On March 1 the EU EIP project published its NAP Annual Report 2018 on the status and harmonisation of National Access Points (NAPs) in Europe. This report (82 pages) follows earlier reports published in 2016 and 2017.
The first part of the NAP Annual Reporlt 2018 covers the status of the NAPs in Europe. From 2016 to 2018 a gradual increase can be seen of the number of implemented and/or planned NAPs. For example, already 18 countries have a (partly) operational NAP for Real Time Traffic Information (RTTI). However, if we look at the delegated regulation on Multi Modal Travel Information Services (MMTIS), we notice that only 4 Member States have a (partly) operation NAP. So, Member States still have a lot of work to do to meet the deadline of December 2019.
Harmonisation of National Access Points
Apart from monitoring the development of NAPs in Europe, the EU EIP project also aims at harmonisation of the NAPs in Europe. The report therefore also elaborates on a number of aspects that require harmonisation:
The report includes a checklist on NAP Common Features and Level of Service. It was already published early 2018 and can be used by NAP operators and implementers to check the features and LoS of their NAP. It can be downloaded here.
With respect to metadata strategic guidance has been provided in the form of a “Metadata Guideline”, published by EU EIP Activity 4.6 in March 2018. This guideline depicts and discusses alternative Metadata approaches for individual NAP environments. To support the on-going efforts to establish or expand NAPs for multi-modal data and services, the “Coordinated Metadata Catalogue” will be revised in 2019.
In 2016 and 2017 Uniform Declarations of Compliance for priority action ‘C’ and priority action ‘B’ were published. In 2019 EU EIP will investigate together with stakeholders if Uniform Declarations of Compliance can be agreed upon for priority actions ‘A’ and ‘E’.
The NAP survey confirms an increase of the knowledge about DATEX in the national implementations. It remains clear however that the expertise level is quite divided: while there are countries really familiar to DATEX, others are just beginning.
Several countries across Europe are taking their first steps in introducing Multimodal Travel Information in their respective NAPs and are also adapting their existing Open Journey Planner (OJP) to this new reality. The new Delegated Regulation 2017/1926 will introduce new protocols to the NAPs, such as NeTEX and SIRI, causing new challenges.
EU EIP has cooperated with the FRAME-Next project on the topic of ITS architecture. FRAME-Next studied details of three NAPs in operation, from the Netherlands, Germany, and Austria. It appeared that all three NAPs name roles differently but have approximately the same meaning/purpose. The NAP Annual Report 2018 shows a first draft European blueprint ITS architecture for NAPs.
The report concludes with an overview (status per December 2018) of the National Access Points and National Bodies responsible for assessment of compliance in Europe. This status can also be consulted on the so-called NAP map.