News Higtlights 2016

This page presents the Highlights of the European ITS Platform published in 2016. 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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  1. Third Steering Committee and technical workshop of CROCODILE

  2. Insights from the first EU EIP SA 4.2 Facilitating Automated Driving Workshop

  3. EU EIP A3 – Intermodal Route Planner presented during the International Silk Road conference in Vilnius and Klapeida

  4. EU EIP A2 Road Operator Strategy Workshop on 8th

  5. EU EIP 4.1 – Workshop on stakeholders value chains and work processes for ITS services

  6. URSA MAJOR 2 / EWmap Webinar

  7. Intermodal Route Planner was presented to Wim van de Camp (MEP)

  8. Successful East-West Networking Meeting in Tallinn

  9. CROCODILE/CROCODILE 2 On-site visit (HU-CZ)

  10. Project CROCODILE wins freight award for smart use of data

  11. URSA MAJOR TMP template ready for use

  12. UM2 Stakeholder Cooperation Workshop (findings available)

  13. Successful Workshop Single Point of Access – result of joint cooperation Next-ITS 2 and EU EIP

  14. Single Point of Access activities to be continued in EU EIP pro

  15. EU EIP Activity3: “Feasibility study East-West Corridor and first pilot implementation” kick-off meeting

  16. Arc Atlantique site visit in Wicklow

Third Steering Committee and technical workshop of CROCODILE 2


In the course of the CROCODILE 2 project, the third Steering Committee meeting took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia from 15 to 16 November 2016. It was accompanied by a technical workshop on static and dynamic data where road operators elaborated on further actions for implementing the EU ITS Directive and its Delegated Regulations on the TERN.

The status of data availability both in terms of static and dynamic data and information has constantly improved since the start of CROCODILE in 2013. While there is consensus on how to deal with some data categories defined in the Delegated Regulations, others are still unclear. The goal of the workshop was to obtain clarification on those in order to be able to implement any kind of standard and harmonise the work on traffic data exchange.

The high number of 35 participants from ten Member States showed the importance of the topics and emphasised the partners’ commitment. Although the main focus is to be laid on what the end user will actually receive, the roles of the data producer, owner and processor are just as important. Thus a comprehensive view with dedicated focus on each stakeholder’s task in the value chain is crucial. For example, in terms of accidents and incidents the end users are concerned about the impact that an event has on their personal situation. This requires a complex interplay of stakeholders, especially on road networks with lots of intersections or when different operators and service providers are involved. In order to reflect the level of service on the high-level road network, dynamic data processing does not stop at mere information but has to cover tolling as well, e.g. in case of certain road segments being closed, the road charges should be adapted as well.

For any information service to be accurate and accepted by end users, a reliable basis of static data is vital and also required by the Delegated Regulations. This encompasses for example lane-specific data on motorways or the gradients of certain road sections, which are of particular interest to truck drivers. However many static data are basically available, they are still incorporated into different databases which sometimes follow different standards. This underlines the work to be done on organisational level in order to enable comprehensive services of high quality and make use of existing technologies. The work of CROCODILE has had considerable impact so far and with the evidently strong stakeholder commitment, joint efforts are pushed forward.

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Insights from the first EU EIP SA 4.2 Facilitating Automated Driving Workshop


The event was hosted by DGT on 21-22 September in Madrid, and covered two aspects of automation: Day 1 focused on autonomic and automated roadside ITS, and Day 2 the requirements of automated driving for road authorities and operators.

The aim of the workshop was to present current developments and ideas, encourage discussion and collect stakeholder feedback. Both the public and private sector were well represented as participants and presenters.

Download the workshop agenda and minutes here

 SA 4.2 Workshop participants, DGT

Day 1

The technical sessions opened with a review of automated and autonomic ITS functions implemented by road operators in the Netherlands, Scotland, Spain, Hessen and Finland. From these presentations it was clear such functions are applicable to various aspects of ITS, from AID to traffic pollution mitigation, and there are benefits to be gained for the road operator both in terms of efficiency and safety.   

In the afternoon representatives from Kapsch, SWARCO and INDRA presented solutions for traffic management centre operations, C-ITS and how features such as big data, analytics and cyber security will impact on automation.

