News Hightlights 2018

This page presents the Highlights of the European ITS Platform published in 2018. 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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“Multimodal transport – towards the future”, Brussels 26 February 2019



High-level Conference “Multimodal transport – towards the future”

in the afternoon of 26 February 2019

Hotel Crowne Plaza Bruxelles, Rue Gineste 3, 1210 Brussels 

European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc and the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE) are inviting stakeholders for a high-level conference “Multimodal transport – towards the future”, officially closing the 2018 Year of Multimodality. The thematic year was called to promote the functioning of the transport sector as a fully integrated system, making better use of existing capacities in all transport modes, and improving efficiency of the logistics chains.

The conference will summarise the achievements of the 2018 Year of Multimodality, discuss with stakeholders remaining gaps towards the transport system of the future, and address with them opportunities and new openings for a seamless multimodal transport system in Europe.

We look forward to welcoming you on 26 February 2019!

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Early warning wireless in The Netherlands: salvage companies warn road users for potential danger on the road


Photo: H. Roos/IM Nederland

Drivers of salvage vehicles in the Netherlands can send electronic safety warnings to road users. When they are working on the road, they can use an app on their smart phone to send a message, which is then forwarded to the road users.

Road users thus will be warned for potential dangerous situations before they reach the spot of the incident. At this moment the system only works for road users that use Flistmeister, but the intention is that other apps and navigation systems will follow.

The system for sending these safety warning messages is provided by the company Flister in Almere (NL). The so-called Flister PRO App has been installed by over one hundred salvage companies on their mobile phones. The first contacts with Flister were made in 2016 by salvage company H. Roos Autoberging in Capelle aan den IJssel (NL). Since then Roos makes use of this service.


The experiences of the salvage company in Capelle aan den IJssel has led to a national contract for Flister with the Stichting Incident Management Nederland (SIMN), a cooperation of the Dutch alarm centres with activities in the field of salvage of passenger cars. This contract now gives the possibility to all salvage companies member of SIMN to send these safety warning messages. The Flister service is free of charge available for all member companies of SIMN.

Flister is also used in the Netherlands for ambulances and road inspectors of Rijkswaterstaat. The latter already use the service for approximately one year.

The Flister project is part of the Ursa Major 2 project and partly funded through the Connecting Europe Facility of the European Commission.

This article is a translation from an article at The original article in Dutch can be found here.

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Who is Peter Postman?


Let’s start saying who is Peter Postman: he is  for sure a the frequent user of Trans-European Road Network who needs information and services, he is the one that through having better ITS services he can contribute to making European roads safer and more sustainable.

Peter Postman is often a truck driver and sometimes a family man on his way to holiday with his caravan. Everyday morning he is using the car to go to work or to bring goods from one hub in Europe to another. Nobody knows where he lives in Europe, but this is not important at all. Peter Postman is the One who road operators are serving with appropriate ITS systems and services.

During the opening plenary of the forum, a flash mob event was organized by CEF ITS Corridor coordinators within the frame of the EU ITS Platform “Cross corridor coordination” to reveal the power of ITS Services and Systems implemented serving Peter Postman everywhere in Europe.

Let’s add who is speaking: Corridor Coordinators are the ones that represent those Road Authorities and Operators who are undertaking the improvement of the Pan-European Network according the needs of Peter Postman.

Members of the flashmob, scattered across the delegation made statements which opened the Forum debate and are reported as follows:


Peter Postman? I know this guy. He’s a truck driver who does a regular tour from Rotterdam harbour right down to Ravenna in Italy along the URSA MAJOR corridor . Hard job, going across the Alp with a huge trailer truck. He told me things had become much better, though, along this corridor. Wherever he is on his route he nowadays gets accurate information whether there is a free parking lot ahead and how to plan his resting times.


Stephanie, You must be mistaken, because I met Peter Postman in Edinburgh, and he was despairing that he had to get an urgent parcel to Bilbao within 24 hrs. He did not want to go by ship as it was too slow but wanted to drive. He was concerned about congestion and traffic en route. I said not to worry, as he would be using the Arc Atlantique ITS corridor which has implemented new ITS at bottlenecks, and increased the level of ITS services to road users, meaning he will be informed about his journey, and traffic would be managed to reduce congestion and make his journey more efficient.


I know Peter very well too. He is a happy truck driver. While making his journey, He can plan where he can stop and have the information of availability parking space when driving. But as he often goes either to Spain or Italy from France and can also enjoy a reliable and dynamic travel information services time between France/Spain or Italy/France.  Safe and Stress free travel, this is what he is expecting when driving.


Where is Peter Postman? They seek him here. They seek him there. In fact, they seek him everywhere. That damned elusive Postman.

He is supposed deliver snail mail to costumers all along the corridor. A lot of packages still to be delivered now close to Christmas. Santa refuses to do it all by himself without proper logistic support. We do not do individual surveillance but….

at least we know he is not lost in transition between cities. This due to the high class traffic management and traffic information now in operation including cross-border cooperation.


I met Peter Postman last summer when he was on the way from Northern Europe to the sea side in Croatia to enjoy his holidays. He was glad that he already got in Austria the information on his mobile traffic information app about congestion at the border between Slovenia and Croatia. So he decided to take another recommended route to Istria where he saved two hours without congestion.

The framing presentation of Torsten can be found here.

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Upgrade Traffic Management and Emergency Information in Águas Santas Tunnel


Following the large tunnel and network reorganization with the construction of a second tunnel in aguas Santas, 5 km to the North of Porto city, in an intensively used road corridor, it is necessary to refurbish and installation the telematic systems both for traffic surveillance and control, traveler guidance and alert and environment monitoring. This large project includes intervention in the tunnel area as well as in the road network ahead towards the tunnel and the city.

More details 

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Report on joint NEXT-ITS/NorSIKT workshop on Data Acquisition


Title: “Towards better data quality, cost-efficiency and network coverage via vehicle-based data acquisition”

Venue: Radisson Blu SkyCity Conference Centre, Arlanda Airport.

Date and Time: October 16 2018; 10.00 – 16.30

Participants: 25 participants from road authorities and private companies

Hosts: The workshop was hosted by the NorSIKT project and the NEXT-ITS3 working groups on traffic management and Information and Communication Technologies.

Further information: Further information or the presentations contact Dieter Sage.


Collecting traffic data is one of the components of traffic management because traffic data are used as an input to support traffic control. The current roadway-based infrastructure for traffic data collection, such as loops, microwave sensors, or laser detectors will be replaced by vehicle-based data. That will result in cost savings as well as the new generation of traffic data that is more powerful than the existing one. Thus the workshop focusses on possibilities, examples and best practices of vehicle-based data acquisition. The main topics are:

  • State-of-the-Art concerning fixed data sources
  • Mobile data sources: best practices, experience and projects
  • Data quality of mobile data sources and the relation between fixed sources and mobile sources.


The workshop aimed at giving an overview on the NorSIKT project, the status of mobile data acquisition from NorSIKT’s and NEXT-ITS’ point of view including best practices, experiences and the relation between fixed and mobile data sources. Furthermore the workshop aimed at information exchange between the involved projects and the participants in general.

(1) Welcome and Introduction

Dieter Sage welcomed the participants and gave an overview on the projects NEXT-ITS and NorSIKT and the programme of the workshop.

(2) State-of-the-Art concerning fixed data sources

Traffic Data Collection State-of-the-Art, Results from the NorSIKT project – Torbjørn Haugen, Norwegian Public Administration

Torbjørn Haugen gave a presentation on the status of the NorSIKT project and the current state of the classification systems of the Nordic countries. Furthermore he explained which fixed monitoring equipment was able to fulfil the different requirements the NorSIKT project has developed.

In the discussion it was stated that the determination whether data is good enough is a question of the cost/benefit ratio of the specific situation. Furthermore it was explained that the Nordic countries use the same classification up to level 2 for comparison. Besides this each country uses their own scheme in parallel. Few of the tested equipment can manage level 4 on a reasonable level of quality.

(3) Mobile data sources: best practices, experience and projects

In this session Ilkka Kotilainen (Finnish Transport Agency) gave an overview on Event-based data from the NordicWay project. James Hobbins (INRIX) presented travel times and sources. Thomas Jansson (Connected Cars) presented the data partnership of the Danish Road Directorate with Connected Cars. In the final presentation Edoardo Felici (National Data Warehouse, the Netherlands) presented the car as a sensor, experiences from the National Data Warhouse.

Event-based data (Nordic Way) – Ilkka Kotilainen, Finnish Transport Agency

Ilkka presented the background of the NordicWay 2 Project on C-ITS. He explained the partner structure, objectives, service definitions, live demonstration and first results.

Discussion: Ilkka stated that one can be sure of the quality of the information if more than one service confirms the incident. He furthermore pointed out that it is expected that in the year 2020 a business model will be developed.

Travel times and sources –James Hobbins, Inrix

In the discussion James presented the data acquisition, how people use INRIX’ services, how the quality of INRIX’ journey times is ensured and the recent case study on roadway analytics (Transport Scotland – Queensferry Crossing)

James explained that the determination of traffic volume out of FCD-data will probably never be as accurate as inductive loops. However FCD-data is used for determining traffic volumes in some US states. James furthermore explained that INRIX does traffic prediction for about half an hour or one hour.

Danish Roads Directorates data partnership with Connected Cars – Thomas Jansson, Connected Cars A/S

Thomas gave an introduction in Connected Cars and presented the Danish car fleet statistics based on 70.000 cars participating. He furthermore showed the results of the evaluation of speed changes (ATK). Then he presented the consequences of the Great Belt Fixed Link shut down on September 29th on the traffic situation in Zealand.

In the discussion Thomas explained that in the project currently about 70.000 cars are involved. The goal for the future is to enhance this to about 250.000 cars. Up to now they do not have real time services but the data is suitable for detailed analysis.

The Car as a Sensor: experiences from the National Data Warehouse in the Netherlands – Edoardo Felici, National Data Warehouse, the Netherlands

Edoardo presented the experiences from the National Data Warehouse concerning the collaboration of the partners, the transition from road-side to floating data, the potential and innovation of floating car data, the use cases for road authorities and the results of the trial with vehicle data.

He furthermore informed about the tender on the possibility to use floating car data to show travel times on variable message signs and to detect unexpected congestion. The tender was won by Be-Mobile.

Discussion: Edoardo Felici answered the question whether FCD-data can replace “old technologies” (i.e. inductive loops etc.). Also in the future inductive loops will be necessary for calibration. FCD gives a much better economy than old technologies. Furthermore he explained that the work would be much easier if all countries would use the same, but this would lead to less innovation.

(4) Data quality of mobile data sources and relation between fixed sources and mobile sources

In this session Leif Rystrøm gave an overview on “European data quality criteria and recommendations (EU-EIP), Edoardo Felici presented “Programming for Data Quality: experiences and possible roles for the National Data Warehouse in the Netherlands. Torbjörn Haugen gave a presentation on Data quality. Statistical Data vs Traffic Information.

European data quality criteria and recommendations (EU-EIP) – Leif Rystrøm, Danish Road Directorate

Leif gave an overview on the different EIP projects (EIP, EIP+, EU EIP) which run from 2013 until 2020 and the related subjects of the projects. He furthermore informed about the ITS Directive and the different delegated regulations. Leif presented EIPs quality criteria, practices and methods.

Programming for Data Quality: experiences and possible roles for the National Data Warehouse in the Netherlands – Edoardo Felici, National Data Warehouse, the Netherlands

Edoardo presented the experiences from the National Data Warehouse concerning the collaboration of the partners, the approach of the national data warehouse, public/private approach and the sectoral approach.

Data quality concerning statistical purposes and traffic information – Torbjørn Haugen, Norwegian Public Administration

Tobjørn informed about the experiences, challenges and problems with travel time information. He showed several examples, different results etc. and raised the question whether travel times are comparable. He furthermore presented experiences, challenges and problems by calculating Speed data and traffic volumes and density.

Discussion: Torbjørn explained that for calculating adequate travel times at least 5 vehicles in a five-minute interval where speed do not vary too much are necessary. Ideally local knowledge is existing and loop sensors nearby for verification. Furthermore Torbjørn pointed out that there is a need for a common description on how to calculate travel times.


The participants stated that the workshop was a good opportunity to exchange information also between the two Projects NEXT-ITS and NorSIKT and to get information on the projects NordicWay and EIP. The experiences from Denmark and the National Data Warehouse of the Netherlands showed interesting results on practical applications of mobile data sources.

Many technical and also operational advances were presented and discussed. Some key challenges were highlighted like access to data.

Good solutions for all of Europe or even globally were presented. These include the NorSIKT classification, the NordicWay cloud2cloud solution, and EU EIP quality recommendations.

Furthermore the basis for tendering was interesting. So the approach to harmonize most issues in order to make tenders covering a big area shows high cost efficiency but on the other hand reduces innovation and competing approaches.

The differences between road-side equipment and mobile data sources were intensively discussed. Although mobile data are quite cost efficient road-side equipment would also stay necessary for calibrating the results of mobile data and for some issues (e.g. weather forecast) a fixed location is necessary.

Furthermore the difficulties of calculating travel time especially for statistical purposes were presented and the fact that different approaches lead to differing results. There is a need to come to a common definition and guidelines.

Information on Projects


Partners: Ministries/Road Administrations from Sweden (Coordinator), Finland, Denmark, Norway and Northern/Eastern Germany. Financially supported by the Central Europe Facility of European Commission.

The project (2018-2020) covers the Northern part of the Scandinavian-Mediterranean corridor, including the core road network and the key comprehensive network links. The aim is to enhance corridor and network performance by deployment of ITS services that ensure interoperability and continuity of services, support harmonization, and increase the cost-efficiency in the operation of traffic management.

From NEXT-ITS3 the working groups A2 Traffic Management Services and A4 Information and Communication Technology were responsible for carrying out the workshop.


The NorSIKT project is carried out in cooperation between all Nordic countries (Sweden, Denmark, Island, Finland and Norway)

The main objective of the NorSIKT project is to standardize the system for classification of motor vehicles in the Nordic countries.

  • First phase: current traffic data system in the Nordic countries, basis for developing a preliminary vehicle classification system
  • Second phase: test of different type of registration equipment to investigate how these meet different classification principles 

Annex1: Agenda Data Acquisition Workshop

Stockholm Arlanda 2018-10-16

09.30-10.00 Coffee

Introduction  10.00-10.15: Welcome & Introduction

 State-of-the-Art concerning fixed data sources

10.15 -10.45: Presentation of NorSIKT concerning the State-of-the-Art – Torbjørn, Norwegian Public Administration

Mobile data sources: best practicesexperience and projects

10.50-11.15: Event-based data (Nordic Way) – Ilkka Kotilainen, Finnish Transport Agency

11.15-11.40: Travel times and sources –James Hobbins, Inrix

11.40-12.05: Danish Roads Directorates data partnership with Connected Cars – Thomas Jansson, Connected Cars A/S

12.05-12.30: The Car as a Sensor: experiences from the National Data Warehouse in the Netherlands – Edoardo Felici, National Data Warehouse, the Netherlands

12.30-13.15 Break, light lunch

13.15-13.40: Discussion and exchange of experience

13.40-14.10: European data quality criteria and recommendations (EU-EIP) – Leif Rystrøm, Danish Road Directorate

Data quality of mobile data sources and relation between fixed sources and mobile sources

14.10-14.35: Programming for Data Quality: experiences and possible roles for the National Data Warehouse in the Netherlands – Edoardo Felici, National Data Warehouse, the Netherlands

14.35-15.00: Data quality concerning statistical purposes and traffic information – Torbjørn, Norwegian Public Administration

15.00-15.30 Coffee

15.30-16.00: Discussion and exchange of experience


16.00-16.15: Conclusions from Next ITS & NorSIKT

16.15-17.00: General Conclusions from all participants

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Forum 2018 – the Fact sheet of Proceedings can be downloaded


The proceedings of the European ITS Forum are available online on the website of the Forum and in the YouTube channel of the European ITS Platform.

In order to allow delegates and interested parties to properly store the web-links to different parts of the proceedings, a fact sheet was produced. Through this page you can access: Summaries for each session, Presentations to be downloaded, Opening speeches, Videos (impressions of the first day and collection of pictures).

Do not hesitate to download it, following this link.

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Forum 2018 – Proceedings are available online


The proceedings of the European ITS Forum are available online on the website of the Forum. You can access it by following this link.

Through this page you can access:

  • Summaries for each session
  • Presentations to be downloaded
  • Opening speeches
  • Video with impressions of the first day
  • Video with collection of pictures

Other videos will be soon available in the YouTube channel of the European ITS Platform.

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Successful ITS Forum 2018 on Traffic Management


1Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management Cora van Nieuwenhuizen

Around 300 experts from 21 different countries met on 14/15 November 2018 to exchange views on ‘Traffic Management in a changing world’ during the ITS Forum 2018. This Forum was organised by the European ITS Platform and the ITS Corridor projects and was hosted by Rijkswaterstaat in the LEF Future Centre in Utrecht (The Netherlands).

Opening by Dutch Minister

The event was opened by a keynote speech of the Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, who highlighted how traffic management needs a European cooperation. Road authorities will play a different but equally important role. Traffic management in particular will need to change. The core tasks will remain capacity management by dealing with incidents and roadworks and providing winter services. Essential services that save lives on a daily basis. The focus will be on exchanging data, and closer cooperation between public and private service providers. She also stated the priorities for The Netherlands: effectiveness, technological neutrality, practical applications and collaboration – across borders, brands and systems. And she will also ensure that data is used with due care. Privacy and data security are key conditions.

