The sub-activity 3.2 will deliver a proposal for a harmonized concept for "single access points" and will complete the first steps in the harmonization process for Real time traffic information. It will collect and analyze existing best practices and identify what areas can/should be harmonized and will give recommendations on how harmonization could be achieved at a multi-national scale. The EIP+ subactivity 3.2 will focus on Priority Action b of the ITS Directive (real-time traffic information).
The main steps to be taken are:
- Analyse best practices of existing single access points for information.
- Analyse the main organizational, functional and technical requirements on a single access points for real-time traffic information.
- Propose metadata structure(s) to describe the information offered.
- Propose a set of DATEX II profiles for the basic data types that will be made available
- Propose a harmonized concept (or set of concepts) for the harmonization of "single access points" for real-time traffic information
The following Tasks are foreseen:
Tasks: Task 1: Activity coordination
Supervision of work within the current EIP Sub-activity3.2. Provision of contributions to EIP+ Project management for project monitoring and reporting. Compilation of results and development of the final report from the Activity.
Task 2: Collection and analyses of best practices
This task will collect relevant existing information and experiences with respect to “single access points” for real-time traffic information. There are many different providers of real-time traffic information data but only a few Member States with experience on SAP. Other Member States are planning to work on a SAP and their intentions and plans will also be collected. Based on the experiences of active partners, a detailed questionnaire will be elaborated and sent out to at least all EIP+ partners. Special care will be taken to use a clear, well defined vocabulary to prevent misunderstandings and different interpretations of the questions in the questionnaire. Information and experiences from outside EU (e.g. USA, Japan) will also eventually be collected.
The material received will be analyzed according to organizational (including financial), functional and technical issues and requirements identified. Commonalities and differences will be identified. An analysis report will be written and disseminated.
Task 3: Issuing of recommendations
The analysis results from Task 1 will be elaborated with a view to identifying topics within the framework of single points of access that must, should or could be harmonized. The concept recommendations will first be discussed with the partners within Sub-activity 3.2 and then with the EIP+ partners. Based on the outcomes it will probably also become clear which countries are the forerunners for harmonization and which countries are not yet so far advanced. A workshop to which all EU Member States will be invited will be held to present and discuss the results obtained so far. The workshop results will be elaborated in the concept recommendations. First a concept report with Recommendations will be set up. The focus of this report is to identify areas suitable for harmonization (must/should/could) and recommendations on how this could be achieved and the expected efforts and timing related to that. Metadata structure and DATEX II profiles (see the next tasks) are the most likely areas that will need to be harmonized, proposals are planned to be done in the next two tasks. After the completion of the proposals on Metadata and on DATEX II profiles, a workshop will be held to disseminate the experiences and to gain feedback from all EU Member States. Finally a report with final Conclusions and Recommendations will be produced.
Task 4: Metadata structure
One topic that is likely to be harmonized is the metadata structure. This describes in a general way the types of data offered by the “single access points”. It also provides a clear definition of the meaning of those data types and might include other parameters, such as quality and quantity. The proposed metadata structure (or structures if there are several good options) will be based on the experiences from the best practices. The concept proposal will be discussed with the EIP+ partners and their reactions will be collected and reported.
Task 5: DATEX II profiles
Another likely to be harmonized is the DATEX II profile (or profiles). This specifies in detail the protocol for the data offered by the “single access points”. Proposal(s) on DATEX II profile (or profiles if there must be more) will be based on the experiences gathered from the best practices. The profile(s) will be proposed together with the DATEX II activity. The concept proposal will be discussed with the EIP+ partners and their reactions will be collected and reported
Leader: The Netherlands (Leader)
Beneficiaries involved: Germany; Greece; Italy; Romania;
Participants: Sweden; Finland; UK and France (ASFA)
Follower: Slovakia Slovenia and Norway