During open discussion it was agreed that traffic management automation provides important and beneficial tools, evolving alongside vehicle automation; but policy and financing are key factors when determining the speed and advancement of implementation.

Download Day 1 presentations here

Day 2

Day 2 included five sessions on automated driving topics.

Extended event horizon is a key requirement, providing in-vehicle traveller information services and traffic management information beyond the line of sight, ensuring all vehicles have the same information; the questions of data ownership and data exchange (how, where and required regulations) and the challenges of managing a fleet with differing degrees of automation were discussed.

On satellite positioning and dynamic mapping, the session outlined the roles of digital infrastructure, the requirements for predictive, reliable, precise, up-to-date in-vehicle information and TomTom’s latest mapping solutions: HD Maps and RoadDNA.

The connections between the physical infrastructure, digital infrastructure and automated vehicles were presented with specific insights from road authorities in Finland and Germany. This stimulated discussion on the development towards automated vehicles learning, adapting and being able to interpret the environment in the absence of road signs or markings.  

The links between C-ITS initiatives and automated driving, with particular reference to ISO/TC204 WG14 – Vehicle /Roadway Warning & Control Systems – were presented. This led onto Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), relevant communication and message standards, future harmonisation needs and progress of the French SCOOP Project. 

Test areas are key resources for road authorities and technology manufacturers. Details of the Digital Test Bed on the A9, Bavaria were presented; this focuses in automated driving, V2V and V2I real-time communication and high‐precision digital mapping. Several other test areas are planned in Germany and it was highlighted that information, knowledge exchange and cooperation in this area will be beneficial.

Download Day 2 presentations here

The workshop enabled very interesting and insightful discussions in both days. Collecting state of the art and gathering stakeholder feedback on many aspects relating to automated driving.  The outputs from the workshop will feed into the next deliverables of SA 4.2.

Thank you to all who presented and participated!

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EU EIP A3 – Intermodal Route Planner presented during the International Silk Road conference in Vilnius and Klapeida


The international conference “Silk Road connecting China with Europe” took place in Vilnius and Klaipeda on the 5th and 6th of September 2016. It gathered over 70 participants from eight countries: Germany, China, Lithuania, Sweden, Russia, France, Latvia and Belgium.

The aim of the international Conference was to promote the dialogue between the transport and logistics stakeholders of the Baltic Sea Region and China. It serves as the basis for transport and logistics business promotion in the Baltic Sea Region and along Europe –Asia transport links via Baltic. EWTCA (East West Transport Corridor Association), partner in activity 3 of the EU EIP project, presented (among others) the intermodal Route Planner which is piloted in the East West Corridor activity of EU EIP.

The presentation of Dr. Laima Greičiūnė and Dr. Algirdas Šakalys (both EWTCA) can be found here.

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EU EIP A2 Road Operator Strategy Workshop on 8th and 9th September 2016


The EU EIP Activity 2 Road Operator Strategy Workshop “(C-)ITS deployment challenges and opportunities” has successfully been held in Düsseldorf, 8th to 9th of September 2016.

The workshop brought together the actors – in particular the road operators – in EU EIP as well as all ITS Deployment Corridor projects. The separation of the platform from the corridors and the split into different corridors has created a strong demand to meet and share. The aims were to foster the stakeholder network and to provide an overview of the various ITS harmonisation activities going on in the projects. The workshop identified areas of overlapping scope, potential for synergy and it also highlighted the importance of being aware of each other’s timelines, milestones and deliverables.

Activity 2 is placed as an opportunity for cooperation, between the road operators but also with external stakeholders. A second workshop focussing external stakeholder liaison is planned for February next year.

Activity 2 also establishes cooperation in form of thematic Expert Groups, which will be the custodians of the ITS Deployment Guidelines. The workshop gave important feedback on the scope and the work plans of the initial three Expert Groups.