The second keynote speech was delivered by Federica Polce, Coordinator of the ITS Platform on behalf of the Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport (IT). In her speech she highlighted some of the good results from the Platform and corridors even stressing upon the importance of the presence of road operators and stakeholders in the ITS Forum: the EU ITS Platform needs to be grounded on real field deployment activities and the Platform is representing infrastructure authorities and operators, because our target is a better mobility for citizens.

The two keynote speeches were followed by a series of short interviews and discussion with Matthew Baldwin (Deputy DG for Mobility and Transport European Commission), Serge van Dam (Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management), Nick Cohn (TomTom) and Roberto Arditi (European ITS Platform). The discussion showed the importance of opening up data, the quality of the data and the need for cooperation of the different actors. Understanding and respect for each other’s business cases is a first requirement then. At the end of the opening session a flash-mob showed the benefits of the ITS corridors to ‘Peter Postman’, who virtually travels through the corridors as a truck driver, commuter and on his holidays with a caravan.

2nd day

Director Investment, Innovative & Sustainable Transport – DG-Move Herald Ruijters delivered the keynote speech on the second day of the ITS Forum. He kicked off from a historical perspective, stressing upon the importance of ‘connecting Europe’, also seen in the light of the upcoming Brexit. The Connecting Europe Facility is an important tool to realize this. The EC wants to work towards a Single European Transport Area, integrating the hard infrastructure of the CEF corridors with a digital layer of services and implementation of the ITS corridors. This is reflected in the proposed EC budget:  in the new CEF programme (2021-2027) a much bigger share of the budget (40%) will be reserved for ITS.

2Director Investment, Innovative & Sustainable Transport – DG-Move Herald Ruijters

Next, Jan Willem Tierolf (Rijkswaterstaat) stressed upon the importance of the digital layer of ITS services on the Core Network Corridors. ITS is a cost-effective tool to improve road safety and intermodality and to reduce congestion and emissions.

Pierpaolo Tona (INEA) showed some figures on the current CEF programme: 651 projects have been financed with a total budget of 22 billion euro, of which 48 (C-)ITS actions. He also made clear that the CEF programme is more than just offering financial support. It boosts investments in (C-)ITS, it supports European harmonization as well as implementation of the ITS Directive. And last but not least also delivers direct benefits to EU citizens and leads to concrete cooperation between European Member States.

In the following panel discussion with Herald Ruijters and the ITS Corridor project coordinators the main issue was: “How to improve the cooperation between the CEF Core Corridors and the ITS Corridor projects”. The first corridors are focused on ‘hardware’, whereas the latter are focused on ‘software’. It was clear that the knowledge of the people gathered in the ITS Forum should be used to improve the performance of the TEN-T Network: Ruijters invited the Platform and 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.

In the closing session external stakeholders participated in a panel discussion. Isabelle Vandoorne (DG MOVE), Astrid Weij (Polis/Province of Utrecht), Steve Phillips (CEDR), Emanuela Stocchi (IBTTA), Christophe Nicodème (ERF), Malika Seddi (chair of the ASECAP permanent committee) and Johanna Tzanidaki (on behalf of TISA) mainly discussed the role of the private market versus the role of the public authorities. Authorities rather hold the carrot, but if necessary use the stick. Private companies may play an important role in traffic management, but road authorities should orchestrate. They should safeguard the societal values of new technologies and avoid any negative impacts. The need of sharing data was stressed again.

The ITS Forum was concluded with a speech of Johan Diepens (Mobycon), presenting ITS in the Dutch culture: entering the room on his bike, he showed how cycling has been embedded in the Dutch society ‘from cradle to grave’. But also that ITS has found its way into cycling, such as bicycle parking guidance, connected bicycles and Floating Bicycle Data. 

Apart from three plenary sessions, the ITS Forum offered 15 parallel sessions with 89 presentations covering the following topics:

  • Traffic management: the wider perspective
  • Traffic information services
  • Data (National Access Points, Floating Car Data)
  • C-ITS and automated driving
  • Automation in Traffic Management and Traffic Centres
  • Intelligent Freight Transport
  • Evaluation

Summaries of these sessions, the presentations and an impression of the ITS Forum 2018 are available here.

All photos: Gab Franken

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You’re here because you know that transport doesn’t stop at borders”
The Dutch Minister opened the Forum – read her speech


Ladies and gentlemen,

Welcome to the Netherlands. And, especially, welcome to the LEF future centre here at Rijkswaterstaat.

As you can see, this is no ordinary venue for a conference. Its layout, design and setting all invite dialogue, conversation and encounter. This centre was designed for breakthroughs – to achieve results. And that’s what we’re going to do in the next two days.

You’re here because European cooperation is important to you. Because you know that transport doesn’t stop at borders. And because you understand the need to work together on the transport and infrastructure of the future.

We need each other to keep traffic moving. To make it efficient and sustainable. And to take the right measures for the safety of road users.

So the theme of this conference, ‘Traffic management in a changing world; Digitalization, Multimodality, Smart Infrastructures’, will be high on everyone’s agenda.

I don’t know where you travelled from this morning, but I know for certain that you didn’t have the road to yourself. It’s the same everywhere, not only in the Netherlands. Economies are booming, and that’s reflected by the traffic. It’s busy. And it’s going to get a lot busier.

So we face a common challenge: to keep our roads safe and traffic flowing, while reducing carbon emissions. This is no easy undertaking, and interests sometimes conflict. But it’s important that we tackle them together. Using new technologies that will both enable and compel us to reshape our infrastructure and traffic management.

Last October we practiced a large scale Truck Platoon with 250 trucks during the Experience Week Connected Transport, using existing technology such as ACC, smart traffic lights, in-car warning systems. The results are promising. A 15% better traffic flow, 10% less fuel, due to a more steady driving style. This pilot learned us more about safer and more convenient truck journeys. 

Today’s ‘smart mobility’ technology forms the basis for tomorrow’s solutions. The aim is clear: a safe, smart and sustainable transport system.

So we’re improving and expanding services and products that are already available. Like navigation systems that alert us to dangerous situations on the road ahead. Like vehicles equipped with automatic braking systems. And traffic lights that communicate with in-car devices. In the short term, safe use of these products and services can enhance road safety, accessibility and sustainability. And there’s still plenty of scope for more innovation and fine-tuning.

We’re seeing a new generation of smart vehicles starting to appear on the road. Semi-autonomous cars, truck platoons. Step by step, we need to open the road network to them. We’re now entering a period when these vehicles will share the road with conventional vehicles. To organise the transition we – industry and governments across Europe – need to work together. We’re ready to scale up pilots and trials. And this where we need your knowledge and your solutions. The sooner the better!

Road authorities will play a different but equally important role. Traffic management in particular will need to change. The core tasks will remain capacity management by dealing with incidents and roadworks and providing winter services. Essential services that save lives. The focus will be on exchanging data, and closer cooperation between public and private service providers. To this end, Rijkswaterstaat uses big data analysis to optimise the positioning of road inspectors and recovery companies, so that incidents can be dealt with as fast as possible.

Communication technology will also be key to traffic management. Digital representations of the road and the traffic situation supply new data. Real-time information on congestion, speed limits, scheduled road works and availability of parking spaces for trucks will help road users to plan a smooth journey. This will call for close cooperation between road operators, the automotive industry and service providers. Like we see in the Talking Traffic and Socrates 2.0 projects.

Road authorities are improving digital representations of infrastructure and the situation on it. In their turn, OEMs should share safety related traffic information. That’s why the Netherlands is supporting the efforts of the European-wide public-private Data Task Force.

By 2030, the majority of vehicles and road users will be connected in one way or another. Our real-time common operational picture will be more accurate and more detailed. Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems will be essential if truck platoons and semi-autonomous vehicles are to integrate smoothly into existing traffic flows.

All of these developments require the European hybrid communication strategy. While the industry primarliy is to set the standard, the Netherlands will currently invest in roll-out solutions that can contribute on the short term.

My priorities are effectiveness, technological neutrality, practical applications and collaboration – across borders, brands and systems. I’ll also ensure that data is used with due care. Privacy and data security are key conditions.

My aim is a safe, smart and sustainable mobility system. In the Netherlands. And across Europe. I want us to experience the benefits of innovation as soon as we can. In particular, the benefits to vulnerable road users.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Mobility is not simple arithmetic, or the sum of several modalities. It’s a complex combination of opportunities, each supporting the other. We’re looking for the connections between these opportunities, with customised answers to transport demand. The EU’s 9 core network corridors show current and future bottlenecks. Using the multimodality approach we can take early action to guarantee smooth traffic flow, now and in the future.

That’s why this conference is so important.

It’s promising to see you working here today as a single community. A great example of cooperation at European level. It’s vital that we reach out across national borders. Because work processes, data availability and enabling conditions like cybersecurity need to be harmonised at European level. The European Commission is doing important work – through legislation and funding.

The EIP Forum is a major platform for sharing ideas, reaching agreement and taking action. Rijkswaterstaat recently compiled a Roadmap for Traffic Management. It’s an analysis of innovative traffic management opportunities for the near and distant future.

We’ re happy to share it with you. And we look forward to your feedback.

Ladies and gentlemen,

It’s time to get to work. Your goals for the days ahead are to move forward; to help and learn from each other; and to work together on the traffic management of the future.

I look forward to hearing the results you achieve. Let’s make the future of traffic management a European reality!

I wish you all a successful conference.

Thank you.

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The Platform and corridors are working to deliver a better and safer mobility to European Citizens – speech of the coordinator to the 2018 Forum


The coordinator of the European ITS Platform contributed to the opening ceremony of the European ITS Forum held, in the Utrecht premises of Rijkswaterstaat. The text of the speech is available here in the following:

Honourable Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management,

Dear Representatives of European and National Authorities,

Dear Coordinators of CEF ITS Corridor projects,

Dear Operators of Trans-European Network and Stakeholders,

Dear Colleagues and friends,

I’m very glad to welcome you at the EU ITS Platform Forum on behalf of the European ITS Platform, the project co-financed by the UE and coordinated by the Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport.

Firstly, I wish to thank Rijkswaterstaat for hosting this important event in this glamorous and innovative venue.  Thank honourable Minister, thanks for this invitation and thanks to all the colleagues from Rijkswaterstaat.

Going to the essence of this event, the Forum targets the attention of the audience on Traffic Management and its current challenges. The Netherlands is surely an outstanding country in the capability to handle ITS subjects and to cooperate in the European Common Space: I received a few days ago the Dutch Traffic Management Roadmap 2022 (it also available in copy here today) and I am very keen in better deepening the national approach, appearing very serious and comprehensive. Nevertheless we do not have here The Netherlands only, some of the most qualified experts from about 21 Countries are here today: therefore it is the perfect opportunity to have a great debate grounding a positive evolution within so many countries and at a Pan-European level.

For this reason our  Platform of authorities and operators of the trans-European road network aims at a smart and efficient mobility, a goal to be achieved through large scale technology deployments. The “European ITS Platform” is being bringing together (even here and today), the majority of the European key players cooperating to establish an open “forum” aiming at providing  joint contribution for the future strategy, for policy recommendation towards a better development and deployment of ITS services along European road Corridors.

Services enabled by Intelligent Transport Systems positively impact road congestion and safety and contribute to the safeguard of the environment.

The progressive widening of their deployment contributes to innovation on the Trans European Road Network.

Furthermore, advanced services contribute also to the process of digitalization of transport.

To achieve concrete benefits, Member States, with the relevant support of the EU coming from Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), have invested billions in ITS over two decades, improving road safety and enhancing the efficiency of the road network.

The presence of Operators and Stakeholders is a key important fact: our Platform needs to be grounded on real field deployment activities: we are representing infrastructure authorities and operators, because our target is a better mobility for citizens.

Nevertheless, the challenges arising from the digitalisation of transport, connected and automated driving, the European dimension of services, multimodality and the concept of Mobility as a Service, will still require even closer collaboration and cooperation from all stakeholders who undoubtedly can provide contributions, ideas and support to our wide and open community. Experts of the European ITS Platform and the ITS corridors are meeting this challenge to accelerate deployment strategies supporting, this way, new mobility policies proposed by European Institutions.

Regarding what we have done during the current year, it was rich of several initiatives coming from the experts of the Platform together with the key stakeholders in the sector: meetings with the European Commission, European Parliament, National Authorities, leaders of Corridors assessing significant steps forward in the direction of efficient and fruitful shared communication.

The cooperation with stakeholders is really an added value: we contributed to the TEN-T Core Network Corridors implementing process through the participation to the Fora events coordinated by the European Coordinators,  starting from the Ursa Major project  in the ScanMed one in 2017 and in the North Sea-Baltic one over the last two years, the East West Corridor lead by Rijkswaterstaat succeeded in building a strong cooperation community all along the North Sea – Baltic corridor developing a feasibility study and a  road map for the deployment of ITS.

Let me  now introduce a few examples of European achievements within our corridors:

  • Crocodile corridor equipped 10 additional truck parking places with necessary technology for proper integration into the dynamic Intelligent Truck Parking information system with regards to space availability and safety.
  • MedTIS corridor is now providing to European citizens a comprehensive cross-border travel times system between France and Italy and between France and Spain.
  • Arc Atlantique corridor grounds the UK Tunnels Improvement Programme: a range of different projects gave rise to the need for implementing ITS alongside a range of other safety critical works.
  • Next ITS corridor is keen on the environment. It demonstrated to be eco-friendly. 11 thousand tons of CO2 emission are avoided annually though ITS.
  • URSA MAJOR corridor acquired 8 new implementing bodies that are taking the program towards the multimodality: 6 harbours (Gioia Tauro, La Spezia, Livorno, Ravenna, Trieste, Venezia), one freight village (Verona) and one public logistic operators (RAM).

Finally the Platform supported a common European understanding and provided a common frame in several technical fields, as the evaluation phase of projects. It is important to remark that this kind of results and activities was even recognized by European Institutions who asked to new projects the fully coordination under the Platform umbrella.

The European ITS platform successfully reached already 35 milestones over the 75 planned: the progresses appear remarkable. On the other hand, we are not only facing a number of issues on the technical and technological side: we are even facing a tough administrative roadmap and quite complex management of the projects.

In my role of  the Coordinator, I am really pleased to say that the Platform performed in due time its own administrative duties and consequent procedures despite the complexity of a project composed by so many beneficiaries, 26 with 29 related implementing bodies  and 2 affiliated entities coming from 15 different Member States: The Platform demonstrated  undoubtedly to be a great team!

Thinking to the future: ITS is now is evolving into new, more efficient and more integrated services; it is cost-effective and it is easier and quicker to be implemented than extending hard infrastructure conquering a good public acceptance. It is the digital layer which brings corridors and networks alive opening up their full potential. It is a strong basis for the digitization of transport.

The Third Mobility Package set for Europe new priorities, delivering on the new industrial policy strategy of September 2017 and has completed the process initiated with the 2016 Low Emission Mobility Strategy and the previous Europe on the Move packages in  2017. Member States participating in the Platform will concretely contribute to some of the key objectives of this common European policy: Safety, Multimodality, Connection of TEN-T with Urban Areas.

For what concerns communication and dissemination: our Communication Team prepared for all of you a smart dossier allowing you to download the reports showing the results of Corridors and the European ITS Platform through the highlights published on the Platform website.

The folder you received this morning, contains two fact-sheets one European ITS Platform and Corridors. Bookmarks, folder, notebook: the graphics of the European ITS Platform was performed by Italian artists under the coordination of the Communication Team.  Let me highlight the objective chosen for this tool: a new concept of “movement”, symbol of efficiency and safety for the transport, the basic objective of the Traffic management. The image of the traffic control centre represents the integration of services delivered on the road with the idea of movement and digitalization of the infrastructure.

Furthermore, we have a new website, press releases, interviews on the technical magazines, a newsletter now reaching quite 5 thousand subscribers all through Europe, a devoted YouTube channel collecting opinions by the entire Community. The so-called “wall with all logos” organized by Rijkswaterstaat shows how large our community is.

At the last CEF call, several corridor proposals together with the prosecution of the Platform have been submitted to the attention of European Authorities. The candidate future platform is gathering together 66 organizations among the most qualified in Europe, 24 Beneficiaries over 16 Member States, 4 affiliated entities and 32 Implementing bodies (operators, municipalities, hi-tech organizations, research institutions and other Authorities).

All these stakeholders are demonstrating their willingness to continue working together. The future is not yet written and decided: let’s create it together now!

The community is alive and enlarging.

Last special words go to each one of the members of the communication team, the organizers and hosts, the speakers, the members of the community contributing to make really this Forum a successful event and, last but not least, I would like to thank The European GNSS Agency that organized for all of us a technical visit in the premises of the Galileo Reference Centre.

I thank you so much for your attention, I thank you to be here in Utrecht today and I am looking forward  to listen all your contributions to our debates for this two-days event.

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Increasing pace of change in Europe to manage future traffic


New services, new actors looming on the scenario, an entire Europe is now ready far beyond the starting blocks for the development of intelligent infrastructures, connected cars and (in perspective) autonomous vehicles that can facilitate sustainability, environmental protection, improving the quality of life and services for EU citizens with their cross-border or national journeys, providing the energy to revive the economy of Member States and create new jobs.

