EU EIP Activity 2 addresses ITS harmonisation in a variety of ways. First of all, Activity 2 provides an operational helpdesk and user support for harmonised ITS deployment, including an operational ITS Library and a compendium for ITS Deployment Guidelines, all available via the EU EIP website. Further to that, Best Practise documentation (Part B of the ITS Deployment Guidelines) and accompanying recommendations regarding harmonisation requirements (Part A) are released on a yearly basis. Regular fact sheets and website articles (highlights) are issued to disseminate and exchange Best Practice and lessons learned beyond the Deployment Guidelines.
Furthermore, this activity monitors and analyses technical progress in ITS implementation and the deployment of ITS Services. This is based on material provided by the ITS corridors or other European ITS projects, in particular results of the EC technical studies. The results of this activities are disseminated to the other activity fields of the EU EIP project, to the ITS Corridor projects as well as to other parties inside and outside the CEF ITS community. This technical coordination work is supported by the A 2 ITS Deployment Coordination Group which consists of the EU EIP activity leaders and the ITS Corridor coordinators.
The work in Activity 2 is carried out through a number of tasks, i.e.
M&D actively shares best practice and lessons learned with all interested road operators and road authorities of the European Member States and external stakeholders and manages an efficient communication interaction loop between the Platform, the EC services, CEF ITS Corridor projects and all interested co-funded ITS projects. Further to that, it provides active support for the operational level in charge of harmonised ITS Deployments on European Core Corridors, answering questions and providing clarification and guidance where needed.
The specific objectives of the Activity are:
- Provide easy access via the EU EIP website to all material supporting harmonised ITS deployment in Europe – in particular to the ITS Deployment Guidelines – with the best possible support and guidance documents, highlighting the benefits of harmonised ITS deployment, to lower the entry threshold for implementers
- Constantly monitor the application context of harmonised ITS deployment on European corridors, with a special focus on regulations (e.g. in the scope of the ITS Directive and the Delegated Regulations) and IT(S) innovation (e.g. C-ITS, Open Data, autonomous driving, etc.) – liaise with relevant external stakeholders where appropriate
- Collect emerging user requirements for guidance in ITS deployment – including change and feature requests as well as need for future additional Deployment Guidelines – in one place. Produce appropriately updated documentation, including updated issues of the Deployment Guidelines where agreed between the EC and the Member States
- Harvest best practice experiences from the user community, in the ITS Corridor projects and beyond
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Expert Group on Traffic Management
The Expert Group on Traffic Management analyses whether the relevant Deployment Guidelines dealing with Traffic Management are in compliance with the Delegated Regulations on safety related traffic information (886/2013) and real time traffic information (2015/962), and to a lesser extent with the Delegated Regulations on truck parking (885/2013) and multimodal travel information (2017/1926). In addition, this Expert Group updates the Deployment Guidelines with new Best Practices for Traffic Management.
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Expert Group on Traffic Information Services
The Expert Group on Traffic Information Systems analyses whether the relevant Deployment Guidelines dealing with Traffic Information Services are in compliance with the Delegated Regulations on safety related traffic information (886/2013) and real time traffic information (2015/962), and to a lesser extent with the Delegated Regulations on truck parking (885/2013) and multimodal travel information (2017/1926). In addition, this Expert Group updates the Deployment Guidelines with new Best Practices for Traffic Information Services.
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Expert Group on Freight & Logistics
The Expert Group on Freight & Logistics analyses whether the relevant Deployment Guidelines dealing with Freight & Logistics are in compliance with the Delegated Regulation on truck parking (885/2013), and to a lesser extent with the Delegated Regulations on safety related traffic information (886/2013) and real time traffic information (2015/962). In addition, this Expert Group updates the Deployment Guidelines with new Best Practices for Freight & Logistics.
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Working Group East West Corridor
The East West Corridor (EWC) passes through 11 Member States covering the North Sea – Baltic CEF corridor and the northern part of the North Sea – Mediterranean CEF corridor plus interfaces to the crossing North – South corridors. End of 2015 a feasibility study was started on how to realize and optimize the performance of the EWC. This feasibility study was completed in June 2017 with the delivery of a roadmap for ITS deployment on the East West Corridor and an evaluation of the first pilot implementation of the EWC intermodal route planner.
The tasks to be performed in the Working Group East West Corridor build on the activities carried out earlier (July 2015 – June 2017) in Activity 3 of the EU EIP project, both deepening and geographically expanding the scope:
- Task 1: Liaison with the CEF corridor projects, with the new (proposed) ITS corridor projects and with the new Member States
- Task 2: Follow-up on the results of the Feasibility Study: In EWC2 the plans identified in the East West Corridor phase 1 are further elaborated on a bilateral or multilateral basis. This should lead to concrete plans for deployment of seamless, continuous ITS systems and services on the East West Corridor. These plans will be elaborated in close collaboration with the relevant CEF corridors and the ITS corridor projects.
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European Leading Innovation Timeline (EU LIT) – impact on traffic management
Dealing with traffic management was never so exciting as today. Many innovations take place just outside the traffic management domain of which experts state it will improve traffic flow, safety and the environment. For sure road operators will implement new techniques to improve their internal traffic management process, but a number of innovations go beyond that. Questions like ‘When do you think innovations are indeed mature, well tested and save to implement?’ have to be answered for the road operator. Important decisions have to be taken in the coming decades. The European Leading Innovation Timeline is meant as a guiding tool for decision makers and gives guidance when updating the Deployment Guidelines. The expert groups will use the LIT to identify to what extent the Deployment Guidelines have to be modified due to the technological innovations identified in the LIT. Also, the EU LIT will help road operators to identify where to invest time and money in order to attend and anticipate the new developments that will have an impact on traffic management. Innovations are international in character, not country specific, and therefore should be analyzed in a European context, such as EU EIP.
The European Leading Innovation Timeline is visualized by a poster [link to poster to be added] and is accompanied by a text document [link to text document to be added], which briefly describes all topics and indicates for each topic the impact on road safety, traffic flow and environment. Distinction between passenger and/or freight traffic is indicated as well (where applicable). Each topic shows a list of relevant background documents, so a literature list [link to literature list to be added] for those interested in more in-depth information is available.
So far almost a hundred of experts have given their judgement on which topic should be included and in which year the first impact (25% penetration) is expected. This was done in a series of sessions with experts. If you are interested in the European Leading Innovation Timeline please contact Louis Hendriks.
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