Please find all presentations and the WS Report here…

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EU EIP 4.1 – Workshop on stakeholders value chains and work processes for ITS services


Workshop on stakeholders, value chains and work processes for ITS services

For many years, Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) and core European ITS services have represented a major implementation objective of the road operators collaborating within the European ITS Platform (EU EIP) community. EU EIP serves as the technical knowledge management centre for the responsibilities of road authorities and road operators in ITS. Part of this engagement is the work on quality requirements for European core ITS services (as covered by Delegated Regulations under the ITS Directive 2010/40/EU).
A major element of the quality related work in the current work programme of EU EIP (2016-2020) is to broaden the perspective beyond RTTI and SRTI to the full set of priority services of the ITS Directive.
In the context of the activity on quality for ITS services, the workshop will help to finalise the list of stakeholder type, the contribution of each in the value chain, and the work processes from detection to end user depending the type of event or information, the type of data collection, the way of transmission and the end user presentation.

Part 1(morning): Presenting the views and criteria and processes used by the different actors of road information chains

  • General introduction DG MOVE – Isabelle.VANDOORNE – TBC
  • The need for harmonised quality assessment for road data from an Austrian perspective AUSTRIATECH – Martin Böhm
  • Collection and processing of data by new players such as communities of users

        AVERTINOO – S. Poulet-Mathis – CEO

  • Availability of data on the national single point of access

       FRENCH MINISTRY OF ECOLOGY – Mustapha Savane

  • Processing of data from different sources to produce an RDS-TMC service


        Loïg Balcon – Real-Time Product    Manager Peter Rapp – Chairman

  • Processing of data from different sources to produce a TPEG services

       MEDIAMOBILE Philippe Goudal – Head of Innovation & Quality

  • Broadcast until the driver

        TOMTOM – Johanna Despoina-Tzanidaki – TBC

Part 2 (afternoon): Work in 2 groups to discuss:

  • The value chain and process of traffic information between event detection and end users (often the driver)
  • The different types of stakeholders along this chain (List, position and level of intervention)
  • The quality criteria that could be useful to get an overall quality

Part 3 (afternoon): Sharing and conclusions for the preparation of the Workshop on the quality criteria of multimodal information (including traffic information) to be held in Brussels at the TISA.

Your contribution as an important ITS stakeholder, especially in RTTI and SRTI, is needed. So please save the date in your agenda. A detailed workshop program will become available in the second half of August. Participation to the workshop will be free of charge.
Registration to the workshop is open from 11 July 2016 onwards at Workshop registration
We look forward to meeting you in Paris in September.

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URSA MAJOR 2 / EWmap Webinar



On 6th of July 2016, the first EWmap webinar was held. 14 attendees, representing 6 member states, participated in web conference and have been informed about the organisational changes in EWmap and the general usage of the tool. The participants had the opportunity to directly ask question to each topic presented. In this way a constructive atmosphere was created.

In order to inform the EWmap users continuously about changes and new features, further webinars are planned.

  1. Introduction to EWmap This video introduces the user of EWmap to the concepts behind the GIS tool. In detail information on the following topics are given: Definition of the toolTerms and ConditionsRoles and RightsThe EWmap Helpdesk
                            2. Usage of EWmaps – First steps / Introduction to the structure In this quick tutorial the user is introduced to the different controls and panels and their meanings. The basic functionality of the following element is explained: Top PanelThe MapsRight panel – Road ElementsLeft panel
  3. Usage of EWmaps – Working with the existing data This video shows how to create maps out of existing data for groups of segments / ITS Corridors. In addition, the download feature is explained and presented, followed by an demonstation how attributes can be processed in Excel.
  4. Usage of EWmaps – Adding and updating data In this video the provision of data and the update procedure is explained. Furthermore the logic behind groups is outlined and demonstated how to work with them to create corridors for example.
 5. Usage of EWmaps – Producing Report EWmap provides some predefined reports that are automatically generated. In this video a short introduction is given to the reports function and how to use and downloaded reports.  