An excellent summary of the state of the art on traffic management and intelligent transport systems in Europe was carried out during the Forum that has just been held in Utrecht between last November 14th and 15th.

In the Dutch headquarters of the “Future Center” (RWS), institutional representatives, public and private operators and technical experts discussed the topic “Traffic Management in a changing world: Digitalization, Multimodality, Smart Infrastructures”.

24 Member States involved through the Platform and the 5 European ITS corridors (Arc Atlantique, Crocodile, MedTIS, Next-ITS and Ursa Major) whose experts, in collaboration with the services of the European Commission, animated the debate on how the world of traffic management will be modified thanks to new technologies and capabilities they offer for connection, cooperation and automate vehicles; the traditional ITS systems more and more are changing skin being integrated by new Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems to make the cars able to communicate with the infrastructures even through the internet of things, or better an “internet of cars “. Everything will be connected: from traffic information, to road signs that can be replicated on the dashboard of the vehicle ensuring unprecedented effectiveness in traffic regulation measures. Thanks to sensors and vehicle communication devices, users will be able to exchange information in a structured way with any other object – fixed or mobile – along its own route, collecting as much information as possible, from traffic updates to the estimate of the optimum driving speed. A connected reality, a unified network of transport and communications to be made available to all road users. The goal of the European Union is to make our mobility more efficient, sustainable, safe and inclusive.

The Utrecht Forum was the way in which the European ITS Platform was able to collect the best European experiences, collaborating on this great project of a united Europe, a project on which many are committed and the European ITS Platform continue to be.

previous article on LeStrade magazine was the opportunity to deliver the first information in the Forum to Italian speaking Experts in the field of roads. Increasing pace of change in Europe to manage the traffic of our future (Un nuovo ritmo dall’Europa per guidare il traffico del futuro): is the title of a new leading article published by the Italian magazine LeStrade in the issue of November 2018. The article takes the opinion of the European ITS platform concerning some of the key outcomes of the ITS forum 2018 (proceedings) targeting Italian Speaking experts.

If you can read Italian, please do not hesitate to download the article.

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The ITS forum 2018 makes the leading article of Le Strade Magazine


Smart roads of the future are crossing in Utrecht (Le strade intelligenti del futuro si incrociano ad Utrecht): this is the title of the leading article published by the Italian magazine LeStrade in the issue of April 2018. The article takes the opinion of Roberto Arditi, addressing, on behalf of the platform, some of the key topics of the road technology in Europe.

The article was even the opportunity to launch and diffusing information on the ITS Forum 2018 (proceedings) to Italian speaking experts.

If you can read Italian, please do not hesitate to download the article  in pdf format.

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New Traffic Control System on the Motorway A3


In spite of a further increase in traffic on the motorway A 3, traffic on one of the most congested motorway sections in Germany is now to flow better. Tarek Al-Wazir, Hessian Minister of Economics, Energy, Transport and Regional Development, Steffen Bilger, Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure and Gerd Riegelhuth, Vice President of Hessen Mobil, pressed the start button for an important expansion of intelligent traffic control on the motorways in Hessen on the 8th August 2018.

The new line control system on the A 3 covers a route length of over 25.5 kilometres. With this system, the traffic between Wiesbadener Kreuz and Frankfurt-Süd will be controlled intelligently. “With this state-of-the-art and intelligent traffic control system, we want to reduce congestions and accidents,” said Al-Wazir.

Steffen Bilger explained that passenger and freight traffic continued to increase in the coming years. In order to be able to handle the transports accident-free and smoothly, equipment would be used to influence the route. This would make an important contribution to increasing traffic safety and improving the flow of traffic on highly congested motorways. Thus, traffic was intelligently controlled and traffic congestions could be avoided.

What are the benefits of the new system?

  1. harmonisation of traffic flow with high traffic density
  2. prevention against shockwaves
  3. release of the hard shoulder running as required
  4. congestion warning
  5. securing of roadworks
  6. warning of dangerous situations such as accidents
  7. warning of special weather conditions (e.g. fog)
  8. dynamic HGV overtaking ban
  9. variable speed limits
  10. securing of exit and access sections at junctions

This section of the motorway A 3 is part of one of the most important transport hubs in Germany and one of the main traffic arteries in the Rhine-Main region. The section A 3 between Wiesbadener Kreuz and Frankfurt-Süd includes the junction Frankfurter Kreuz, which is one of the most congested traffic junctions in Europe and connects the Frankfurt airport directly. In addition to supra-regional traffic flows, the section is therefore characterised by high heavy goods vehicle traffic, high commuter flows and airport traffic.

In future, the line control system will harmonise traffic in this section during high traffic density and thus reduce the potential of congestion. Dangerous situations will be prevented by dynamic warnings and adaptive speed reduction. In addition, the system serves to protect roadworks and traffic obstacles as well as to warn of adverse weather conditions. For the first time in Germany, a gantry of this system will be equipped with an innovative multifunctional display. As an alternative to variable message signs of a line control system, traffic information and alternative routing recommendations can also be displayed here.

Multifunctional Display at the junction Kelsterbach

In the loaded area between the Mönchhof Dreieck and Kelsterbach, the hard shoulder has already been released temporarily during high traffic volumes for several years. This increases the capacity of the route and reduces the risk of shockwaves that may lead to accident risks. As of today, the temporary hard shoulder running will be fully integrated into the new line control system.

Hessen Mobil completed the project, with total costs of around EUR 11.5 million, within two years. Under the project plan of road transport telematics, the Federal Government financed the systems with co-financing from the Connecting Europe Facility of the EU.

On Hessian motorways, line control systems improve the traffic flow on 300 kilometres. They ensure safety and optimum utilisation of existing motorway sections. Like all traffic control systems in Hessen, the Traffic Control Center Hessen in Frankfurt also controls the new system. Here, operators ensure the proper functioning of the system 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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National Bodies meet at Forum 2018


On Wednesday 14th November from 9:00-10:45 a special warm-up session is organised for National Bodies and National Access Point Operators. Theme of the session is: tackling common challenges. Topics addressed in the session are:

•    Current status of National Body (and NAP) implementations
•    Identification of common challenges and open questions for National Bodies and NAPs
•    Managing communications towards international companies
•    Further need for collaboration

The session is open to all official National Body and National Access Point representatives of the EU member states. (proceedings)

You can register by contacting the session organiser Timo Hoffmann (BASt).

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ITS Forum 2018: do not miss it and register now!


The programme of the bi-annual ITS Forum of the EU EIP project and ITS corridor projects is nearly completed. Under the title ‘Traffic Management in a Changing World’ we are proud to present to you:

·      Over 90 speakers and panel members from 15 different countries

·      15 parallel sessions

·      3 plenary sessions

·      1 exhibition area with demos

·      1 excursion to the Galileo Reference Centre (GRC), located in Noordwijk

·      1 pre-forum warm-up session for National Bodies and National Access Points

·      1 excellent cuisine diner at the historic Pope House, with a welcome speech of a member of the Provincial Executive of the Province of Utrecht

The key topics of the ITS Forum are:

·      The future of Traffic Management: public vs private role, digitalisation, MaaS

·      Traffic Information Services: best practices and quality of ITS data and services

·      Data: Floating car data, big data, National Access Points

·      C-ITS deployment, automated driving, automation in traffic management centres

·      Freight transport: the multimodal perspective, intelligent truck parking, intelligent freight transport

·      Evaluation of ITS and future scenarios.

Nearly 100 people have already registered for the event that will take place in Utrecht, The Netherlands. If you are involved in road traffic management, then the ITS Forum 2018 is a not to be missed event. Take the opportunity to join in this discussion, share your knowledge, create new business opportunities and make important steps in European policy development together. Do not miss the event and register at this PAGE.

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New measuring system to prevent tire trouble for freight traffic


With this pilot the Verkeersonderneming and Rijkswaterstaat strive to detect truck tyres which are punctured and/or have low pressure in an early stage. The aim is to decreases the occurrence of incidents with trucks on the road. The Canadian company International Road Dynamics whose system has been deployed in this pilot gained plenty of experience with this measuring system throughout North-America. In Europe, the system is put in practice in the Netherlands, at the highway A16 located in the West of the country. The results have already shown that it detects deviations in dual tyres with a sufficient degree of reliability. In the coming months, the project will be expanded with the detection of deviations in single and super-single tyres as well. In the nearby future we will start informing the drivers of the trucks or trailers concerned about the observed deviations. The drivers are then able to act immediately. The pilot is part of the Ursa Major Neo project, which is partly funded through the CEF programme.

For further information please read the full newsletter here.

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Dutch Minister to open ITS Forum 2018


Traffic Management in a changing world Digitalization, Multimodality, Smart Infrastructures

14-15 November 2018 at LEF Future Center, Utrecht, the Netherlands 

Dutch Minister to open the ITS Forum 2018

We are happy to announce that the ITS Forum 2018 will be opened by Cora van Nieuwenhuizen – Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management jointly with Federica Polce – Coordinator of the ITS Platform on behalf of the Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport. RWS officials will interview Matthew Baldwin, Deputy Director-General of EC DG MOVE. The ITS Forum offers a varied and interesting programme centred around the theme: “Traffic Management in a changing world”. All of this will take place in a highly innovative and dynamic venue – LEF Future Centre in Utrecht. High level keynote speakers from all over Europe will contribute to the programme among whom Herald Ruijters (EC Director Investment, Innovative & Sustainable Transport – DG MOVE) with a keynote on “CEF and TEN-T: past, present and future perspectives”, Pierpaolo Tona (European Commission – Innovation and Networks Executive Agency – INEA) introducing CEF ITS Programme and relevant objectives. The closing session will see an interview of Isabelle Vandoorne (EC Deputy Head of Unit on Sustainable & Intelligent Transport – DG MOVE) jointly to key experts and high level stakeholders in the field of TEN-T and mobility (CEDR, IBTTA, FIA, ERF, POLIS). 

Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management

Join in the discussion and  today!

The ITS Forum 2018 is approaching fast. In less than 2 months the ITS Forum is set to kick-off at the innovative LEF Future Centre located at the Rijkswaterstaat office in Utrecht, The Netherlands and register today!

Facing challenges together

The ITS Forum 2018 is organized by the European ITS Platform (EU EIP) jointly with European ITS corridor projects: Arc AtlantiqueCrocodileMedTISNext-ITS and Ursa Major. Within the European ITS Platform, European road operators and authorities have teamed up with external stakeholders to foster European harmonisation of ITS and deliver prominent results. The ITS Forum is a bi-annual gathering to discuss these results with each other and other stakeholders.

Traditional traffic management in transition

The theme of this year’s ITS Forum is ‘Traffic Management in a Changing World’ which will be reflected in the programme. Focus will be on road traffic management and its current challenges. The programme offers sessions on topics ranging from digitalisation of transport, public private cooperation and cross-border testing to multimodal transport and connected and automated driving.

Find out more about the Forum programme here

Network dinner

Enjoy an exclusive dinner in one of the oldest and most beautiful monuments in Utrecht, with a very rich history, the 500 year old Popehouse.

Galileo Reference Centre

On 15 November, just after the Forum, delegates are offered the unique opportunity to visit the Galileo Reference Centre in Noordwijk.

Be part of the discusion

If you are involved in road traffic management, then the ITS Forum 2018 is a not to be missed event. Take the opportunity to join in this discussion, share your knowledge, create new opportunities and make important steps in European policy development together. Find out more on the register webpage.

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Lane Control Sign Trial at N7/M50 Approach (AA2 Action – Ireland)


The M50 motorway is the busiest road on the Irish National road network carrying more than 145,000 vehicles per day along its busiest sections. As a result, the M50 is facing increasing congestion challenges and is the most demanding road in Ireland in terms of traffic management requirements. For efficient demand management, incident detection and variable speed limits using Advanced Motorway Indicators (AMI) were identified as measures that should be integrated in the short to medium term. Prior to comprehensive deployment, a Lane Control Signal Trial was carried out.

Prior to procuring services to undertake the deployment of AMIs along the full length of the M50, Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) undertook the deployment of three AMIs as part of a pilot scheme in 2016 with the objective to evaluate the viability for future deployment along the M50. The deployed AMIs can display both Lane Control Signals and Speed Limits.
At the relevant section of the N7 at Newlands Cross, an overpass had been constructed in 2014 which lead to a large number of motorists exceeding the speed limit, resulting in the perception of reduced safety amongst motorists. To mitigate the risk associated with the increased traffic speed, it was determined that this location was suitable to pilot the deployment of AMIs that could display both Lane Control Signals and Speed Limits.

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Next-ITS fact sheet available


Click here to have information on the activities of Next-ITS

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Meet us at the ITS World Congress in Copenhagen


This week the ITS Platform and ITS Corridors will be present at the ITS World Congress 2018 in Copenhagen. Many of the project partners will be attending the congress.

In addition, a number of partners will present results from the ITS Platform and ITS corridor projects:

Wednesday 19 September 2018, 13:30 – 15:00 (Melbourne (B3 M6))

National Access Points: Challenges for Success  

Member States have to set up National Access Points (NAP) that function as nodal points for (access to) data. This presentation gives an overview of the current status of implementation of the NAPs across Europe, based on a survey carried out within the European ITS Platform project (EU EIP). In relation to these NAPs three other relevant aspects are described in more detail, i.e. the Level of Service of NAPs, metadata and the assessment of compliance with respect to the delegated regulation. This paper concludes with a number of challenges that can be observed, and which hamper the success of the National Access Points to date.

Speaker:           Peter Lubricht, BASt, Germany

Wednesday 19 September 2018: 15.30 – 17.00 (Berlin Room (B4 MI-2))

SIS56 – Preparing next generation mobility

Mobility challenges are a worldwide priority. Mobility means access to jobs, education, culture, leisure, health care and quality of life. Mobility is also a political necessity, since it is so closely connected to social inclusion. The whole world is undergoing an industrial revolution, and for the transport industry, digitalization means a revolution in mobility services. Society is changing, and we can see new ways of consuming mobility services through car-sharing, co-modality, and new mass transit services. Main megalopolis are all working, in ways specific to their context, on jointly optimizing high speed network and heavy transit systems as well as promoting multimodality, clean infrastructure, and connected and autonomous vehicles…Through that lens, worldwide experts will share their ideas that works as well as failures, experiences, solutions to provide new options to boost mobility services with equal access to all users. New skills and knowledge for the future of the European economy are also crucial. Speaker of the sessions will present a set of approaches and solutions applied to various mode of transport, in addition to focusing on urbanization trends within major metropolitan worldwide with example of implementation as well as to provide answers on training and education to prepare ourselves for future transport challenges.

Organiser:        Malika Seddi, ASFA – Association of French toll motorway operators, France Moderator:           Paul Wadsworth, Capita, UK

Speakers:          Mathew Click (TBD), HNTB, USA; Hitoshi Sakuma, NEXCO, Japan; Christophe Boutin, ASFA – Association of French toll motorway operators, France 

Thursday 20 September 2018: 10.30 – 11.00 (EC booth)

Joint presentation of EU EIP and Datex II project

Collaboration, harmonization and standardization are key in the European playing field. This session will discuss traffic management in a digital world, introducing both the European ITS Platform (EU EIP) and the European standard for the exchange of traffic related data, DATEX II. A few of their most prominent results are presented: the facilitation of harmonized implementation of NAPs and the DATEX II Light (D2Light) app, showcasing the new capabilities of the DATEX II Light model.

This joint presentation by EU EIP and DATEX II is given on the 20th of September from 10.30h – 11.00h at the EU booth in the Exhibition area.

Speakers:         Marjolein Masclee, Rijkswaterstaat, the Netherlands

                        Torsten Geissler, BASt, Germany

                        Bard de Vries, U-TREX, the Netherlands

You’re kindly invited to join us there.

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URSA MAJOR neo – new project brochure available


The URSA MAJOR neo partners are excited to present you the new UMneo brochure: 

The brochure provides an overview of the project’s scope, partners and goals. Thanks to the partner’s cooperation, the brochure is supported by currently 15 different fact sheets, which focus on different activities within the action and provide a detailed description of current activities, day-to-day operations and the daily challenges our partners face. In addition, the content elaborates on the benefits of addressing these challenges with a collaborative and harmonised approach. 

The eight-page brochure and the 15 detailed project fact sheets are all available in English and German. You can find them on the UMneo webpage

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Intermodal Route Planner has a key role in Irish BREXIT planning


Vessel Elbefeeder at Dublin Port loading containers for Rotterdam and Antwerp (courtesy: Howard Knott)

The Irish Exporters Association (IEA) is a membership-based body with a key role in assisting members to develop their export business to global markets. Supply chain issues are high on the Association’s agenda with particular relevance given the island of Ireland’s geographical position off the west coast of Europe. The IEA has always taken an active role in EU supported projects with a freight transport focus and is currently a sub-contractor to Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) in the EU EIP project.

The project includes the development and dissemination of an Intermodal Route Planner. This planner (needs cecking) is intended to assist users to route their cargo to and from locations along an East-West European corridor in ways that minimize the need for Road Transport. Operating in this way enables the shipper to minimize the carbon footprint of his goods in transit.

The IEA runs a series of seminars, exporter workshops and training events at locations throughout Ireland. There are also monthly Supply Chain Webinars. On 9th July the Webinar speakers gave a half-yearly Multimodal Freight update. The upcoming BREXIT is seen by Irish shippers as posing considerable challenges for the maintenance of ‘on-time’ deliveries of both exports and of imports of raw materials, many of whom access Continental Europe using driver-accompanied vehicles on the British land-bridge.

