Within a few years ‘Single Points of Access’ (SPA) for real-time traffic information will be established in all Member States, either on a national basis, or jointly between one or more countries. There are many expected benefits, most notably the accelerated provision of information concerning traffic management measures which are implemented in case of incidents and location referencing of other real-time traffic data (e.g. location of queues), more efficient routing for equipped drivers particularly in areas where there are no variable message signs, and reduced costs for digital map providers and ITS service providers due to more / easier access to data.
Building on previous work
Activity 4.6 runs a 3-year period from 2016 till 2018. This activity builds on the earlier work in EIP and EIP+ projects, which have resulted in the following relevant deliverables:
Currently SPAs are being implemented in various Member States, but they vary in approach, data availability (links, metadata, database), assessment of compliance, etc. Activity 4.6 of the EU EIP project aims at monitoring the on-going implementation of Single Points of Access (SPAs), learning from each other and harmonising SPA services across Europe.
The objectives of this activity therefore are the following:
- Monitor development of SPAs across Europe, identify improvement needs, make recommendations
- Harmonise the approach towards SPAs in Europe, in particular in the field of Metadata, DATEX II and the declaration of compliance
- Knowledge exchange between the various Member States in the field of SPAs.
The tasks of activity 4.6 are:
- Task 1: Monitoring of SPA developments in Europe concerning the implementations for priority actions B, C and E (and later also A). Information will be collected on an annual basis and workshops will be organised to exchange experiences and ideas about SPAs between MS. This will be done in cooperation with TISA and other stakeholders.
- Task 2: Validation of common quality criteria for SPAs (not for the quality of data in the SPA) developed under EIP and EIP+ to see if and to what extent quality criteria are applied by the SPAs and to find out if these quality criteria function well. Examples of possible SPA quality criteria are 24/7 accessibility, security, number of parallel users, etc.
- Task 3: Recommendations for harmonisation of SPA approaches will be formulated, including further metadata harmonisation (started under EIP and EIP+), common approaches on quality assurance (e.g. self-assessment of the data providers) and other harmonisation issues arising from discussions with MS and other stakeholders.
Results of Activity 4.6 are:
- Annual monitoring reports of SPA implementation (progress, problems encountered, issues to be solved, best practices, harmonisation needs, etc.)
- Report on quality criteria for SPAs - Recommendations for a harmonised approach for SPA
- A series of workshops with MS and relevant stakeholders (e.g. TISA) on SPA experiences, metadata, quality assurance, etc.
- An Interactive Map with all available National Access Points across Europe.
Leader: The Netherlands (Rijkswaterstaat)
Active Beneficiaries: France (CEREMA), Germany (BASt), Portugal (IMT), Romania (ITS Romania and Romanian National Motorway Company), United Kingdom (Highways England)
Participants: Denmark (Vejdirektoratet), Italy (Autovie Venete), Finland (FTA, TRAFI), Sweden (Trafikverket)
Follower: Ireland (TTI)