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Intermodal Route Planner was presented to Wim van de Camp (MEP)


Intermodal Route Planner demonstrated to Wim van de Camp (European Parliament)

At the invitation of Wim van de Camp (MEP), Mitchell van Balen and Jeroen Bozuwa (both Ecorys / Intermodal Links) visited the European Parliament on July 14th. The invitation followed from the presentation of the intermodal route planner for the East-West Corridor during the European TEN-T Days (20-22 June in Rotterdam). The planner determines the optimal intermodal transport route based on more than 12,000 direct connections between 800 terminals, offered by 130 intermodal transport operators (rail, barge and short sea). Wim van de Camp is very interested in how the intermodal route planner can catalyse the modal shift and contribute to achieving the environmental objectives as set by the Paris Agreement (COP21).

Intermodal Planner European East-West Corridor

The Intermodal planner for the East-West Corridor is part of the EU EIP project and will improve the visibility of intermodal transport in Europe. The East-West Corridor integrates the European TEN-T corridors ‘North Sea – Baltic’ and ‘North Sea – Mediterranean’. By improving the visibility of intermodal transport services the use of intermodal transport is promoted. Logistics companies can thus identify and use intermodal services more easily, leading to cost reductions and lower environmental impacts. Moreover, the EU EIP project aims to enhance cooperation between private and public parties within the corridor countries, improving intermodal services throughout Europe.

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Successful East-West Networking Meeting in Tallinn


Successful East-West Networking Meeting in Tallinn

On 29 June 2016 the EU EIP project organised a networking meeting in Tallinn (Estonia) in relation to the East-West Corridor Feasibility Study (Activity 3). Given the fact that the Eastern Member States have a much shorter history in ITS implementation, one of the key objectives of the East-West Corridor activities is to establish a cooperation community between the eastern and western countries on the East-West Corridor. The East-West Corridor runs from Ireland and the UK via the Benelux, Germany and Poland to the Baltic States and Finland. The meeting was hosted by the Estonian Road Administration, and 22 participants from eight different countries, including representatives of urban, ports and rail in the Baltic countries attended the event.

East-West Corridor

Jan Willem Tierolf (Rijkswaterstaat, NL), activity leader of the East-West Corridor, kicked off the meeting with an overview of the European ITS Platform (EU EIP) in general and the East-West Corridor in particular. He highlighted the feasibility study currently in progress as well as the development of the Intermodal Route Planner providing multimodal alternatives on the East-West Corridor.

Via Baltica (E67)

This was followed by a presentation of Kaarel Lääne (Estonian Road Administration) who presented the coordinated approach of the Baltic countries towards improving the parking situation along the E67 (Via Baltica), not only physically but also information-wise.

Kristjan Duubas (Estonian Road Administration) presented the Smart E67 Interreg project, which includes advanced traffic management on the E67 transport corridor in Estonia and Latvia. A joint technological approach and ensuring seamless quality of traffic information is key in this project. Paulius Bautrenas (Road Authority Lithuania) then took over and presented the ITS services on the southern part of the E67 corridor, including VMS, Weather information and traffic enforcement.

City and Port of Tallinn

Liivar Luts (City of Tallinn) presented the ambition of the city with respect to new tram connections and the implementation of various smart mobility systems, e.g. with respect to parking (Park&Ride, mobile payment), journey planning and traffic management.

Hele-Mai Metsal (Port of Tallinn) in her presentation highlighted the challenges of the Port of Tallinn, especially in relation to the ferries that carry both passenger cars and trucks, causing queuing and parking problems in the city. And with the arrival of bigger ships this problem will only become bigger.


At the end of the meeting Jan Willem Tierolf concluded that it was good to see how freight, urban, traffic management, traffic information, ferries (passengers and freight), truck parking and planning are very much interacting in the Baltic region, but which is also relevant for the western part of the corridor with two seas to cross. He invited all parties to test the Intermodal Route Planner and to provide information on possible missing links. The European ITS Platform remains open for new partners to join in activities, and in particular the activities on monitoring and dissemination and on harmonization could be of interest.

On 28-30 August 2017 Tallinn will be host to the Baltic Road Conference. More information can be found on:

All presentations can be downloaded here:

Picture by: Shutterstock

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In the course of the CROCODILE/CROCODILE 2 project on-site visits were held from 24th to 25th of May at traffic management centres and different locations of important traffic infrastructure in Hungary and Czech Republic. The purpose was to demonstrate the implementations done already within CROCODILE as well as those planned for CROCODILE phase 2.