Presenting the webinar, Howard Knott, the IEA Logistics Consultant, updated participants on recent service developments from carriers which improve direct access to continental Europe. A key part of the presentation was a demonstration of the EU-EIP Intermodal Route Planner which enables users to select routes and carriers that best suit their needs but which may not be the ones that were the most obvious routings.

The IEA will continue to work on the Route Planner as well as on other aspects of the Project so as to better inform shippers along the European East-West corridor.

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UK-22 Tunnels Improvement Programme


The A55 strategic road, situated in the north of Wales, United Kingdom, forms part of the TEN-T network Route E22. It carries inter-urban traffic from the UK and mainland Europe to and from Ireland, via the port situated at Holyhead. Many parts of the road are also used for commuting local traffic as well as seasonal traffic.

The A55 Tunnels (Conwy, Penmaenbach and Pen-y-clip) are situated in close proximity with each other along the route, close to the towns of Conwy and Llandudno. They carry up to 32,000 vehicles per day and are critical to the efficient mass movement of road traffic along the A55 route. The Penmaenbach and Pen-y-clip tunnels opened in 1989 and Conwy in 1991.

The A55 Tunnels Improvement Programme encompasses a range of different projects, which have given rise to the need for implementing ITS projects, alongside a range of other safety critical works. The projects involved were: Implementation of a North Wales Traffic Management System (NWTMS), Upgrade of Conwy Tunnel Generators, Conwy Tunnel Sump Improvements, Installation of a New Generator at Penmaenbach and Free Text VMS Improvements.

More information : see the complete highlight

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URSA MAJOR neo – workshop on roadworks information


Save the date

Roadworks information systems are important to enhance safety along the UMneo network and can significantly contribute to avoid congestion by coordinating road works across the border of operator responsibilities and by sharing data with end user services, e.g. navigation. Digitalisation of all processes in the transport system – including roadworks planning – is a major requisite for future connected and automated mobility.

Many UMneo partners are currently implementing new or upgrading their existing roadworks information and management systems. Furthermore, new C-ITS based hazard warning services include roadworks warning and need to be fuelled by accurate (in time and space) roadworks information. It is crucial that the partners exchange and coordinate their plans right from the beginning to enable a corridor-wide, seamless information service and to activate synergy effects, giving particular attention to the implementation of EU Delegated Regulations 886, 962, 1926 and the Delegated Regulation on C-ITS expected to be published in autumn this year.

UMneo therefore invites you to join a dedicated workshop on roadworks information on 4 October 2018 in Düsseldorf (Ministerium für Verkehr des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, Stadttor 1, 40219 Düsseldorf) from 10:00 to 16:00. The workshop will include presentations from all three UMneo beneficiaries on relevant activities in Italy, Germany and the Netherlands and will leave ample room for discussion on future requirements with regard to digitalisation, automation and vehicle/infrastructure connectivity.

We would like to invite interested colleagues from URSA MAJOR beneficiaries and implementing bodies to this workshop, who are actively involved in roadworks management and roadworks information services, as well as the corresponding current digitalisation and upgrade processes, but also of course interested colleagues from other corridors, who want to share their expertise and their activities in roadworks information with us.

A detailed agenda will be provided closer to the workshop. For further information or to confirm attendance, please contact Henri.Schlueter (Albrecht consult).

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ITS Forum 2018: visit the Galileo Reference Center!


Delegates of the ITS forum 2018 have the opportunity to visit the Galileo Reference Centre (GRC), located in Noordwijk (The Netherlands  – 75 km from Utrecht).

The Galileo Reference Centre is playing a crucial role in monitoring Galileo Satellite Navigation overall performance, a procedure that is quite important even for applications impacting on road applications and traffic management especially.

Officers from the European GNSS Agency (GSA) will welcome to the premises of this new operational centre and key technical aspects will be presented. During the Technical Visit on November 15th, GSA experts will present the current state of implementation and key facts of interest in the field of future mobility as well as the Galileo infrastructure deployed to date.

Participants: 1 group max 40 people

Duration: 2 h

Date: November 15th, 2018

Departure: 15:30 p.m.

Registration: free for delegates registered to the ITS Forum 2018

The event, hosted by GSA, will be organized as follows:

November 15th.

  • 15h30 bus leaving from LEF
  • 16h30 welcome from GSA, short visit and technical presentations (Galileo Reference Centre, Noordwijk)
  • 17h45 farewell cocktail to delegates
  • 18h30 bus leaving back – intermediate stop in Leiden (direct trains to Schiphol, Amsterdam and Den Haag) – final stop in Utrecht Central Station (20h00)

The visit will be organized if at least 10 delegates register to the visit by November 1st using the forum web-facility .

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The collection of highlights from the Platform and Corridors is available on line


The Reports drafted, by the EU EIP project management, collect highlights published. 

Officials and experts of the European ITS Platform and CEF ITS Corridors published highlights to inform on produced deliverables and other results achieved by the Platform and CEF ITS projects.

The information collated into Reports reported here is delivered 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

• Section 3 – Other news and announcements

The Reports include hot links and QR codes making the reader able to easily reach full articles and relevant deliverables. 

To download the full Reports that are presented as split by :

European ITS platform and corridors. Recent highlights are available in the following Reports:

The European ITS Platform organized in 2018 the European Forum 2018, happened in Utrecht (NL) on November 14th and 15th, 2018. A huge quantity of results and information on the event is available on proceedings page

This web page is updated on April 2020.

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Multimodal Travel Information Services (MMTIS): Quality Framework published, stakeholders invited for validation


EU EIP Sub-Activity 4.1 has published a report “Quality definitions for Multimodal Travel Information Services (MMTIS)”

This report contains a first quality framework for data in the domain of Multimodal Travel Information Services (MMTIS).

This framework includes a selection of:

  • quality criteria,
  • quality requirements and
  • assessment methods.

EU EIP has years of experience in elaborating quality frameworks for data in the domains of real-time traffic information (RTTI) and safety-related traffic information (SRTI) services.

With the increasing importance of door-to-door multimodal travel throughout Europe, fostered by the Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 2017/1926, a comparable quality framework is now needed for multimodal travel information services (MMTIS).

A first proposal for such a framework is now being presented, see link 1.

One of the lessons learned  from this product is that the data domain of MMTIS is by nature far more diverse and complex than for RTTI and SRTI. Thus, stakeholder input from the MMTIS environment is crucial for the EU EIP 4.1 work. First insights from MMTIS stakeholders have already been collected, e.g. at two dedicated workshops. However, further stakeholder interaction is sought to ensure the plausibility, applicability and practicability of the presented MMTIS quality framework. This will be part of the on-going “Validation Task” of EU EIP 4.1, e.g. by providing feedback on the proposed MMTIS quality definitions.

If you are interested in participating in this “Validation Task”, please consider the invitation letter (see link 2) and contact the EU EIP partners mentioned there.

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First intelligent roadside units installed on A9 motorway in The Netherlands


On 16 July 2018 the first 8 intelligent roadside units (RSU) were installed on the A9 motorway near Alkmaar, The Netherlands. Rijkswaterstaat, the Dutch national road authority, uses the RSUs to monitor and manage the traffic on the Dutch motorways. New technologies allow for smarter traffic management. Therefore, Rijkswaterstaat develops and tests a new generation of RSU, called iRSU. This work is carried out as one of the pilots in the URSA MAJOR neo project.

A total of 5.700 RSU along the Dutch motorways are used to process loop data and to control VMSs, in order to give end of traffic jam warnings or closing lanes. However, the RSUs are reaching their end-of-life time, and together with new technologies, these ‘old’ RSUs will be replaced by intelligent RSUs (iRSUs). With the new iRSUs GPS information from the vehicles can be used as an alternative data source, making expensive detection loops redundant. And in the near future drivers will be able to receive real-time traffic information on their navigation system.

Since soft- and hardware in the iRSU are separated, Rijkswaterstaat can remotely install, update and maintain the software. Flexibility and scalability will be the big advantage of the iRSU. iRSUs will make Rijkswaterstaat’s work better, more efficient and cheaper. It will also allow to make the transition from VMSs to in-car systems

Factory Acceptance Testing of intelligent Roadside Units

Pilot on the A9

iRSU was developed by Rijkswaterstaat in 2016 and 2017. An extensive test phase showed that the system works. Therefore, now it is possible to start a pilot iRSU on the A9 between the Wijkertunnel and Alkmaar, in the north-western part of the Netherlands.

During the pilot Rijkswaterstaat will buy the first series of approximately 40 new iRSUs. During the pilot it will be assessed whether the systems do what they should do: Can they do the same as the old systems? Can the software be managed from one central place? Can FCD be used to control the VMSs?

intelligent Roadside Unit along A9 motorway

First steps from intelligent transport systems to autonomous vehicles

The pilot will provide insight in the changes to come. New technologies will make both cars and roads more intelligent, and this can contribute to a more sustainable, safe and efficient mobility. Intelligent RSUs are one of the solutions with which Rijkswaterstaat prepares the infrastructure for the mobility of tomorrow. The new insights and experiences of the iRSU pilot will deliver valuable information on how to replace the current 5.700 RSUs in the Netherlands.

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UMneo & URSA CZ joint ITP workshop in Prague


On June 19th, URSA MAJOR neo and URSA Czech Republic held a workshop to elaborate on the topic of Intelligent Truck Parking.

41 participants, whom among were representatives and experts of various European National Road Authorities as well as logistics and truck companies, met in Prague and participated in a total of 11 presentations, ranging from individual implementations to ideas on how to further improve truck parking across Europe. Each presentation was followed by a discussion round, an interesting exchange of thoughts and opinions, highlighting very different aspects of the same topic, thus showing the benefit of gathering experts not only from the side which deploys implementations, but also experts from the end users’ side. The insight gained from this open discussion with representatives of the end users proved very advantageous to the National Road Authorities, with the added benefit of the end users feeling involved and having the opportunity to directly present their needs and recommendations.

In summary, this first joint workshop between these two actions can be regarded a success and a further step along the way to improve ITP along the European corridors.

The presentations can be downloaded at the UM neo page

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Management of Future Motorways and Urban Areas: the Platform discusses with stakeholders


The Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission invited the European ITS Platform to the 2nd Symposium on Management of Future Motorway and Urban Traffic Systems (MFTS2018). The event was held on 11th and 12th June 2018 in Ispra, Italy.

European and overseas representatives of the industry and science, as well as policy makers, discussed the latest advances in the field of traffic management: the European ITS Platform (EU EIP) was active part of the exchange of experiences.

The first keynote speech in the session “Policy-Meets-Science” was provided by DG MOVE: the speech covered the wide range of topics relevant for the Transport and Mobility policies when looking forward to promote and deploy an intelligent, safe and environmental friendly European Transport Network.

EU EIP took an active role by participating in the plenary debate on the topic “Which role do we envisage for public authorities in the management of future motorways and urban traffic systems?”.  Moreover the Strategic Dialogue, Guidance, Operational Excellence of the European ITS Platform was presented, including pan-European efforts and key goals. The delegates of the Symposium were even introduced to the upcoming EIP ITS FORUM 2018 in November in Utrecht and the save the date of the event was part of the material disseminated to all delegates.

More information and the booklet of abstracts are available on the website of the European Commission.

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MedTIS and Arc Atlantique are preparing services for the mobility of next generation – Save the date


Title: Preparing next generation mobility

Date: 19 September 2018

Time: 15:30 – 17:00

Room: Berlin (B4 M1-2)

Additional information:

Mobility challenges are a worldwide priority. Mobility means access to jobs, education, culture, leisure, health care and quality of life. Mobility is also a political necessity, since it is so closely connected to social inclusion. The whole world is undergoing an industrial revolution, and for the transport industry, digitalization means a revolution in mobility services. Society is changing, and we can see new ways of consuming mobility services. Main megalopolis are all working, in ways specific to their context, on jointly optimizing high speed network and heavy transit systems as well as promoting multimodality, HOV lane, managed lane, renewable energy, clean infrastructure, and connected and autonomous vehicles…Through that lens, worldwide experts will share their ideas that work as well as failures, experiences, solutions to provide new options to boost mobility services with equal access to all users. New skills and knowledge for the future of the European economy are also crucial. Speaker of the sessions will present a set of approaches and solutions applied, in addition to focusing on urbanization trends within major metropolitan worldwide with example of implementation as well as to provide answers on training and education to prepare ourselves for future transport challenges.

The session will allow discussion with European Commission representative, presenters from other part of the world as well as corridors representatives from Arc Atlantique, MedTIS with the EIP platform to deal with the issue of mobility challenges (traffic management services, dedicated lanes for autonomous vehicle, shared mobility, new concepts of mobility plan……).

Moderator : Malika Seddi


  • Representative of EC to recall priority plan of the mobility package as well as the EC tool to foster development and deployment – Claire Depré, Pierpaolo Tona (confirmed)
  •  Mathieu Click, HNTB, Presenter from US will speak about the managed lanes, (invited)
  • Kazuhiko Kumada, NEXCO, Japan (invited)
  • Christophe Boutin, Executive Director, ASFA, France will present a project the toll motorway companies are working on with solution to provide more mobility around Paris area which could be duplicated to other metropolis. (confirmed)
  • Paul Wadworth, Senior advisor, Capita, England will detail what are the actions developed in the Arc Atlantique Project (co-financed by the European Commission) (confirmed)
  • Speaker from Medtis project co-financed by the European Commission will focus on achievements
  • Roberto Arditi, EIP platform (co-financed by the European Commission), broader view from Corridors perspectives. (invited)

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ITS Forum 2018: registration is now open



The Communication Team of the European ITS Platform organized a web facility aiming at diffusing information on the ITS Forum 2018. You can access it through this page

The web site is now composed by 16 pages plus help-desk facility and other service pages.

Since the second part of June, the registration is open and can be performed through this page: please register and keep in touch.

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Smart mobility: Let’s keep end-users in the loop (video comment)


FIA Region I supports the progressive deployment of intelligent transport systems (ITS) and wants that end users of the services could be aware, getting the best opportunities.

Look at the video comment from Laurianne Krid, Director General of FIA (region I).

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How ITS deployment can be promoted through incentives and other drivers


Around 20 experts from nine countries and the EC met in Brussels 17 May to discuss how ITS deployment can be promoted through incentives and other drivers. The workshop was organized by EU EIP Sub-activity 4.3 The ITS Deployment roadmap, and presentations and discussions focused on four topics on the basis of prepared papers:

  • Effective cooperation, The need for solid platforms, Jan Willem Tierolf, Rijkswaterstaat NL
  • Benefits of alleviating bottlenecks in the context of a corridor, Paul Wadsworth, Capita, Jacqueline Barr, IBI Group UK
  • Financial support as a driver and enabler, Merja Penttinen VTT FI
  • Regulations and other guidance tools as drivers for corridor development, Torsten Geissler BAST DE

The results from the successful workshop together with background documents have now been issued and can be provided by a request to Jonas Sundberg (Sweco)

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Challenges for National Access Points: EU EIP paper at ITS World Congress


On 19 September 2018 Peter Lubrich (BASt) will present the paper ‘National Access Points: Challenges for Success’ at the ITS World Congress in Copenhagen. The paper will be presented in the session ‘Cross Border Solutions’. Authors of the paper are Ronald Jorna (Mobycon), Louis Hendriks (Rijkswaterstaat), Jacqueline Barr (IBI Group) and Peter Lubrich (BASt). The paper is the result of the work carried out in sub-activity 4.6 of the EU EIP project. This activity works on the harmonisation and monitoring of National Access Points in Europe.

Over the past years, the European Commission has published several Delegated Regulations with the aim to speed up the development of EU-wide interoperable travel and traffic services to end users, based on mainly existing digital data. As a consequence of these delegated regulations Member States have to set up National Access Points (NAP) that function as nodal points for (access to) data. The paper describes the current status of implementation of the NAPs across Europe, based on a survey carried out within the European ITS Platform project. In relation to these NAPs three other relevant aspects are described in more detail, i.e. the Level of Service of NAPs, metadata and the assessment of compliance with respect to the delegated regulation. This paper concludes with a number of challenges that can be observed, and which hamper the success of the National Access Points to date.

The paper “National Access Points: Challenges for Success” can be downloaded here.

The paper “National Access Points and Municipalities – Best Practices from the German National Access Point MDM” can be downloaded here.

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Nordic ITS Terminology


The fourth edition of the Nordic ITS Terminology is recently published by three Nordic transport administrations, namely the Finnish Transport Agency (Liikennevirasto), the Norwegian Public Roads Administration (Statens vegvesen) and the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket). The Danish Road Directorate (Vejdirektoratet) and the Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration (Vegagerðin) have supported the work by providing national translations.

This fourth version has been extended to some 1070 terms and definitions. Especially the sections on mobility, privacy and data security, vehicles and automated driving have been extended.

This Terminology will be used as basis for improved mutual understanding and harmonisation within the field of ITS in the Nordic countries and elsewhere and that it will be used e.g. in international ITS standardisation within CEN and ISO as well.

Reader’s guide

The terms and definitions are mainly from the road sector but many definitions are generic and multimodal. The basic philosophy behind this Terminology has been to provide definitions for ITS functions or services rather than products or technologies. However, in an effort to make the Terminology more understandable and complete many generic concepts as well as some technology related terms have been included.

Chapter 8 is a list explaining widely used ITS-related acronyms and abbreviations without definitions of the concepts behind.

