads, is available throughout the whole state," says Wissing. "This is a milestone and unique in Germany”.
nine regional offices of the LBM work with the new system. With digitally
generated Traffic Regulation Orders of the roadworks at all regional LBM
locations, the construction site data on location, duration and possible
diversions are digitally recorded and made available using the DATEX II
standard. The newly developed software for the digitalisation of roadworks is
also available to all local authorities free of charge via a state license. Wissing encouraged local authorities to join the "Baustelleninfo digital" project, which would also
greatly simplify coordination between the state and local authorities and make
local authority roadworks information publicly available.
the same time, he hoped that private data providers would also make use of the
data promptly. "Roadworks and diversion data have not been available
digitally until now. Here in Rheinland-Pfalz, we have
launched a data treasure with which we can make traffic on the road even safer
through information in navigation devices," Wissing
said. In future, navigation system providers would have the option of feeding
this data directly into their devices. Drivers would no longer be guided
straight into roadworks but around them.
"For a safe and efficient traffic flow, which
also benefits the environment, high-quality and up-to-date data is
required," comments Michael Bültmann, Managing
Director of HERE Technologies in Germany. "This increasingly includes data
from vehicle sensors or other external sources, which we make available to our
customers via the HERE platform. The result of the project BaustellenInfo
digital RP of the Rheinland-Pfalz state government
shows that the provision of data via the national mobility data marketplace MDM
leads to a direct benefit for citizens. We have accompanied the project from
the beginning and are currently using the data in a concrete project. The
mobility of the future is only possible through open exchange and cooperation
between companies, individuals and public institutions".
Save the date:
Roadmap for Automated Driving – Virtual Workshop
SA 4.2 Facilitating Automated Driving: Roadmap for Automated
Driving – Virtual Workshop
Wednesday 30 September 2020 09.30 CET-
AIMS OF THE WORKSHOP
One of the most prominent developments in road transport is automation.
The introduction of automated functions in vehicles has already started.
The number of equipped vehicles is expected to grow and there are promises that
the functions will become more and more advanced.
Stakeholders need to consider their position on automation. What is
their vision, what are their interests and options? What can and should they
practically do to prepare?
The EU-EIP project considers these kind of questions
from the point of view of road authorities and operators and is setting up a
roadmap document. Other initiatives are asking these questions as well; this is
a continuous effort since the field of automation is constantly evolving.
Our work, and this interactive event, will focus on the actions to be
carried out by road authorities and operators to facilitate automated driving,
especially during the next 10 years. The actions focus especially in the adaptations in physical and
digital road infrastructures, and aiming for optimal benefit/cost of the
A draft roadmap, written by the consortium and discussed with many
stakeholders in the CCAM platform, will be available in advance of the
workshop. We will use this workshop for final inputs to this document, and
contribute to the continuing joined exploration towards clean, safe and
efficient connected, cooperative and automated mobility.
Welcome, Roadmap overview and workshop format
Interactive session on priority actions for
physical & digital infrastructure
Interactive session on priority actions for costs
Session wrap-up, discussion and reflections
European road operators and authorities.
The focus will be on highways but the broader scope will be included to
some extent. Other stakeholders can contact us if they are interested to take
Contact: Maarten Amelink
presents first iRSU (movie)
As part of the URSA MAJOR neo project Rijkswaterstaat
tested eight intelligent RoadSide Units (iRSUs) in July 2018 in existing operational circumstances.
In December 2018 another 20 iRSUs were installed to
be used for the real-life pilot using floating car data instead of induction
loops. Goal of the pilot was the application of this relatively new data source
for ‘real time’ traffic management purposes (‘slow vehicle warning’).
Rijkswaterstaat produced a short unconventional(!) movie to announce the
development and installation of the first intelligent roadside unit. The movie
can be seen at this link.
Cooperation Workshop on Evaluation
of the five ITS Corridors, EUEIP Activity 5 – Evaluation and other interested
parties attended a two-day workshop in Paris to review and consider the future
for evaluating the benefits derived from implementation of ITS and digital
services on the road network.
workshop came at an opportune time as DG-MOVE and INEA require a greater level
of justification for co-funding ITS projects on the network. Our community has
been challenged to provide information on the achievements and benefits of our
projects throughout their programme, rather than in the final project reports.
workshop held a series of sessions ranging from the benefits of a harmonised
approach, a review of the current KPI’s, how C-ITS services are being evaluated
and how to evaluate the impact of ITS in the context of a long distance ITS
corridor. A session also looked at how the monetarise the beneficial impacts.
goals of the event to facilitate cross corridor cooperation, assist EUEIP
Activity 5, embed the importance of evaluating corridors using a harmonised
approach amongst and across all corridors were achieved.
can download the report on the proceedings by clicking here.
4th List of
consolidated user requirements on data exchange
4.5 partners participated to DG Updated processes by developing Guidance for
creating DATEX II profiles by selecting in the model the minimum of
classes and attributes allowing to guarantee the data exchanges among traffic
managers and services operators compatible with the Directive action b
4th list of consolidated user requirements presents the results
of the work performed in 2019 among actors allowing to prepare future work, to
propose classes and attributes for the following Guidelines.
see Report “Liaison and harmonisation on
interfaces for data exchange”
Located at the heart of the motorway network near
Namur, at the Daussoulx interchange, PEREX, the
Walloon traffic centre manages and monitors traffic on motorways and the main
Walloon roads, as well as the operation of electromechanical and
telecommunications equipment. Most of the equipment, software, databases and
applications were installed when it opened almost 20 years ago. Even if updates
and adaptations were made over the years, the system no longer met current IT
standards, which had repercussions on traffic management and mobility.
In addition to completely modernizing the equipment of
the road traffic centre and that installed on the road network, it was decided
to create a similar centre to ensure control and surveillance of the condition
of the rivers and waterways network and its hydraulic works (locks, dams,
elevators, …). This new centre for rivers will be an integral part of the
PEREX 4.0 centre in Daussoulx. IT and
electromechanical equipment will therefore be partly shared.
here to return to the table of contents
The platform report
shows 2019 uptake of National Access Points: still work to be done!
The Annual Report National Access Point
2019 has been published. In this article the highlights of the report are
summarized. The full report (pdf) can be downloaded from the NAP achievement page
28 out of 29
provided WG NAP survey feedback in 2019
Common Features & Level of Service
· NAP features are supported
· Two new 2019 features added & updated Support Document published
· Coordinated Metadata Catalogue has been updated to consider MMTIS
· Continuing involvement in the NAP metadata conversation
Standards & common formats
· DATEX II – increasing implementation for NAP data exchange & progress
· Progressing MMTIS related standards and formats inc.
SIRI, NeTEx, TAP- TSI, GTFS & GTFS-RT
· First steps are being taken for MMTIS NAPs – it is a challenging
· Links to EU projects are already addressing issues and looking for
Architecture for NAPs
· Links with FRAME NEXT
· Significant progress made & working towards a FRAME NAP
Supporting the NAP / NB
· Group of NAP operators and NB representatives created to enable best
practice exchange & operational harmonisation
Declaration of Compliance
· NAP Declaration documents developed for STRI and RTTI are being used
· Declaration for Safe and Secure Truck Parking developed & published
Other relevant issues
· High Level Task Force: SRTI delivery Proof of Concept will inform
Working Group NAP
· 2020 specific data element research will give additional hands-on
insight into how NAPs are functioning
NAP Interactive Map
More info about the EU EIP NAP
activity and it results on the achievement page