The tour started at the Hungarian Public Road Management Company in Budapest, then continued via the M1 motorway in Hungary with the National-wide Traffic Management and Information Centre (NDIC) located in the City of Ostrava.

The Hungarian focus within CROCODILE was on the deployment of monitoring infrastructure which included upgrade of existing traffic data collection and monitoring infrastructure, deployment of detectors and CCTV as well as deployment of real-time communication facilities. In addition the extension of M1 ITP system incl. data exchange on available places with neighbouring countries was part of the CROCODILE project. In order to fulfil the requirements of priority action c of the ITS Directive (short-term roadworks) a V2I system fixed and mobile R-ITS-S units (Dynamic Database of Road Works – Extension/enhancement of the maintenance fleet management system (FMS)) were set up. This will build up a real time database that will provide on-line data for the information exchange platform (DATEX II node).

The second stop was at the National-wide Traffic Management and Information Centre (NDIC) located in the City of Ostrava with the main focus on measures for improving the existing traffic information collection and exchange. An important point for Czech Republic was the modernisation of the national traffic information centre In addition the Geoinformation portal for support of efficient data sharing across the designated stakeholders as well as the development of unified National Spatial Data Infrastructure for compatible ITS services was implemented.

With this event CROCODILE 2 keeps on proving its added value on technical level.

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Project CROCODILE wins freight award for smart use of data


The prize was awarded by the International Transport Forum (ITF), a Parisbased intergovernmental organisation and policy think tank with 57 member countries. CROCODILE was launched in 2013 to establish a trans-national framework to collect and exchange data for putting into place concrete improvements for road users – such as dynamic traffic safety information or information on parking space availability for truck drivers. CROCODILE addresses congestion and traffic gridlocks in border areas of Central and Eastern Europe that are caused by coordination gaps among road operators in a region that comprises several small countries with different languages and has high levels of cross-border traffic from three main trans-European road transport corridors (Baltic-Adriatic, Rhine-Danube and Orient-Eastern Mediterranean).

The award jury saw in CROCODILE “a significant achievement in harmonisation of national ITS-related activities in the field of road transport” and praised the project for its “good results regarding institutional collaboration in a context posing significant challenges” Martin Böhm of AustriaTech, the Austrian government agency that co-ordinated CROCODILE, said: “This award acknowledges that cooperation and harmonised information exchange is one key to improve the traffic situation in an area with several small countries with different transport network characteristics. We see Crocodile as a starting point and are convinced, that our way is leading towards a safer and more efficient road transport system.” The Award was presented on 19th May during the 2016 Summit of transport ministers in Leipzig, Germany, in the presence of ministers from the 57 ITF member countries.

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URSA MAJOR TMP template ready for use


URSA MAJOR 2 is building on the results of a Taskforce in the predecessor project, that led to the development of a template for Traffic Management Plans. The combined expertise of the URSA MAJOR 2 practitioners from the beneficiaries DE, IT and NL – strongly supported by the partners from Switzerland – created a powerful tool that now will be used throughout the USRA MAJOR network for new TMPs (first example is the Gotthard TMP); but also all existing TMPs will be captured. The template reflects the structure, the requirements and all necessary elements of the ITS Deployment Guideline TMS-DG07 “Traffic Management Plan for Corridors and Networks”

 It aims at facilitating the provision and dissemination of (long distance) TMPs in order to exemplify the organisational background and approach.

Deployment of TMPs ensures a higher level of service in terms of increased traffic efficiency on the network and improved safety in terms of incident response and mitigation through a consistent delivery of traffic control, route guidance and information measures to the road user.

Definition of a TMP for long distance freight traffic

A predefined allocation of rerouting measures to a specific situation (such as incidents, heavy congestion, planned events (road works), environmental issues) in order to control and guide freight traffic flows as well as to inform truck drivers pre- and on-trip and provide a consistent and timely service to the truck drivers.

Initial situations can be unforeseen (incidents, accidents) or predicted (recurrent or non-recurrent events). The measures are always applied on a temporary basis.