Feedback and maintenance

The Terminology as a PDF -document is available for download at Users are invited to give comments and feedback on the Terminology.

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UMneo : Roadworks information digitalisation in Rheinland-Pfalz – Press conference of Minister for Transport


The Minister of Transport Rheinland-Pfalz Dr. Wissing in an interview with German television

Mainz, 18.06.2018

Minister Dr. Wissing: “Rheinland-Pfalz is carrying out pioneering work”

Faster traffic information, less traffic congestions, better coordination of construction sites: Together with representatives of the companies HERE and Garmin and the VRRN, the Minister for Transport Dr. Volker Wissing presented the project initiative BaustellenInfo digital RP. At its core, the aim is to centrally collect information of all road works, road closures and alternative routes and make it available in a digital data set. The EU co-funded project covers all layers from municipal to state level and is on all these grounds unique in Germany.

“The digitalisation of road works information in Rheinland-Pfalz improves traffic information, supports road works coordination, reduces the risk of congestion and helps to avoid accidents,” said Transport Minister Dr. Wissing at the presentation of the project initiative BaustellenInfo digital RP in Mainz.

Together with Michael Bültmann, Managing Director of the developer and provider of cloud-based map services HERE Technologies, Olaf Meng, Senior Product Manager of the navigation device manufacturer Garmin, and Association Director Ralph Schlusche of the Rhine-Neckar Traffic Region Association (VRRN), the Minister presented the project under the leadership of the Ministry of Transport.

“We are building a high-performance data infrastructure to reach all road users. This is also a contribution to digitalisation: The state collects its own data and makes it available to the end users. Everyone benefits- the state, businesses and citizens. For example, by providing up-to-date information on navigation devices – or by allowing large-scale guidance of Europe-wide transport and heavy goods traffic,” said Wissing.

Michael Bültmann, Managing Director of HERE Deutschland GmbH, explained the significance of data from BaustellenInfo digital for his company: “Digital data and the cooperation between reliable partners play a decisive role in coping with the challenges of mobility in the 21st century. In addition to direct benefits for citizens, initiatives such as BaustellenInfo digital RP are important for improving data quality, also on lower function-class roads. Thus, they are also of importance for the increasing automation of transport and autonomous driving. The HERE Open Location Platform offers an open ecosystem that aggregates and processes data from different sources and makes it available in the form of geo-targeted, contextually-relevant information and services.”

“Our customers are expecting to see real time information on their Garmin navigation devices at all times. Today, there is a lack of comprehensive information on short-term construction sites, road closures and rerouting in order to always calculate the best route. The digital collection and distribution of events in European standards enables Garmin to display the information already on today’s devices. We are therefore happy that Rheinland-Pfalz is pioneering in this area so that in the future we can get drivers to their destination faster, safer and more stress-free,” said Garmin product manager Olaf Meng.

VRRN Association Director Ralph Schlusche emphasised the additional benefits that BaustellenInfo digital has for municipal road works coordination – especially for the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region, which as an interface of the three federal states of Baden-Württemberg, Hessen and Rheinland-Pfalz forms a special kind of traffic hub. “For this reason, since 2013, the Rhine-Neckar Regional Association has been coordinating the planning of road works in the regional road area together with the responsible road works load carriers. To achieve this the Rhine-Neckar region introduced a digital planning map in 2017. We are looking forward to BaustellenInfo digital starting now and expect a significant improvement in the data basis for the coordination of road works planning,” said Schlusche.

Up until now, data on long-term construction sites or short-term road closures at municipalities or the state have only been partially available in digital form, were stored in various, incompatible systems and could not be used by third parties. BaustellenInfo digital changes this: A digital data set is created that is structured, geographically referenced and machine-processable. This means that navigation service providers can obtain the data via the German national access point Mobilitäts-Daten-Marktplatz and use it for their services and geographical visualisation on a digital road map. The MWVLW initiative is co-funded in CEF by the EU within the URSA MAJOR neo project.

Source: Wirtschaftsministerium RLP & HERE

Responsible in the sense of the German press law

Susanne Keeding – Press Spokesperson (mwvlw)
Phone 06131 16-2550

URSA MAJOR neo Coordinator and BaustellenInfo digital RP project manager
Stephanie Kleine (mwvlw)

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CROCODILE 2 and CAPITAL joining forces for a combined workshop


The first two half-days of the workshop were dedicated to specific training and learning workshops in cooperation with the CAPITAL project. Next to the CROCODILE 2 partners numerous public administrations and road authorities from the neighbouring countries Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as from Montenegro were invited to join the workshop. Participants were mainly quite new to the topic of ITS or had some experience.

CAPITAL organised together with CROCODILE 2 a two-part training focusing on the legal and policy framework for the deployment of ITS and C-ITS. The first day was especially dedicated to the legal framework for ITS. It started off with a short and very focused introduction on the legal framework for ITS, especially focusing on the ITS Directive and the Delegated Regulations as basic guidance for ITS deployment. Following this introduction speech best practice examples and learnings from previous or current ITS implementations from Hungary, Croatia and Austria were presented. This input session was followed by an interactive session. Split up in small groups the participants were taking part in the ITS Quiz, the Delegated Regulations Challenge and discussed their major learnings as well as future training needs.

Day 2 of the common workshop was focused on the guidance for the implementation for Cooperative ITS (C-ITS). AustriaTech gave an overview of the European policy framework for C-ITS and introduced the C-ITS Strategy Austria giving an example of the national implementation of the C-ITS Strategy. This was followed by an overview of the C-Roads platform as lever for harmonized C-ITS implementation in Europe. The second part of the input session was dedicated to current implementation examples for C-ITS in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy and Slovenia. After all these input presentations the participants were invited to join the “Market Place Session”. Next to the opportunity to experience C-ITS Day 1 in Virtual Reality within the C-Roads Virtual Reality Demonstration, participants could stroll around different information- and discussion-stations, informing on the upcoming CEF Call, assessing the C-ITS status in their own country, providing feedback to CAPITAL regarding the training or exchange on their implementation experience within a space dedicated to bilateral discussions.

On nthe second day afternoon, several contributions were made on the topic of DATEX II, starting off with international exchange and experience from DATEX User Forum presented by Jan Vlcinsky. He gave an overview on the DATEX II Light mobile App for SRTI and introduced DATEX II v3.0 which uses the latest UML version and is therefore easier to use than DATEX II 2.3. The use of URIs (Uniform Resource Identifier) shall enable unambiguous identification of resources in DATEX II and thus a more efficient access to available profiles. Regarding Location Referencing he recommended to use OpenLR and accompanying provision of guidelines to be able to fill out DATEX II profiles.

The Croatian Traffic Information Center was presented by Irena Čačić (HAK). She introduced the mobile app providing Croatia Traffic Info and a HAK map and pointed out the provision of Radio and Television Information directly from the Traffic Information Centre (Reports also in English and German for tourist purposes). She introduced the current DATEX II approach going from text orientation to event orientation on the map (web app REALIS), also connected with the data from Slovenia. Automatic information exchange between traffic operators and the automobile club (HAK) is planned. The REALIS app offers DATEX II compatible core data model and OpenStreetMap based road and map data as well as support for client-specific DATEX II mapping, also compatible with CROCODILE middleware specification. The use of OpenLR will be a discussion point for CROCODILE workshops.

Brane Nastran of Slovenian motorway operator DARS presented the DATEX II Interface in Slovenia. DATEX II exchange is already operational with Hungary and Austria and is soon planned with Italy and Croatia, HAK.

Alen Ravser from Flixbus presented real-time traffic information management within international public transport provider in the context of DATEX II. FlixBus operates 2 Traffic management sides in Europe (Berlin and Zagreb). The backbone system offers various data and information in real-time, such as vehicle data, customer service, emergency and booking management. DATEX II will likely to be used for information on road conditions which has been a blind spot so far. The correlation between Flixbus and DATEX II will encompass automatic road incident detection (Information on congestion), eCall system, border crossing information and future V2X support. Flixbus is seeking for standardized Data in all countries they are operating and use TomTom for Geo-tracking in the backbone.

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First URSA MAJOR neo Pilot implemented in The Netherlands


Tyre pressure measuring system installed on A16 motorway

Rijkswaterstaat (The national road and water management agency) has installed a tyre pressure measuring system for a one year pilot on the A16 motorway, south of Rotterdam. The “Tyre Anomaly and Classification System” (TACSTM) by the Canadian manufacturer IRD® detects potentially riskful tyres of trucks at cruise speed. The aim is to detect flat tyres or tyres with extremely low tyre pressure. In the next phase, the goal is to inform the driver or truck owner so he can act and take the necessary measures. This is to prevent incidents with truck tyres, i.e. the risk of burst or flat tyres. This improves road safety and reduces congestion. This pilot is one of the five pilots of the Ursa Major Neo project, and is carried out jointly by Rijkswaterstaat and De Verkeersonderneming.

Market consultations

In April 2018, market consultations have been organised with stakeholders from these branches:

  • Transport insurance companies: prevention and risk managers
  • Tyre companies, from manufacturers to service & maintenance specialists
  • Transport companies, from fleet owners with over 1000 vehicles to owner-operators with only one truck.

These consultations can be characterised by a great interest and interaction which provided useful suggestions. Certain issues require further attention. For instance: when to warn the truck driver? How to warn the driver in a safe way? What options can we offer to the driver? How to inform the truck owner?


The measuring system was deployed by BAM Infra Verkeerstechniek ltd. during the night of 11th to 12th May (a long holiday weekend). The supplier IRD® was present and supported the first calibration on site. To do so, the first calibration trips were conducted on Monday the 14th of May.


The Canadian manufacturer has a a lot of experience with common North-American vehicle and tyre configurations. The system already can detect reliably flat tyres in a dual-tyre configuration. During a calibration session, by chance a flat tyre was observed on a truck of an interested fleet manager. A quick contact was established between owner and service provider and within an hour, one tyre (of a dual tyre configuration) indeed turned out to be flat. 

The typical European configuration with (super) single tyres requires some further calibration steps. On Friday the 25th of May, a test ride with a truck was carried out to collect as many data as possible. These measurements, including workshop measurements which consisted of so-called ‘footprints’ of truck tyres, have been processed to a large degree. Together with IRD® the measuring system will be configured, so it can make reliable measurements with single tyre configurations (including super singles). The aim is to detect the following vehicle features:

  • Flat tyre (dual tyre)
  • Underinflation (dual tyre)
  • Underinflation (single tyre)

Further steps

The next months will be used to collect data and verify the accuracy. Depending on those results, further steps will be taken. From the beginning the project was designed to start with a first phase focusing on the ability to detect tyre pressure and/or to detect potentially dangerous tyres. Phase 2 can be considered when measurements can be done successfully and with sufficient reliability. In this 2nd phase the focus will be on the development and application of methods to warn the driver and/or the owner.

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The Platform discussed road safety and ITS with ASECAP


Experts of the European ITS Platform received an invitation to take part to the “46th ASECAP Days 2018” (Ljubljana, June 6-8th). The debate organized by ASECAP was devoted to European actions and plans towards Road Safety, taking the cue from EC priorities presented as part of the 3rd mobility package on the specific subject of Road Safety.

The session addressed the challenges for road operators to improve road safety and performances. From a long-term point of view, safe roads do not only depend on highly developed infrastructure. An overall system should be safe to guarantee the safety: road, vehicle, user, speed, emergency handling, innovation, etc.

Priorities to improve road safety in the third mobility package which also reflect the Valletta declaration were presented by EC officer. The session explore and identify policies, practices, issues, challenges and innovative actions from ASECAP members and other stakeholders to share their concerns, successes and experiences to contribute to EU objectives. The speech of the Platform started from the concept of Safe System as proposed by PIARC to reach the definition of a role for the innovation and ITS systems as part of the safe system approach. The presentation is available through this link.

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SAVE THE DATE 25.10.2018 – Impacts of automated driving, how to maximize the benefits – joint EU EIP 4.2 & L3Pilot workshop



Automated vehicles are coming to you. But what does that actually mean, when will they come, in what form, and how can we maximize the benefits to the society? Automated vehicles have a vast potential to impact the traffic flow and improve safety, throughput and reduce emissions. Whatever the impact, it depends a lot on factors related to the actual capabilities of the vehicle and the environment in which it is driving. In general one would expect that the more a vehicle is able to drive in automated mode, the more benefits it will bring. However, there is a limited Operational Design Domain (ODD) in which the automated vehicle is capable of functioning as it is intended by the manufacturer.

In this workshop we will discuss in a multi-stakeholder setting how the ODD can be optimized (make it as large and/or as continuous as possible) and what the “appropriate” behaviour of the automated vehicle is within the ODD, specifically for mixed traffic conditions. We would also like to explore how to set up a constructive dialogue with the developers of automated vehicles and other stakeholders to see what each can contribute from its own perspective in the definition of the respective roles and responsibilities.

Who should attend?

All relevant stakeholders are welcome (e.g. automotive OEMs, equipment suppliers, telecom industry, road operators, local and regional authorities, governments, research institutes). Workshop attendance is free of charge.

Why a Joint Workshop?

Coordination and cooperation between the public and private sectors, in particular road operators and the automotive OEMs is needed so that a common approach and a road map can be developed for the introduction of automated vehicles in Europe and to maximise benefits thereof. This workshop, which follows directly the L3Pilot project meetings in the same venue, will offer an important first step on this road!

For more information on the Workshop, please contact: Tom Alkim or Elias Demirtzis, .

Download the Workshop Save the Date here.

See you in Athens!

About EU EIP

The EU ITS Platform (EU EIP) is the place where National Ministries, Road Authorities, Road Operators and partners from the private and public sectors of almost all EU Member States and neighbouring countries, cooperate in order to foster, accelerate and optimize current and future ITS deployments in Europe in a harmonized way.

About L3Pilot

Automated driving technology has matured to a level motivating a final phase of road tests which can answer key questions before market introduction of the systems. The European research project L3Pilot tests the viability of automated driving as a safe and efficient means of transportation on public roads. It will focus on large-scale piloting of SAE Level 3 functions, with additional assessment of some Level 4 functions.

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UMneo & URSA CZ joint ITP Workshop – Agenda


Introducing the first joint Intelligent Truck Parking workshop between URSA MAJOR neo & URSA CZ. The workshop will be held June 19th, in Praque at the “Bio Ponrepo”, Bartolomějská 291/11. It addresses the challenges and opportunities of ITP with a focus on today´s ever-changing environment. The workshop is a unique event that emphasises the importance of collaboration and networking within the same area of deployment. The freight traffic on roads is steadily increasing. However, finding the best solutions is a challenge best tackled as a team. In this spirit, we invite you to join this first joint workshop covering three major topics:

  • ITS for safe and secure parking of HGV on TEN-T corridors – pilots, deployments, lessons learned
  • User perspective – information services, specific needs of truck drivers and transportation companies
  • Cross-border/cross-corridor data exchange

An agenda has been drafted along these topics, including insights on the procedure and the pillars of this unique event. The agenda can be downloaded here.

UMneo and UCZ are looking forward to meeting you and working together with you on the challenges and opportunities of Intelligent Truck Parking to shape the future of ITS.

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The Joint Research Center is discussing the mobility of the future


The 2nd Symposium on Management of Future Motorway and Urban Traffic Systems (MFTS2018) will be hosted by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Ispra (Italy).

On two days (11 and 12 June 2018) representatives of policy, industry and science will discuss the latest advances in the field of Traffic Management. 

MFTS2018 aims to give answers to:

  • How to address challenges of current and future Traffic Management
  • How connectivity and automation can support an enhanced Traffic Management in the future
  • Options for a future enhanced Traffic Management: centralized vs. decentralized

The European ITS Platform is highly interested to subjects dealt in this event and experts from the platform are consequently among the contributors.

Both for practical and for scientific details such as the final program, please refer to the website of the JRC.

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The Platform meets the stakeholders at European Parliament


On May 16th 2018 the European ITS Platform and the ITS corridor projects Arc Atlantique, Crocodile, MedTIS, Next-ITS and Ursa Major met with stakeholders in the European Parliament building. The session was held upon invitation of Dominique Riquet, (see news 10/05/2018) MEP and vice-chair of the TRAN committee of the European Parliament. The 35 attendees were welcomed by Mrs. Malika Seddi (ASFA), partner in Arc Atlantique and coordinator of MedTIS and the debate was animated by Mr. Roberto Arditi (SINA), project manager of EU EIP.

Setting the scene

The opening speech was given by Mrs. Claire Depré (DG MOVE), who informed the audience about the third Mobility Package, in which the focus is clearly on road safety. The third Mobility Package also contains an agenda in the field of automation, following the C-ITS strategy from 2016. The focus is on establishing an enabling framework. Her speech can be summarized with ‘a safe (transport) system approach’. She also pointed out the importance to enhance cooperation amongst member states in order to rationalize lessons learnt. Next, Mr. Christian Faure (INEA) explained INEA’s key role: to implement projects, making implementations happen (both through CEF and H2020) in order to make the road infrastructures safer and more efficient. The total budget for CEF Transport is 22,4 billion euro (2014-2020), mainly going to CEF corridors. Out of this 48 ITS projects were funded with a total of 443 million euro. A new CEF call will open on 17 May 2018. Mr. Alessandro Iavicoli reported the special interest in the Platform of Bernadette Veca, Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, and stated that the European ITS Platform (EU EIP) was established to create common systems/services, but also to support the implementation of the ITS directive and Delegated Regulations. The ITS corridors offer a perfect environment to deploy ITS for safety, efficiency and environment. EU EIP will also be an important Platform for new ITS developments. An overall presentation about consistence and results of ITS corridors and  final introductory speech was delivered by Mr. Jan Willem Tierolf (Rijkswaterstaat). He described how the ITS corridor projects and the European ITS Platform facilitate the establishment of European Transport Corridors by providing a digital layer to CEF corridors, thus making transport more safe, efficient and environmentally sound. He supported his statement with clear examples of accident reduction due to speed enforcement, increased road capacity through use of peak hour lanes (made possible only thanks to ITS) and reduced emission due to variable speed limits. He concluded his speech by stating that ITS is very cost-effective and it is easier and quicker to implement than extending hard infrastructure, because it usually is less subject to lengthy administrative procedures and has a good public acceptance. It is the digital layer which brings corridors and networks alive opening up their full potential. It is a strong basis for the digitization of transport.

Debate with stakeholders

Following the opening speeches, a number of stakeholders were asked to reflect on the statements made by the first speakers. A first reaction was given by Mr. Kallistratos Dionelis (ASECAP), who expressed his concern about cities. They will have their own systems, so we need to make sure that there will be a regulated interoperability between cities, followed by interoperability across borders. Operators of roads in the trans-European network can be an example of how this process can be successfully developed. Mr. Martin Böhm (C-ROADS) sees two main trends: cooperative mobility and mobility as a service. ITS is the digital infrastructure, which is the backbone for mobility of the future. Solutions should be scalable from motorways to cities/rural areas, and from road to other modes. According to Mr. Steve Phillips (CEDR) ITS is a tool to increase the efficiency of roads, not an objective in itself. Within CEDR there is some concern on ‘overemphasizing’ road safety; don’t forget the environmental issues, which often is a much bigger issue.  Mr. Christophe Nicodème (ERF) remarked that we need to look at future. Most traffic is not on the CEF corridors, but on the ‘other’ minor roads. Why is the automotive sector not present in this meeting; they are also an important stakeholder. He also emphases the important need to invest on road infrastructures just to maintain them for safe mobility services. Mrs. Isabelle Vandoorne (DG MOVE) added that is important for the platform to maintain and develop a multimodal approach open to cities also. To this purpose, POLIS could be useful among the stakeholders of the Platform, a proposal which was supported even by Mrs. Johanna Tzanidaki (Ertico), who stressed that the future is in the dialog between the stakeholders, including urban and industry.


Mrs. Malika Seddi, recalling interventions of officers from the Commission and stakeholders, of Mr. Paul Wadsworth (Arc Atlantique) and Mrs. Stephanie Kleine (Ursa Major),  concluded that 27 countries working together is unique. Concrete examples of benefits to European citizens are coming from ITS corridors and  an example of such cooperation are the deployment guidelines, a common pan-European approach to deploy services: a concept initially developed in previous programs and now being developed by the European ITS Platform. The community of the Platform appears suited to contribute to the implementation of the ITS Directive and the objectives of the third Mobility Package.

Mrs. Charlotte Nørlund-Matthiessen took to the distinguished delegates the apologies of Mr. Dominque Riquet: he could not finally attend the meeting he invited for, due to a last minute change in his agenda, nevertheless Mrs. Nørlund-Matthiessen made herself available to organize a meeting/interview with mr. Riquet around the end of June to give him the opportunity to contribute to the debate and to answer to the questions raised in the event with an European Parliament perspective.

Leaders of corridors and Platform activities jointly to stakeholders decided that the European ITS Platform performed a step forward in the right direction: this meeting in the Parliament has not to be considered as the result of a process, but just the beginning of a newly launched action to be soon deployed, even in view of the ‘ITS Forum 2018’. The Member States Supervision Assembly held in the following day endorsed the decision and recommended to boost the cooperation even with TEN-T Core Network Corridors, by the way, an activity already pioneered by Ursa Major with ScanMed, (see news 24/03/2017) and the Platform with North Sea-Baltic (see news 14/11/2017).

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The European ITS Platform is invited for a public debate in the European Parliament


Thanks to the kind invitation of Mr. Dominique Riquet, MEP and Vice-Chair of the Committee on Transport and Tourism, the European ITS Platform organized an interactive debate concerning “How the European ITS platform and ITS corridors can facilitate the large-scale deployment of safe mobility services in Europe”.

ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) on roads positively impact congestion, safety and the environment and will continue to do so through widening their deployment and introducing new advanced services whilst contributing to the digitalization of transport. In response to these proven benefits, Member States have invested billions over several decades (with support of the EU via the Connecting Europe Facility) to help improve road safety, and enhance efficiency of the road network. This has been achieved through Member States establishing five trans-European ITS corridors that are consistent with the CEF Core and Comprehensive networks. Nevertheless fragmentation of approaches and solutions across Europe can hinder the maximization of known benefits achievable through wider deployment of harmonised ITS services.

In order to address this challenge, accompanying the European legislation and implementation of ITS, the European Commission under the CEF program (Connecting Europe Facility), has provided financial support to ITS corridor projects and the EU ITS Platform to foster cooperation and an harmonized approach between Member States, road authorities, road operators and partners from the private and public sectors to encourage, accelerate and optimize ITS deployments in Europe in a harmonized way. This is essential to ensure that the European travellers enjoy ITS services seamlessly across EU Member States.

The EU ITS platform facilitates the establishment of a common state of the art and promotes the actual take-up of EU specifications, allows the dissemination of good practices to enable a harmonized European transport network and interoperable mobility services.

The Digitalization of transport, Connected and Automated Driving, the European dimension of services, multimodality (passenger/freight) and the emerging mobility challenges require even more cooperation and require to accelerate deployment strategies supporting new EC mobility policies.

The event which will be held at the European Parliament will contribute to better map future needs of implementers and to identify solutions to address those. In the context of the third mobility package and digitalization of transports, concrete actions can be proposed to achieve the EU objectives for safer, fairer and more environmentally friendly mobility. The discussion will focus on how ITS corridors already have proven to enhance performance and can also support the large-scale deployment of C-ITS and more broadly Cooperative, connected and automated mobility (CCAM) on the TEN-T network in line with other EU actions (e.g. C-ROADS). In particular the EU ITS platform and ITS Corridors will share useful lessons learnt.

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Intelligent Transport Systems – DG MOVE organized a stakeholder workshop on Evaluation of the ITS Directive


Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) allow the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) entering in transport. The ITS Directive establishes a framework in support of the coordinated and coherent deployment and use of Intelligent Transport Systems within the European Union.

DG MOVE launched an evaluation process to assess to which extent the ITS Directive contributed to a faster and more coordinated deployment of ITS, as well as the better functioning of the road transport system and its interfaces with other modes. The evaluation will provide an up-to-date overview of the implementation the Directive and of the benefits and costs created. It will also assess if the current scope is still relevant and in line with technological developments and other EU policies.

Based on this evaluation, European Authorities will decide if improvements to the Directive are necessary. In case of recommendations for revision, the evaluation would then provide the basis for an impact assessment for a revision of the Directive.

On April 23rd 2018, various stakeholders were consulted. Opinions and views of all interested stakeholders on the functioning of the Directive were collected to be used as supporting evidence in the evaluation. The Evaluation roadmap was published for feedback in March 2017 and an online public consultation was open between May and July 2017. This was complemented by targeted methods such as in-depth individual and group interviews and surveys.

Findings of the evaluation were presented. Emerging recommendations from the evaluation were also presented by the consultant and discussed among stakeholders.

The registration of the meeting is now web-available, thanks to the streaming service of the European Commission.

Presentation Evaluation of ITS Directive 2010/40/EU” performed by EC consultant.

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Quality of Multimodal Traveller Information Services – Outcome of the Follow-up Workshop


EU EIP Sub-Activity 4.1 has organised a follow-up workshop to discuss definitions for quality criteria, quality requirements and assessment methods for Multimodal Travel Information Services (MMTIS).

25 experts on MMTIS quality from ten European Member States joined this workshop on 21st March 2018 at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam.

The workshop participants showed support for the MMTIS quality definitions, as drafted by EU EIP Sub-Activity 4.1, and gave valuable feedback for the upcoming validation of the proposed MMTIS quality criteria, quality requirements and assessment methods.

More information and the workshop findings are available in the attached summary.

All 8 presentations are available on the achievement page.

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National Access Point as a tool to support the quality of travel – international conference in Warsaw


On 9 April 2018 the conference “National Access Point as a tool to support the quality of travel” took place in Warsaw, a joint cooperation between the CEF projects Crocodile and EU-EIP, ITS Polska and Rzeczpospolita Polska. The conference was successfully organized by Generalna Dyrekcja Drog Krajowych I Autostarad and supported by Ministerstwo Infrastruktury, Ministerstwo Inwestycji I Rozwoju. The conference was attended by approximately 150 delegates, moderated by Mr. Krzysztof Nalewajko. Polish Radio broadcasted interviews with some of the speakers.

All presentations can be downloaded at the bottom of this highlight.

After the opening of the conference by Mr. Marek Chodklewicz, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Infrastructure, a warm welcome was given by Mrs. Joanna Lech, Director General for national Roads and Motorways. Then, Mr Jarowslaw Orlin´ski offered a good insight into how well cooperation is organised between the State of Poland and the EU to support the development of ITS and infrastructure.

Mr Louis Hendriks from Rijkswaterstaat in the Netherlands and head of the EU EIP National Access Point (NAP) activity presented an overview of the NAP implementation in Europe. There are many different approaches to implementation, ranging from stand-alone NAPs with metadata and links to integration into Marketplaces, Open Data Portals and Data warehouses, all depending on the conditions in each country. The implementation of NAPs often goes through three stages: first is the technical implementation, second the collection of data and the third is the creation of new and better services. Some countries are in the first phase and some are struggling in the second, but the third is still to come. To support the implementation of priority action ‘a’, multimodal travel information services, the program would have to be extended for a year or so. EU EIP has produced a map of links to the NAPs in EU which will be available on the EU EIP website.

The next speaker, Mrs. Jacqueline Barr, IBI Group, described one of the more important outputs of the EU EIP NAP activity – the Common Features and Level of Service support document. The document contains 18 features covering NAP Access, Communication, Finding datasets, Update and maintenance and Dataset information. The features are intended to support good practice, promote dataset discovery and sharing and to help develop high quality NAPs. The presentation explained that feature development began in 2016; features were drafted by reviewing existing and planned access points, selecting beneficial and transferable features, and with EU EIP partner review and refinement, the v1.0 was published in March 2018. This document is a great checklist if you are in progress off starting an implementation of your national NAP. The project is now looking for NAP operators to check the features against their implementations to evaluate the document.

The report NAP Common Features and Level of Service can be downloaded here.

In the next session Mr. Kent Olsson, Swedish Transport Administration, presented the Swedish NAP. Mr. Olsson presented the functionality of the NAP and how a NAP for priority actions ‘b’, ‘c’ and ‘e’, fairly easy can be implemented by using the metadata standard DCAT-AP and the supporting open data software CKAN (used by almost all open data portals). The portal was opened in 2017 and the next step is to get more data-suppliers interested in describing their data in the portal. You can view the portal at

The Solution to National Access Point in Czech Republic was presented by Mr Luka´s Diblik, Ministry of Transport and Mr. Jan Vicinský, TamTam Research. Czech National Traffic Information Centre (NDIC) operates as National Access Point on since 2015. Czech NAP aims to provide all required information to potential consumer (speaking Czech or English) when exploring data existence (10 sources), legal conditions, data samples (2 national DDR XML formats and 6 DATEX II formats), schemas and protocol specifications. The NAP architecture conceptually separates data sources from National registry. The registry is using URIs to identify providers, formats, protocols, sources and source types. URI concept could help data exchange if used more widely across Europe. The National Traffic Information Centre (which serves since 2005) shall evolve according to both “Strategic plan for the further development of National Traffic Information Centre during the next 10 years” issued in 2017 and “Action plan for the deployment of ITS in the Czech Republic until 2020 (with the prospect of 2050)” issued by the Ministry of Transport in 2015.

The NAP in Estonia was presented by Mr. Kristjan Duubas under the heading “model for data exchange between the road administration and travel information provider”. Estonian Road Administration looks for several data providers. One important source is road user feedback through the traffic navigation app Waze. The Estonian Road Administration takes the information seriously and will build the chain to fix the problem. Users feel that their voice matters. In Estonia there is no RDS-TMC service providers. This is one of the reasons why road users are very eager to use free navigation apps, especially Waze has large number of users in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. This is only real-time traffic information-channel. All Baltic road administrations are joined with Waze Connected Citizens Program, which allows administrations to get access to Waze live traffic data and gives without any costs possibility to forward road owners traffic restrictions and push messages to Wazers. Data sharing allows to get road users geo-located feedback, what we take seriously and will build the chain to fix the road related problems. Users feel that their voice matters.

Mr. Tomasz Przezdziek, CE Traffic, presented findings about the use and need of data. There is a lack of credibility for road work data and the data about accidents are often too late. They are working on improvements.

On the subject administration, Mr. Ronald Jorna from Mobycon presented “How to prevent administrative burden during NAP implementation”. In order to avoid unnecessary administrative burden to all relevant parties (NAP operators, information service providers, data providers, digital map producers, road operators), the EU EIP project in cooperation with TISA has developed a uniform Declaration of Compliance that can be used by the parties involved. The uniform declaration of compliance and associated documents (introduction letter, explanatory note) can be downloaded at the NAP achievement page.

The main benefits of the uniform Declaration of Compliance is that Member States don’t have to reinvent the wheel again, that it contributes to a common understanding of the Delegated Regulations and that is reduces unnecessary administrative burden.

National Access Point in Poland.

Mr. Jarosław Wąsowski, Deputy Director, Dept. of National Roads Network Management, GDDKiA presented “NAP as a data exchange tool about public roads in Poland”. The need to ensure compatibility between the systems of different road managers for the exchange of road data was the fundament for the objective of providing reliable travel information to travellers on all roads in Poland with co-operation with other EU countries. The NAP provides access to road data which will be used directly by road managers, media, emergency services and travel information providers. The Polish NAP is using the European Datex II protocol for the purpose of exchange of the data between the ITS systems connected to NAP. GDDKiA will provide support for users in cooperation with NAP, including through training and submitting documentation to necessary modifications in the systems of road managers. The core benefits for NAP direct users are as follows: for road managers – current information about traffic conditions and road works on the adjacent road network, for information providers – reduction of operating costs as of the data taken from one reliable source, for media – increasing the availability of information about traffic congestion on the roads to society and for the emergency services – support in incident management due to quick and precise access to injured people.

Mr. Sławomir Połukord, Chairman of the Board, QUMAK SA, presented “Experience from the implementation of NAP”. At request of GDDKiA, Qumak SA designed, implemented and launched a service “The National Access Point for information on traffic conditions (KPD)”, for efficient exchange of traffic between public and commercial managers of the roads, emergency services and the media. Mr. Połukord: ”We have used the modern trends in technology –Microsoft Azure tools for Platform as a service (PAAS), mechanisms for consistency with RODO regulations. In accordance with EU regulations we used DATEX 2 protocol for the exchange of messages about events in the Push on occurrence and Open LR library. But the most important is very close and good cooperation with GDDKiA on each of stage of the project. This allowed for quick and efficient implementation of the objectives”.

Krzysztof Modelewski and Zbigniew Cyndrowski, both from GDDKiA gave a presentation about “the NAP development plans”. When preparing the NAP stage 2, GDDKiA has to check out the ecosystem of the current NAP, i.e. stakeholders from both public and private party. The most important for the development of NAP is to change the business model to enable more data receivers to actively provide the data to NAP. The next stage of NAP will also open the possibility to co-operate with the NAPs in the neighbouring states, i.e. Easter provinces of Germany and Czech Republic. The access to NAP 2 will be paperless. The information presented by NAP 2 will cover the traffic management plans, dynamic speed limits, traffic data, information on tolls and the latest changes in the road network. The potential data providers will not to be forced to order traffic information applications – NAP will ensure that every user will have their information and the service providers will be handed over with the application for traffic incidents management free of charge.


At the end of the conference a debate took place, where the following topics were discussed:

  • Availability; Traffic information is for everyone, not only drivers of cars.
  • Getting municipalities and cities involved; it´s difficult, especially as they usually don’t get any grants for this and it´s not in their ordinary budget. Information from these parties are vital though for service providers (users of NAP). Can the NAP store data for smaller municipalities to ease the burden?
  • Self declaration; be careful, don’t push this too hard, it`s not an important issue today. It´s more important to get organisations on board.
  • Cooperation; much more cooperation between private and public originations is needed.
  • Accident rate is increasing, why is that? Is it possible to address this?
  • Information ownership; in some countries it´s important for owner of data, usually public organisations to give the information themselves.
  • Legislation; This differs between countries and effect the implementation of NAP, self-assessment, quality of data, etc. It will take time to get a more harmonised EU-portal.
  • Common definitions; to have more common definitions is necessary if we want interoperable services and also for a more unified EU NAP.
  • Priority to the network; Can this issue be addressed and good data for prioritizing be available? Important to support other means of travel besides cars, especially inside cities.
  • Roles of road operators; Peter Lubrich from BASt, stated that the roles of road operators, when processing and providing traffic data, may have to be revised in the future. As many new actors enter the field of mobility data, such as service providers and the automotive industry, the individual needs and assets of all actors have to be considered equally. This means that cooperation between public and private partners has to be fostered in order to provide an efficient and reliable data ecosystem


More money is needed in the process, support from European Commission is still vital. The value of the NAP and data has to be discussed and promoted further on. Differences among counties have to be taken into the context. Don’t be afraid of change, keep up the good work and continue to develop the process.