The decision points for rerouting of a TMP for long distance freight transport are outside your operating area. This means that co-operation between road operators is necessary, that there is a shared responsibility and that you cannot take the decision to activate the TMP on your own.

A TMP for long distance traffic involves at least two road operators and requires co-ordination between different institutions (road operators, municipalities, service providers).

There are 3 levels:

  • Political level
  • Traffic engineer level
  • Operational level

These are reflected in the:

  • Deployment Guideline (substantiation)
  • Fact sheet / URSA MAJOR fact sheet template
  • Working instructions

Goals of a TMP for long distance freight traffic

  • To facilitate the road user
  • The road user should have the feeling as if the whole network was operated by one road operator
  • To make better use of the road network
  • To be able to give more dedicated, more personalised information to truck drivers (rerouting, rest areas, parking facilities…)
  • To have more steering possibilities for the road operator (e.g. rerouting in case of big events or for environmental reasons)

Common policy objectives

  • Reduce congestion
  • Reduce delay (caused by congestion)/improve travel times
  • Improve safety
  • Make optimum use of the capacity of the total network of main roads

Common reasons to use a TMP for long distance traffic

  • Incidents, foreseen and unforeseen
  • Accidents
  • Road works
  • Weather conditions
  • High occupancy

The TMP Template  

and the corresponding Fact Sheet are now available for download.

We hope the template makes your work easier. We are happy to receive your feedback.

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UM2 Stakeholder Cooperation Workshop (findings available)



HOLM – House of Mobility and Logistics, Bessie-Coleman-Straße 7, Gateway Gardens,
60549 Frankfurt, Germany (close to Frankfurt airport)

Date and time

28th April 2016, 10.00-16.00


The URSA MAJOR 2 Stakeholder Cooperation Workshop aims for transferring research results to reality by matching the interests of important stakeholders, in particular road operators and service providers. First insight were gained by the project LENA4ITS, looking into essential basics and appropriate measures to ensure interoperability for future cooperation between public traffic management and private navigation service providers. We invite you to discuss the deployment of such cooperation in practice within the URSA MAJOR corridor and beyond.

Your benefits

Meet experts from different stakeholders contributing to cooperation and interoperability in traffic management

Discuss expectations, objectives, obstacles and enablers of cooperation between road operators, service providers and other stakeholders in TMP to navigation interfaces

Get statements concerning readiness for cooperation from the point of view of public road operators and service providers

Define practical steps for cooperation within the multi-national URSA MAJOR 2 ITS Corridor



The URSA MAJOR 2 Stakeholder Cooperation Workshop “The interface from TMPs to navigation services” – chaired by Hessen Mobil and held in the Frankfurt House of Logistics and Mobility (HOLM) on 28 April 2016 – brought together approx. 30 stakeholder experts from seven European countries to discuss the deployment of an interface from road operators’ Traffic Management Plans (TMP) to navigation services.

In his introduction, Gerd Riegelhuth from Hessen Mobil emphasised the vital importance of a cooperation of traffic control and navigation in the road operator’s strategic view on the future of traffic management.

Using the results of the recently finalised German pilot project Lena4ITS as a starting point, experts from URSA MAJOR 2 and other projects like NAVIGAR, TCC2020 or CO-GISTICS, as well as representatives of relevant platforms like TM2.0 and spotlights from recent policy changes in the Netherlands further leveraged by the current Council presidency (by Rijkswaterstaat) and the urban perspective on transferability (by OCA) were presented.

These results, conclusions and visions paved the ground for an intense open space session in the afternoon, were the participants discussed the main issues, potential blockers and enablers for a deployment of such an interface on large scale and in regular operation and products. The morning presentations had already shown clearly that many projects in the last ten years had proven technical feasibility as well as a general mutual interest of stake­holders. Therefore, the discussions focused on solutions for remaining concerns.

Are road operators and navigation service providers interests conflicting, or is there enough common ground for mutual benefit that might foster the emergence of successful business models? Will end users accept ‘road operator recommend routes’, and what additional information might stimulate this acceptance? How can road operators provide their information with sufficient data quality and service level at affordable costs?