Remarks and hints!

A fantastically well organised conference with many valuable insights. Also, if you are in progress of developing a NAP or want to check your already up and running NAP, use the documents produced by EU EIP available on the NAP achievement page

  • Common Features and Level of Service support document
  • Metadata Guidelines
  • Harmonised document for self-declaration
  • Visit other EU-NAPs, links on EU-EIP website.

The presentations can be downloaded here:

  1. (EN)_NAP as a data exchange tool_JWasowski_GDDKiA PL.pdf
  2. (PO)_Możliwości finansowania Inteligentnych Systemów Transportowych w ramach Connecting Europe Facility; doświadczenia Polski i wyzwania na przyszłość – Jarosław Orliński, MIR
  3. (EN)_Rola Krajowych Punktów Dostępowych (KPD) w Europie – Louis Hendriks, Rijkswaterstaat, Holandia
  4. (EN)_Tworzenie wysokiej jakości KPD – wspólne cechy i poziom usług – Jacqueline Barr, IBI Group, Wielka Brytania
  5. (EN)_Wdrażanie KPD w Szwecji – Kent Olsson, Trafikverket, Szwecja
  6. (EN)_Rozwiązanie dla KPD w Czechach – Lukáš Diblík, Ministerstwo Transportu, Jan Vlčinský, TamTam Research, Czechy (not available)
  7. (EN)_Model wymiany danych między administracją drogową a dostawcą informacji o podróży – Kristjan Duubas, Maanteeamet, Estonia
  8. (EN)_Wykorzystanie KPD w wytwarzaniu informacji dla podróżnych w wybranych krajach – Tomasz Przeździęk, CE-Traffic
  9. (EN)_Doświadczenia z wdrażania KPD pod kątem organizacyjnym – Ronald Jorna, Mobycon, Holandia
  10. (EN)_NAP development plans – Krzysztof Modelewski, GDDKiA
  11. (EN)_Krajowy Punkt Dostępowy – doświadczenia z realizacji projektu – Sławomir Połukord, Qumak

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Innovations for road safety: Dream or Reality?


That was the title of the presentation made by Louis Hendriks (Rijkswaterstaat) at the Dutch National Road Safety Conference (NVVC) on 26 April 2018. According to Mr. Hendriks the future is full of beautiful promises, but in the meantime road operators have to manage the road network today for traffic flow and safety which becomes more difficult due to the growth of the fleet. Road operators are dealing with an innovation dilemma between the daily operation and future. Which innovation(s) will have impact in the coming years or will it be later?

He presented the Leading Innovations Timeline, one of the topics dealt with in the EU EIP project. For many innovations it is important to realise that these will be adopted through a so-called S-curve, with very low penetration rates in the beginning. Especially for vehicle-based systems it can take more than 20 years to have a significant penetration ratio of new technological in-car devices and therefore impact on traffic management.

A question was raised from the audience to what extent technological innovations will have an impact on the requirements of the physical infrastructure, such as round-abouts, complex intersections, etc. Also, it was stressed that authorities and industry should pay more attention to the connected bicycle. This question must be seen in the light that in 2017 for the first time in the Netherlands more cyclists than car drivers were killed in traffic. Fortunately, the total number of traffic casualties in 2017 has decreased from 629 to 613.

In the session a couple of statements were discussed. In the light of the above note on cyclists, attendees agreed that ADAS will not lead to a significant decrease of accidents, simply because in many fatal accidents cars are not even involved. However, on the motorways it could very well make a difference. However, the impact of ADAS and in-car systems also depends on how the systems and information are used by the drivers.

Most participants agreed with the statements that for the short run no safety impacts should be expected from Automated Driving, and even more so this applies to the secondary roads.

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UMneo at TRA Vienna – Transport and Data Security in a Digital Era


Nowadays, nodes of transport are less and less isolated and more and more interconnected with the external environment. The creation of smart, integrated, trusted, and secure logistics chains is the challenge to be faced. This discussion was in focus of the TRA 2018 strategic session “Transport and Data Security in a Digital Era”.

Considering the digitalisation, integration, and both physical and cyber security, the port of Livorno has described the URSA MAJOR neo project as one of the main pillars to create fully functional transport chains. In this respect, the Port of Livorno and other nodes of transport involved in the Scan-Med Corridor have decided to adopt a standard approach to innovation, through ITS technical cooperation, common guidelines and shared best practices towards the creation of harmonised, secure, cross-mode and digital environment.

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The Platform wants a pan-European synthesis of results from CEF ITS corridors


The European ITS Platform organized a two days meeting in Frankfurt (28th February – March 1st 2018) to monitor and coordinate the corridor’s activities. The main topics discussed in the meeting where:

  • the overall status of the Best Practice collection,
  • the update of the Deployment Guidelines,
  • the format and the next steps of the Best Practice report,
  • next steps towards the Reference Handbook,
  • the liaison with external stakeholders and the upcoming workshops.

The results of Best Practice collection for 2017, as described in the Achievements Report are:

  • 29 Best Practices where updated;
  • 27 new Best Practices have been drafted,

A plan to check, verify and update 102 Best Practices was decided. It will be done through an international cooperation well represented in the following scheme:

It is under discussion how the C-ITS topic comes in and how the European ITS Platform has to cooperate and how contribute to the results/specifications of C-ROADS. It is in the role of the European ITS platform community to make use of it in an integrated and coherent way.

A reference handbook is being prepared. The general aim is to compile the today’s separate Deployment Guidelines and Best Practices in one Reference Handbook. The first structure of the Reference Handbook was shown during the last expert group meeting in Aix en Provence. All intelligent systems have the following three goals: Improvement of traffic flow, safety and environment, which needs to be considered in the document. The handbook will reflect this concept. Every Deployment Guidelines  should consider if C-ITS can be implemented in the DG. This procedure ensures a clear connection between C-ITS and the DG.

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Road Technologies on the way of Valletta


On the 20th of March 2018, ASECAP organized in Brussels its 11th Annual Road Safety Conference, hosted by the Member of the European Parliament Mr. Georges BACH.

The event was the opportunity for a personal interview to ASECAP Secretary General Kallistratos DIONELIS of the Transport Commissioner Violeta BULC.  The E. Commission is currently building over the “Valletta declaration”, a paper which is paving the way of the future road safety in Europe.

One of the aims stated in Valletta is “to explore the potential of connected and automated driving technologies, and of the use of the data that is already available in vehicles and infrastructure, to enhance road safety while ensuring data security”. This kind of subject was even tackled into the discussion when Mrs Bulc said that technologies are expected to reduce accidents in Europe, serving human needs.

In the interview Mrs Bulc recalled that the Valetta Declaration promotes stronger public/private cooperation towards setting up a holistic safety system of all stakeholders. Such an approach aims to safeguard that the conventional and advanced vehicles will circulate, well informed, in a safe road environment towards vision zero target.

The interview of the Commissioner is available in this page.

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Progress of National Access Points in EU


The EU EIP project has published the EU EIP Annual NAP report 2017,  giving an overview of the state of the art of National Access Points in Europe. Among others it includes a list of web links of NAPs in operation.

Besides the EU EIP Annual NAP report 2017 several other NAP supporting documents were published as well:

1) NAP Common Features and Level of Service. This document describes a set of features to encourage good practice, help make existing and future National Access Point services available to a wide audience, facilitate data sharing, and to promote the discovery of datasets. A total of 18 features are covered in this report:

– Access – gaining access to the NAP and basic features

– Communication – engaging with data consumers and publishers

– Finding datasets – helping data consumers need to find datasets they want

– Update and maintenance – ensuring information is current and the NAP is maintained

– Dataset information – additional dataset information that should be provided by the NAP

Each feature has a description, reasons for being included, examples, and benefits.

Any feedback or comments to help improve and update the document is welcome so please download, read, and let us know what you think!  Contacts: Jacqueline Barr (Ibigroup)

2) A Metadata Guideline report gives guidance how to apply Metadata in existing and future NAPs. The intended audience are organisations responsible for NAPs as well as NAP users with interest in Metadata usage within NAPs. Again any feedback and comments to help improve and update the document is appreciated so please download, read, and let us know what you think! Contact: Peter Lubrich (BASt)

3) Self declaration forms for Real Time Traffic Information’. The main reason for EU EIP to develop such forms is to reduce a lot of administrative burden for all parties. This will be of benefit for NAP operators, National Bodies dealing with assessments, as well as data suppliers and Service Providers. These forms are developed in close cooperation with TISA. A self declaration form for ‘safety related traffic information’ is available as well.

All documents are available on the NAP achievement page.

Louis Hendriks

Lead of EU EIP sub-activity Monitoring and Harmonisation of National Access Points in Europe

Photo: EC Workshop (Brussels – 21 February 2018) Bringing together National Bodies and National Access Point operators.  EU EIP promoted here the new ‘self declaration forms for Real Time Traffic Information. From Commission side Pedro Barradas (DG Move) announced that he will publish these forms ‘self assessment for compliance’ on the new EC webpage National Access Points (link).

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Update of Quality Package for Safety-Related and Real-Time Traffic Information Services


EU EIP sub-activity 4.1  has produced an update of the Quality Package for Safety-Related and Real-Time Traffic Information Services (SRTI and RTTI).

The Quality Package contains recommended quality criteria, requirements and assessment methods for data and services covered by the priority actions c) and b) of the ITS Directive.

The current update reflects some revised definitions and recommendations, based on recent discussions with EU EIP partners.

In addition, a new document called “Practical Guidelines” has been produced as a short practical description of what to do to measure and to document the quality of traffic information, from a data supplier perspective.

Both documents show the on-going efforts of EU EIP sub-activity 4.1 in establishing an agreed and validated framework for quality in the field of SRTI and RTTI. Documents are available on the achievement page.

Further frameworks for quality of other data and information services (such as Multi-Modal Traffic Information Services and Intelligent Truck Parking) are elaborated parallelly and will be communicated via EU EIP soon.

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ITS deployment roadmap is stepping forward: deployment drivers and incentives


The taskforce of sub-activity 4.3 on ITS deployment roadmap carried out a workshop in Frankfurt 2 March with focus on development of ITS deployment drivers and incentives which is the core part of task 5 in SA 4.3.

The questions discussed related to which measures can support and drive ITS investments to be made with a corridor perspective, and which services are relevant with this perspective?

The background was provided in the deliverable earlier released.

The results from the workshop will now be elaborated and constitute the backbone of the workshop 16 May in Bruxelles, the day before the MSSA.

(Picture from Jacqueline Barr – IBI Group)

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Traffic Management in a changing world Digitalization, Multimodality, Smart Infrastructures


Program highlights

  • Digitalization of transport
  • Public / private / PPP opportunities
  • Cross-border testing
  • ITS corridors: a catalyst of EU harmonization
  • Achievements of the EU ITS Platform and CEF ITS Corridors
  • Multimodal (passenger/freight)
  • European dimension of services
  • ITS roadmap for tomorrow transport system
  • Smart mobility innovation process
  • Connected and Automated Driving

 The title of the Forum “Traffic Management in a changing world – Digitalization, Multimodality, Smart Infrastructures” reflects a number of objectives of the Forum:

  • The focus of the Forum will be on Traffic Management and its current challenges. The European ITS Platform and CEF ITS corridors are grounded on experiences and contributions from road authorities/road operators, which have a 24/7 task to management the traffic on their road network. Traffic management is the key measure assumed by road operators to improve the quality of services delivered to users: improve safety, reduce congestion, provide traffic information.
  • The Forum will look at proven and emerging technologies which will have an impact on traffic management. On the one hand traffic management will benefit from new technologies and trends (e.g. floating car data, on-board systems, AI, …), on the other hand new technologies (e.g. C-ITS, automated driving, …) will result in new requirements for road operators. Traditional ITS will increasingly be complemented by C-ITS and other new technologies, allowing new services and opportunities for European Citizens.
  • The new technologies also lead to new business models. Road operators/authorities will have to handle with these changes in their environment, such as a shift from public to private services, systems as a service, from ownership to sharing economy, etc.

The choice of this theme is not by chance; the EU EIP Platform consists of mainly road operators/authorities. All activities ultimately aim at providing better ITS tools to the road operators in order to manage their road network in a more efficient, safe and environment friendly way.

Facilitating automated driving – workshop

Aside the Forum, the European ITS Platform is organizing a 4.2 workshop on “facilitating automated driving”. The workshop aims at promoting a discussion on benefits of introducing automated/autonomic functionalities in the operation of the Traffic Centres. Participants will learn about existing automation experiences in different European countries and 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. A round table is to be organized on “Automation in traffic management and traffic centers: plans and experiences”.

European ITS platform (EU EIP)

European and National Authorities encourage the development of an integrated transport system and a better use of the existing infrastructures, increasing this way the efficiency of the TEN-T Road Network and relevant traffic Corridors. Intelligent transport systems as well as uniform technical standards are the key tools of this process. Interoperability must be discussed among Member States and Stakeholders, designed, tested and finally deployed on the basis of the evolution of technology, standards, specifications and open interfaces. The European ITS platform is active to expedite and facilitate this kind of process at pan-European level.

The “EU ITS Platform” brings together the key European players who cooperate to establish an open “forum” which provides a joint contribution to future strategy and contributes to the policy recommendations for the improved development and deployment of ITS services along European Road Corridors. Authorities and operators are working together in the European ITS platform towards a smarter and more efficient mobility, a goal which will be achieved through large-scale technology deployments.

Venue: LEF Future Centre in Utrecht (The Netherlands)

We aim at a Forum which consists of a mix of innovative and traditional session, in which the audience is challenged to actively participate in the discussions. Therefore the Forum will be organized in the LEF Future Centre of Rijkswaterstaat, which is specialized in creating breakthroughs and new thinking patterns for main societal issues. LEF facilitates group sessions in its own dedicated building. The special setting of the LEF Future Centre, together with its experienced staff of facilitators will make this Forum to a special experience.

The LEF Future Centre is located in Utrecht, and very well accessible by public transport. The LEF Future Centre is approximately 1 hour from Schiphol Airport and 2,5 hours from Brussels.

Practical info and registration

The Forum will be held at the Rijkswaterstaat LEF Future Center, Griffioenlaan 2, 3526 LA Utrecht (NL) on 14 – 15 November 2018.

Program and exact timing for the forum and workshop will be announced soon.

Registration will be opened in April 2018 and it will be announced through EU EIP website.

EU EIP is co-financed by the European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility.

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The Platform is discussing a new conceptual design for the motorways of the future


In the framework of prospective works on the evolution of motorways in the approach of the great European metropolises, ASFA (French motorways association) has considered these future evolutions and produced a video to show the main results.

The video was presented to the Utrecht JTS on May 31, 2018, as a contribution from MedTIS, in view of the Roadmap of European authorities and operators, creating a fair debate among members. Hereinafter a short summary.

Re thinking the motorways of the future:

Urban mobility is not only increasing but also changing. Urban motorways will be part of these changes. 

The case of Paris, with the objective of reducing drastically the traffic of thermal vehicles by 2030, offers new fields of thoughts to which ASFA is willing to contribute. There are 8 main access points to Paris served by urban motorway networks with traffic often over 200 000V / day. That traffic is mainly composed of very lightly loaded vehicles ( 1.15 people / vehicle). This situation generates high congestion. North access of Paris, from Charles de Gaulle airport to the city of Paris, presents the most important difficulties.

With the “Grand Paris” project and the 2024 Olympic Games, this sector will benefit tomorrow from new transport infrastructure (Charles De Gaulle Express Line, Grand Paris Metro Express Line, new Pleyel crossroads station …). This is an opportunity to rethink the functionalities of the A1 motorway, Paris to Charles de Gaulle Airport, in this new context. The aim is to reconcile modes of transport that are today too distant (public transportation and motorway).

ASFA has launched this project together with a team of 9 engineering students from the national school of Ponts et Chaussées as part of their graduation project. The new public transportation lines and the A1 motorway have an almost parallel route over some 20 km. It therefore seemed appropriate to rethink the A1 as a continuous interface between the Charles de Gaulle airport and the “Porte de Paris” (Pleyel), by creating interconnection platforms between this motorway and the new mass public transportation lines.  All along this axis, there will be a total of 6 interconnection stations on the 6 service areas already existing on this motorway section.

The redesign of the A1 motorway and its interconnection areas consists of putting in place systems allowing:

  • to reserve lanes for non-polluting vehicles and public transport vehicles only
  • to progressively direct  traffic composed of other vehicles to the new redesigned rest areas for transferring the passengers to other modes of transport.

A presentation is available in English here

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EU EIP and TISA publish harmonised Declarations of Compliance for RTTI


February 09, 2018

EU-EIP and TISA have collaborated in a series of sessions to harmonise the Declaration of Compliance for Priority Action B (EU-wide real-time traffic information services) for use in all Member States.

Delegated Regulation No 2015/962

Delegated Regulation No 2015/962 addresses the provision of EU-wide real-time traffic information services, in accordance with the Directive 2010/40/EU. This Delegated Regulation requests Member States to manage a national access point for real-time traffic data. It also describes the obligation of Member States to carry out an assessment of compliance with this delegated regulation.

Member States may request from road authorities, road operators, digital map producers and service providers to provide specific documents describing the type of data they handle and the quality. These parties shall submit a Declaration of Compliance with the requirements set out in Articles 3 to 10 of the Delegated Regulation.

EU EIP [1] and TISA [2] have collaborated to harmonise this Declaration of Compliance for Delegated Regulation No 2015/962 and this resulted in two harmonised Declaration of Compliance forms (one for Road Authorities, Road Operators, and a second one for Digital Map Producers and Service Providers)

Why a harmonised approach?

Teun Hendriks, Chair of the TISA Technical and Standardisation Committee: “Without a harmonised approach, Road Authorities, Road Operators, Digital Map Producers and Service Providers would face the risk that -if operating in more than one country- they would need to submit a Declaration of Compliance in different formats, in different languages, and under a variety of different rules. The two harmonised Declaration of Compliance forms (one for Road Authorities, Road Operators, and a second one for Digital Map Producers and Service Providers) should remove this administrative burden; the provided definitions and explanations of terms should clarify roles and responsibilities”.

Louis Hendriks, leader of the EU EIP activity ‘Harmonisation and monitoring SPA’ highlights that this is a win-win, not only for the parties that should submit a Declaration of compliance, but also for the competent authorities of the Member States responsible for the assessment of compliance: “They could possibly be facing discussions with a whole range of Road Operators, Digital Map Producers and Service Providers that operate within their territory, and that might submit their own Declarations of Compliance in different languages and in a variety of formats. Adopting and promoting the use of the harmonised Declaration of Compliance will make life easier for all involved parties”.

European Commission supports harmonised declaration

The European Commission (DG MOVE) has closely followed the development of the two harmonised Declarations of Compliance and view it as a welcome contribution to the harmonised deployment of the National Access Points. The two harmonised Declarations of Compliance will be presented in Brussels during a workshop “Bringing together Bodies and National Access Point Operators” on 21 February 2018.

Where to find the harmonised declaration of compliance?

As an outcome of this fruitful cooperation between EU EIP and TISA four documents have been produced and are now publicly available on the TISA website and EU EIP website.

  • An Introduction letter
  • A model form for the “Uniform Declaration of Compliance – Action B” – for digital map producers and service providers
  • A model for the “Uniform Declaration of Compliance – Action B “- for road authorities and road operators
  • Interpretation & explanations of terms within the Uniform Declaration of Compliance for Priority Action B

A zip-file with the three documents can be downloaded from the NAP achievement page

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URSA MAJOR 2 Capitalisation Workshop in Venice


The URSA MAJOR 2 Capitalisation Workshop, which was hosted on December 14th by the North Adriatic Sea Port Authority of Venice and Chioggia, was designed as an instrument to activate benefits from regional projects for the whole URSA MAJOR corridor.

The aim was to discuss smart and innovative practices, policies and technological concepts used in projects that could inspire other regions within the URSA MAJOR corridor and stimulate further the mutual learning among their projects dealing with similar issues. To achieve the aim of the Workshop, it was focused on three major topics in ITS, namely:

  • information services;
  • capacity management;
  • freight safety.

Four projects were selected and presented for each of the referred topics. The projects were selected in function of the criteria of capitalisation (innovativeness, transferability, sustainability, etc.). After a short discussion in groups regarding the above-mentioned topics, the findings and conclusions were presented to the audience.

An important consideration of information services is the data used. Different data types like FCD, loops/CCTV, PVD should be used for the relevant sources including routing and operator or lane actions whereby the data quality and governance is the key for a successful exchange of traffic information. In some fields other innovations may be more effective than the usual information services. For example, the safety tutor has more impact on safety than the usual information services by informing the drivers about the systems, which makes them change their behaviour.

In order to increase capacity on roads the participants of the workshop discussed and exchanged experiences on some proved methods like how compact parking can lead to more than 50% increase in capacity, hard shoulder running as well as upgrading the freeways with the focus on tunnels and bridges, which usually are the triggers for bottlenecks.

The final topic discussed was the freight safety. Improving freight safety means improving the roadworks information with focus on smart incident management but also the truck parking services. Road safety can be enhanced by prevention and cooperation but also by providing reliable information to the truck drivers.

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URSA MAJOR neo Consortium Agreement


The signature event was held during the December 14th Capitalisation Workshop in Venice and was opened with a speech from Iolanda De Luca.

She expressed her thankfulness to the North Adriatic Sea Port Authority of Venice and Chioggia for their engagement in hosting this important event, SINA for the support in the organisation and the audience. She also highlighted some important moments regarding the URSA MAJOR neo project, especially about the benefits and advantages expected from this project.

She pointed out that…

…expected benefits will be a coordinated development of ITS on the Scan-Med corridor roads which will contribute to safer and fluent traffic flow and to the integration of traffic information on roads together with ports to steer the traffic more properly.

…the use of ITS will be crucial to enhance the multimodal information, the traffic management systems, the introduction of new technologies and innovation, the provision of appropriate parking space for commercial users offering an appropriate level of safety and security and the mitigation of congestion on existing roads.

…today, the URSA MAJOR neo is a reality and therefore, our common objectives will be reached only with a close cooperation of all actors, including private and public entities at all levels, with the aim of promoting and accelerating the deployment of harmonised digital solutions and the road safety and traffic efficiency too.

The Consortium Agreement was signed by the authorised representatives of each Beneficiary in duplicate, in particular by:

  • The Bundesministerium für Verkehr und Digitale Infrastruktur (DE): Konstantin Sauer
  • The Ministero delle Infrastrutture e dei Trasporti – Direzione generale per lo sviluppo del territorio, la programmazione e i progetti internazionali (IT): Iolanda De Luca
  • The Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Waterstaat (NL): Dick Ottevanger

The Active Partner Switzerland signed a Statement of Cooperation:

  • The Federal Roads Office (CH): Roger Siegrist

The event was very well received and all participants feel motivated to engage in the upcoming activities and further events regarding URSA MAJOR neo.

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EU EIP A2 Influencer Workshop on 05/12/2017


The Influencer Workshop has been hosted by the European Commission DG MOVE on December 5th in Brussels and organised by EU EIP Activity 2 Monitoring and Dissemination. The European ITS Platform project (EU EIP) is a joint effort of European road operators that work together on harmonised ITS deployment. Therefore, distinguished representatives had been invited to discuss essential aspects, challenges and opportunities of ITS deployment, opening up different angles and approaches towards Cooperative, Connected and Automated Mobility (CCAM).

Workshop Organisation

The workshop was set-up in an open discussion environment. After a short introduction, three thematic sessions followed, addressing these questions:

  • Session 1: What are your expectations regarding future road operator investment in ITS? How much continuity is needed and how much innovation is possible?
  • Session 2: Which technologies are sufficiently mature by now for real operational roll-out beyond the pilot stage, and how would such new services integrate and interact with existing systems and services?
  • Session 3: What models of cooperation – especially with road operators – do you propose for the changing landscape of road transport?

Session 1

Innovation opportunities lie ahead with connected vehicles allowing for cooperative services and higher levels of automation in driving. This implies that a clear migration path from the current status is needed. The main issue discussed during this session were the new forms of cooperation between road operators and other stakeholders, based on new business models and in particular in terms of data sharing.

The participants concluded that governance for data sharing is required, but this governance needs to respect mutual benefit. Requirements – e.g. on data quality – can only be properly defined if it is clear what the data will be used for; not all services need the same data quality and the same level of investment.  The legal framework and political expectations seem to be constantly changing in the light of a digital society, with dramatic change happening at a high pace: Open Data, Big Data, Connectivity, Internet of Things… Hence, it can be safely assumed that the role of road authorities and road operators are likely to change significantly as well. The main challenge is to understand, how we can identify and clearly indicate future road authority / road operator roles and responsibilities in a changing, increasingly networked landscape.

Session 2

Many current discussions circle around disruptive change due to new technologies allowing either entirely new approaches or addressing existing services in a radically different way. Hence, road operators are currently challenged to determine whether the proposed products, technologies and architectures are sufficiently tested, mature and standardised for real-world, large-scale roll-out. The second session’s discussion revealed that there is not necessarily a need for harmonised technical architectures – the important aspect seems to be the data governance.

In summary, the proper governance was seen as the key to turn data into information. Policy requirements of the future will without any doubt demand “intelligent” systems and solutions, which implies collaboration and communication / connectivity. This can be driven by the strive for higher automation, environmental pressure or other policy priorities. The proper technology is there and can be rolled-out in a stepwise, backwards compatible way, but it needs cooperation of all stakeholders and aligned roadmaps in order to make sure that all stakeholders can develop successful business models for this roll-out.

Session 3

The expected changes are not only in the technical aspects of the deployed systems and provided services. Probably one of the main changes will be in the role split between the road operators perform and other stakeholders. As the previous discussions showed that cooperation and governance are the key issues in many fields, the participants discussed about particular steps to improve future governance.

Agreeing on commonly shared goals amongst all relevant stakeholders seems pivotal. The market can certainly do a lot, but there are also areas where regulation will be needed. There needs to be a top level that orchestrates the separate but joint elements below. The C-ITS Platform had done good work, but had not fully achieved an agreed governance layer. This could be taken up by the envisaged C-ITS Platform’s successor.

Workshop Conclusion

After a fruitful discussion two options were elaborated: planning together or planning in competition to each other. Obviously, cooperation seems more promising. Without this cooperation, (C-)ITS will not go beyond Day 2 operation, i.e. infrastructure and vehicles broadcasting information. Higher levels of cooperation and benefit can only be achieved when all relevant parties start negotiations and create governance schemes of mutual benefit, taking the entire chain from planning to operation together. The road operators have to ‘de-silo’ their approaches.

Cities may be not that far into their thinking yet, and currently look separately at certain themes to address: traffic management, access control, pollution, etc., but in the future, they will have to prepare to join discussions on overall (C-)ITS governance. Nevertheless, the workshop showed how important cooperation and governance are to enable the deployment of large-scale, operational infrastructure systems and ‘Influencers’ called upon the EC to set it up.

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URSA MAJOR neo Kick-Off


The first URSA MAJOR neo meeting was held on December 15th 2017 in Italy, hosted by the North Adriatic Sea Port Authority of Venice. During the meeting, a number of key issues that need to be taken into account during a project’s starting phase were addressed.

The day before, at the Capitalisation Workshop, the acting international coordinator Stephanie Kleine welcomed the UMneo partners, much to their own surprise, in Italian. Her speech can be found here

New partners that aim to contribute to common goals and share experiences were presented at the beginning of the meeting. To inform them about the objectives and processes in the URSA MAJOR neo action, a short overview of the ins and outs of the project was given.  At a first stage, the legal issues regarding the agreements within the URSA MAJOR neo project were explained, including the contracts, agreements as well as reports and statements in order to inform the participants about their obligations and to highlight the administrational side of the project. At a second stage, the plans regarding further proceedings including workplans, evaluation and intermodality were discussed with the aim to prepare the Working Groups at an early stage for the next steps and to keep the high quality of URSA MAJOR neo.

Like many practitioners in the ITS corridors, URSA MAJOR neo also envisages and supports the cooperation with other corridors and projects regarding ITS deployment activities. URSA CZECH REPUBLIC was also represented at the event and expressed their interest in cooperation and know-how exchange regarding real-time traffic information for trucks and intelligent truck parking, which is also their main focus.

Closing words by Iolanda de Luca, representative of Ministero delle Infrastrutture e dei Trasporti in Italy and host of the meeting, expressing her thankfulness and support for this cooperation topped off this very successful Kick-Off meeting.

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Arc Atlantique 2 Evaluation Plan


At the start of the Arc Atlantique2 action an evaluation plan is worked out. The plan is based on the output of the EU EIP Activity 5. The EU EIP KPI Definitions as produced in version 10.0 – 8 February 2017 are used. This document has defined common KPI for ITS deployment and benefit to support evaluation reporting in conjunction with Member States and ITS Corridors and in alignment to the EC KPI shortlist.

The Arc Atlantique 2 Action will deliver ITS measures (Works) which will result in improvements to the TEN-T network included within the ‘Arc Atlantique’. The main objective of the evaluation plan is to specify the KPI’s for the evaluation of the different projects belonging to Arc Atlantique2 action.

The first set of KPI’s by which the corridor will be evaluated is the deployment KPI’s. As per the report of the EU EIP working group, these KPI’s can be linked to services, integrated services and level of quality. Within the Arc Atlantique 2 corridor action only KPI’s linked with services and integrated services are used.

The different deployment projects of the actions were classified according to the classifications used in the EasyWay Deployment Guidelines 2012. This also relates to the milestones of AA2. Per Deployment Guideline service ‘km’ is used as deployment KPI.
EU EIP has developed a further list of services in alignment to the EU EIP KPI Definitions. All Arc Atlantique implementations have also been aligned to these defined services in terms of km of service deployed.

At the start of Arc Atlantique2 a map was available with the integrated level of service for traffic information and traffic management services (start of 2016).The Arc Atlantique 2 ultimately aims is to create a map to show the integrated level of service at the end of the programme (end of 2017).

17 projects will have an ex-post evaluation. Several KPI’s are used related to impact on safety, congestion and environment. Each of these projects will produce an evaluation report using the standard template and guidance provided by the EU EIP Evaluation working group. From these reports a short “one-page” synthesis will be extracted for the purpose of the corridor level Arc Atlantique 2 Evaluation Report.

For the detailed description see attachment.

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Traffic management on E19 between Antwerp and Brussels (AA2 Action – BE Flanders)


The Flemish ministry has implemented VMS on the E19 between Brussels and Antwerp in both directions. Preparation started in 2016 with European procurement, implementation of fiber optic and detection. End of 2017 23 VMS were implemented. The VMS are of the type full color/full graphic. They will be used for incident and event warning, travel time information and variable speed limits.

The E19 connects the Antwerp ringroad and the Brussels ringroad. In the morning peak there is congestion between Mechelen and Brussels. In the evening peak in the direction of the Antwerp ringroad. The whole day there is risk on congestion on the whole section in both directions.
The Flemish ministry is implementing traffic management systems on the whole network according to a Flemish master plan. The implementation of the 23 VMS is part of this plan. Main objective is to reduce the accidents. The VMS warn for congestion and events. Speed harmonisation will be used in case of bad wather conditions and bad air quality.

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Facilitating Automated Driving – New report online


Good and bad practices from increasing the automation of road operators’ ITS – Lessons learned

This report focusses on the lesson learned from existing automated ITS deployments; provides useful reference materials, proposes a framework and guidance for future road operators’ automated ITS.

The report includes:

  • Examples of existing ITS automation operations
  • A summary of the recognised benefits of increasing automation and increasing efficiency of traffic management centre operations, with introductory scenarios
  • Proposals for levels of automation from the traffic management centre and transport operators’ points of view, similar to the automated driving SAE levels
  • Discussion on level of automation required to achieve benefits for various elements of traffic management and traveller information services ITS; working towards “optimal automation”
  • Suggestions for deployment and operational KPIs for ITS automation to identify concrete references that can be used to assess the impact of automation

This is the third deliverable of Task 4 – Autonomic road side ITS systems / Automation of road.

Download the report here.

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TEN-T Days 2018




European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc is inviting Ministers, Members of the European Parliament and key stakeholders to Ljubljana to discuss how to contribute to smart, sustainable and safe Mobility, relying on the trans-European transport network and investments in transport connectivity. We look forward to welcoming you and kindly invite you to register at the earliest opportunity by clicking on the button below: Deadline for registration is 19 April 2018. The TEN-T Days will also host an idea accelerator and futuristic lab, to allow young European entrepreneurs and companies to showcase innovative mobility solutions. There will also be an Interinstitutional meeting to discuss further synergies between transport, energy and digital connectivity, and the investment support with highest EU value-added in the post-2020 framework. Among the high-level events, there will be Ministerial sessions with Western Balkans and Turkey, and Southern Mediterranean countries. For more information about the event, please visit Should you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to welcoming you in Ljubljana! Event Secretariat 
On behalf of The Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport
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5th DATEX II Forum on the 23rd and 24th of May 2018


5th DATEX II Forum – ITS enabled by DATEX II

On the 23rd and 24th of May 2018, Rijkswaterstaat will be hosting the 5th edition of the DATEX II Forum in their inspiring Future Meeting Centre in Utrecht. An interesting program offers ITS system users, policy and decision makers, software developers, information architects and ITS consultants the ultimate chance to become acquainted with the latest DATEX II developments. The forum offers introductory sessions for new users as well as in depth sessions for experienced DATEX II users on a broad range of topics.

Highlights of the program include:

➢    DATEX II version 3,

➢    new possibilities, benefits and operation of DATEX II implementations,

➢    DATEX II in relation to C-ITS and Automated Driving,

➢    the urban domain supported by DATEX II,

➢    governance of national and regional profiles,

➢    the technical impact of namespaces and the new exchange options, and

➢    data structures and profiling.

To make this a successful Forum, everyone is invited to share their experiences, questions and knowledge. So, if you have anything that you would like to share with the DATEX II community, be it a best practice, an implementation, a project in which you use DATEX II to exchange data, a question on the how, where and/or why of DATEX II, please submit your contribution proposal before March 31st. Attendees are also invited to participate in the DATEX II Implementation Arena where you can showcase your most impressive implementation of a DATEX II supporting system .

Visit the official DATEX II 2018 Forum event website to find out more about the progamme, possibilities to participate and the venue. Registration is now live.

Please refer to the official DATEX II 2018 Forum Announcement for more information.

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