These were just a few of the questions that arose during the vivid discussions that were held around four flipcharts with the following headlines:

  • Strategic Approach and Business Model
  • Regulations and Commitment of Cooperation
  • Value Chains for Traffic Information
  • Technical Implementation and Interfaces

The discussion revealed that service providers require consistent information of high integrity with certain specific quality criteria (e.g. low transmission latency) and would in principle prefer information that is validated by a human operator as opposed to purely machine generated output. Regulations don’t seem to be required, the general information flow seems sufficiently addresses by Delegated Regulation (EU) 962/2015. The participants emphasised a cooperation and agreement based approach instead, applauding the URSA MAJOR 2 strive for a Memorandum of Understanding to provide such information for the whole corridor network. Differences in policies and business models can only be overcome when a strong stakeholder cooperation is established and an iterative approach is applied: Take first steps first, but start now! Technology seems sufficiently mature, but details need to be elaborated (e.g. the access via National access points) and harmonised interfaces and data format needs to be agreed and used by all operators.

Concluding the findings of what was perceived as a very valuable and fruitful workshop, as a “Frankfurt Impulse” the participants agreed that it is time now to go for real world deployment of such an interface. The presented projects results – as well as the recommendations as outcome of the afternoon discussion – are encouraging and will be presented at the next URSA MAJOR 2 Moving Group meeting in May in order to support the notion of an URSA MAJOR 2 MoU regarding the deployment of such an interface on the whole corridor. URSA MAJOR 2 has already launched a task force on the topic which will initially analyse the URSA MAJOR 2 operator position – based inter alia on the output of this workshop – and will then establish a stakeholder cooperation network to make sure that the road operator initiative will be taken up by the service provider market.

Here you can download the agenda  and the presentations as pdf-files.

Workshop impressions

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Successful Workshop Single Point of Access – result of joint cooperation Next-ITS 2 and EU EIP


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Radisson Blu SkyCity Hotel, Arlanda Airport, Stockholm

Date and time
27th April 2016, 10.00-16.30

The workshop aimed at giving an overview on the varying solutions of the national Single Points of Access (SPA) across the NEXT-ITS 2 countries addressing the different Delegated Acts. The chosen philosophies for the SPAs and technical implementations should be highlighted.
Service Providers have been invited to participate and to present their plans regarding the SPA – as users and data providers. Service Providers and the implementing bodies used the possibility to exchange ideas and to discuss their respective expectations.

The presentations were followed by a open workshop during which participants will have the opportunity to discuss open questions in several dedicated groups.

Topics for the open workshop have been:

  • Harmonisation of metadata: Usage of the Metadata set standardised during EIP+
  • Market opportunities due to SPA: Potential of SPAs – possibilities for business and ITS Service Development
  • Set up cooperation between data profiders and SPA operators
  • Assessment of compliance: Standardisation of self-declarations of conformance and recommendations concerning random inspections


Almost 40 participants from public and private sector (11 different countries, mainly from Scandinavia) visited the workshop.

The audience was welcomed by Arne Lindeberg, coordinator of the NEXT-ITS 2 project and Louis Hendriks, leader of the SPA activity of the EU EIP project. The morning was dedicated to the SPA operator’s perspective in the Nordic countries. After a brief introduction of the SPA activities in the EU EIP project, two presentations were given about the SPA philosophy in Denmark and Norway. This was followed by presentations about the different technical SPA solutions chosen in Finland, Germany and Sweden.

Tommi Arola, Finnish Transport Safety Agency, presented interesting and comparable developments in the maritime sector, called “Common Information Sharing Environment”.

In the afternoon there were three presentations from service providers and their views on the implementation of SPA’s. Tuomo Eloranta ( stressed the difference between countries concerning content and maturity of the traffic information market. Johanna Tzanidaki ( highlighted the need for a harmonised self-assessment and market place systems supplying metadata. Christian Kleine ( also stressed the need for metadata and one standard (DATEX II) for data exchange.

Last but not least, the participants could choose between smaller work sessions in the field of ‘harmonization of metadata’, ‘Market opportunities offered by SPA’s’, ‘Cooperation between data providers and SPA operators’ and finally ‘Assessment of compliance’ in order to share and discuss their minds.

From the workshop it can be concluded that the implementation of Single Points of Access in the Scandinavian countries is in full progress.

The following topics still need attention:

  • harmonisation of metadata
  • harmonisation of self-declaration of compliance
  • open data vs. market place of data
  • the role of private sector data and service providers
  • differences in interpretation of the delegated regulations between the various EU Member States 

Louis Hendriks concluded that there is still a need for exchanging experiences on the implementation of national access points as such. Secondly, there is a need of harmonisation of SPA’s items such as ‘metadata’ and ‘self declaration’.  This is precisely the role of the European ITS Platform (EU EIP) to full fill; support and harmonise ITS deployment.

The agenda and all presentations of the workshop can be found here.  \wp-content/uploads/ITS-Platform/HighlightsFiles/2016/SPA WS Presentations

Workshop Impressions

Opening and Welcome by Louis Hendriks and Arne Lindeberg.

The workshop participants.

The presentations.

Discussion during the open workshop session.

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Single Point of Access activities to be continued in EU EIP project


Since the publication of three ITS Delegated Regulations, the European ITS Platform (EIP) has undertaken activities to monitor the deployment of national access points, to organise workshops and to come up with practical harmonization solutions. 

Several reports about Single Point of Access (SPA) where delivered:

During the EIP+ Forum, held in Rome on 26/27 November 2015, a special SPA session ‘The Way to Data’ was organized, which draw a large audience. The presentations can be viewed here:

The activities of EIP and EIP+ on Single Points of Access will be continued in the new EU EIP project, which started on 1 January 2016. In the next three years the SPA activity in the EU EIP project will monitor the SPA deployment in Europe and will formulate recommendations for harmonization.

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EU EIP Activity3: “Feasibility study East-West Corridor and first pilot implementation” kick-off meeting


On 18 September 2015 the kick-off meeting of the Activity 3 – “Feasibility study East-West Corridor and first pilot implementation” of the EU EIP project took place at the Ministerium für Bauen, Wohnen, Stadtentwicklung und Verkehr des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf (Germany). The meeting was attended by 11 participants from seven different Member States. The kick-off meeting was the first event of the new EU EIP project, the European ITS Platform, which will run until 2020.
European ITS Platform
The EU EIP is based on a unique cooperation of most of EU Member states and Road Operators (public and private) as well as stakeholders, in order to exchange best practices, evaluate results and create consensus. The proposal involves 27 beneficiaries from 15 EU Member States as well as seven countries and regions supporting the proposal and interested in contributing to several areas of the project. In this way, the EU EIP aims to accelerate and optimise current and future ITS deployments in Europe in a harmonised way, building a network of continuous services and improving the performance of the Core Network Corridors in the major policy domains of mobility, safety, congestion and climate change as well as cost-effectiveness.

Geo-scope East-West corridor
Activity 3.1 is the so-called East-West corridor feasibility study and first pilot implementation, linking the northern part of North Sea Mediterranean CEF corridor with the North-Sea Baltic corridor plus interfaces to crossing corridors (see map).

Figure: Geographic scope of the East-West corridor of the EU EIP project (printed from TENtec Interactive Map Viewer)

Objective of the East-West corridor
Activity 3 of the EU EIP project has a two-fold objective:

To identify the potential for international services along (parts of/) the corridor, based on suitable existing ITS systems and services which will be upgraded and those that will be implemented in the near future (terms till 2017 and 2018 till 2020).

To implement a first pilot with respect to an intermodal freight route planner on the East-West corridor. This planner will show the best intermodal options (rail, barge short sea) from door to door, including pre- and end-haulage by truck.

The first task of the East-West corridor is to carry out a feasibility study for international services on the East-West corridor. With this objective in mind a first work session will be organised with all partners on 3 November 2015 in Warsaw.

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Arc Atlantique site visit in Wicklow


On 1 February 2016, Arc Atlantique project management, accompanied by Mr. P. Tona from INEA, went on a site visit to solar power VMS in Wicklow.This visit marked the closing of Arc Atlantique.The collaboration between the partners (except Portugal) continues in the frame of Arc Atlantique 2.

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